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The Internet, itself, is hardly news — but its far-reaching, lightening-speed impact is hard to ignore. Today’s global technology system actually took more than 60 years to come of age. Started during the 1950s by military officials concerned that Russia might attack the United States during the Cold War, that technology became the precursor to… Continue Reading How Internet, social media have evolved

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Time to tax Internet sales

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Last summer, the El Paso County commissioners revised the way that the county collects use tax on building supplies. For many years, the county had relied upon the city to collect the 1 percent tax, which builders are obligated to pay for materials used in commercial or residential construction. Payment of the tax was on… Continue Reading Time to tax Internet sales

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Eleven more reasons you gotta love the Internet

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While I’ve been known to be enticed to embark upon a shopping excursion from time to time, wandering the malls has never been near the top of my “to-do” list. Add in the crowds that usually accompany the holiday season, and it slips even farther. So, if like me, the whole communal shopping experience isn’t… Continue Reading Eleven more reasons you gotta love the Internet

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Colorado and Connected Nation are mapping the state to determine which areas have access to broadband Internet connections. Visitors to http://www.connectcolorado.org/ can test the speed of their connections, comment about how broadband has affected their lives and provide consumer feedback. Visitors without broadband access can add their name and address to a database of households that would… Continue Reading Connected Nation mapping state’s broadband access

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Health care site examines reform plans

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A new health care reform Web site, provides politicians’ viewpoints on the subject, as well as opinion, news and analysis aimed at increasing the dialogue about health care. The site, www.reformplans.com, plans to facilitate a “broad discussion” of the issues through an outline of various health care reform proposals, and features a plan comparison grid… Continue Reading Health care site examines reform plans

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Identity thieves wearing banking masks

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A number of bogus bank sites are popping up on the Web, seeking to steal identity information. Representatives from BauerFinancial Inc. say consumers can visit their Web site to confirm a bank’s legitimacy or call the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at (877) 275-3342. For credit union verification, visit the National Credit Union Administration. Experts also… Continue Reading Identity thieves wearing banking masks

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Venture capital in India reaches record

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The Dow Jones VentureSource reports that venture capitalists invested $928 million via 80 deals in entrepreneurial companies in India, during 2007. The figure represents a 166 percent increase over 2006, this is the highest total on record for the region. “Service-oriented companies in India continue to attract investment and this is likely due to their… Continue Reading Venture capital in India reaches record

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The Small Business Administration’s new online assessment resources are intended to help hopeful entrepreneurs evaluate their readiness for starting a small business. “Small Business Readiness” and the “8(a) Business Development” assessment have been used by 125,000 budding entrepreneurs during the past three months. Based on the results, entrepreneurs are directed to the SBA training resources… Continue Reading SBA offers online assessment tools for entrepreneurs

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Fewer mortgage lenders online

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It was bound to happen. In light of contracting trends in the credit industry mortgage lenders are “disappearing from the ranks of the biggest Internet advertisers,” Mortgage Daily.com reported this week. At the same time, spending by some mortgage lead generators and their parent companies remained strong. Nielsen Online’s Top 10 Advertisers by Estimated Spending… Continue Reading Fewer mortgage lenders online

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The National Retail Federation is alerting online customers to be careful when purchasing common household items through online auction sites. The cosmetics, health and beauty products could be stolen or possibly tainted, the retail industry nonprofit said. Well-known products found in health and personal care aisles nationwide are being targeted by organized retail crime rings.… Continue Reading Beware of health and beauty products on auction Web sites

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