| May 21, 2013
| 7:09 AM
Amazon's hosting service has been approved for government use, a formerly obscure math lecturer has received hard-won praise for an incredible accomplishment, and Oklahoma City is working to dig out from a devastating tornado. Welcome to your online...
| May 6, 2013
| 4:45 PM
The Senate voted Monday to allow states to assess a sales tax on purchases from Amazon.com, eBay and other online retailers in a bipartisan measure that would also reduce the increase planned for Maryland's gas tax.
The bill, which passed 69-27, would...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Imagine you are a benevolent monarch and you have the power to institute a sales tax. (Even benevolent government has to be financed, after all.) Would you set one up that gave preference to sellers located outside your kingdom and penalized your own...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 7:13 AM
Black Friday is a big day for brick-and-mortar retailers, as they hope to lure consumers in with "doorbuster" sales.
But this year's Black Friday was also huge for online sales. ComScore is reporting that e-commerce sales for the Friday after...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 8:49 AM
Retail analysts reported a curious trend this Black Friday. On the traditional first shopping day of the Christmas season, the number of visits to malls, big box stores and other retailers increased, according to the analytics firm ShopperTrak, but the...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 3:41 PM
Noel Tshiani wasn't at his wedding — he listened by phone in another country to the ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to court records — but he's just as married as if he'd stood at his bride's side. And soon, he'll be...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 3:10 PM
If you were among the millions expected to shop online on Cyber Monday, you had a hand in bumping ecommerce sales over last year's, some preliminary data is showing.
Though final statistics for the day's traffic and sales are not yet out, PayPal reported...
| Sep 30, 2012
| 3:33 PM
Mary Morton moved away from Baltimore earlier this year but returned on Sunday for the city's annual book festival.
Morton, who now lives in Hagerstown, has attended almost every Baltimore Book Festival since its inception in 1996. The festival has...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 3:00 AM
In principle, the National Security Agency's vast data collection operation is troubling, but in the age of Google and Facebook, it feels like having just one more Big Brother in a growing family of Big Brothers.
In response to the revelation that the...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 5:59 AM
Snapping her own picture for the author's portrait on the young adult fantasy novel "Cursed with Power," Lindsey Sablowski didn't notice the way half of her youthful face was brightly illuminated while the other half was deep in shadow.
But Sigmund Freud...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 10:04 AM
For romance writer Suzie Carr, inspiration comes from everyday life.
Through her lesbian romance novels, she tackles topics such as adultery, temptation, bullying and coming of age. She says she hopes those themes resonate with her readers and bring...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 4:45 AM
Maryland has to settle for the NIT, Cyprus is thinking about taxing bank deposits, and it turns out that your Amazon bestseller won't actually make you rich. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for Monday, March 18, 2013.
An author who managed...