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Are police in Tallahassee, Fla., conducting NSA-style surveillance?
watchdog.org via FOX News
The National Security Agency apparently isn't the only government agency engaged in domestic spying. Law enforcement in Tallahassee, Fla., is playing the role of Big Brother, too, but to what extent is still unknown. Recent court documents reveal a troubling cell phone surveillance program conducted by a Florida police department against unsuspecting cellphone users.
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Twins '87 World Series ring for sale at Minneapolis pawnshop
WCCO-TV
Minnesotans looking for a piece of Minnesota Twins history may want to dig deep and head over to Pawn America, because a 1987 World Series ring is up for sale. The size nine-and-a-half ring boasts 15 diamonds and one ounce of yellow gold.
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Facebook, Instagram issue new rules for online gun sales
CNN
Facebook and its photo-sharing subsidiary Instagram announced new policies aimed at stemming online sales of illegal guns. The social media platforms have agreed to remove reported posts that evade gun laws, restrict minors under the age of 18 from viewing posts about firearm sales and provide education to better inform law-abiding sellers of guns.
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Great Falls Policein Montana creating working group for pawnshop ordinance
Great Falls Tribune
The Great Falls Police Department is creating a working group to develop criteria that would allow certain items or businesses to be excluded from a new ordinance requiring Great Falls, Mont., pawnshops and secondhand stores to register all their items in a secure database program provided by GFPD.
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Borro, the high-end online pawnshop, raises $112 million to fill its finance pool, expand In US
Tech Crunch
Borro, an online platform that lets people borrow cash and put up luxury watches, art and other fine goods as collateral, is announcing a new funding round of $112 million, coming entirely from one backer that focuses on finance investments, Victory Park Capital. Paul Aitken, Borro's founder and CEO, tells me that the money will be used to continue to grow out its business in the markets where it is active — the U.K. and the U.S. — and specifically to expand the pool of money that Borro has available to offer for financing.
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Rock Hill, SC, seeks to limit locations of new pawnshops
The Herald
A proposal under review by Rock Hill, S.C., officials could result in fewer pawnshops opening in the city. City Council members have given initial approval to imposing stricter requirements for where pawnshops can be located. The proposal would prevent new pawn shops from opening within 300 feet of churches, homes, schools, and public parks.
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The fascinating psychology behind word-of-mouth marketing
Inc,
On the second day of South by Southwest Interactive hoards of hungover techies and early birds streamed into the Hilton Austin to hear marketing expert and Wharton School professor Jonah Berger. Berger's talk centered around something rather old school: Word of mouth. The topic is a passionate one for Berger
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Microsoft to take Windows XP off life support despite its 29 percent market share
TIME
Change: It's inevitable in and of itself, and it's inevitable that some people don't like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft's almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30 percent of computers that connect to the Internet.

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Wireless speaker predicts people's musical taste like Pandora
PSFK
Streaming music might be extremely convenient, but it's not that intuitive when it comes to song selection. Cone is a new wireless speaker from Aether Things that can learn from your music choices to provide the perfect song. It works with the music you already own, and multiple streaming radio services to ensure you’re never stuck listening to a song you don't like.

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What you need to know about small-business record keeping
Intuit Small Business Blog
Three little words can cost you a lot more money than you might imagine — and they have nothing to do with "love." When it comes to keeping your business's records, saving everything "just in case" can prove to be an expensive proposition. Maintaining records — legal, financial, employment, etc. — beyond regulatory requirements not only costs time and money, but also may unnecessarily expose your business to litigation.

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This holographic iPhone 6 concept could change everything
CNET
It's not the first iPhone 6 concept, or even the first holographic phone concept. But it is the first time we've seen both ideas combined into one, and the result is causing serious drool-induced dehydration.
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Pawnshops raided in Hazleton, Pa.
WNEP-TV
In Hazleton, Pa., police raided two pawnshops and believe some of the items were stolen. City documents show both are owned by the same man. Officers took the actions because of a new city law which makes the shops more accountable
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