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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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The Hatch teams with 1 Million Cups to help start-ups grow

By TED CARTER Momentum for increased networking among Mississippi’s entrepreneurs and their supporters is growing one cup of coffee at a time in midtown Jackson. Central to the push is the Hub, an initiative by Jackson non-profit community enhancement organization Midtown Partners to support start-up businesses housed in incubators The Hatch and The Hangar. The Hatch at 126 Keener Ave. just ...

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Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was ...

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Egburt winning over fans with smart solutions

By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE – Camgian Microsystems Corp.’s newest product, Egburt (www.egburt.com), is winning over business fans by using bundled sensors, an edge computer called Egburt IQ, the network, the cloud and their Egburt Insight software to help “analyze and manage data while eliminating the chaos of data overload.” Egburt has applications in retail, municipal, facilities and agriculture management. Released ...

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UMC researcher leading international study about memory and aging

By LYNN LOFTON  A University of Mississippi Medical Center researcher is part of an international team doing important work to identify the gene that underlies healthy information processing. The research is the first step toward knowledge that can help understand cognitive age and age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Tom Mosley, M.D., is part of a consortium of investigators around ...

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Doubling up on WiFi: Comcast adding 200 hotspots to 200 in place

Comcast is doubling its Xfinity WiFi outdoor hotspots from Jackson to Canton, bringing the count to 400 by year-end. The hotspots provide Internet connections to Comcast customers as well as non-customers. Specific locations will include public spaces such as parks, shopping centers and school campuses. The new hotspots complement Comcast’s thousands of existing residential and business hotspots in the area, ...

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Comcast rolls out strategy for new emphasis on customer care

By TED CARTER Comcast Corp. says it has a strategy to lead subscribers to associate their customer service experience more with a day at the beach than a root canal. It’s an ambitious goal considering the pain the Philadelphia-based national provider of high speed Internet, cable television and digital phone service  has been known to inflict on customers over the years. ...

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‘Cramming’ on customer bills proves costly to Verizon, Sprint

By TED CARTER Inserting unauthorized third party charges into customer bills has cost wireless carriers Verizon and Sprint a combined $120 million in reimbursements to customers and federal and state fines of $38 million. Mississippi received $358,269.56 for its participation in the Sprint and Verizon settlements. The national mobile cramming settlements with Verizon and Sprint and last fall with AT&T ...

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Vu Digital says it’s cracked the code to stories videos hold

By TED CARTER The worth of pictures has stayed at one thousand words for what seems like ages. That is changing. The idea crew at Ridgeland-based C Spire’s Vu Digital says its newest technology can turn those words into millions of dollars, and maybe more. Think video-to-data, or V2D, says Vu Digital’s Wade Smith, vice president of operations and development. Vu ...

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