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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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KC Currents
11:55 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Launch KC Hopes To Attract IT Startups

Mike Burke (left) and Mayor Sly James announce Launch KC.
Frank Morris

Part of the hype that’s come with Google Fiber is how great the super-fast internet speed could be for IT businesses.

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The Two-Way
5:34 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Kickstarter Says It 'Is Not A Store' As It Revises Policy On Projects' Risks

A screengrab shows three highly funded Design projects currently on Kickstarter's site. The company's founder say they will require more information about the challenges potential entrepreneurs could face.
NPR

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:06 pm

Even as it has received praise for bringing innovative ideas to life, Kickstarter has been criticized for allowing creators to be a little fuzzy about their plans — and for providing little recourse to investors who become unsatisfied with the project they've supported. The site has now announced changes that it hopes will ease those troubles.

The biggest change is a new section called "Risks and Challenges," which requires potential entrepreneurs to list the obstacles they face, and how they plan to deal with them.

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Central Standard
7:57 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Appy Hour: Developments On The Silicon Prairie

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, join a discussion on app development with tech innovators from the Silicon Prairie.

Find out how mobile fundraising is making it easy to donate funds across the world. Plus, an app turns the smartphone into part of the live music experience.

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KC Currents
2:11 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What?

The Google Fiber rabbit.
Google

The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.

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Central Standard
8:19 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Computer Guys: Data Storage

On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about data centers and cloud storage. Just how secure is our data?

We'll also discuss Apple's new iPhone5, and the upcoming iPad Mini. Plus, news on new ultra-high-definition television. Join us as we discuss these and other technology news headlines with the Computer Guys, I.T. Pro Thos. O'Brien and Mac expert George Costello.

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Business & Tech
9:50 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups

Kansas City Mayor Sly James welcomes startups.
Courtesy Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City’s civic and business leaders are mounting a push to spawn high-tech companies here.

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Business & Tech
2:28 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Google Fiber Wraps Campaign, Extends Deadline

Google wrapped up its six-week sign up campaign for Google Fiber on September 9, 2012. 180 out of a little more than 200 neighborhoods in Kansas City qualified for the service.

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Central Standard
6:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Financial Advice: Senior Scams

flickr / Don Hankins

Please excuse the technical difficulties during this program.

Americans 65 and older are a top target for scammers. Right now, Kansas City investigators are reportedly looking into a $350,000 sting, and the number of reports are going up.

On this Monday's Central Standard, our CASH MONEY CLIQUE is back to talk about protecting seniors from becoming victims of money scams.

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Business & Tech
10:02 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Google Makes Final Push For Fiber

Kansas City leaders were thrilled when they beat out 11,000 other cities for something called Google Fiber.  Now residents are competing to bring the blazing fast internet service to their neighborhood first. 

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Up to Date
11:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Electricity Infrastructure & Security

Westar Energy Flat Ridge Wind Farm
zkoenig Panoramio

Compared to other areas of the country, Missouri and Kansas have it pretty good when it comes to energy pricing.

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Business & Tech
2:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Apprenticeships Provide Options For Workers

Many skilled trades offer apprenticeship programs. It’s paid, on-the-job training in occupations like plumbing and carpentry.

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Up To Date
4:38 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Techsperts: Carhacking, Good Enough For Govt Work & Top Gadgets

As cars become linked to the internet, opportunities for hackers to take control of your car grow.
wyotech.edu

Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system?  Would you love it as much if you knew hackers could access your automobile through any one of those or other electronic features?

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Up To Date
2:39 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Eyes Have It

Biometric iris scan
Truth Squad.TV

Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore.

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Up To Date
1:34 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Remember When Pluto Was A Planet?: The Half-Life Of Facts

"The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date" by Samuel Arbesman
Penguin Group (USA)

A fact is something that actually exists; reality; truth.  Until it isn't anymore.  How does that happen?

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Changes In U.S. Patent Law

Patent attorney Stan Baker
Kimberly Baker

Last September President Obama signed the America Invents Act which made some significant changes to the patent System.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

'The Athena Doctrine'

John Gerzema
Young & Rubicam Brands

Social theorist John Gerzema set out to learn what the next generation of entrepreneurs will be like.

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Economic Roundtable: Why Are We Screwed?

delphwynd flickr

The Eurozone debt crisis is only half over according to a major credit rating agency. American economic growth is still slow, unemployment still relatively high, and lawmakers continue to argue over the budget deficit. We have the solution: a roundtable discussion with UMKC Economists.

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Central Standard
12:27 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Financial Advice: Thirty Days Until Retirement

Stephen Depolo Flickr

It’s estimated that half of America's middle-class workers will be poor or near poor come retirement. Many will find themselves living a $5 a day food budget.

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Appy Hour: More Silicon Prairie Innovators

The Silicon Prairie Dog

On this Wednesday's Central Standardupdates from the Silicon Prairie.

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Central Standard
5:43 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Computer Guys: Technology News Galore

selva flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about the new Swedish religion with a central dogma that file sharing is sacred.

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Up to Date
5:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)

This artist's concept depicts a sky crane lowering NASA's Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
JPL-Caltech NASA

While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

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Central Standard
10:11 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Smoke And Meers Advertising

Meers Advertising

The advertising industry is in flux. This business faces just as many uncertainties as any other sector of the economy with changing consumer attitudes and an increasingly fragmented media landscape.

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City

Eric Baker KCUR

1,100 other cities wanted it, but we got it: Google Fiber.  Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. 

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