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April 13, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Wants Facebook Regulated; Murphy Grills Pompeo

by Peter Urban | Apr 13, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House | New London | Technology sector

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through hours of questioning this week from a jumbo-sized panel of U.S. senators — including Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal — eager to get their two cents in on how the social media platform handles the personal information of its users.

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April 6, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Zuckerberg to Face Unfriendly Congress

by Peter Urban | Apr 6, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | Technology sector

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be on Capitol Hill next week to face members of Congress — including Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal — upset with how the social media giant has handled the personal data of its users.

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January 12, 2018

OP-ED | Who Needs Illinois? Connecticut Should Channel Oregon

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 12, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Technology sector | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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When it comes to leaving Connecticut, there’s data and then there’s data. Since we live in a place that is obviously in some stage of decline, we’ve all suspected that people are moving out of the state in droves, even as census numbers suggested we were pretty much holding our own until a few years ago.

But now we have a different set of numbers that, while unscientific, nonetheless show what many of us have suspected for years: there aren’t many people who want to move here.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | Dec 15, 2017 5:11pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Education | Media Matters | White House | Newtown | Technology sector

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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OP-ED | State’s Congressional Delegation Got It Right on #NetNeutrality

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 15, 2017 6:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Equality | Opinion | Technology sector

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Well, yesterday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission gave us all an early stocking-stuffer. Connecticut residents and Internet users across the country are the recipients of an unwanted gift: new rules that will lift restrictions on the ability of Internet service providers to execute a pay-to-play model for content creators.

The end of the so-called net neutrality rules that have been the order of the day since 2015 when the administration of President Barack Obama put them in place would likely mean, as aptly described by the tech site Inverse, that “service providers like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon could give huge tech company customers like Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu access to priority ‘fast lanes,’ which would leave smaller companies at a disadvantage if they can’t afford to pay ISPs for that access.”

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October 19, 2017

OP-ED | City Impossible: The Weird, Wonderful World of the Amazon HQ2 Proposal

by Susan Bigelow | Oct 19, 2017 5:52pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Technology sector | Jobs | Opinion | State Capitol | Transportation | East Hartford | Enfield | Hartford | Stamford | West Hartford

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Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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CTISPRIME.COM

by Christine Stuart | Oct 19, 2017 4:21pm
Posted to: Economic Development | The Economy | Technology sector | Jobs | Hartford | Stamford

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut submitted two bids to Amazon Thursday in hopes of landing the company’s coveted second headquarter location, which comes with the promise of 50,000 jobs.

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June 16, 2017

OP-ED | Rent Seeking In The Capitol: Paranoia About The Optometry App

by Terry Cowgill | Jun 16, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | CT Tech Junkie | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | Technology sector

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Smack in the middle of a towering state budget crisis, and as the General Assembly goes into special session to deal with it, it might seem very small of a Connecticut political columnist to devote time and space to a segment of the business community that’s afraid of competition, but here goes anyway.

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June 9, 2017

OP-ED | Big Ideas Are Needed to Grow the Economy and Solve the Budget Mess

by Barth Keck | Jun 9, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Economic Development | Workforce Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Technology sector | Manufacturing Sector | Jobs | State Budget | Danbury | Torrington

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The recent economic news in Connecticut is Dickensian.

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June 8, 2017

Tesla Bill Dies Again

by Jack Kramer | Jun 8, 2017 12:00am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Energy Sector | Technology sector | Retail Sector | Environment | Transportation | DMV

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Another General Assembly session has come and gone and Connecticut consumers will still have to travel to Massachusetts or New York to purchase vehicles manufactured by Tesla.

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