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Tech at Night: The Christmas debit card hacks weren’t just at Target. A Free Market debate on Retransmission Consent.

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Can someone explain to me why the government feels the need to target a private company in the press? This reminds me of Russia. This isn’t justice, this is a vindictive Obama administration asserting power for the sake of power. They’re Marxists who wish to take down private industry because it is successful. If this were about mere antitrust, there would be no need to jockey in the press. But the surface allegations are mere pretext. That’s why they aren’t content to win. They have to attack and to destroy.

The FCC continues to be lawless as well, having rushed its prison phone power grab. But you won’t see any administration lawyers running to the press to condemn that.

So it turns out it wasn’t just Target that got its register systems broken into over the Christmas shopping season. Oh boy. Cue hysterical Democrat bleating to blame the victims some more, instead of standing up to the Anarchist wing of their own party, as was seen in the former Occupy “protests.”

If the new Google+ email feature is so great, why is Larry Page opting out? It’s like when Barack Obama isn’t ever going to have to work through his own pathetic Obamacare exchanges.

Socialistic property grabs are coming to California, and may serve as model for socialistic grabs of copyrights and patents, too. Watch out.

Fred Campbell debates the Free State Foundation on Retransmission Consent. Both sides are clearly in favor of free markets, but we who favor free markets are always in a difficult spot when it comes to regulatory reform. Regulations are often like a giant Jenga puzzle, where bureaucrats conspire with one big business, then another, picking one winner here, and another loser there. So when we deregulate, private businesses scream bloody murder, and then we have to look carefully about how to take out the right set of balanced regulations.

I’m inclined to support the Scalise-DeMint plan, and have been for a while. But I understand and respect Campbell’s concerns. However I think that Campbell seems to assume that one must be an over-the-air broadcaster to thrive in the market, and that’s wrong. If we listen to the very same broadcast industry, using an antenna to pick up their signals is “piracy,” per their Aereo suits. The Internet’s here. Let’s see the forces of creative destruction at work in the broadcast industry. Let the ineffective and unwanted close up, and free that spectrum for Internet use.

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