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New Year’s poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017

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Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A look at the key findings of the Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll: ___ SO HOW WAS 2016? Americans weren’t thrilled with the year. Only 18 percent said things for the country got…

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Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo top global Twitter trends

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The Rio Olympics, the American presidential election and Pokemon Go were the top global trends on Twitter in 2016. The social media site says Rio2016 was the most tweeted-about topic around the world, followed by Election2016 and PokemonGo. Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, Trump and BlackLivesMatter also made the top 10. A Spanish gamer known as elrubius originated the year’s most popular tweet: It reads “Limonada” (lemonade) and was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. One Direction’s Harry Styles had the second…

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Gun-wielding homeowner confronts driver playing ‘Pokemon Go’

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Authorities say a South Florida man who is a former police officer drew a gun on a driver when he pulled into the man’s driveway to play “Pokemon Go.” Citing a police report, The SunSentinel reports that 26-year-old Jawad Awan was playing the popular smartphone game Aug. 12 in Geoffrey Goldstein’s Southwest Ranches driveway when Goldstein pulled a handgun from his waistband. Goldstein says there had been a series of break-ins next door and Awan hadn’t explained why he was…

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Blake Dowling: The latest in social engineering & digital fraud — hacking a person

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Social engineering refers to the manipulation of individuals into divulging confidential information as part of an elaborate con. In some ways, it can be the first step in digital fraud. Last week, I received a call from “Verizon,” asking me for the password of our account. I asked the chap what his name was; he said “John.” I informed “John” it was a bad day to be in the fraud business and said I would need his password. See what I…

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