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Central Standard
9:51 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How Does Yelp Affect Restaurants?

A place setting at The Rieger.
Credit The DLC / Flickr / Creative Commons

Online restaurant reviews on sites like Yelp and Urban Spoon have become an integral part of the restaurant industry today. Central Standard host Gina Kaufmann explores the credibility of these user reviews. Do they change the way chefs and restaurant staff manage their business? 

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce

Robert McChesney is the author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.

You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Google Fiber Report Card

Kansas City was selected as the first place in the country to receive Google Fiber. Now that fiber networks have been established in the many communities in the metropolitan area, users have experienced internet connection that is 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.

As Google Fiber and other fiber networks expand to other cities we explore how well Kansas City is capitalizing on it's head start and where it might be falling short. 

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Central Standard
2:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Kansas City Dating Scene

Bring on the chocolates, teddy bears and red roses, Valentine's Day is on Friday. Does the holiday make your heart sing or does it make your eyes roll? Today we talk about dating in Kansas City, which has been ranked one of the worst places to find a partner.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Managing An Online Business Reputation

Yelp and TripAdvisor logos

Do all those reviews on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor really matter for small businesses

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair

Google Fiber

What began as a lofty goal to increase access to high-speed Internet has become a reality with Google Fiber. However, questions about the methods behind implementing this service still remain.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Re-Imagining Education Online

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry

Ten years ago, the United States stood at the forefront of the Internet revolution. With some of the fastest speeds and lowest prices in the world for high-speed Internet access, the nation was poised to be the global leader in the new knowledge-based economy.

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Government
4:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Report Suggests Missouri Missing Out On Internet Sales Tax Revenue

bigstock.com

It appears that Missouri has lost more than $2 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. 

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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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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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Up to Date
8:00 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Lampooning Life Online: Making The Oatmeal

How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you
andrewsmcmeel.com

If you’ve ever wondered if your cat is planning to bump you off, you're not alone: The cartoonist behind the quirky web comic The Oatmeal is right there with you.

On Monday's Up to Date, Matt Inman, who also knows five good reasons to punch a dolphin in the face, joins us in the studio to discuss the unique world views of his comic strip.

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Up To Date
1:08 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Online Flirting

favim.com

A gentle touch . . . eyes that find yours across the room . . . a lowering of the voice.  These are physical signs that can be taken as flirting in a face-to-face situation.

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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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Google Fiber
5:18 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Google Fiber: The Big Reveal On Thursday

Aaron Deacon (@aarondeacon) posted this photo with the tweet: "The illustrious location of tomorrow's #googlefiber announcement."
Aaron Deacon Social Media Club of Kansas City

Google Fiber is scheduled to make a "special announcement" on Thursday, July 26, at 11 am CDT.

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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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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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Central Standard
9:42 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Computer Guys: The Internet Of Things

Andy Bardill Flickr

As of 2008, the number of inanimate objects connected to the Internet exceeded the world population. Experts predict that by the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion things, from animals to toasters, connected to the web.

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Up to Date
9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

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Up To Date
7:00 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Blogger Jen: Disliking People And Telling You About It

The blog's most popular post is the Dec. 9, 2011, "People I Want To Punch In The Throat: Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies."
People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Remember how your mom taught you…if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all? For one Johnson County mother of two, she might have to follow up with another favorite: “do as I say, not as I do."

Up to Date
1:46 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Point, Click, Love

"Love at first byte," some might say.

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Up to Date
2:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Techsperts: Cut Your Cable TV?

Roku 2 Internet TV box

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

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