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Google Fiber to bring 1000 Mbps speeds, TV, free Internet to Kansas City

Google Fiber

Today Google finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Google Fiber service. Focusing on Kansas City, Google Fiber is both an Internet service and television service, and Google showed off just how awesome the service will be.

First, the Internet speeds. Google Fiber provides gigabit speeds both up and down the pipe. That's 1000/1000 Mbps (which makes our 35/35 connection look atrocious.) The company detailed how far behind the USA is in terms of speed and pricing, and is looking to invoke some major change. Google Fiber Internet will also come with 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage, and there will be no bandwidth caps or overage fees. But that's not all…

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Google Fiber to launch in Kansas City on July 26

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Broadband, Google, Internet, Videos,

Google Fiber July 26

It's been a long road since the time that the ambitious Google Fiber initiative was announced, but a little over two years later, and the product is ready to launch. This morning Google announced that Kansas City will be set to go live with super-fast Gigabit Internet speeds on July 26th, and we are very green with envy.

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Google Fiber applies for permission to provide television packages

Google Fiber TV

Some might remember the announcement from Google a while back that they were hooking up the good citizens of Kansas City Missouri with a fiber optic gigabit network. Google has since named its fiber optic network “Google Fiber” and has continued building out the network and is making further plans for the service. From the looks of things, Google is looking into providing more than just super-fast Internet speeds. According to The Wall Street Journal, the search giant has entered an application to the Missouri Public Service to gain permission to offer television service later this year, and its expected that Google would make a similar request in Kansas. According to sources the ability to watch TV through Google Fiber will not be free, but no official price point (or announcement, for that matter) has been set as of yet.

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Canada’s journeyman last spotted in San Diego

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Matt StairsMatt Stairs will never retire from baseball. The 42-year old not only has yet to resort to riding out his career as an American League designated hitter, he’s also found a home in San Diego and will see time as both a first baseman and an outfielder. As a Canadian, it was hard enough for Stairs to find his way into the majors, but it seems that it’s been even harder to take him out of them.

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The North American Coyotes

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, NHL,

Jobing.com ArenaThe state of Arizona is not short on competition for the sports dollar, which doesn’t help a team like the Phoenix Coyotes, whose chilly brand of entertainment isn’t what most fans in the desert care for. Sharing Glendale with the Coyotes are the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Up the road in the city of Phoenix play the NBA’s Suns, WNBA’s Mercury, and, less straining on the Coyotes woes, MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks. However, to add baseball’s imprint on the Coyotes revenues is the fact that 14 MLB teams bring in their Spring Training clubs in March for the Arizona Cactus Leagues. Throw college football, NASCAR, and golf into the mix throughout the year and that doesn’t leave a lot of room for the failing Coyotes to continue operating.

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Family Death Reason for Canceled Springsteen Concert

Bruce Springsteen in concert

A death in ‘s immediate family resulted in the cancellation of his Kansas City concert tonight. The announcement came less than two hours before the show was to begin.

“Lenny Sullivan, Bruce’s cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family,” read the statement on Springsteen’s website.

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American Idol 8: Music in Kansas City

Idol‘s auditions continued in the Midwest, as the search for this year’s undiscovered singer raged on throughout the country. Season 7 winner David Cook paid a visit to the thousands who auditioned in his hometown, Kansas City, Missouri. Despite some confusion, it is indeed in Missouri. Another alum was also on hand, but not to whip the crowd into a frenzy. Last year’s fourth-place finisher was at the auditions with his brother. More on that development later.

Kansas City auditions began with Chelsea Marquardt, very blonde and very cute. Her voice was unfortunately very flat also. gave it to her straight, saying “you are not a very good singer.” That’s the breaks.

Ashley Anderson, as tall and willowy as a model, was a very good singer. Her beautiful vocals and perfect tone won over the entire panel and she skipped out the door with golden ticket in hand. Just like that, and Idol was off and running in KC.

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Royals Red Hot As They Sweep Tigers

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, Scoreboard,

Mark Grudzielanek hits a double
Prior to the start of the 2008 season, Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman said to the media, “I do know this, you cannot win a championship without the expectation of winning it.” When at the time Hillman’s comment may have drawn more laughter than respect, his expectation doesn’t look quite so unrealistic now. His Royals swept the Detroit Tigers with a 4-1 victory on Thursday, thanks in part to home runs from Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon. The Royals’ starting pitcher, Zack Greinke, had a Brian Bannister-esque performance, going 7 innings giving up just 6 hits and 1 run, striking out 3. Recent Royals acquisition Ramon Ramirez held down the fort in the 8th inning en route to Joakim Soria’s 2nd save of the year in the 9th inning.

“Obviously, we’re very pleased by this—especially with our pitching,” Hillman said. “It’s nice to come in here and play this well against a team like that.”

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Green takes less cash to remain starter

Posted by Brendon Lindsey Categories: Athletes, NFL,

Trent Green, the two time Pro Bowl quarterback the Kansas City Chiefs recently traded to the Miami Dolphins, has apparently taken a cut in pay to play for the Dolphins, resulting in a contract worth $10 million less than what he received from Kansas City.

Even though the base pay is significantly less than he would have received had he stayed with KC (and had they decided to actually keep him rather than go young), the bonuses and incentives in his Miami ink can help make up for that. In 2007, Green will have a base salary of $1.5 million, with a signing bonus of $1 million and a workout bonus of $100,000. If Green can remain active for the entire season, he’ll net a nice $200,000 a week for an active status. If Green manages to stay healthy all year, that’s a bonus of $3.5 million just for not being hurt.

Assuming Green has a good year (including a decent playoff run [snicker]), he’ll be able to earn up to $2.5 million in bonuses. In 2008, Green’s base pay will be $2.8 million with $600,000 in bonuses, and 2009 will net Green $3.5 million in base pay with another $600,000 in bonuses. Even with bonuses his final two seasons on his contract are far below what he would have earned with Kansas City, but that doesn’t really matter, as there’s no way Kansas would have kept him on long enough to pay for those two years.

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