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In Tampa, potential CFO candidate Jeremy Ring tells his story

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Broward Democrat Jeremy Ring isn’t officially a candidate for Chief Financial Officer, but he talked the part during a stop in Tampa on Friday. Speaking at the Oxford Exchange as part of the Cafe Con Tampa weekly event, the former Yahoo executive introduced himself to the audience by humble-bragging about his private sector background, describing himself as the first salesman for the internet search engine company when he started there as a 24-year-old (he’s 46 now). As proud as he was of his…

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Christmas is a-comin’ and the geese are gettin’ hacked

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With 11 shopping days ‘til Christmas, Yahoo dropped a lump of coal into the stockings of 1 billion of its users with news that their accounts had been “breached.” That’s tech-speak for “bad guys forged your cookies” — and they are not talking about the sweets you leave next to Santa’s glass of milk. Worse, bad guys have Yahoo’s “proprietary code” — and they are not talking about Pitbull’s million-dollar “trade secret.” For purposes of this holiday migraine, cookies and…

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Fantasy sports companies weigh leaving U.S. market – for now

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Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser-known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back. As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny. “The industry is pretty fragmented on the ‘should they stay or should they go’ issue,” said Chris Grove, editor of the Las Vegas-based Legal Sports Report, which focuses on sports wagering.…

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Don’t throw the daily sports fantasy baby out with the bathwater

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You cannot turn on the television without seeing an ad for daily fantasy sports players DraftKings or FanDuel. That’s because the interest in daily fantasy sports is at stratospheric levels. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. DraftKings, based out of Boston, and FanDuel, operating from New York, are the largest single-day fantasy sports websites. Their websites work like this:…

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Carly FIorina says there’s no difference between same-sex marriage and civil unions

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According to a 1997 GAO report, civil marriage brings with it at least 1,138 legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, including the right to take leave from work to care for a family member, the right to sponsor a spouse for immigration purposes, and Social Security survivor benefits. According to GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders), civil unions bring few if any of those legal protections. But to Carly Florina, civil unions give same-sex couples all the rights that they should need…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.4.15 — New week, many new GOP presidential candidates

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Two Republicans who have never held elected office — Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Florina — officially will declare their candidacy for the GOP nomination for president today. Carson will do it in his hometown of Detroit. Fiorina will reportedly just issue a statement, though she will appear in an interview with Katie Couric on Yahoo later today to elaborate on why she should be the next POTUS. There are heavy odds against both of these candidates, which is why…

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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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