Technology

Thune calls for permanent ban on Internet tax

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) called on Congress to pass a bill that would permanently extend a moratorium on taxing the Internet.

“Taxes will be levied if we don’t act by November,” Thune said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Rather than wait for angry constituents, let’s be proactive and pass this bill today.”

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King: Chinese spying proves need for cyber security bill

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the Department of Justice’s decision to charge five Chinese soldiers for cyber spying on U.S. companies but said Congress should also pass a comprehensive cyber security bill.

“For far too long hackers in China have stolen our intellectual property, our technology blueprints, our business plans — in effect, our ideas — which has put some Americans in manufacturing states like Maine out of work,” King said Monday. “It’s time we fight back.”

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Hatch to introduce bill protecting songwriters' compensation

Singer-songwriter Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced Monday that he would introduce a bill to ensure songwriters are fairly compensated.

Hatch, who sings and plays the piano, organ and violin, has written dozens of songs including more recently a hip-hop-style Hannukah song titled “Eight Days of Hanukkah.”

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