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Tax Credits Scrutinized
11:17 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Google, Facebook Tax Breaks Challenged

Facebook Grand Opening in Altoona
John Pemble/IPR

State assistance to attract Google, Microsoft, and Facebook to Iowa is under scrutiny by a statehouse committee.

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Science and Technology
7:23 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Facebook's Iowa Data Center Goes Online

Lighting a giant “Like” button to mark the opening of Facebook’s Altoona data center. From left, Facebook site manager Brice Towns, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham, Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling, and Facebook vice president of infrastructure Thomas Furlong.
Credit John Pemble

When Facebook users "like" a photo or update their relationship status, some of that information will be stored in Iowa.

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Business and Economy
5:37 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Why Data Centers Are Choosing Iowa

Jimmy Emerson

Data centers store digital information off site from a company’s headquarters.  In the past couple years tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all announced plans for new facilities in Iowa.  

John Rath blogs for Data Center Knowledge and works as a facilities manager for OneNeck IT Solutions in Cedar Falls. He cites one advantage to building in Iowa is a low incidence natural disasters.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Congress still playing the farm bill game

In the Facebook game Farmville 2, players create their own farms. Like real farmers, players plan their moves based on policy.
courtesy of Zynga

The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.

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Talk of Iowa
11:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Social Media Etiquette 101

According to Facebok, at the end of 2012 the social networking site had 50 million pages and 240 billon uploaded photos.
Jason A. Howie Flickr

There are a lot of ways to share information online, so it's not surprising that some people are oversharing. Host Charity Nebbe chats about social media etiquette with Andrew High, assistant professor at the University of Iowa's Department for Communication Studies, and Nathan Wright, founder of the digital media consulting firm Lava Row.

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Business and Economy
5:35 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

MidAmerican Energy Announces $1.9 billion Wind Deal in Iowa

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Iowa’s biggest economic development deal was announced Wednesday. As Governor Terry Branstad puts it… it’s all about wind energy. Mid-American Energy will in invest 1-point-9 billion dollars in Iowa to add up to 1,050 megawatts of wind generation. That’s about 656 new wind turbines IN IOWA by 2016. Branstad says Iowa’s wind energy industry is a good selling point for high-tech companies like Facebook which just announced it would build a data center in Altoona, just outside of Des Moines.

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Talk of Iowa
11:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Mourning in the Digital Age

Photo by Emily Woodbury

A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we'll find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook. Our guests include Heart2Soul founder Karen Zinn, John Wild of Iles funeral Home in Des Moines, Tom Frisch of GotFuneral, and PhD student studying social media mourning practices, Jed Brubaker.

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