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Winning teams from C Spire C3 coding challenge

The first, second and third place winning teams from C3 coding challenge. Long Beach High School Coding team members from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss. won first place in C Spire’s C3 statewide coding challenge held at the company’s corporate offices on March 28. As part of its Tech Movement initiative, the company convenes the coding challenges ...

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OUR VIEW: C Spire has best interest of Mississippi at heart

So, let’s get this straight. There was a bid process for the procurement of the state’s telecommunications services. C Spire outbid AT&T by a whopping $32 million. Now, AT&T is protesting the entire process that it has never had a problem with in the past. None of that seems to be in dispute. After multiple requests, Michele Blocker, the Chief ...

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Steve Parrott named chief information officer at MSU

Steve Parrott, a Mississippi State alumnus with 34 years of information technology experience, is the university’s new chief information officer. Parrott had served as interim CIO since July 2017. He succeeds former CIO Mike Rackley, who retired last year. Parrott will oversee 126 full-time staff positions within the Enterprise Information Systems, Information Technology Infrastructure and User Services departments. These departments ...

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TODD SMITH — Social media landscape dotted by longstanding trends, emerging narratives

A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same time, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out ...

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Pickering says failed Stion Solar owes Mississippi $93 million

Associated Press Mississippi’s state auditor is formally demanding that a failed solar panel maker pay nearly $93 million that he says is owed to state and local governments, a prelude to a possible lawsuit. Auditor Stacey Pickering demanded repayment in a letter he delivered Tuesday to Stion Corp., which closed its Hattiesburg plant last year. The Republican said it’s the ...

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Chmielewski named to association board of directors

Mark Chmielewski, Compliance Consultant with Technology Solutions Group (TSG), a division of TEC, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Jackson chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (CompTIA AITP). Chmielewski is a four-year veteran of TSG, where he conducts HIPAA compliance audits and HIPAA training seminars for TSG clients. He has also created and presented ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Do you care about your followers?

Ask members of a group to name the characteristics of a good leader, and don’t be surprised when the usual descriptions come up: visionary, listener, communicator, ethical, trustworthy, etc. I’ve been doing such an exercise with groups for a long time. Lately, I’ve noticed that a certain characteristic has moved from the middle of the list to near the top. ...

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Hood joined suit to block net neutrality rollback

Attorney General Jim Hood joined 22 attorneys general in filing a petition Thursday to formally commence their lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after the FCC published the final rule rolling back net neutrality in today’s Federal Register. ...

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TODD SMITH: Apple TV app adds live news streaming

Apple has further expanded its TV application on iOS and tvOS. Following the addition of a dedicated Sports section a few months ago, users can now use the TV app to access live streaming news content from numerous sources. While not as extensive as the Sports section, the News section in the TV app allows users to instantly access live ...

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