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City can learn online lesson

Every year, several dozen people from Colorado Springs take what’s well known as the Regional Leaders Trip, visiting cities to see what they have that we might replicate. Those trips have gone to Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; Omaha, Neb., and Salt Lake City. From each, the contingent returned with ideas that… Continue Reading City can learn online lesson

Study: Millennials spend more in stores, not online

While Internet stores seem to be getting all the attention, shoppers spend their money in brick-and-mortar stores – and that includes the Internet generation, according to a survey from the NPD Group. The new report, “Winning the Fight for Millennial Shoppers,” 81 percent of Millennials’ retail spending is in stores, and only 19 percent shop… Continue Reading Study: Millennials spend more in stores, not online

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A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for… Continue Reading New cybercrime documents show vulnerability of Internet

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Two local restaurant and bar owners were fed up with the high percentage of profits they paid to deal-of-the-day sites like LivingSocial and Groupon. So they launched a local alternative aimed at being a good deal for the businesses that use it. LiveOnLocal.com will only feature restaurant deals in the Colorado Springs area and the… Continue Reading LiveOnLocal site creates a better deal for businesses

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About $6 million in federal grants will allow CenturyLink to provide broadband service to about 8,000 homes in rural areas. The money is part of a $35 million Phase-I package given to CenturyLink from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, which is intended to provide Internet service to rural areas across the country. In… Continue Reading Multimillion federal grant means Internet in rural Colorado

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Mike Christensen moved to Colorado Springs after he finished college in California. He had a series of different jobs before he decided to strike out on his own and establish his own business, called Prosperent. Prosperent is an Internet marketing company, and it is clearly prospering. With remodeled office space downtown at Platte Avenue and… Continue Reading Christensen’s Prosperent landing national clients

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Small businesses could be held legally responsible if customers use Wi-Fi internet access for illegal downloads. That’s the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which noted that record labels and movie studios struck a deal this month to issue warnings to Internet providers whose accounts are used to steal content. Small businesses that… Continue Reading Business could be responsible for customers’ Wi-Fi use

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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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Two technology entrepreneurs on Wednesday are launching a Denver-based company that says it will help parents monitor their children’s online activity. SafetyWeb.com offers an online subscription service that looks for publicly available information on what kids are doing and saying on the Web. One of the company’s co-founders is Michael Clark, who was a senior… Continue Reading Program allows parents to monitor kids’ net use

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While some cities are relying on publicity stunts to be selected for a Google pilot program that would install a citywide network of ultra-high-speed broadband service, Springs officials say they are steadily working on a proposal that highlights the city’s military presence and it’s highly technical workforce. They said it’s not a matter of being subdued,… Continue Reading Springs’ Google proposal serious, not flashy

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