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Comcast’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner is getting lots of negative reviews, but the monopolistic nature of cable service today makes it difficult for customers to see what’s going to change if the nation’s No. 1 cable company merges with the No. 2 firm.

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Soccer is the game of the future, its deriders have long said, and always will be. After the latest news that Patch, the pet project of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, has laid off two-thirds of its remaining staff, you have to wonder if hyperlocal news sites are becoming the European football of journalism.

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Net neutrality is a simple concept: All data are created equally. Or, at least, should be treated equally. It means, at its base, TimeWarner, Verizon, Comcast, or some other broadband provider cannot discriminate in data speed.

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Technology has been credited - some would say condemned - for launching the demise of newspapers and other media. Now, the computer industry has been identified as the bogeyman in the problems facing a number of emerging programs at the state and national level.

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What if Massachusetts levied a tax and no one wanted to pay it?  The business community is in full chuck-the-tea-in-Boston-Harbor mode over the new computer and software services tax.  

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After years of sitting on the fence, the state’s top CEOs came out against Cape Wind yesterday in a series of full-page newspaper ads in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Cape Cod Times.

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There’s something ironic, perhaps disconcerting, about a tech company built on people’s ability to access it from anywhere forcing its employees to work in the office rather than at home.

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The Boston cab industry has never been much of a sympathetic character. So it was no surprise when the state’s August attempt to shut down the cell-phone-based cab service known as Uber was reversed in the face of outright hostility from the startup’s many fans. But in acting so quickly to placate a growing tech company, the state missed an opportunity to both fix its antiquated taxi regulations and prepare for the onslaught of similar apps about to hit the market.

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Commuters getting on the MBTA this morning may have found the ride a little bit more predictable. The Globe reports that the T is beginning to roll out a countdown system on its LED displays today that lets riders know exactly how many minutes away the next train is. 
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The World Wide Web is getting crowded, or so they say, so the international nonprofit that governs the way the Internet operates decided to see if there was any interest in creating new domains to conquer.

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Today marks the fourth day of South by Southwest (SXSW), a conference that attracts almost 50,000 people and showcases the latest in music, film, and technology each year in Austin. Back here in Boston, the business pages are highlighting our own cluster of tech companies in areas like social networking, retail, and health care; the big concern is that these startups could be lost to places like Austin and San Francisco.

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How much are our jokes, our stories, our likes and dislikes, our pictures, our family and friends worth? To you, priceless, but on the open market, perhaps as much as $100 billion.

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President Obama came out against some of the provisions in the two bills in Congress that would put the boot on online piracy so you’d think the remaining Republican contenders would make it one of their top priorities to pass the bills, no?

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