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Advertisers shouldn’t fear the Fiscal Cliff

It can be easy to forget that at this time four years ago, the future of the global economy was in limbo. Financial markets around the world were in chaos and the specter of a global depression was being taken seriously.

Today, the internet economy is booming and retailers are expressing optimism for the holiday shopping season.

But under the surface, there is growing concern. As AdAge points out, if you take away all of the advertising activity around the Olympics and the United States election cycle, ad sales have been softer this year. And now advertisers have a new worry: the Fiscal Cliff.

Is the press treating Apple differently without Steve Jobs?

Apple isn’t the same company without Steve Jobs at the helm, but that’s easy to forget when looking at the company’s financial performance since its co-founder and chief visionary passed last year.

Despite questions about Apple’s ability to thrive long-term without Jobs, consumers continue to snap up the company’s latest and greatest products at remarkable, record-breaking rates.

2011: new year, same internet tax drama

In 2010, major online retailers in the United States which operate affiliate programs saw their businesses threatened by new state laws that would force them to collect state sales tax if they have affiliates in the state.

Despite the fact that these laws don’t generate the revenue they’re supposed to, and typically spark high-profile backlashes, it appears that the push to tax internet retail through ‘affiliate taxes‘ will continue into 2011.