Welcome to the first of March, read on to see what you need to know this morning.

1. New tax on ecommerce in Thailand to be introduced in April

The Revenue Department says it will enforce a new law to tax cross-border ecommerce transactions by April, a move that could hinder the growth of the sector.

The development by the tax collection agency is intended to increase tax collection efficiency, particularly for fast-growing cross-border ecommerce transactions.

The Revenue department will apply e-tax invoicing via email for companies with annual revenue of less than $85,7600 (30 million baht) to facilitate small ecommerce merchants in processing VAT issues. It plans to launch a full tax invoicing system for large enterprises in the near future.

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2. Alibaba calls out China to be harder on counterfeiters 

At a press conference, Alibaba representatives said that China’s current anti-counterfeiting laws are too ambiguous, “letting products sip through the cracks along the manufacturing chain.”

Last year, while the company fought and ultimately lost the battle to stay a part of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, its team came across almost 4,500 counterfeiting leads, but had just 469 cases and ultimately just 33 convictions because of loopholes in the laws.

The latest developments in Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting saga may indicate that, down the line, there will be further support from outside parties to legitimize the products sold on its platform.

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3. Recommended Reading: The future of shopping is more discrimination

This new stage of retailing—a stage that harks back to 18th-century strategies of price and product discrimination—is only beginning.

Merchants, left to their own interests and in response to hypercompetition, will create a world where what individuals experience when they shop will be based on data-driven profiling.

At present, shoppers have little or no insight into the profiles and how they are used

Read the rest of the article from the Atlantic here


4. Community Chatter: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick filmed during a heated argument with Uber driver

The video shows Kalanick getting angry at the driver, Fawzi Kamel, who complained about the company decreasing prices for its UberBlack service. Kalanick claimed that wasn’t true.

Upon the release of the video, Kalanick issued an email apology to his staff at Uber.

It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for Uber, following sexual harassment claims.

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