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Senate passes Internet sales tax in final vote, 69-27

The US Senate passed an online sales tax in a vote this afternoon after a heated final round of debate. A small group of anti-tax Republicans, as well as Democratic Senators from states without sales tax like Montana and Oregon,

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TED.com – Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

Clay Shirky delivers a clear and cogent history and explanation of PIPA/SOPA, walking through through both the intent and what the ramifications of the bill and how it changes the entire legal system under which websites operate.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation – The Internet at its Best

EFF highlights some of the largest sites that participated in the SOPA/PIPA blackout.

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American Civil Liberties Union – It Was Close, But We Won: Viva Net Neutrality!

Yeah for Net Neutrality, boo for my State Senator being the one who introduced this resolution.

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The White House – Direct the Patent Office to Cease Issuing Software Patents

Why haven’t you signed this petition?

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Universal Hub – Court says state law used to ban recording of police officers in public is unconstitutional

I could not be happier with this ruling.

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NYTimes.com – Its Gene Patents Upheld, Myriad Genetics Moves to Protect Its Secrets

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the idea of patents on genes, the fact that these patents are forcing patients to undergo a more expensive and less effective procedure should give anyone concern.

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Ars Technica – Does not compute: court says only hard math is patentable

The court seems to be trying to not rule against all software patents while acknowledging they are broken and need to be reformed.

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Groklaw – Google Reexam Requests Devastating to Lodsys

What’s interesting about this story is the suspicion that Google and Apple had not previously filed re-examination requests because their agreements with Lodsys prevented such an action, apparently not so at least for Google.

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The Economist – Intellectual property: Patents against prosperity

Yet another in a long line of articles decrying the patent system.

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