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10 Surprising Facts About Online Sales Taxes

121266168If you are already paying sales tax on all your internet purchases you're probably in the minority. Sure, a number of states now have an Amazon tax. Plus, there are more taxes coming online (sorry) all the time. But if you add all your tax-free online purchases to everyone else's in America, how much is it?

Let's just say the sales or use tax alone is huge. So says the Congressional Research Service in this report: State Taxation of Internet Transactions. It's packed with figures about the past and future. Here are ten facts about sales and use taxes you might not know:

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LinkedIn's Hoffman Says Facebook Shares Will Be A 'Good Buy,' IPO Debacle May Have Been 'Inevitable'

138279113LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman talks up Facebook, Zynga and Yahoo's choice of Marissa Mayer as CEO at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman says Facebook shares may soon be at a "good buy" for investors and that the problems with the social network's initial public offering might have been inevitable given investors' "insatiable demand."

"I'm a big believer in Facebook's long-term position," Hoffman, a partner at Greylock Investors, said in a wide-ranging conversation with journalist-turned-venture capitalist Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today in San Francisco. Hoffman was one of the earliest investors in Facebook, putting up $37,500 when the company had a valuation of $5 million.

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Father Of The Web Ranks Its Impact On The World

104681370I'm on a Skype call with Tim Berners-Lee. The inventor of the World Wide Web has been putting the finishing touches on a new project from his Web Foundation, and it's only fitting that he's using voice-over-Internet telephony, rather than a plain old landline, to announce it to journalists. When his quintessential English voice rings through my earphones he's speaking quickly and excitedly about open data, and the potential uses for the numbers he and his team have spent months stitching together.

Today he is launching the Web Index, an annual survey that measures which 61 countries have been impacted the most and least by the Web, a.k.a. that thing he created more than 20 years ago.

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Promote Your Brand Through Pinterest Contests to Gain Exposure

101795426If your brand still isn't using Pinterest, then it's time to step in and take advantage of its enormous popularity – by now, it's certain that Pinterest isn't a fad, so don't wait anymore. Since Pinterest has been made primarily for the B2C market, running contests in one of the most effective strategies on Pinterest: it is easy, can be inexpensive and it will help you engage with your audience in the ways that will increase referral traffic to your website and generate buzz about your brand. Really, any business that relies on driving a high-volume of website traffic to increase sales, should consider joining Pinterest. Research indicates that Pinterest is more effective at driving traffic to websites than any other social platform, even Facebook.

Here is why you should run a contest on Pinterest:

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Finally, Someone Has Made A 'Pause' Button For Emails

92246650Aye Moah of Baydin Inc has done busy people everywhere  a giant favor.

She's created a Gmail/Chrome extension called INBOX  PAUSE. This glorious tool was discovered by The Next Web's Zee Kane.

It does exactly what you think it does. It prevents  any more emails from popping up in your inbox the moment you press the  "pause" button. Emails are stored in a hidden place until you're ready to  receive them.

What's more, INBOX PAUSE can send auto-replies to email  senders saying their messages were not received -- kind of like a voicemail box  that's run out of room.

When your inbox is paused, a Gmail-style yellow banner appears at the top of  your inbox that reads, "Your inbox is currently paused. Please click the blue  UNPAUSE button to see what's waiting for you."

INBOX PAUSE is currently available for Chrome.  "Take a break from email," the creator says. "Be Free."

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