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TODD SMITH: New AP Style changes announced at editors conference

For the first time, the Associated Press now permits journalists to use “they” as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change last week at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about people who are non-binary and ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlottesville. The other attorneys generals planning to attend are from Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, ...

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WESLEY McGREW: Cyber security for the road warrior

In my previous columns, I’ve been describing the benefits of having offense-oriented testing performed on your company’s network. This time around, I want to give some advice for the road warriors among you. Many of you have to travel for work, and present an attractive target to cyber criminals that want to steal trade secrets, customer information, or even infect ...

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TODD SMITH: How Americans decide what news to trust on social media

When we encounter news on social media, how much we trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Whether readers trust the sharer, indeed, matters more ...

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TEC appoints Cockrell

TEC has appointed Michael Cockrell as Senior Systems Engineer at LecNet, Inc. in Jackson.  Cockrell will provide support for the provisioning and maintenance of broadband communication services and systems. Cockrell has several years of experience in the technology industry. Cockrell lives in Madison with his wife, Stacy, and children, Morgan, Austin, Matthew and Wesley.

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BRAD FULLER — How much should you be spending on cybersecurity?

We often hear clients and prospective clients asking “How much should I be spending on cybersecurity?” That is a very complex question and one that is not easily answered without first having an understanding of what is meant by cybersecurity. There are many different versions of cybersecurity being pushed in the market and there is no “one size fits all” ...

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TODD SMITH — Google launches new effort to flag offensive content

Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. “We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul Haahr, one of Google’s senior engineers ...

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VT Halter appoints Socha

Robert A. Socha has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating for VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. Socha has more than 30 years of experience as a senior level executive in domestic and international sales, marketing, business development, public relations as well as deep industry knowledge of the offshore and inland shipbuilding, ...

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C Spire gets favorable Supreme Court ruling

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned a decision in 2006 by Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary that sealed a contract with BellSouth Telecommunications and the state for landline and Internet services and sent it back to the lower court. At issue is whether the Legislature in 2015 made the contract subject to the state’s Open Records ...

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Mississippi-based C Spire trying new technology on high-speed broadband

By BECKY GILLETTE There is a lot going on in the technology world. And C Spire, a Mississippi-based technology company in Ridgeland, is on the forefront of providing the latest in cutting-edge products to help customers meet their needs for fast and affordable service, said Dave Miller, senior manager of media relations for C Spire. “We are getting ready to ...

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