Frustrated with the pace on Beacon Hill, eight Massachusetts mayors have written to Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday urging his administration to "move aggressively" to reach a deal requiring the online retailer Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes before the Christmas shopping season begins.

The mayors, including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, called small businesses the "lifeblood" of their communities, and argued that forcing Amazon to collect the state's 6.25 percent sales tax would put them on an equal footing with stores that routinely collect taxes

Walmart is continuing its green energy initiatives with the announcement of 27 new solar arrays on its stores in Massachusetts.

Science fiction writer Douglas Adams once broke down the human reaction to technology thusly: Anything that's existed for as long as you have is normal; anything invented while you're between the ages of 15 and 35 is something you can profit from; anything invented after you've turned 35 is "against the natural order of things."

Historically, the men and women who regulate America's roadways almost always fall into the third category. Take Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, whose office released a report last month encouraging automakers to dumb down their dashboard consoles and in-car electronics.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appeared Friday at a breakfast event jointly hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association and Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).

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