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Company Eyes Atlanta For Its New $500M Data Center Campus

May 30, 2017
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Dallas-based CyrusOne Inc. is said to be considering Atlanta for an up to 1 million-square foot data center campus. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a project of that size could involve an investment of up to $500 million, industry sources said.

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The expansion would mark the entrant of a major player in the crowded Atlanta data center market and prove there is room for further development.

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A global "ransomware" attack that started last week locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.

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As a cybersecurity hub, metro Atlanta hosts nearly 100 cybersecurity firms. Some of them are helping affected companies respond to the attacks.

Comcast expects to invest $200 million over the next 20 years in startups at its new accelerator opening at its new regional headquarters near SunTrust Park, called The Farm.
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Comcast will dedicate part of its new nine-story office tower going up next to the Atlanta Braves stadium to a new start-up accelerator program called “The Farm.”

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Toby Krout, executive director of Boomtown, a startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado, is launching the program with Comcast early next year.  

Centerview Capital Technology, a venture capital firm focused on cybersecurity, is opening its first office outside of Silicon Valley in Atlanta.
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WikiLeaks just released thousands of pages it says details how the CIA spies on people using their smartphones, smart TVs and other devices.

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In Georgia, a hub for cyber security companies and the U.S. military's cyber command operations, experts say it’s the new normal.

Emory student Naman Gupta using the Yik Yak app on Emory University's campus in Atlanta. Students protested hate speech on the app and called on the University to block the app on its campus.
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The Atlanta-based technology start-up Yik Yak laid off more than half of its staff last week.

The social media mobile app was big on college campuses when it launched in 2013, but recently it’s seen slow growth and faced backlash from users protesting hate speech and bullying.

Yik Yak, which is like an anonymous version of Twitter, is used on more than 2,000 college campuses.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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From Home Depot to the Secretary of State’s office to Grady Hospital, the Atlanta area has had its share of data breaches.

Closer Look: Atlanta Businesses; Comedians; And More

May 30, 2016
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Over the last few years more women of color have started wearing their hair in its natural state.

And it's had an impact on the hair care industry – including on the sale of relaxers, which consumer researching group Mintel says have dropped nearly 20 percent since 2013.

The hair care industry for women of color is big business but, in recent years, more women have gone "natural" – a phrase that describes women wearing their hair in it's natural state without using a chemical process to change the texture.

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This year, 12 Atlanta area companies made it onto the list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, according to rankings by Deloitte, a consulting firm.

Georgia's Fastest Growing Tech Companies

Cardlytics, headquartered in Atlanta, was ranked 25th on this year's Deloitte Fast 500.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, the President of Costa Rica, visits with Jim Burress
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The president of Costa Rica is in the U.S. this week visiting several key “tech hub” cities.

That includes Atlanta.

President Luis Guillermo Solis said building on existing relationships between the Central American country and cities like Atlanta is key to his country’s success.

"That's why I'm here, seeking more investments," Solis said. "When the U.S. economy grows, the Costa Rican economy thrives. That's the overall lesson we've learned."