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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Facebook as media mogul? Hosting of Times, Buzzfeed News just around corner

Once, the idea that a reader would find a New York Times story without ever picking up a newspaper might have seemed preposterous. Now, Times stories are everywhere, and the news organization has not only the paper but also a bustling website and a range of apps. In six months, though, you might read a […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Why I stayed?

I’m in love. I’m head-over-heels enchanted, enamored and enthralled. Who has such deep affection? It’s possibly an unexpected sweetheart: the great state of Mississippi. Does she have her blemishes? Sure, but love is blind, and any great love is worth working on. Much like my real-life-wife has extended much patience in our marriage, I choose […] [...]

COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Negotiating commercial loans — Is there an app for that?

» EDITOR’S NOTE: Commercial Finance 701 is a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal.  This series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys.   This new digital world has re-wired us for instant gratification. We have no patience.  We want an “app” for everything.  Unfortunately, negotiating a […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Just how long can Dan stand?

Mississippi’s Board of Trustees for the Institutions of Higher Learning, IHL, wants all of the Dan Jones hullabaloo to blow over. They are hoping spring will take its natural course on those protesting Ole Miss student bodies. Then the IHL Board can get back to operating in their usual anonymity where they are much safer. […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Dan Jones not the angel he is portrayed to be

“It was pride that changed angels into devils,” taught Saint Augustine.   Media reports on the controversy between Dr. Dan Jones, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and the IHL Board of Trustees have painted Dr. Jones as an angel and board members as devils. That is not a fair characterization. Good people serve on […] [...]

JOSH MABUS: Bill Murray and business misfits

by Published: March 26,2015

Tags: Bill Murray, Murray Melfi Casting

Bill Murray is a comic genius. Bill Murray might also be a jerk. Theodore Melfi just directed Murray in the critically acclaimed film St. Vincent. Through interviews Melfi gave to USA Today and Vanity Fair, one can piece together the frustration of casting Murray — the perfect actor for the title role of the film. […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Cyber security insurance perhaps?

In the past month, two instances have highlighted the need for me to pay increased attention to cyber security.  First, my credit card company called to inform me that someone who should not have had access to my accounts had been shopping online with my cards.  In the second instance, my insurance provider was apparently […] [...]

DAVID WILLIAMS: Smart traffic signals pave way for better driving in connected world

In today’s technological age we describe almost everything as a smart device, i.e., smart phones, smart TVs, smart cars, smart watches, and so on. But what do we mean when we say “smart traffic signals”? Does it mean the same thing? Well, yes, it does, in many ways. Basically, when we say something is smart, […] [...]

ELIZABETH BARBER: A triple bottom line benefit positions Mississippi as a restoration leader

With the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster around the corner on April 20th, anyone who lives or works on the Mississippi Gulf Coast knows that restoration work is just beginning. Ongoing research and monitoring show that the Gulf continues to suffer impacts from the tragedy, which in turn means that our […] [...]

HUNTER ARNOLD: Mississippi, Gulf Coast states focus on global business markets

It is true that, as technology becomes more advanced, the world is getting smaller. Markets are becoming truly global. So you will be happy to know that both Mississippi and Louisiana each have organizations focused on promoting our products to the global marketplace. Each of these states has World Trade Center organizations, which are non-profits […] [...]

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