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Philip Levine: Space Coast should be Florida’s Silicon Valley

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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine believes Florida’s Space Coast is the state’s unique opportunity to capture 21st Century technology. He wants to see it become the Sunshine State’s Silicon Valley. Levine, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, sees his vision as not unlike that already pursued by officials at Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, as well as by some within NASA. Should he run for governor, Levine may be the first statewide candidate to explicitly…

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Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter, begins governing by chaos

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Trump’s temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program — the most consequential policy he’s unveiled in his presidency’s opening days — wreaked havoc at airports and sparked protests across the country. The order left Trump’s own government agencies scrambling, his Republican Party divided and allies around the world uneasy. A federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking part of the measure, setting up a legal battle ahead. Trump could have avoided at least some of these consequences. He could…

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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Jerry Brown to Rick Scott: “Start doing something about climate change”

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to stop the “silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change.” Scott is in California this week as part of a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco. The Associated Press reported that Scott is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. He also participated in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. In his letter to Scott, Brown welcomed the Naples Republican back…

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Apple starts a busy week with new iPhone launch

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Apple is kicking off a busy week: Today the giant tech company will host reporters and analysts at its Silicon Valley headquarters for a product launch event. On Tuesday, its lawyers will square off with authorities in federal court over the FBI’s demand for help unlocking a San Bernardino killer’s encrypted iPhone. The tech giant’s dispute with the government has commanded headlines for weeks, but it may get scant mention at the company’s product event. Instead, CEO Tim Cook is…

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High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face

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The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There’s a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone’s pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony. Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., six miles from the headquarters of Google. Meanwhile, in a squat, industrial building in suburban Detroit, a short drive from Ford’s headquarters, workers are busy building a small fleet of driverless cars. The company behind them?…

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As Democrats fret over ‘sharing economy,’ GOP moves in

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The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state’s more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. The…

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