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TODD SMITH — Google helps publishers with audience engagement

Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested ...

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Analysis: Bills pass unseen in latest road-money drama twist

It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers don’t each have paid staff members to examine bills for them. Typically, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Shift tax burden as recommended or delay tax cuts

The Tax Foundation expert legislative leaders brought in last fall to advise them on tax reform recommended a shift in the state’s tax burden – away from corporate and individual income taxes to user-based taxes.    The key word is “shift.”     User-based taxes – gas taxes, sales taxes, use taxes, etc. – are already on the books in Mississippi. ...

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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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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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