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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  • 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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  • 7. As Detroit's tech sector expands, Silicon Valley contracts

    Detroit: home of the U.S. automotive industry, but also home to one of the largest growing tech sectors in North America. Thanks to a larger presence by car-makers at tech trade shows, touting their in-car technology solutions, Detroit is growing larger than Silicon Valley year-over-year. According to a new research study, tech industry employment in metro Detroit is up by 15 percent on the prior year, while Silicon Valley saw a 4 percent decline.

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