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The New Old ‘Speech Police’

You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Connections. Networking. The insiders game. How about, “it’s not what you’ve done but who you follow?” Could who you track on social media, regardless of whether you just lurk or engage, get you excluded from things in the real world like jobs or …

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Why New Hampshire’s ‘hurried’ Internet Sales Tax Solution Had to Die

The recent scramble to “do something” after the Wayfair decision said states could tax internet sales was big news. When the New Hampshire House killed the ‘bipartisan’ draft language that was big news. What should be even bigger news is that the language the committee used to draft the proposed legislation could hand some measure of “tax administration …

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SCOTUS Upholds South Dakota’s Right to Tax Online Sales From Retailers Outside the State

Yuck. The Commerce Clause must not prefer interstate commerce only to the point where a merchant physically crosses state borders. Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this Court’s precedents. This Court should not prevent States from collecting lawful taxes through a physical presence rule …

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Senator Shaheen’s Selective Defense Of Small Business Owners

New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation is unified in its defense of the Granite State from efforts to make online purchases taxable. Their primary objection, and I’ll use Senator Shaheen as my whipping donkey for this, is the burden it puts on small business owners. As a former small business owner, I know that most small businesses …

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Data Point: The Internet of Things

Or, as the post said: “What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet A home science experiment that probed billions of Internet devices reveals that thousands of industrial and business systems offer remote access to anyone” And he found some disturbing stuff about security, too.  Larger picture if you click twice (and go to …

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Google Gives Us A Hint About Warrentless Electronic Searches

  From CNET Google today became the first Internet company to shed light on a highly secret — and controversial — warrantless electronic data-gathering technique used by the FBI. The technique allows FBI officials to send a secret request to Web and telecommunications companies requesting “name, address, length of service,” and other information about users …

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