Many moons to see in the sky or online

By now, you’re probably aware of the upcoming “Super Moon” on Wednesday. A super moon is when you have a new or full moon at the same time the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The lunar disc will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. But […]

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North Dakota plays role in taxation of ecommerce

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling it made nearly 30 years ago that, in effect, left most of the Internet a tax-free ecommerce landscape. What’s interesting about this from a provincial point of view is that the original 1992 ruling was prompted by North Dakota’s tax department, then led by Heidi […]

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Online streaming offers few rights

What you think you own in the digital world is more likely just temporary rental rights. Consider: A reader named Phil recently asked me about issues with FilmOn, www.filmon.com, a live TV and movie streaming company that acquired the movie streaming service, CinemaNow, in 2016. CinemaNow members were able to purchase and stream numerous movies […]

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Internet Truths 2018 Edition

As we start 2018, here is my annual list of internet truths: observations and advice that serve as the “warning label” on a technology woven into the fabric of daily existence. • You can’t trust the internet. Fake news, clickbait headlines, agenda-driven content, malicious gossip, biased opinions disguised as unbiased views, statements and images deliberately […]

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