Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jamie Halper Globe Correspondent July 31, 2018 Tobacco retailers have mixed reviews for a new law that raises the legal age for purchasing tobacco in Massachusetts to 21.The law standardizes the minimum age across the state, where more than 170 municipalities, including Boston and Worcester, had already raised the age above 18.Ryan Kearney, general counsel for Retailers Association of Massachusetts, said the group supported the statewide approach to raising the tobacco age, because the “piecemeal” approach of individual city ordinances was costly and created competitive advantages for retailers in places with 18-year-old minimums. Nonetheless, he said the law creates a disadvantage for Massachusetts retailers compared to out-of-state markets, especially for businesses situated near the border, and with the online market. Advertisement The new … [Read more...] about Retailers give new tobacco law mixed reviews
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by ByKate Conger and Adam Satariano Nov. 5, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter created a team to automatically seek out suspicious activity, like thousands of messages intended to suppress the vote. It began coordinating closely with the Department of Homeland Security. And it recently introduced a tool to help people more easily report misleading tweets. Ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday, “we are more prepared than we have ever been,” said Del Harvey, Twitter’s head of trust and safety. Yet over the past few months, Twitter has also grappled with a profusion of accounts masquerading as state Republican officials, and accounts pushing memes that falsely claimed immigration officials would be patrolling polling stations. Last week, researchers at Oxford University said Twitter now had 5 percent … [Read more...] about Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up
In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our every move.While Edward Snowden’s revelations may have been eye opening (and headline-grabbing), the government has long been first in line to develop and use technology like geolocation and biometrics. Homeland Security insists that biometrics are essential in national defense – identify and stop the bad guys. The feds have also pushed biometrics in immigration reform bills for over a decade and continue to push that legislation forward. And your location? Well, law enforcement has been conducting warrantless geolocation tracking for years!States have also been active in this area – passing legislation to allow the storage of the high resolution photos they take of you at the DMV in a … [Read more...] about On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me… Re: Fingerprint Reader
Updated: The modern law practice is evolving. Technology continues to erase physical borders as innovative lawyers seek out new ways to serve their clients with increased flexibility, greater access and lower cost structures.For many, the practice of the future involves virtual law offices, which allow lawyers to offer a traditional suite of services without being tethered to what they see as costly and, for the most part, unnecessary office space. But for every lawyer who claims that virtual law offices are the way of the future, there are those who remain unconvinced that traditional brick-and-mortar structured office suites should become optional.But should they? Are virtual law offices really changing the law practice landscape? Or are VLOs business as usual?On May 7, Stephanie Kimbro and Brian Tannebaum, both well versed in the issues surrounding virtual law offices, squared off with their perspectives during a Twitter debate sponsored by 22 Tweets and the ABA Journal.Meet the … [Read more...] about Twitter Debate: Virtual Law Offices — Game Changer or Business as Usual? (w/Transcript)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in Tuesday's State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks.But will anyone buy it?Skepticism will emanate from both sides of the aisle when Trump enters the House chamber for the primetime address to lawmakers and the nation. Democrats, emboldened after the midterm elections and the recent shutdown fight, see little evidence of a president willing to compromise. And even the president's staunchest allies know that bipartisan rhetoric read off a teleprompter is usually undermined by scorching tweets and unpredictable policy maneuvers.Still, the fact that Trump's advisers feel a need to try a different approach is a tacit acknowledgement that the president's standing is weakened as he begins his third year in office. 57 PHOTOS President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address See Gallery … [Read more...] about Trump to call for unity in SOTU address. Will anyone buy it?