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Nevada legalizes interstate online gambling

Nevada legalizes interstate online gambling

In an effort to beat New Jersey to the punch, Nevada signed into law a new bill that lets the state form pacts with other states that would allow non-Nevada residents to legally gamble without the state needing federal legislation. The bill was passed unanimously in both the Assembly and Senate yesterday.

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Petition to legalize phone unlocking reaches 100,000 signatures

Petition to legalize phone unlocking reaches 100,000 signatures

On January 26, it officially became illegal to unlock mobile phones without the carrier's permission, but a White House petition ended up being started to fight back on the ruling, and called for the government to "champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal." Just a couple of days before the petition was about to meet its deadline, it edged past the 100,000 signature mark, where it will now be passed onto the Obama administration for consideration.

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Google asked to pay all European countries for content use

Google asked to pay all European countries for content use

Late last week, Google decided to pay $82 million to French publishers that would help their websites make money off of online advertisements. However, it seems there's a little bit of jealously going around with other European countries. The European Publishers Council isn't too happy about the exclusivity with France, so the EPC's director, Francisco Pinto Balsemao, is asking Google to compensate publishers in all European countries, not just France.

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Amazon prepping $50m facility in Connecticut, will start collecting 6.35% sales tax

Amazon prepping $50m facility in Connecticut, will start collecting 6.35% sales tax

One of the great things about Amazon is that shoppers don't have to pay sales tax on their items. However, the online retailer is slowly adding exceptions to various states around the US, Connecticut being the newest one added to the list. The state of 3.6 million people will begin to pay a 6.35% sales tax on Amazon starting in November. Meanwhile, however, the company is planning to build a $50 million fulfillment center that is said to create hundreds of jobs.

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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Back in December, you might remember when Facebook offered to settle a class-action lawsuit that saw the social network illegally use its users' "Like" information on various Sponsored Stories. Instead of taking it to court, the company decided to settle to the tune of $20 million, and if you received an email about the settlement, it means that you're entitled to up to $10 if you fill out a claims form.

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