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Internet taxes could slam California

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

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Can GOP stop FCC attack on the Internet?

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

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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

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Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web

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

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Will NSA snooping kill CA prosperity?

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

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Kerry attacks Internet

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

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FPPC chair backs away from mandatory disclosure of blogger payments 9

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.

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L.A. Times’ Annoying Gatekeeping 0

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

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Tax-Funded Handout: Free WiFi 0

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

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