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It’s been a busy news week for watchers of Internet retail. Cyber Monday’s results are in, and it proved to be record shattering: a 20.6% increase over 2012 sales, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

Ironically, while shoppers were busy clicking on their smartphones, tablets and computers, the US Supreme Court declined to review a New York case involving efforts to compel online retailers to collect sales tax from shoppers in areas where they do not have a physical presence. Instead of having a national precedent, online sales taxes remain a state-by-state issue, unless the controversial Marketplace Fairness Act is passed.

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