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2676_07d77a8b08_small August 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

What is Prairie Moves? - Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development, and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email … read more

2688_ab826105fd_small August 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Five and Fifty on Wednesday announced a partnership with 4INFO, the largest SMS ad network in the U.S., that will enable the Overland Park, Kan.-based company … read more

2681_283db0c9d1_small August 11, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha It just so happens that we're celebrating Silicon Prairie News' third birthday with a lil' ice cream social shindig starting at 4 p.m. Friday, and we we we want you to be there. And yes, we we we so excited. But we can't start partying, partying, (yeah!) without a little help from you. Since we'll have the ice cream and I'll be handling the traditional "Intern Scooping Service," we encourage you to BYOICT … read more

2673_08aad8c7e8_small August 11, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines As the upcoming school year approaches, elementary students can put down the Crayola classics and Lisa Frank felt-tips and strike the keys with PikuZone, a parent-managed emailing system specifically designed for children. PikuZone, scheduled to launch by the end of this month, has its sights set on being a communications technology tool used to help ease kids age 6-12 into internet use while educating … read more

2684_9f71517769_small August 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Since Dwolla's June 7 release of Grid, a feature described as a Facebook connect for its payments network, we've been anticipating a sighting in the wild. Earlier this week, Dwolla published a blog post highlighting what Dwolla CEO Ben Milne said is the "first full implementation (alive and in production)" of Grid. The company that's … read more

2682_024009111f_small August 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

PeggyBank, an Omaha-based startup uploading old media online for users, and Kickanotch, a Kansas City-based startup building a one-stop app management and monetization platform for media companies, both earned some great ink today from major tech blogs, TechCrunch and GigaOm, respectively. A writeup on PeggyBank's business model, pointing out their use of daily deal sites for costumer acquisition, was written by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington. "If you’re like me you’ve … read more

2679_d7bd03b1e8_small August 10, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Upload and download speeds, it appears, are far from the only things that will be accelerated by the arrival of Google's Ultra-High Speed Network in Kansas City. The impending installation of the Google Fiber network has also helped jump-start a collaborative effort between city governments of both Kansas Citys. Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo. and … read more

2672_b4ca78aa8e_small August 10, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha On Sunday, What Cheer launched its first product, Bumble, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) app designed for children to make safe and easy calls. Alex Gates, a developer at the web design studio, had been working on a way for his young children to make calls to their grandparents using a simple web interface, something so simple it would soon be seen as home's "regular phone." With the July 26 … read more

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