Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 15, 2011

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Amazon is trying to push a voter initiative in California that would prevent the state from collecting sales tax on Internet purchases. The company fears that California’s new laws to collect Internet retail tax will be adopted by other states. Internet retailers could bring the state around $200 million in revenue this year alone. In other news, streaming music service Spotify officially launched in the U.S. You can currently request an invitation for limited ad-supported streaming or pay for one of the monthly subscription plans. $4.99 a month gives you ad-free unlimited streaming and $9.99 allows you to stream your playlists on mobile devices, even when offline. And finally, the U.S. military announced that it would provide cyber-protection for key institutions and utility companies. The National Security Agency will provide intelligence and help eliminate malicious threats. It’s still uncertain how exactly the government plans on monitoring the networks.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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