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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 24

Google Fiber rolls out in Huntsville

Google Fiber, Alphabet's fast gigabit internet service, is now available in Huntsville. But instead of laying fiber-optic cables, Google is using fiber from Huntsville Utilities, a city-owned provider of water, electricity and natural gas. It's an example of CFO Ruth Porat's cost-cutting efforts at work. – CNBC

Alabama to get slice of massive Boeing contract update

Boeing has received a potential five-year, $1.1 billion contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency to continue to provide development support for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program. The modification increases the total value of a previously awarded contract from $4.7 billion to $5.8 billion, the Defense Department said Monday. Boeing will collaborate with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon with some of the work being done is Alabama. – GovConWire

Georgia-Pacific investing another $50M in Escambia County mill

Georgia-Pacific is investing $50 million to upgrade the paperboard machine at the company’s mill in Escambia County, following the completion of a $388 million energy improvement project that involved two years of construction. Slated to begin in late summer, Georgia-Pacific said the new project in Brewton will rebuild part of the machine and improve the quality of the mill’s white-top linerboard product, increasing the facility’s competitiveness. – Made In Alabama

Educational, workforce conference set June 5

The Business Education Alliance will be partnering with the Alabama Community College’s Jeff Lynn to host an educational forum at Wallace Community College. The goal will be discussing the K-12 pipeline to workforce development and focusing on the immediate needs of our educational programs and ways to strengthen them. The forum will be June 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan. – News release

AA sues Alabama man to retrieve Big Book manuscript

Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. in New York state court last Thursday sued an Alabama man, Ken Roberts, who owns the manuscript, a New York art gallery and a California auction house. – AP/Gillette News-Record

Samford wraps up 175th anniversary celebration

Samford University in Birmingham wrapped up a yearlong celebration of the school’s 175th anniversary with a series of seven commencement programs during May. The printed programs for the various Samford colleges and schools listed approximately 1,200 total candidates for degrees. Samford President Andrew Westmoreland and Provost Michael Hardin presided over each of the ceremonies, all but one of which were in Samford’s Wright Center. – Alabama Baptist

Inside Wayne Farms’ new, high-capacity feed mill

Already heavily invested in poultry production in southern Alabama, U.S., Wayne Farms LLC recently increased its commitment to feed production in the region with the completion of a $55 million feed mill near Newton. The 50,000-square-foot facility, which has production capacity of 25,000 tons per week, is the largest startup feed mill in the United States. – World-Grain.com

Google deep data move reminds us that privacy is dead

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases - even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday. The advance allows Google to determine how many sales have been generated by digital ad campaigns, a goal that industry insiders have long described as "the holy grail" of online advertising. But the announcement also renewed long-standing privacy complaints about how the company uses personal information. – Washington Post/AL.com

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