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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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Someone’s playing a dirty (online) trick on Angela Rouson

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Being somewhat familiar with the fine art of political trickery, I have to tip my hat to whoever purchased the domain name www.angelarouson.com. Click on the link and you will be forwarded to an unflattering St. Petersburg Times article about Angela’s husband, Darryl. Cursory research hasn’t turned up anything on who’s behind this latest bit of shenanigans.

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St. Pete posts treasurers’ reports online

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Thanks to a nudge from Karl Nurse and, perhaps, a little blogging of my own, the City of St. Petersburg is now publishing online the campaign treasurers’ reports from all of the candidates running this year. The reports are only in PDF format, so you can’t search a database as you can on the Florida Division of Elections’ website, but this is a good first step.

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