Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Internet taxes could slam California

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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California benefits from the Internet currently being largely tax-free. Generally, the only taxes are for signing up for a local Internet service provider. It's a flat fee no matter if you hog the Internet by watching continuous Netflix videos, or more profitably use your time reading everything on ...

Can GOP stop FCC attack on the Internet?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
CBS tried to kill a book

The Federal Communications Commission, controlled by Obama Democrats, is poised to impose a 1930s telephone-regulation model on the Internet. It makes no sense in a time when Internet costs drop by half every year to 18 months. They call it "net neutrality," but it should be called "government ta...

Good news: Lantern brings Internet to everybody

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
NEW: Good news: Lantern brings Internet to everybody

Some good news. A new pocket-sized, solar-powered device, Lantern, brings the Internet to everybody -- including the poorest people who have no local Internet. Lantern brings down satellite signals to your computer or smart phone, then lets you communicate with the world. So people living in som...

Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Moore's Law

The Internet was invented in California in 1969 as a government project. But the critical technology, the World Wide Web, was invented in Switzerland 25 years ago this week by one man, Tim Berners-Lee. He created the universal Hypertext Markup Language, hence the "http://" at the beginning of Intern...

Will NSA snooping kill CA prosperity?

Friday, October 25th, 2013
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Since California invented the Internet more than four decades ago, we've ruled the digital roost. Others have contributed, such as CERN in Switzerland and companies in other high-tech centers in America, such as Austin, Tex. and Boston's Route 128. But Silicon Valley remains the place you wanna be i...

Internet vs. NSA

Monday, September 16th, 2013
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Kerry attacks Internet

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
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One of the biggest snobs ever is John Kerry, now the U.S. secretary of state. He wants to rule our lives without us objecting. And he doesn't like it that the Internet makes it easier for us to find out what's going on and object. He said on his recent trip to Brazil: "I'm a student of history, and...

FPPC chair backs away from mandatory disclosure of blogger payments

Monday, April 30th, 2012

April 30, 2012 By John Hrabe  Following widespread criticism from online pundits and free speech advocates, California’s political watchdog is backing away from a plan to require news websites and bloggers to disclose payments received from campaigns and political committees. Ann Ravel, chairw...

L.A. Times’ Annoying Gatekeeping

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

John Seiler: I subscribe to the Los Angeles Times' Sunday edition. So I get access to their online edition without paying more. But it's annoying. I have virus programs that reglarly get rid of the cookies that retain my log-on information. So I have to key it in the password almost every day. Whi...

Tax-Funded Handout: Free WiFi

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Ali Meyer: Looks like California taxpayers may have one more thing to pay for on their list.  State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, is attempting to pass SCR 6, which will provide free Internet service for at least 10 years to those living in state affordable housing.  The concurrent resolut...