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Ten states will start collecting sales tax from out-of-state online retailers, thanks to a series of new laws created in response to the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June.

Tidewater Direct LLC, specializing in Web offset and inkjet trade printing and finishing for the direct mail industry, has announced the installation of a 10-color Sanden 1500 printing press for its West Branch Iowa location. This marks the third Sanden in Iowa and the eighth in the company’s fleet of continuous forms direct mail printing presses.

A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. The amendment, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and Tom Latham, R-Iowa, was approved easily by the full Appropriations Committee … The six-day rider has been included in every postal-related appropriations bill since 1983. Several members of the committee from both parties spoke during Wednesday’s markup in support of the amendment.

Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations. Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, chided the company, saying she was concerned it had changed its explanation of how it was responding to the breach. McCaskill told Reuters she was troubled to learn Experian has recently said it would not be able to notify people whose social security numbers were compromised in the scheme. "It's troubling that Experian would wait three months after

In the final week of May 2009, BookExpo America—the vast annual book publishing conference—took place at the Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan.

According to the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat, a panel featured 56-year-old editor Tina Brown (Tatler [U.K.], The New Yorker, Talk, Vanity Fair and currently railing against for its lowball pricing of books for the magical new e-reading machine, Kindle.

"$9.99 is a paltry, pitiful sum," Brown proclaimed.

Brown is a great editor, but she doesn't know squat about book publishing or business models.

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