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The Florida files

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said this week that it recently learned of a “data security incident” that potentially exposed the personal information belonging to nearly 58,000 accounts on the state’s unemployment insurance system. The breach, which occurred between April and July, targeted claimants’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank accounts, claim information, as well as addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. Officials said they have been notifying the affected individuals, in addition to tightening security controls Benjamin Freed reports.

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Five boroughs of fintech

New York City launched a new "moonshot" challenge on Monday, asking developers and technologists to submit their best ideas to ensure that the city’s unbanked residents can participate in the economy. The office of the city's CTO is looking for financial technology breakthroughs to help the 1 million New York City households that either have no bank account or limited access to financial services. Nearly half of all Bronx households are unbanked. Ryan Johnston has more.

Tribes go to broadband boot camp

Over the July 4 weekend, members of three tribal nations in Northern California met with broadband experts to get instruction on how to best use the spectrum licenses they won from the FCC last year, possibly by building municipal networks that break away from commercial ISPs. “We talked about how to make better decisions and not let ourselves be bulldozed by the larger companies that aren’t really invested like these people would be,” Linnea Jackson, general manager of the Hoopa Valley Tribe's public utility district, told StateScoop. Colin Wood got an inside look.

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