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11:32 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Group Of Internet Trolls Claims Thousands Of Tumblr Blogs Infected By Worm

A screenshot of the Tumblr homepage.
Tumblr

A notorious group of Internet trolls says it has unleashed a worm that has littered Tumblr blogs with inflammatory and racist posts.

According to the technology site The Verge, GNNA, whose full name we can't print in a family blog, says the worm has infected more than 8,000 accounts. The worm spread when users were logged into Tumblr and clicked on a viral — in more ways than one — post that asked for all Tumblr users to "drink bleach and die."

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Visual Arts
10:28 am
Thu November 29, 2012

KCAI In Legal Wrangling Over Unpaid Pledge

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Painting Building at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Kansas City Art Institute is taking a southern California couple to court. The issue is stirring up a lot of controversy and national -- and international -- attention.

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Business & Tech
10:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration. 

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Business & Tech
2:12 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Powerball Jackpot Is $500 Million; Now Will You Buy A Chance?

A ticket and a dream.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 6:23 pm

We know there's only a 1 in 175 million chance of winning. Even then, you might have to share the prize.

But with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot now estimated to be $500 million (a record for that lottery), we wonder: Are Two-Way readers playing?

Yes, it is kind of silly to think that just because the jackpot has hit half a billion dollars it makes a lot more sense to buy a chance now than it did when you would "only" win $40 million.

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Business & Tech
9:44 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Shoppers Encouraged To Buy Local

Stuff
Google+

Holiday shoppers are being encouraged once again this year to support small, local businesses. Small Business Saturday is important for a number of reasons.

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Business & Tech
9:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Low Water Flow Causes Freight Problems On The Mississippi River

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

The Army Corps of Engineers began shutting down flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

The Government Cloud

Credit Jackson's book GovCloud II

This year the US Government mandated that federal agencies consider cloud computing as they make new IT investments and by 2014 that mandate will expand.  What benefit does this technology have to taxpayers and to the agencies themselves?  Where do these projects currently stand? And what has been the impact to Kansas City?

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Business & Tech
3:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Judge Approves Hostess' Plan To Liquidate

The big name in the Hostess lineup.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 4:02 pm

Maybe the end is nigh, after all.

A judge has approved Hostess' plan to liquidate the company, all but assuring that the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Donettes and Wonder Bread will cease to exist.

The New York Times reports:

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Central Standard
6:13 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Computer Guys: Threads Stretched To The Limits

Credit From knowyourmeme.com

The internet is a limitless source of information and has provided us a new avenue for dialog and discussion.  But, when conversations are logged in perpetuity, open to the world and never ending, do they lose relevance?

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Business & Tech
5:23 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

A Rush On Twinkies Across Missouri

Twinkies, a snack cake marketed as a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling"
Flickr user Christian Bale

Grocery chains across Missouri are running out of Twinkies and other Hostess products, following Friday's announcement that the company is going out of business. 

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Business & Tech
7:22 am
Fri November 16, 2012

No More Twinkies? Hostess Brands Is Shutting Down

Stock up now.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:53 am

Carrying through on its warning about what could happen, the management of Hostess Brands announced this morning that the company is going out of business and laying off its 18,500 employees.

At issue: According to Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn, "we simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike."

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Business & Tech
9:14 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Hostess Bakery To Workers: 'Go Back To Work, Or Company Dies'

Hostess company officials told striking workers they had until 5 p.m. Thursday to go back to work, or management would be forced to liquidate the company.

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Business & Tech
10:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Google Fiber Hooked Up At First House

Google Fiber has generated a lot of buzz since it was first announced, but it’s getting put to its first real-world test.

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Central Standard
12:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Growing From Local to International Business

World Trade Center Kansas City

Are you a metro-area small business looking to expand into the global market?  Well you're in luck.


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Business & Tech
4:44 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Best Outlook Views KC-Area Economic Growth At 5 Percent

Frank Lenk, Director of Research, Mid American Regional Council..
Dan Verbeck KCUR

So much depends on factors influencing the Kansas City area economy, the best drawn analysis of future trends has to be flexible. Forecasters readily admit it.

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Up to Date
10:19 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an underlying structure that guides its development.

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Central Standard
12:48 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Financial Planning For Non-Traditional Couples

SurvivalWoman flickr

When you are part of a non-traditional couple, understanding your financial options is crucial

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Business & Tech
3:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Watching TV Online Often Exposes Slow Bandwidth

In much of America, the availability of online video is often frustrated by slow broadband speeds. In this 2011 photo, Valerie Houde waits for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt.
Andy Duback AP

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:20 am

There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating. Their favorite show might suddenly stop, stutter and be replaced by a note that reads "buffering." The problem is lack of bandwidth: The data that is the video just can't squeeze through the wires and onto the screen.

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Central Standard
3:54 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Computer Guys: OS Monogamy And Special Needs Accessibility

Computer mouse alternatives allow control of a computer's cursor for those challenged by a regular mouse.
especialneeds.com

For the longest time the Microsoft Windows Operating System (OS) was the dominant player in computing.  Then Apple introduced its OS and has since overtaken Microsoft.

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Central Standard
2:04 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Biggest Deal

What does $20.1 billion get you?  Well, if you're Japan's SoftBank Corp., it gets you 70% of the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States.

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Up to Date
9:18 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

The Techsperts: Internet Pirates, Virtual Offices, Sponsored Webcasts

Internet pirates are hiding on college computer networks, despite the schools’ efforts to get rid of them. Arrrgh. 

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Business & Tech
9:42 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Sprint CEO, Employees Positive About Softbank Deal

Financial "work in progress" is underway at the Overland Park, KS. wireless giant.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

If regulators and shareholders approve the deal, Japanese company SoftBank will buy a 70% share in Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel. 

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Business & Tech
7:26 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Japanese Cell Phone Company And Sprint Announce Deal

Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 percent of Sprint Nextel for $20 billion.

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Business & Tech
4:08 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

KCP&L's Big Battery Aims To Help Spark Midtown Resurgence

1 Megawatt Battery in the SmartGrid Innovation Park

KCP&L’s new “Smartgrid Innovation Park” is parked between the back wall of a pretty downtrodden, urban core grocery store, and an old humming electric substation. 

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Business & Tech
10:04 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Sprint Nextel Confirms Acquisition Talks

Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel has confirmed that Softbank Corp., which owns a large mobile carrier in Japan, is in talks to purchase a commanding stake in Sprint.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Women Facing Challenges In Business

"Women Accessing Capital: Overcoming the Psychology of Small" takes place Oct. 16, 8a.m.-6p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation.

Women business owners have less access to outside capital than their male counterparts. 

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Central Standard
11:57 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Financial Advice: 10 Commandments of Financial Planning

flickr / SurvivalWoman

Our CASH MONEY CLIQUE is back for this Monday’s Central Standard. They're going to offer 10 (simple) guidelines that might help straighten out your personal finances.

Joining us will be members of the Financial Planning Association of Greater KC, including Ken Eaton of Stepp & Rothwell, Lucas Bucl of KHC Wealth Management and Sandi Weaver of Financial Security Advisors.

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Business & Tech
6:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Hallmark Consolidates Kansas Facilities, Cuts 300 Jobs

Hallmark Cards, Inc. today announced the consolidation of its manufacturing operations in Kansas to two locations: Lawrence and Leavenworth.

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Up To Date
10:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge.

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Up to Date
10:07 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

What's New In Kansas City-Area Business Development

What Cerner's new Kansas City, Kansas campus will look like when it's completed. The project is being fast-tracked.

Kevin Collison began his recent look at the impact that Tom McDonnell has had on Kansas City by saying, "If the 1930s was Tom’s Town, as in Pendergast, since the early 1990s it’s been Tom’s Town... as in McDonnell."

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