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What Twitter’s privacy changes mean for you

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Twitter’s new privacy policy suggests ambitions of becoming more like Facebook — more tracking of users and more targeting of ads to rake in more money. Twitter recently reported its first quarterly revenue decline since going public. That should give you some clues about the reasons behind the policy changes, which take effect June 18. WHAT’S CHANGING? Twitter was already tracking users. For example, if you visited a webpage that had an embedded tweet or a button to share something…

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Google highlighting inaccurate story about election results

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Google’s search engine is highlighting an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election. It’s the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers. The incorrect results are shown in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump “70 News” site. On Monday, a link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results. Facebook has been…

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Uber, Google develop app for Election Day rides

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Election Day is only days away, and Uber and Google have teamed up to help voters cast ballots. As part of its ongoing campaign to boost the turnout among Uber users, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service has worked with Google on a special in-app feature available Nov. 8 that will help locate polling locations  — and quickly request a ride with a simple tap on the smartphone. On Election Day, Uber users will see a reminder to get out and vote; the unique…

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Tampa panel talks all about the upcoming future of driverless cars and how they’ll adapt to it

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Is Tampa and the state of Florida on the cutting edge of transportation that is about to transform the world in the next decade? Though Tampa frustrated with the Florida Department of Transportation might think otherwise, that’s not the viewpoint espoused on Tuesday by Ray LaHood, the former Secretary of Transportation in Barack Obama’s first term in office. “We’re in a revolution in the automobile industry,” LaHood said, speaking to an audience at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Tampa. “We’re in…

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Google April Fool’s prank boomerangs

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Google is acknowledging that it pranked itself after an April Fool’s Day Gmail tweak angered some people who use Google’s email for work. The company added a button to its email service that allowed users to fire out a minion GIF, a character from the animated film “Despicable Me,” which would drop a microphone and then mute responses to whatever email the user had sent. The Gmail Help Forum on Thursday was soon populated by angry users who say they…

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Legislature OKs digital assets measure

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Legislation that would protect one’s “digital assets” after death has been passed by the Florida Legislature. The bill (SB 494) now heads to Gov. Rick Scott‘s desk after the House passed it 116-0 Wednesday. The Senate previously approved it on a 36-0 vote. Under the bill, someone of a person’s choosing could have access to and control their financial accounts, social media and almost anything else the person has online after their death. Those include emails, text messages, online photographs, documents stored in the…

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Today on Context Florida: Public records, forfeitures, scam artists, Key West housing and risks & reward

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Today on Context Florida: They call us the Sunshine State, but Diane Roberts says Florida’s government prefers to operate in the shadows. Like vampire bats, cockroaches and mold spores. If you can’t see what the government is doing, you can’t fight it. That explains the 74 public records exemption bills before the Legislature this session. Yes, Robert says, there are 74 new attacks on your right to know what’s going on. There’s CS/HB 905, the Matt Gaetz Mug Shot Relief Act,…

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