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Locksmith accusing Google of racketeering in 'map-jacking' case
A locksmith is suing Google, Yellowbook and Ziplocal, claiming the companies are violating laws used to stopped organized crime. Mark Baldino, CEO of Baldino's Lock and Key Service, claims the companies allow false business listings to appear on search results and then uses those results as leverage to charge legitimate business higher advertising rates to appear higher in search inquiries. The lawsuit follows an investigation on the practice of Google "map-jacking."
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Virginia pays for school security upgrades
Alexandria Times
Security systems at Virginia public schools are about to get beefed up. The Virginia Department of Education recently awarded Alexandria City Public Schools with more than $41,000 in grants to help upgrade five local schools' security systems. Schools receiving funding include Charles Barrett, Cora Kelly, John Adams and William Ramsay elementary schools, as well as Jefferson-Houston School.
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House keys go digital
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In this age of rapid transformation, the house key has been surprisingly resistant to change. Cars have mostly switched to key fobs. Hotels and office buildings favor the pass card. And yet the little metal keys we carry around, part security device, part domestic totem, aren't that different from the ones carried by our parents, their parents or their parents, going back to before the Civil War, when Linus Yale Jr. invented the cylinder lock, modifying an ancient Egyptian design.
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The August Smart Lock works like magic ... when it works
Early Americans would risk it all to cross this country, often losing family members to violence, disease, or exposure in the process. And when they arrived in the West, some would secure what little they had left with a lock and key. That's basically the same technology you would use to get into your home after a 5-hour cross-country jaunt today.
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Smart home devices next big thing
Devices that connect to the Internet to provide greater convenience, security and efficiency for the home are shaping up to be the next hot consumer electronic category. According to a survey from the Consumer Electronics Association and Parks Associates, 20 percent of U.S. households with broadband intend to buy one or more smartphone devices over the next year. In all, the category should grow from $2.4 billion in 2014 to more than $4 billion by 2017, according to Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at the CEA.
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Surveillance system catches pumpkin thief on camera
Halloween is right around the corner. Many families are hanging decorations and hitting up pumpkin patches. But, one Tigard, Oregon, neighborhood is dealing with a pumpkin thief, who's been caught on camera. Caitlin Cossa, 8, noticed recently that two of the pumpkins her family purchased were mysteriously gone from their front porch. "I was really upset," Cossa said.
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Police: Security camera catches burglar hiding in New Jersey home
The Star-Ledger
Police said a Linden, New Jersey, homeowner's high-tech security system helped them to catch a burglar. Police said they responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Responding officers were told that the homeowner, who was not home, had an alarm system, which would trigger video cameras in the home to send still photos to the homeowner's cell phone when activated.
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Are you being triangulated?
By Roger Daviston
As leaders, we are extremely vulnerable to being triangulated, and it's unhealthy for the unity of a company. If you are constantly fixing relational problems that others should fix for themselves, you are probably being triangulated. What causes triangulation? Triangulation is caused by failure to resolve conflict in a direct manner, and it is simply a problem with boundaries. Triangulation involves a cast of three characters: the villain, the victim and the rescuer.
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The ABCs of employee retention
By Mel Kleiman
There is a direct correlation between employee retention, customer loyalty and company profits. Employee retention efforts don't have to be elaborate or laden with perks. You just have to do a good job on the fundamentals. Take a look at the following ideas and add at least a few to your employee retention strategy. You do have a retention strategy, don't you?
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How does a leader transform an organization?
By Betty Boyd
It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: How does a leader transform an organization? According to researcher Bernard M. Bass, transformational leaders "garner trust, respect and admiration from their followers." It starts with having a vision, which helps establish the direction the organization should strive to achieve. The next step is taking that vision and formulating a strategy, which is an organization's compass and helps to keep on course.
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    Family owned locksmith sues Google and major online directories (MFRTech)
Meet BadUSB: The latest cybersecurity threat for businesses (By Ross Lancaster)
2 ways to securely lock your bike on a comb rack (Lifehacker)
Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt T1L review (Digital Trends)
Security camera, helpful neighbor nab accused mail thief (KOMO-TV)

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