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Amazon agrees to collect sales tax in 2013: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that his company will not challenge a California law to require online retailers to collect sales taxes, and will not close its facilities to try to avoid the tax, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company struck a deal with California legislators earlier this month to drop its efforts to place an initiative on the ballot to repeal the tax. Bezos said Amazon will begin collecting the tax by 2013, when the law goes into effect. A federal bill to allow states to collect online sales taxes is pending in Congress.

Energy and Commerce subcommittee schedules privacy hearing: The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade scheduled a privacy hearing for 9 a.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 5. The hearing is titled “Protecting Childrens Privacy in an Electronic World.” The subcommittee did not announce any witnesses. 

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Free Press, a liberal advocacy group, sued the Federal Communications Commission over its net-neutrality rules, arguing the rules do not do enough to protect wireless Internet access.

Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s practice of collecting data from users even after they log out of their accounts. 

CTIA–The Wireless Association is confident that the supercommittee will include spectrum auctions in its deficit-reduction plan.