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Blake Dowling: Embarrassing moments of 2017

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For those in the spotlight, the internet is not so fun. Not a moment can go by when the world isn’t critiquing politicians, athletes, celebrities and various other public figures. I joke with my fraternity brothers (with whom I hold football season tickets) about how it was such a blessing to have attended college right before smartphones, social media, etc.

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Blake Dowling: The almighty email

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Ray Tomlinson invented email in 1972. Tomlinson was an ARPANET contractor and picked the @ symbol to reference digital communications between computers. Since then, things have changed — just a wee bit.

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Pam Bondi makes progress on Frontier service problems

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Pam Bondi came ready to rumble against Frontier Communications — and it looks like she won.  The state’s attorney general announced Thursday the Connecticut-based telecommunications company had “committed to improving communications and customer services in Florida.” “After a lengthy, productive meeting with Frontier executives, I am cautiously optimistic that Frontier disruptions in services will be quickly resolved,” Bondi said in a statement. “However, my office will continue to work with the company on each consumer complaint until they are all appropriately…

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Tampa Bay customers still frustrated by Frontier’s spotty service

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When there’s something strange about your Frontier Communications service, who you gonna call? Or rather, who you gonna call that can actually do something about it? In Florida, it’s not clear. On April 1, Frontier took over Verizon‘s landline, internet and cable TV service in Florida, specifically for Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota customers. Since then, thousands of customers have taken to the company’s Facebook page to complain of outages, poor service and sudden billing increases. California and Texas are the two other states…

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Yahoo! The Jaguars, Bills are going to start Internet football

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Good news, everybody. Blake Bortles is on the Internet! Download him today! And he’s facing E.J. Manuel in a battle for bandwidth and the pride of England. Yahoo! This is a good thing, I think. The NFL and Yahoo have announced a partnership that will bring a football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars (tally-ho) and Buffalo Bills (carry on) to the Internet. That means that if you happen to be weary of playing Candy Crush for a morning, there will…

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Bill to combat Internet piracy passes in Florida Senate

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Websites that distribute commercial movies and music online would be required to identify their owners under legislation passed by the Florida Senate. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies. The House may take up the bill as early as Thursday. Proponents, including the recording industry and The Walt Disney Co., say the bill would protect consumers from viruses that often come with illegal downloads. They argue that it merely attaches the…

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Internet companies oppose Florida proposals to regulate web

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Some Florida lawmakers want to impose state-level regulations on the free-wheeling online world, and are drawing opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay. The conflict is over two proposed laws. One would affect who controls a person’s email and social media accounts and the secrets they may contain when the owner dies or becomes incapacitated. The other would make the state a combatant against Internet piracy of music and movies. The bills’…

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