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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  • 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.

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

  • 8. Nobody is quite sure why tech stocks have recently tumbled

    After weeks of sluggish activity in public tech stocks, like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and Netflix — ahead of Weibo's initial public offering, Recode this week suggested that the reason was… well, that nobody actually knew. In reality, many companies are doing better year-over-year than during the past month, which has seen some stocks down by double-digits percentage points.

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

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