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Instagram photo side-swiping coming soon, but only to advertisers

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The Facebook photo-sharing app Instagram is launching a new way to browse photos and it makes tons of sense. Instead of scrolling up and down to look for photos, the new feature allows users to swipe left to right in order to view multiple photos from a similar user. But there’s a catch. The feature is only available to advertisers. So when a sponsored post wants to tell a story through photos, it’s easy peasy for users to scroll through.…

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The week in Florida politics: Gerald Bailey fallout, medical marijuana and more

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This week at the state Capitol, we learned that Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was a bit more concerned about how Gerald Bailey left the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and in preparation for the 2015 legislative session, we had some fun with numbers. The Tampa Bay Times secured Thursday a draft of an opinion piece Putnam considered submitting to state newspapers that echoed some of the concerns media members expressed in a Sunshine violation suit. The aftermath of the Bailey…

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The Keyser Soze of Florida politics

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Even though it’s a little hypocritical of me filing election complaints against candidates for such sins of omission as failing to include the required disclaimer on their campaign material, I do so for an important reason. I believe it’s important for candidates running for office to retain the counsel of a paid political consultant, if for no other reason than so that someone can help navigate them through the hazardous waters of campaign finance laws.  Just as a judge (unofficially)…

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Times’ Aaron Sharockman promoted to cover Florida for PolitiFact

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Looks like the editors at the Times have opened up the books and decided Aaron Sharockman deserves to be a made guy. After the St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign, Sharockman will begin his new duties, covering Florida politics for the Times‘ Pulitzer prize-winning PolitiFact. The only downside to this is that Aaron will no longer be covering the drive to build a new baseball stadium. Congratulations to a great reporter, even if he is a lousy card player. (He once called…

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A return

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Three weeks have passed since the St. Petersburg Times published its how-is-this-newsworthy account of my fall from grace. Coupled with the impending death of my beloved father (a fact — and cause of my difficulties — that the reporter mysteriously omitted from her story), the recent past has been a very difficult time. And yet, as those close to me know so very well, the holidays are my favorite time of the year. As soon as I breathe the first…

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