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TODD SMITH — Is Facebook creating its own news cycle?

After a tsunami of accusations that Facebook showed political bias, the Senate demanded answers. Now it has them –12 pages of them. In a lengthy response to lawmakers, the company says it found no evidence that anyone on its Trending Topics team suppresses conservative content, as Gizmodo alleged in a story quoting unnamed former workers. Nevertheless, Facebook said it is ...

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Southern Miss, Xfinity link up in student recruitment game

It’s not exactly new. Some universities have been providing digital devices and services to students for nearly a decade. But the University of Southern Mississippi is the first four-year school in the state to offer Comcast’s Xfinity on Campus as part of room and board for the 3,600 students who live on campus. That allows them to watch live TV ...

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SUMESH ARORA: 0 to 60 in 54 hours!

The time it takes for a vehicle at rest to achieve a velocity of 60 miles per her is a commonly used performance measure in the automotive world. Given that today’s high performance cars can achieve this acceleration in less than four seconds, you may be thinking that I am talking about a new electric buggy that runs on AA ...

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TODD SMITH — Longer news stories gain steam on mobile devices

As the news media continues to tap into an ever-mobile public – with the nearly roughly seven-in-10 American adults who own a smartphone – it is increasingly using methods to appeal to today’s plugged-in, digital reader. With both a smaller screen size and an audience more apt to be dipping in and out of news, many question what kind of ...

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Egburt 2.0 takes Internet of Things to next level for Camgian

By JACK WEATHERLY  Egburt 2.0 is out. Camgian Microsystems’ star participant in the “Internet of Things,” the fourth generation of the Internet, has been improved and will soon be running smart infrastructure for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Ohio River, said Gary Butler, chairman and chief executive officer. Egburt was introduced in October 2014 and has been ...

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Camgian’s Prowl on the move with expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY Prowl is on the move for Starkville-based technology firm Camgian Microsystems. Considered by analysts as one of the top technology companies in the nation, it is opening sales and marketing offices in Tampa, Fla., and San Diego to increase the market for the Prowl radar system, said Chief Executive Gary Butler. The product is a “very small, ...

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ALAN TURNER — Are smart phones making us dumber?

Twenty years ago, you would have noticed almost no one carrying, texting, or speaking on a cell phone. That’s because there weren’t many around. Today, try and find someone who doesn’t have a cell phone. That would be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. For better or worse, we’re all “tethered” to those phones that live in ...

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MSU engineering students earn national awards in EcoCAR competitions

By BECKY GILLETTE Students from Mississippi State University (MSU) are working on some of the most important automotive engineering problems of today by participating in the national EcoCAR3 competition that challenges teams from 16 universities in North America to be the most efficient and innovative in improving hybrid vehicle energy efficiency while reducing emissions and maintaining performance. The competition in ...

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Stennis Space Center marks 50th anniversary of first test

Special to the MBJ In April 1966, Lyndon Johnson was president of the United States, protests of the Vietnam War were growing, gas was priced at 32 cents per gallon, (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts, Bonanza was the No. 1 television show in the country and Ronald Reagan was successfully campaigning ...

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Entergy unveils $1 million educational initiative

MBJ staff Entergy Mississippi announced on Thursday its People Power Initiative , an investment of more than $1 million from shareholders to help prepare the state’s work force and raise its competitive level to attract business and industry. Unveiled at the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting, it comes on the heels of a $75,000 commitment parent Entergy Corp. made to ...

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