Waymo To Test Autonomous Vehicles In Florida

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Waymo plans to test autonomous vehicles in the rainy conditions of Florida, according to a report. Additionally, Florida residents will start seeing a few of our vehicles on highways between Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Miami as we learn about Florida roads.”.

Florida Is Latest State To Pass Autonomous Car Law

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Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that allows autonomous cars to operate on the roads without requiring a human being to be behind the wheel, according to reports. Florida is now the third state to pass such a law, behind Texas and Michigan.

Blockchain, Bitcoin In Space. Also, Florida

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Payments Startups Technology Virtual Currency Bitcoin BlockChain Cloud Constellation Florida Ripple SolarCoin SpaceBeltYou might have seen Ripple’s news yesterday, but turns out that is not the only big development in blockchain this week—it’s now exploring the final frontier.

Florida Prisons Delete $11M Worth Of Inmate Music Purchases

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Following a switch in contractors that reportedly caused prisoners to lose access to music that they purchased, an inmate in a Florida prison is suing the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) in a class action suit.

Florida City Pays Hundreds Of Thousands To Hackers

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One small Florida city has had to pay cybercriminals thousands of dollars in ransomware. Security & Fraud Cyberattack Cybercrime cybercriminals Florida Hackers Lake City News ransom ransomware What's Hot

Starbucks Delivery Lands In South Florida Thanks To Uber Eats

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South Florida residents will be able to get Starbucks food and drinks delivered thanks to a new partnership with Uber Eats. According to a report in the South Florida Business Journal , the partnership between Starbucks and Uber Eats in South Florida kicked off earlier this week, enabling people to order from 100 stores. Delivery coffee delivery Florida News starbucks Uber Eats What's Hot

Zillow Brings Fast Cash Home Selling Platform To South Florida

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Home sellers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other parts of South Florida now have the option of getting a cash offer from Zillow to buy their house, the company said in a press release.

Walmart Plans $200M Investment In Florida

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To drive new-store construction and innovations, Walmart is planning on investing an estimated $200 million in its Florida business. Elise Vasquez-Warner, a vice president and regional general manager for Walmart in Florida, said, “Customers have told us they want the convenience of shopping how, when and where they want. And, though the retailer’s Pickup Tower is available at more than 15 Florida Walmart stores, the company plans to expand that service as well.

Two Alleged Hackers Indicted In Florida For Lynda Breach

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Following a data breach at learning platform Lynda in 2016, two hackers were indicted in Florida this month on charges of extortion and hacking. One alleged hacker lived in Florida, while the other was a Canadian citizen who was a Toronto resident, according to reports.

McDonald’s Testing Out Breakfast Catering In Florida

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McDonald’s is testing out a breakfast catering service in Central Florida in an attempt to compete with eateries like Panera Bread. The service is available at all 195 restaurants in Central Florida, and during breakfast hours only. Delivery Fast food Catering McDonald's McDonalds Catering McDonalds Delivery McDonalds Florida News Retail Uber Eats What's Hot

McDonald’s Tests Delivery In Florida

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Retail delivery Florida food delivery McDonald's UberEATSWhoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” probably feels a bit silly right now. That’s because 2017’s newest addition to the food delivery space isn’t your average plucky, cleverly named startup with a mobile app and a dream. It’s legacy fast-food giant McDonald’s.

Florida Man Sentenced For Processing More Than $10 Million In Illegal Bitcoin Transactions

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A Florida man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for helping criminals process millions of dollars in illegal bitcoin transactions. Murgio, his father and another man admitted to operating a fake Florida-based business called the Collectables Club, which allowed criminals to buy bitcoins to launder their money under the pretense they were buying stamps and sports memorabilia.

Florida Man Charged In Connection With Illegal Bitcoin Exchange

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prosecutors late last week charged a Florida man in connection with an illegal bitcoin exchange. According to a report by Reuters , Ricardo Hill, 38, was arrested in Florida in October and charged with conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting firm. was operated by Anthony Murgio of Florida and owned by Gery Shalon, the Israeli accused of being behind the JPMorgan hack and that of other companies.

Florida Man Robbed Trying To Buy Bitcoin

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According to a report , a man in Florida was allegedly robbed at knifepoint while trying to sell $28,000 in bitcoin. The 32-year-old resident of Lake Worth, Florida, Steve Manos, set up a meeting with two people in West Palm Beach to sell the bitcoin for cash. million from two Florida men who were allegedly involved in the case. While computer breaches and malicious emails are commonplace online, when it comes to bitcoin, it can also be dangerous offline in the real world.

Whole Foods Prime Loyalty Program Launches In Florida

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The program is now being offered in Florida and will be expanded to other Whole Food stores during the summer. Amazon.com is stepping up its battle for grocery store dominance, launching a new loyalty program with Whole Foods for Prime customers on Wednesday (May 16). According to a report in Reuters , the much-anticipated program gives Prime members 10 percent off hundreds of items and deals on weekly specials that rotate.

Walmart Opens State-Of-The Art Online Fulfillment Center In Florida

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Walmart has opened a massive eCommerce fulfillment center in Florida, creating 1,500 jobs and enabling faster shipping to customers or to stores for free pickup. This facility is the sixth addition to the next-generation fulfillment network that Walmart is building to support its eCommerce business and is part of a $450-million investment the retailer is making in Florida in 2017-18.

Florida Bitcoin Exchange Schemer Gets 16 Months

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A software engineer from Florida was slapped with a 16-month prison term late last week after a court found him guilty of scamming to aid an illegal bitcoin exchange. In November, Ricardo Hill , who was arrested in Florida a month prior, was also charged with conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting firm.

Florida and New York Clash

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Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Florida, invalidated a state statute that made it a misdemeanor to impose a surcharge […]. Legal Watch New York State credit card surcharge Florida Supreme CourtI knew that would get your attention. The clash to which I am referring has to do with the legality of statutes banning credit card surcharges.

Seacoast in Florida to Buy Gulfshore Bancshares

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of Florida in Stuart has agreed to buy GulfShore Bancshares in Tampa, Fla. Seacoast Banking Corp. breaking_news community-banking m-a fl dealmaking-strategy

Is Bitcoin Money? Florida Judge to Decide

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WASHINGTON — Whether bitcoin is actual currency is at the forefront of a first-of-its-kind money-laundering case in Florida to be decided Friday.

Walmart Busts Florida’s Dumbest Retail Scam (So Far This Week)

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While we at PYMNTS.com would never applaud crime, we do have to credit Cheyenne Amber West of Fort Pierce, Florida, with boldness for her recent attempts to scam Walmart of more than $1,800 in consumer electronics. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well,” West reportedly told a Florida deputy.

CenterState to Buy Gateway Financial in Florida

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has agreed to buy Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida in Daytona Beach. CenterState Banks in Winter Haven, Fla., breaking_news m-a community-banking dealmaking-strategy

Is Bitcoin Money? Florida Judge to Decide

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The question of whether bitcoin is actually money is at the heart of a case of a man charged with selling $30,000 worth of the virtual currency to an undercover police officer. blockchain-digital-currencies law-regulation bank-technology

FirstBank Florida Plucks Five Bankers from Rivals

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FirstBank Florida in Miami has recruited five bankers from area competitors to bolster its commercial banking department. breaking_news people commercial-lending community-banking

Franklin Savings in N.H. Recruits New CFO from Florida

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has lured an executive from Florida to become its next chief financial officer. Franklin Savings Bank in Franklin, N.H., breaking_news people fl nh community-banking

First Florida Co-founder Promoted to Bank's CEO

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Garrett Richter is taking on a bigger role at First Florida Integrity Bank in Naples. breaking_news fl community-banking

Home in Arkansas Close to Buying Unnamed Florida Bank

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billion-asset company disclosed in a recent regulatory filing that it has a letter of intent to buy an unnamed banking company in Florida with about $400 million in assets. The $9.6 breaking_news community-banking dealmaking-strategy

CenterState in Florida Returns to M&A

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CenterState Banks in Davenport, Fla., has agreed to buy Platinum Bank Holding Company in Brandon, Fla., in a $83.9 million cash-and-stock deal. breaking_news dealmaking-strategy m-a fl earnings-community-banks community-banking

No Precedent For Facebook Antitrust Investigation, Says FL AG

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The Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the antitrust probes into Facebook don’t have any common case studies to draw from in deciding how to move forward, according to a report by CNBC. Regulation Antitrust Facebook Florida investigation News probe regulation What's Hot

Florida Bank to Sell Through Bankruptcy Process

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Bank of Commerce in Sarasota, Fla., will change hands following a bankruptcy auction. breaking_news community-banking strategic-alternatives capital fl dealmaking-strategy

Marquis Bancorp in Florida Raises $10M

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The $408 million-asset company said in a press release that it completed a private placement of subordinated debt to accredited institutional investors. breaking_news capital strategic-alternatives fl community-banking

After Orlando, Florida Banks Try to Help Community Heal

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Bankers are donating money and promoting blood drives in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. However, a long-term strategy to stay involved with the issues that the tragedy has brought to light is also considered important. national-regional fl community-banking

Kroger Building New Automated Warehouse Facility

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Kroger is excited to enter Florida to redefine the customer experience through our industry-leading partnership with Ocado,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

California, Florida, Massachusetts, N. Dakota Approve Pot Measures

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Voters in Florida and North Dakota approved medical marijuana measures on Tuesday, while their counterparts in California and Massachusetts approved recreational pot initiatives, according to projections. breaking_news consumer-finance national-regional compliance kyc ca fl mt nd ma me az nv ar law-regulation

CFPB and Florida AG obtain judgments against foreclosure relief companies

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The CFPB announced that, together with the Florida AG, it has obtained judgments against several Florida companies and their individual operators who were charged in a complaint filed in a Florida federal court with using deceptive marketing practices and collecting illegal advance fees from consumers seeking mortgage relief services. One of the companies is also required to pay an additional $5,000 penalty to the State of Florida.). Barbara S. Mishkin.

Amazon To Open Robotics-Based Warehouse

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The retail giant has shared news that it will be opening a robotics-based warehouse in South Florida in 2018. Amazon hopes this new warehouse will help bolster same-day delivery to Amazon customers in the Tampa, Florida, area. Retail Amazon ecommerce Florida Miami miami-dade News robot robotics South Florida Tampa warehouse What's HotAmazon continues to make strides in its innovative eCommerce business.

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Home BancShares to Buy Landmark Bank in Florida

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Home BancShares in Conway, Ark., has agreed to buy the parent of Landmark Bank in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. breaking_news community-banking m-a ar fl dealmaking-strategy

Florida Credit Union Applies to Buy Mackinac Savings Bank

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IBM Southeast Employee Credit Union in Delray Beach, Fla., has reportedly filed an application to buy Mackinac Savings Bank in Boynton Beach, Fla. breaking_news community-banking m-a fl dealmaking-strategy

With GreenWise Market, Publix Takes On Specialty Grocers

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And though Publix has closely guarded its turf – particularly in its home state of Florida – in 2015, Safeway took over three Albertsons stores and poured $30 million in bringing the West Coast brand to Publix country.

Stonegate to Buy Regent Bancorp in Florida

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Stonegate Bank in Pompano Beach, Fla., has agreed to buy Regent Bancorp in Davie, Fla. breaking_news community-banking fl dealmaking-strategy

Can contactless cards bring riders back to Miami's subways?

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Contactless payments NFC Mobile payments pso cardline lead 1 FloridaMiami’s mass transit system is adding contactless card payments on its Metrorail service as it combats ridership decline.

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After Hurricane Michael, Credit Unions Step Up To Boost Rebuilding Efforts

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Innovations Federal Credit Union of Panama City, Florida, for one, is helping members get back on their feet by offering a hurricane assistance loan program and waiving fees.

Synovus Buys FCB Financial In All-Stock Deal Valued At $2.9B

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Synovus Financial announced on Tuesday (July 24) that it is acquiring FCB Financial Holdings, owner of Florida Community Bank (FCB), Florida’s largest community bank, in a deal valued at $2.9 This acquisition will expand our presence in the high-growth South Florida marketplace while leveraging FCB’s market-leading reputation, culture and successful organic growth platform.”.