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Manager who opened Mississippi Toyota plant returns to Japan

A new manager will take over at Toyota’s Mississippi assembly plant on Jan. 1. The unit of Japanese-based Toyota Motor Corp. says Akitoshi Ichino will become president of the Blue Springs plant, which has more than 1,600 workers. Founding president Masafumi Hamaguchi, who has run Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi since 2010, will return to Japan. The $800 million Blue Springs ...

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Vicksburg chamber, city team up on new website

The city of Vicksburg has launched a website providing a one-stop shop for people interested in visiting or moving to Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Post reports the site, www.livevicksburg.com, provides access to 13 different websites operated by local organizations, including the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg Warren School District, Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors and ...

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CYBER HACK — Market for specialty cyber insurance expanding, but there’s much to learn

By LISA MONTI  Protecting personal and business data from cyber attacks is unsettling for a lot of reasons, not the least of which are the constantly changing cyber threats and ways to respond to data breaches. Little surprise, then, that in October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – the  National Association of Insurance Commissioners announced it is ramping up its ...

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SUMESH ARORA — November is innovation month in Mississippi

Mississippi is famous for many things, like sweet tea, catfish, and the Blues…but not necessarily innovation.  Innovation, however, is alive and well across the state and is having quite a significant impact on our economy. In fact, the combined annual revenue of homegrown companies inducted into the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame (http://www.msinnovatorshalloffame.com/) exceeds $6 billion and collectively they employ ...

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TODD SMITH — Google News launches fact check feature

In the midst of a highly charged presidential election, where fact and fiction have frequently become confused, Google News has introduced a new fact check feature in search results for news stories. Fact check will now appear as a label among news search results, alongside other established labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited. Google News algorithmically connects ...

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TODD SMITH: Younger adults prefer reading news via video

When it comes to technology’s influence on America’s young adults, reading is not dead – at least not the news. When asked whether one prefers to read, watch or listen to their news, younger adults are far more likely than older ones to opt for text, and most of that reading takes place on the web. Overall, more Americans prefer ...

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C Spire, BellSouth await ruling from state Supreme Court

By JACK WEATHERLY  Cellular South and Bell South await a decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court on whether a contract with the state of Mississippi landline and Internet services, now held by Bell South, that was sealed in 2006 should be a public record. The court held an oral hearing on Sept. 21 that turned on whether the decision by ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What Startups are made of

In my last column, I presented 10 key attributes of innovation: 1) intense, 2) novel, 3) narrow or wide, 4) observable, 5) value-added, 6) adaptable, 7) transformational/timely, 8) incremental, 9) operability, and 10) no guarantees (risky).  An understanding of these attributes can help us gain insight into the development process for innovative products and services.  They can also help us ...

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Innovate Mississippi joining Mississippi Innovation Hub by relocating in Downtown Jackson

Backwater Management and Coalesce are pleased to announce the addition of Innovate Mississippi to the Mississippi Innovation Hub in downtown Jackson. The historic block, better known as Spengler’s Corner, is currently home to ThimblePress, Satchel (a podcasting startup), Coalesce, Sheena Allen Apps, Let’s Talk Jackson, Re-Think Mississippi, the Jackson Area Web and App Developers, 1 Million Cups, Good Design & ...

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