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Business & Tech
12:56 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Rush For TEDxKC Tickets Overloads Kauffman Center

The line for TEDxKC tickets before noon at the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

As of 12:35 pm the day tickets went on sale, TEDxKC was officially sold out. Ticket sales opened at 10 am Wednesday for TEDxKC's August 28th event called "The Long View."

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Google Fiber
10:33 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Google Fiber Announces 'Save The Date'

Google Fiber's website revealed Wednesday that the project will launch in Kansas City on July 26. The short message also says that there will be an announcement on the 26th, and interested parties can sign up here to receive it via email.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Business, Buildings, & More: Update On KC Metro Developments

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be moving into the former AMC theater on Main street.
Norman Plant

Maybe you've been keeping tabs on the AMC Headquarters in Leawood, or wondering if the Hyatt will get a coveted place in the Plaza.

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Financial Advice: Kids And Money

om5com flickr

There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.

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Up To Date
4:22 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Politics in the Workplace

PMAA

Are there legal repercussions for political expression in the workplace? Find out, as we talk with lawyer Brian Finucane, who specializes in labor and employment law.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

A Compelling Argument for Quitting Facebook

On this Central Standard, we speak with the man they call the Antichrist of Silicon Valley.

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Central Standard
9:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mobile Payment Technology

Mondy Metzger Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a glimpse into the wallets of the future.

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Central Standard
9:46 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Jamail Larkins: A Pilot's Life

Jamail Larkins

He took his first flying lesson at 12, his first solo flight by 14, air shows by 18, and now, in his 20s, Jamail Larkins runs his own aviation firm and is on a crusade to encourage kids to soar in the field of transportation.

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Up to Date
9:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Barnett Helzberg On Mentoring Entrepreneurs

Barnett Helzberg, Jr. had a mentor. His name was Ewing Kauffman, the one-time owner of the Kansas City Royals.

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Splicing Into Google Fiber
2:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Free Wifi For Rosedale?

bigstock.com

Updated June 27, 2012 12:00pm:  Google has rejected Connecting for Good's wifi plan for Rosedale, according to Michael Liimatta.  He was told the idea is "not in their current licensing agreements."  Liimatta says he's still moving forward with the plan for an e-community center.

Google has promised Kansas City speed-of-light internet. The potential for residents, businesses, schools and hospitals, we've been told, is enormous.

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Business & Tech
11:05 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Kickstarter: 'Funding Dreams' In Kansas And Missouri

At least every couple of months, or more, an email request lands in my inbox from an artist to help fund a new project, a gallery to support their programming budget, or a filmmaker to make a new movie.

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Central Standard
9:12 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Financial Advice: Marriage

Auzigog Flickr

First comes love, then comes marriage – but when comes that first conversation about your finances? In this Monday's Central Standard, professional Financial Advisors stop by with advice for advice for newlyweds hoping to create a solid financial foundation to their marriage, and then, what to do if things don't go as planned.

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Up to Date
11:41 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Techsperts: Smart Passwords, Smart Phone Security

About 3 weeks ago, users learned that hackers had gained access to LinkedIn's databases, when 6.5 million passwords were posted to an underground forum.

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Business & Tech
5:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Fight Ahead In Possible Sale Of Northtown Hospital

North Kansas City Hospital is offered for sale by the city. Hospital governing board "shocked" and seeking legal recourse.
Google

Vowing to fight sale of North Kansas City Hospital, the Chairman of the Hospital Board says he has asked legal advice about the most basic questions in the City Council’s announcement that the city is prepared for potential sale.

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Central Standard
10:42 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KC Makers And The Democratizing Of Manufacturing

Our guest Vince Thompson has created this incredibly fun looking golf game. You can see it this weekend at Maker Faire.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

The maker movement is about changing the way things are made. It's been called a new industrial revolution, with a focus on building things in garages or community workspaces, instead of in factories. It’s like the DIY crafts movement, only for engineers and hackers instead of knitters.

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Up to Date
5:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Building A Brand Like 'Trader Joe's'

Running low on Two Buck Chuck? If so, it may be time for a Trader Joe’s run.

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All Tech Considered
1:50 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

ICANN's Call For New Domain Names Brings Criticism, And $357 Million

ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom unveiled nearly 2,000 proposed new "top-level" domain names during a press conference in London Wednesday.
Tim Hales AP

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 5:01 pm

ICANN, the corporation that rules the Internet's address book, plans to increase the number of "top level" domains from the current 22 to 1,000 domains starting in early 2013. But not everyone is happy with that plan — and many say it's an open call to price-gougers and con artists.

Others complain that with 1,930 applications, ICANN — a non-profit corporation — raised just over $357 million. The U.S.-created entity was also in the news last spring, when it approved the .xxx domain.

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Professional Futurist Tells All

Borders Books. Blockbuster Home Movies. These companies share the same mistake; they missed a moment when they were challenged to adapt to a new business landscape. In their places stepped the Amazon Kindle, and Netflix respectively.

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Central Standard
9:07 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Signs KC Home Sales Are On The Rise

Dan Whitney, LandMarketing

Sellers, realtors and even buyers are taking note – the KC housing market is changing. On this Wednesday's Central Standard, a look at signs the market’s on the rebound.

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Central Standard
2:29 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Computer Guys: Appy Hour

On this Monday's Central Standard, join the Computer Guys for Appy Hour. We'll discuss apps that can make your life easier, or provide endless hours of distraction.

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Housing
10:36 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Kansas City Home Sales On The Rise, But It's A Different Market

The buyers, Bryan Tamke and Holly Bates.
Frank Morris KCUR

Like many young couples, Jeremy and Elizabeth Bixby want kids, more space and a better neighborhood. So a year ago last March, they decided to sell their 40-year-old duplex in northern Overland Park, near Shawnee Mission Drive and Metcalf.

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Business & Tech
1:26 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Smith Electric Steps Up To New Van

Smith Electric showed off a new type of vehicle at their Kansas City plant.  The new model is built on the same Newton platform as many of their current trucks, but this will be a step van, the kind of truck used for deliveries.

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Business & Tech
7:50 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Missouri's Economy Stagnant In 2011

Missouri's economy stayed steady in 2011. The state's GDP did not grow.
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Missouri’s economy stayed stagnant last year.  A new report by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says Missouri’s gross domestic product remained steady in 2011.

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Business & Tech
5:13 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Oil Pipeline Mapped Beyond Kansas City Outskirts

Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, at right, spoke of the Keystone Pipeline at Kansas City energy forum
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s Governor used a forum sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute to promote a pipeline  planned to traverse  the state to carry Canadian crude oil.

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Up to Date
7:43 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Google Fiber Coming Soon...So What?

Fiber optic cable

There's no question that we're going to get it, but then what do we do with it? The ultra-high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is coming to Kansas City, but many questions remain as to what it will mean for the community. 

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Tech
8:52 am
Tue June 5, 2012

New Google Fiber Hardware Possibly En Route To Kansas City

An IP set-top box with a Google Fiber label was recently added to the FCC database, Engadget reports. The label suggests the device is part of the Google Fiber project in development for Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Facebook Will Allow Users To Vote On Privacy Changes

Facebook's logo.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 3:01 pm

Facebook will ask its nearly 1 billion users to vote up or down on changes to its privacy policy.

According to a statement released by the social network, the company also put changes up for a vote in 2009. Voting begins today and goes through June 8.

"If more than 30 percent of all active registered users vote, the results will be binding," Facebook said. "If turnout is less than 30 percent, the vote will be advisory."

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past

Tom Auffhammer, 17 (right) scoops ice cream in Syracuse, N.Y. Teens continue to face stiff competition for summer jobs, but a downward trend in summer hiring for teens actually predates the recession.
Michelle Gabel The Post-Standard/Landov

The school year's winding down, meaning teenagers around the country will soon be trying to pull in some extra cash scooping ice cream or manning those kiosks at the mall.

But with the job market still weak, teens are facing stiff competition landing summer jobs. And while the downturn has hit young job seekers particularly hard, it's not just the lingering effects of the Great Recession working against them: the drop-off in teen summer hiring actually began long before 2007.

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Business & Tech
4:52 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Truck Pillow Eases Blow Of Crash

Platform slung behind highway department truck of this type is credited with saving lives.
MoDOT

The simple science of a shock absorbing bumper undoubtedly saved drivers of two trucks from grave injuries this afternoon on I-70 some 60 miles east of Kansas City.  That’s the summation from MoDOT.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Fri May 25, 2012

What A Show! China's Movie Theaters Have Improved Dramatically

Moviegoers at a 3D IMAX theater in Beijing.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:34 am

On Morning Edition, NPR's Frank Langfitt reported about a Chinese company's $2.6 billion purchase of North America's second-largest movie theater chain. Now, he tells us how the movie-going experience has changed in China in recent years:

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