Eva Blue/Flickr

What happens if online retailers have to charge sales tax?

Apr 26, 2018
"This is a very big deal ... for all small entrepreneurs everywhere," Etsy's CEO says.
FedEx worker sort through a pile of boxes at the FedEx sort facility at the Oakland International Airport in December 2006 in California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Data Economy: How we gave up on privacy

Apr 10, 2018
We've ignored the steady erosion of our online privacy, but maybe no longer.
In this photo illustration, the logo of the multi-faceted internet giant Google is reflected in the eye of a woman looking at a computer screen, April 13, 2006 in London, England.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

What we don’t know about social media may hurt us

Apr 2, 2018
Lots of Facebook users have no real idea what happens to the data they share online.

Retailers rethink physical stores as online shopping grows

Dec 19, 2017
Retailers are shrinking stores and making them more interactive to make them more attractive to customers.
Nordstrom Local opened in Oct. on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, California. 
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Surviving as an independent publisher in the digital age

Dec 6, 2017
One magazine owner shares his story.
As audiences move to mobile, it can be hard for independent publishers to keep up.
Andrew Ross/AFP/Getty Images

Can technology make the census more accurate?

Oct 31, 2017
The census influences how hundreds of billions of dollars are spent. Will reaching out online improve the response rate?
Forms for Census 2010 are displayed during an event April 1, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

You could be paying more sales tax online if states get their way

May 16, 2017
Amazon has agreed to collect sales tax on all its transactions. Now states are targeting all other online retailers.
A parcel is prepared for dispatch at an Amazon warehouse. 
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Stores offer deep online discounts – but is that sustainable?

Dec 7, 2016
There are five Saturdays in December this year. Why is that significant? You get an extra day for last-minute shopping. But if the holiday sales season feels extra-long this year, it’s not just because of the calendar. Stores are offering…
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Battle against sex trafficking turns to prostitution review sites

Sep 16, 2016
A Seattle bust exposed online sex buyers who are treading on a new level of criminal behavior.
Surveillance video recorded by undercover detective Luke Hillman of the King County Sheriff’s Office during one of the league’s meetups in a Seattle bar November 10, 2015.
King's County Prosecutors Office