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Nervous about the internet sales tax bill that just flew through the Senate on Monday? A new report claims that it's not quite out of the woods yet, while Amazon beats Google to paid Android apps in China and Facebook Messenger finally adds the stickers recently enabled in the full official Facebook app. Ready to read more? Click on and find out what else is making news!
The Washington Times is reporting that, although the Senate has passed a bill which will allow states to begin collecting sales tax for online purchases made regardless of whether the e-tailer has a sales presence there, internet shoppers shouldn't hang their heads quite yet. That's because the Marketplace Fairness Act still has to pass through the House of Representatives, where it's expected to face much tougher scrutiny than it did from Senators, who passed the bill with a 69-27 vote on Monday. So, keep your fingers crossed, folks...
Facebook updated its Messenger for iPhone app on Monday, adding stickers to its free instant messaging service, much in the same way it did recently on the official Facebook app. Users can now tap the smiley icon to add "cute critters" to their messages, sending free stickers with only a tap or buying more by tapping on the basket icon. If you're not seeing the feature quite yet, don't panic: Facebook says it's rolling out to users "over the next few weeks." The update also restores a previous feature allowing users to delete conversation with a swipe, as well as the usual bug fixes.
Reuters is reporting that Amazon has once again bested Google by introducing its Appstore in China, offering Android customers in that country paid apps for the first time. While Google Play does exist in China, the storefront only offers free apps, providing a significant advantage for Amazon when it comes to premium app offerings. The move follows the debut of the Kindle e-book store in China back in December.
As noted by Cult of Mac, Subtitles is a new Mac App Store title which makes it a snap for users to drag and drop video files of any format and automatically download accompanying subtitles for movies or TV shows. While there are plenty of other paid options for doing the same thing, Subtitles does it for free, and with plenty of style, too. The app is a little light on preferences -- there's just one, for determining which languages you want to search, but otherwise looks like a nice option for finding SRT files without a lot of effort.
Microsoft's Blogging Windows had a few items of interest on Tuesday, including news that the company's latest Windows 8 has now hit 100 million licenses sold in the six months since launching. The second bit of news may be more exciting to those waiting anxiously for the next version, with word that Windows 8.1 -- code-named "Windows Blue" -- will be unveiled at the end of June at Microsoft's annual BUILD developer conference, where a public preview of the software will be available for all to tinker with. Various rumors claim Microsoft will return at least partial traditional Start menu use to the next version, so those averse to the tiled look may have something to look forward to there.
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