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VC investments up 29 percent in third quarter

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Venture capitalists seem to be testing the waters once again, despite the volatile economic conditions. Investors put $8.4 billion into 765 deals in the third quarter, representing a 29 percent increase in investment and an 8 percent increase in the number of deals compared to the same time period in 2010. “Venture investment rose, putting… Continue Reading VC investments up 29 percent in third quarter

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QR codes and the new “Enhanced Reality”

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I hope you all know what I’m referring to when I say “QR codes” — they’re those squiggly, square bar code thingies that are showing up on packages and in ads all over the place. The idea is that you hold your phone over this QR code (if you have a QR code reader app… Continue Reading QR codes and the new “Enhanced Reality”

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Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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What difference does a year make? When it comes to the Colorado Springs economy: very little. At this time last year, the city was optimistic about the path forward. Fred Crowley, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and principal of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, predicted steady recovery. And he… Continue Reading Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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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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Cowboys and ranchers may soon have a new tool to track their livestock as part of trials by drug giant Pfizer. Instead of just using herding dogs and horses, they’ll be using BlackBerrys and software developed in Colorado Springs. The company behind the technology, New Planet, housed in the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, struck a… Continue Reading New Planet trying to bring mobile tracking tech to cowhand work

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While nearly every industry has switched to electronic record keeping and payments, the health care industry is lagging behind — and it is costing the country $22 billion in health care expenses every year. Celent, a research and advisory firm, says that electronic processing is present in most steps of the health care revenue cycle… Continue Reading Technology delay costing health industry $22 billion annually

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A Kindle, gentler holiday season

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Electronic gadgets are always a big holiday favorite, but this year, retailers seem to be sticking to updating tried-and-true favorites, along with slashing prices, to entice consumers into their stores. Continue Reading A Kindle, gentler holiday season

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Faster than the speed of law

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Internet, technology out-pacing rules, regulations The Internet has become a cyber version of the Wild West, where few rules exist to curb an enthusiastic fight about ownership and ideas. The ease of communicating and marketing via the Internet has brought about a pitched struggle for copyrights, trademarks and other money-making endeavors. “It’s just that the… Continue Reading Faster than the speed of law

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As hospitals struggle to meet new budget demands, they are faced with delaying or scaling back information technology projects — despite the fact that technology offers the promise of more efficient, less expensive care. Moving from a paper-based system to an electronic system, prescribing medicine using hand-held devices, checking drug interactions via computers — all… Continue Reading Health care providers facing technology quandary

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First quarter technology job cuts were nearly five times higher than the 17,345 cuts announced last year during the same period. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. released a report today stating that planned job cuts in the United States tech sector totaled 84,217, up 27 percent from 66,312 during the previous quarter. However, during the dot-com… Continue Reading Despite tech job cuts – it’s not as bad as it used to be

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