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WESLEY McGREW — Their breach is your breach

When you’re catching up on the news, it’s become all too common to see stories about new breaches that have occurred, resulting in the theft of customers’ personal and financial information from businesses of all sectors. If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’re probably gotten past the fallacy of thinking “that can’t happen to me,” but there’s still ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The man who created a new music

It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about a man who continues to change the world as it had been known. No, this is not about Donald Trump. We are talking about another world-shaker. Sam Phillips. Or as acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick calls him in the subtitle of his book: “The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll.” Read this 660-page ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Court deals setback to Trump’s immigration policy

By Todd P. Photopulos   A federal appeals court on Thursday, Feb. 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” executive order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Those countries include Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Somalia, although the Executive Order anticipated a reviewing ...

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JOSH MABUS — You can compete with the big guys

A few weeks ago, some of America’s largest brands took a $5 million gamble to try to move us emotionally. Some of the commercials were funny. One or two were inspiring. More than a handful were heavy-handed. But for Super Bowl commercials, few were truly super. Before we go much further, let’s stop and really think about the cost of ...

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TODD SMITH — Brands belted out music during Grammys

Along with Beyonce, Adele, Bruno Mars and other artists, brands also took the stage at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony last week, updating classic songs, dipping into their own roots or using the occasion to assert current-day corporate citizenship principles. Set against a jazzy soundtrack and Alicia Keys singing “A Change is Gonna Come,” Nike‘s spoken word “Equality” ad was one ...

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No one is thinking about your business, they’re too busy thinking about movies

There are people who watch the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner every week for the sole purpose of determining whether the main character, Rick Deckard, is a human or a replicant (the film’s word for android). It’s a 35-year-old argument among science-fiction fans. “Is Deckard a replicant?” But Scott, director of the movie, has answered the question with surprisingly ...

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TODD SMITH — U.S. is split on media treatment of Trump

In the wake of numerous contentious encounters between President Donald Trump’s White House and the national press corps, Americans disagree on the news media’s coverage of the new president and his administration. Just over a third of Americans (36 percent) think the media have been too tough on Trump, while just under a third (31 percent) think it has been ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Exposing the skill gap in information security

Imagine if your business’ attorneys and CPAs had only a week of training in their profession. At the end of that week, they were given the opportunity to take a multiple choice test (for which their training acted as a “cram” session). Like an unqualified lawyer or accountant, an inexperienced, poorly trained, or careless information security professional could cause immeasurable ...

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