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Blake Dowling: Tech and the next threat

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For the next threat, both our state and nation are constantly sleeping with one eye open. The threat landscape consists of digital, cultural, and of course good old Mother Nature. At the top of the list: hurricanes, terrorism, human trafficking, and even the current opioid epidemic in Florida.

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Accused Tampa video voyeur cleared of all charges, record expunged

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After detectives found hundreds of videos of women using the restroom on the computer of a Tampa executive, the accused voyeur is out free and back practicing law. BayLawsuits reports that attorney James Stanton, the ex-chief financial officer and vice president of MaintenX, a maintenance contractor based in Tampa, has been cleared of all charges stemming from his 2014 arrest. Tampa police expunged the arrest record in the Hillsborough County court system. Stanton was allegedly caught after slipping up in…

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On revamped website, ‘Vote No on 2’ campaign embraces power of video

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I admit I’m a political junkie; after all, I run a website called Florida Politics. What I love about politics and these final months of the campaign season is you can always see new and innovative ways folks are trying to communicate with voters. Facebook realized the power of video storytelling when it saw the huge success of YouTube, so in typical Facebook fashion they figured out a way to capture it for themselves by allowing you to upload video content…

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Florida police seek motive for killing of ‘The Voice’ singer

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Christina Grimmie was a vivacious, outgoing singer whose career was born on social media and propelled toward the big time by television. She didn’t consider herself a famous person, not like the judges on “The Voice,” where she competed, but she had a following that was as enthusiastic about her music as she was. Kevin Loibl wasn’t like her. While she was a YouTube star, he seemed to be a shadow of Grimmie’s online presence. He left little trace online.…

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Marco Rubio asks supporters to vote on next “Unedited” campaign ad

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Marco Rubio goes interactive in his latest fundraising pitch, letting supporters choose the ending to his next campaign video. Visitors to MarcoRubio.com will have the privilege – for a $5 donation – to select the last half-minute of “Marco Unedited,” the upcoming digital ad from the Republican presidential hopeful. The video with the most votes becomes the  official ad. Rubio fans have one five 30-second clips to choose, each with the Florida Senator behind the wheel while he chats on…

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Millennials consume more news than you might think

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When you think of Millennials on Facebook images of cute puppy videos, troves of click bait and personality quizzes aplenty come to mind. But it’s not just a place for viewing distant family’s babies or finding out which Star Wars character you are. According to a study by the American Press Institute, it’s also one of the most popular ways people age 18-34 consume their news. Of 24 news and information topics asked in a survey, Facebook was the number…

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‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

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Even if it never wins another award, “House of Cards” already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix’s expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had “House of Cards” flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch…

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