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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2704 - December 27, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 5

Amazon Joins Google and Microsoft in Opening Boston Office

By Ina Steiner
December 27, 2011

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Amazon.com will open an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The city is home to satellite offices of several other big-name high tech firms, including Google and Microsoft, which has its NERD research center (New England Research & Development Center) in Kendall Square.

The new office would be Amazon's first presence in Massachusetts, whose Department of Revenue would likely expect the ecommerce site to begin collecting sales tax from in-state transactions. Amazon has resisted collecting sales tax in states in which it has affiliates and says it supports a simplified nationwide system of state and local sales tax collection. Several such bills have been introduced into Congress this year.

Boston radio station WBUR said Amazon is trying to open an office by February 1 with a handful of engineers but is looking for space that could eventually house 100 to 150 employees.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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