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AT&T and Google release list of most misspelled words for each state

FORT MYERS, Fla. – So you think you can spell? New data released by AT&T and Google lists the most searched misspelled words for each state. Floridian’s misspell the word pharaoh the most, according to the research. The data is compiled from searches spanning from March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2021. Topping the list across the nation was “quarantine” and “coronavirus.” To see the full results, click here. The post AT&T and Google release list of most misspelled words for each state appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Hit by a ransomware attack? Here’s what to do

CNN) — The list of high-profile ransomware attacks grows longer and more alarming by the week, impacting everything from gas pipelines and meat supplies to ferries. Those companies and agencies that get hit must scramble to protect their systems and a tough decision on whether to pay hackers to remove the disruption. In the face of that situation, affected companies may rush to reach out to their IT teams, police, crisis PR, lawyers and law enforcement. But, frequently, one of the first calls is to their insurance provider. Companies often purchase specific...

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Facebook plans to end rule exemptions for politicians

AP – Facebook plans to end its policy to exempt politicians from certain moderation rules on its site, according to several news reports. The original policy held the rationale that speech from political leaders is inherently newsworthy and in the public interest even if it is offensive, bullying or otherwise controversial, Associated Press reported. The decision comes as the company mulls over how to treat the account of former President Trump, which was indefinitely suspended on Jan. 6. The change in policy was first reported by the tech site The Verge and later confirmed by the New...

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Largest meat producer works to restart after cyberattack

AP – Just weeks after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, the world’s largest meat processing company is working to get back up and running following a similar attack. “Our systems are coming back online and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat,” Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, said in a statement. Brazil’s JBS SA said late Tuesday that it had made “significant progress” in dealing with the cyberattack and expected the “vast majority” of its plants to be operating on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. The White House said JBS has made them aware of a...

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Twitter to roll out new process for users to get verified

NBC NEWS — Twitter is letting people apply again for blue-and-white checkmarks, inviting what may be a flood of requests from people who’ve asked for years to get a badge of approval from the social media company. Twitter said Thursday it would begin rolling out a new process to apply for the coveted verification badges, which have been a status symbol on the internet since Twitter unveiled them in 2009. The company granted them in the past to politicians, celebrities, journalists, and other public figures but generally stopped handing them out in 2017 as it considered an overhaul,...

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Elon Musk’s ‘Starlink’ Satellite spotted in Sanibel

SANIBEL, Fla.— Ricky Williamceau and his buddies went out for an evening fishing trip on Monday. One of the men in the group noticed something in the sky and told everyone to look up. What they saw looked like a string of stars, one right after the other. “Woah. Everyone was kind of like ‘oh my God’,” said Williamceau. For a moment, they all watched in disbelief wondering if they had just seen a UFO. While it looked out of this world, the bright lights were actually part of Elon Musk’s latest satellite internet project called ‘Starlink’. “It...

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Miami-Dade County to create cryptocurrency task force

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. [NBC6] – Miami-Dade County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to form a cryptocurrency task force. The task force, comprised of 13 members, will look at the feasibility of allowing the county to accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for taxes, fees and services, NBC6 reported. The board will have to provide a report detailing cost, recommendations and feasibility within 180 days. Those appointed to the task force must have at least five years’ experience in the cryptocurrency, financial, banking, business development, orcybersecurity industries. Sponsor...

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Can you spot a deep fake? Latest technology makes it harder to catch

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Simply put, deep fakes are using the latest technology to create pictures and videos that look like real life, but in reality, are far from it.  “It is extremely easy now to create realistic fake visuals,” said Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, the director of Media Consumer Research at the University of Florida. “It’s able to really learn from looking at a lot of images and to recreate and kind of swap and mask.” Take this viral deep fake for example.  @deeptomcruise Sports! ? original sound – Tom What looks like a video...

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Venmo now allows transactions with cryptocurrency

CNN – Venmo announced on Tuesday that it is allowing its users to sell, buy and pay with cryptocurrency on the app. Venmo, which is owned by PayPal, said its more than 70 million customers can buy bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash for as little as $1. Cryptocurrency is often daunting to newbies, so Venmo is offering in-app guides and videos to help answer frequently asked questions. More than 30% of Venmo customers have already started purchasing cryptocurrency or equities, according to the payments company. And 20% of those customers started doing so during the pandemic. Cryptocurrency...

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Experts believe increased screen time has lead to ‘Zoom Zombies’ on the road

During the pandemic people turned to social media to stay connected with loved ones, or use video conference apps, such as Zoom, to work or go to school — but experts believe all this screen time could turn us into ‘Zoom Zombies’. “We have to remember what we’re doing when we’re on a Zoom call. Normally we have a Brady bunch screen where we’re looking at everyone’s face and we’re trying to pay attention to their facial emotions, and behaviors that they’re exhibiting on their face. It’s exhausting,” said Alise Bartley at FGCU. Increasing screen time has lead to more distracted...

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