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Prairie Moves: Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Kan.

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Lead Read

Google Fiber installations kick off today” – With a blog post and press conference today, Google began in-home installations of its one-gigabit internet connection in Kansas City, Kan.


“We’re seriously looking forward to what will surely be the strangest hackathon of 2012.” – The Next Web covers Dwolla’s announcement of its Old MacDonald Hackathon. – The Next Web

New creative

Product and business updates

  • BitMethod released Change, an iPad point of sales system, to the public – Change blog and SPN
  • RareWire released its App Creation Studio, software for creating iOS mobile apps, to the public – RareWire blog


  • ActiveGrade – “Beyond the Textbook: Education and Technology Are Paving the Way for Startups to Educate Our Youth” – Huffington Post
  • Compute Midwest – “Compute Midwest: Dwolla’s Ben Milne On The Future Of Money” – Forbes
  • Compute Midwest – “Compute Midwest: Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan On The Digital Manufacturing Revolution” – Forbes
  • Compute Midwest – “Compute Midwest: Box COO Dan Levin On The Post-PC Era” – Forbes
  • Compute Midwest – “Google Fiber Contest: Who Can Develop the Best App?” – Fox 4 Kansas City
  • Compute Midwest – “Technology experts ecstatic about Google Fiber in KC” – 41 Action News

Gig Bits

Gig Bits is an occasional feature keeping our readers up to speed on Google Fiber. Read Gig Bits.

  • “Google Fiber installations kick off today” – Google Fiber Blog
  • “Live: Google Fiber Gets Switched On” – Forbes
  • “Google Fiber installs begin, bringing new Kansas City startups to life” – VentureBeat
  • “Google Fiber Installation Begins in Kansas City” – PCMag
  • “Are You Ready For Faster Internet Speeds Kansas City? Google Fiber Starts Wiring Homes For Service” – TechCrunch
  • “There’s no place like home: Google Fiber installations kick off in Kansas City today” – The Next Web
  • “Google Is Finally Installing Gigabit Fiber In Kansas City Homes” – Gizmodo
  • “Startup hopefuls drawn to KC and Google Fiber” – Kansas City Star
  • “It takes a KC Startup Village to raise entrepreneurs on Google Fiber” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “KC Startup Village hopeful wrestles with city use permit” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “Google announces fiber service kickoff, but some have service already” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “Google Fiber lights up a startup village in Kansas City, Kan.” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “First Google Fiber houses prepare for liftoff” – Kansas City Business Journal
  • “Google Fiber To Go Live Tuesday at House in KCK” – Fox 4 KC
  • “Gotta get a gig: KC startups are buying homes to get Google Fiber” – GigaOm


  • Sporting Innovations’ client interface recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal’s Impact Awards – Kansas City Business Journal


  • “Fail, Pass Down, or Sell: What’s Your Exit Strategy?” – Brent Beshore
  • “Think Big Accelerator Spotlight: Connor Sweeney of Weejay” – Think Big Partners


  • Dwolla, in collaboration with Silicon Prairie News, will host a hackathon Dec. 1-2 – Dwolla blog, SPN, The Next Web and ProgrammableWeb
  • The 17 projects of Compute Midwest – Hacker League
  • Tyler Prochnow launched Startup Shop KC, a community-driven online map for local entrepreneurs to learn, engage and interact with the growing startup scene – Think Big Partners
  • Mayors Sly James and Joe Reardon announce KC Digital Drive – Press Release and SPN


Credits: Video from Google Fiber on YouTube

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