10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including which city is doing more for tech than Silicon Valley, and Samsung's biggest ally.


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  • 4. Apple bought 24 companies in 18 months

    In the past year-and-a-half, Apple has made two-dozen acquisitions (which we know of), chief executive Tim Cook announced at the company's fiscal second quarter earnings. That includes HopStop, BroadMap, Embark, Locationary, Topsy, Novauris and PrimeSense. That's up from 15 acquisitions in 2013, according to Cook in October. Despite having more than $159 billion in cash in the bank, Cook previously said he wasn't going to "buy something for the purposes of just being big." He added on the call that it has to work "culturally" with Apple's mindset and mentality. 

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  • 5. Brazil has its own "Internet Bill of Rights"

    Brazil is one of the first countries in the world to adopt an "Internet constitution," guaranteeing principles, rights, and guarantees for Internet users in the country. It comes after President Dilma Rousseff was reportedly directly hit by the Edward Snowden leaks, after the U.S. National Security Agency was found to have spied on her communications. Brazil continues to work towards laws that require Brazilian data to be stored domestically, outside of the hands of prying eyes.

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  • 6. State taxes can reduce household spending on Amazon by 10 percent

    U.S. states that impose sales tax from online purchases, including California and Texas, have a direct impact on Amazon.com sales, university researchers have found. Reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday, sales to the retail giant's site fell by about 10 percent compared to states that don't impose a tax.

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