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6764_334e4f05d5_small April 28, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Altoona Almost exactly a year after the social media giant announced it would build a $299.5 million data center in Altoona, Iowa, Facebook announced it hopes to break ground on a second data center building on the campus soon, pending approval from the City of Altoona Planning and Zoning Board and Altoona City Council… read more

April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

West Des Moines It's a big day for data center news in central Iowa. First, the Des Moines Register reported that construction on Altoona's $300 million Facebook data center has sparked economic development and small business growth. Then the Register announced that the proposed West Des Moines data center… read more

6337_3338f52f20_small December 24, 2013 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha In the spirit of the holidays and time spent with family, we'd like to stay in touch with our Silicon Prairie family, too. There's hundreds of Silicon Prairie startups across the region and that makes it hard to keep up with what's going on with each throughout the year. That's where Facebook's interest lists come in... read more

6234_6b47a5e95e_small November 13, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Altoona In early 2015, when Facebook's Altoona, Iowa-based data center starts servicing traffic, officials say the facility is expected to operate on 100 percent renewable energy. Through a partnership with Iowa wind project developer ... read more

5607_296fe9ec7c_small April 24, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Data centers in Iowa are dominating headlines this week as Facebook on Monday announced its intention to build a facility in Altoona and the next day the State of Iowa revealed Google is expanding its existing project in Council Bluffs. The immediate costs of these two projects is expected to reach nearly $700 million, creating hundreds of construction jobs but likely just ... read more

4402_c8d0babe2c_small July 12, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines With the recent retirement of Version 1 of Hatchlings, we turn our attention to Version 2 of the online social egg-gathering game. Brad Dwyer, the Panora, Iowa-based founder and CEO of Hatchlings, sat down with us at Big Omaha in May during beta testing for Version 2 to demo Hatchlings' new user interface, which is HTML5-based, is more graphically … read more

2609_8c9d6acb08_small July 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Fat Brain Toys, you've just been chosen from among 11,000 companies as one of five winners of the Big Break for Small Business contest. What are you going to do next? Why, they're going to Facebook land, of course. Fat Brain, based in Elkhorn, Neb., was announced Monday as one of five winners of a trip to Facebook headquarters for a two-day social media makeover and $20,000 for a social media marketing budget as part of the Big Break contest sponsored by Facebook and American Express Open. Some 11,000 companies … read more

2510_865d18d7c1_small July 7, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha An Omaha-area business is one of 10 companies that have been chosen from more than 11,000 entrants to vie for a social media makeover from Facebook and a $20,000 prize. Elkhorn-based Fat Brain Toys will compete against nine other companies for one of five trips to Facebook headquarters for a two-day social media training session and cash prize … read more

2496_d0f1475403_small July 1, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines As iPhone users logged some 1.5 million miles on Uppward, the Des Moines-based creators of the flight-based social application fielded frequent requests from Android users to bring the app to their platform. Consider those requests granted. And then some. Uppward’s James Eliason announced Tuesday that Uppward will launch a Facebook app and is currently accepting beta testers … read more

1498_b93cbefe19_small December 5, 2010 by John T. Meyer

This week's Sunday Video features Facebook founder and young billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, in his recent appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. In this "Conversation with Mark Zuckerberg" Web 2.0 co-founders, John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly, talk to Zuckerberg about the state of Facebook and the future opportunities to make existing industries more social. This is one of the strongest interviews I've… read more

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