October 30, 2014

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Americans see increase in online information thefts

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen such as their social security number, credit card or bank account information. More at the AP and see the full report from Pew.


Spirit Airlines is tops in complaints and profits

Two studies out in the past several days show the flying public's complicated relationship with Miramar-based Spirit Airlines: While the low-cost carrier is an industry leader in terms of complaints, it also soars above the competition in profitability. More at the Miami Herald.


Facing the challenges of online testing

Editor's Page

A tale of 2 Florida baseball cities

mark howard
In St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and his management group continue, more or less, to do everything right.

In Miami, well, just turn everything that’s true about the Rays inside out and that’s the Marlins — inconsistent, indifferent and chaotic.

» Access Mark Howard's full column

Having enough high-speed Internet and computers are problems as Florida school districts transition to online testing tied to new math and language arts standards. But testing rules have made classroom space and logistics a challenge as well. More at StateImpact Florida.


Florida's freshwater springs attract vacationers

Florida is most popular for its beaches and theme parks but it has hundreds of freshwater springs too. In central Florida, no springs may be more prized than those at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. More at NPR.


Tampa Bay bankers discuss tech, mobile and branches

Fifty percent of those who responded to an American Banker poll nationally said the banking industry is not doing a good job with technological innovation. Having a mobile banking app is becoming standard in the industry, even for community banks, yet there are transactional risks in technology. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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With Criptext, this conversation never happened ...

criptextMayer Mizrachi and his team created a platform for text-messaging technology that makes messages disappear. But there was a problem. The teen users were not the market Mizrachi was targeting. And the market the team hoped to tap — individual politicians, lawyers and other professionals who wanted to be able to send messages without a trace left behind — were not embracing it.

» Full story from the Miami Herald.


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