Six Things to Know About Bringing High-Speed Fiber to St. Louis

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Is the sun setting on St. Louis' opportunity for ultra high-speed fiber?

Four years ago Google announced that it would test an ultra-high-speed fiber network in one United States city before exploring how to deploy similar networks across the country. With a speed of about 100 times faster than the standard Internet connection -- one gigabit per second -- Google Fiber in 2010 held the promise of revolutionizing productivity while increasing jobs and sparking an economic boom.

Naturally, St. Louis wanted a piece of that action. Mayor Francis Slay's office put together an application detailing why the Gateway City should be Google's guinea pig and even PC World backed St. Louis as a good candidate for high-speed broadband.

Alas, Google's fancy-pants network went to St. Louis' cross-state rival Kansas City, which has attracted new business to the region thanks to its newfound high-speed access. In fact, we didn't even land on Google's list of post-KC cities that would receive the fiber treatment. But that doesn't mean St. Louis has forgotten about the endeavor.

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The Best Fan Freak-Outs From Chris Colfer's Book Signing in St. Louis

Categories: Books, Twitter

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Smile, St. Louis -- you're on Chris Colfer's candid camera.

With the gorgeous weather St. Louis has been having, it certainly feels like life is a song here in the Gateway City. Recent visits by Glee cast members simply add the grace note.

St. Louis had its first taste of Glee when Alex Newell served up a saucy headlining set during this year's PrideFest downtown. But Newell, who plays Wade/Unique on the hit FOX television series, was just the beginning of the city's obsession with the show.

On July 15 hundreds of adoring Gleeks filled the St. Louis County Library headquarters, where Chris Colfer signed his new book The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning and answered questions about his life on Glee. The author and actor, who plays Kurt on the series, name-checked vocalist Adam Lambert and political figure Hillary Clinton before signing books for more than 800 fans.

And that's when all hell broke loose. The good kind of hell. The hell that's full of squeals and hugs and selfies.

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St. Louis Native/Bravo Exec Andy Cohen's Twitter Chat Goes to the Dogs

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It's puppy love for Andy Cohen and Wacha.
Bravo executive Andy Cohen might live in New York City, but he's still got provel running through his veins. The St. Louis native will be back in town to prove it this Sunday, Feb. 23, when he serves as grand marshall and host of the 21st annual Beggin' Pet Parade in the Soulard neighborhood, the Gateway City's Mardi Gras headquarters. Cohen will lead parade festivities before ceding the spotlight to musical guest Barenaked Ladies.

A longtime producer for the Bravo cable network, Cohen has overseen some of the pulpiest reality programming of the past decade. Cohen's Real Housewives franchise and spinoffs habitually are the center of watercooler talk, and Housewives reunion shows eventually led the Clayton High School grad to create and host Watch What Happens Live, late night's only live, interactive talk show.

To celebrate Cohen's return home, Beggin' (a brand of dog treats from St. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare) and Cohen joined forces for a Twitter chat, welcoming questions from dog lovers and Cohen enthusiasts. Here's what we learned about @Andy from the #BegginPetParadeChat, which made it to Twitter's "trending" leaderboard:


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Did Jack Dorsey Fire the "Real Brains" Behind Twitter Before It Hit Big Time?

Categories: Tech, Twitter

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Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey in St. Louis.
A new book on the founding of Twitter slated to come out next month claims St. Louis native and Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey kicked the "real brains" behind Twitter out the door before the company became what it is today, possibly cutting his friend out of billions.

The New York Times published an adapted excerpt from the book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal written by Nick Bilton. In it, Bilton describes the relationship between Dorsey and Noah Glass. The two met while working at Odeo, a podcasting platform that Glass cofounded with another tech entrepreneur and which hired Dorsey as an engineer. They soon became "inseparable," biking around San Francisco and drinking at concerts.

But then Odeo fell apart, mostly due to Apple getting into the podcast game. Odeo's founders needed to come up with something new. After a drunken conversation between Dorsey and Glass, according to the book, Twitter was born, and a friendship would ultimately die.

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Jay Nixon's New Airplane (and Its Fake Twitter Handle) Take Flight

Categories: Politics, Twitter

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This was inevitable. Last week the new $5.6-million airplane allegedly purchased to shuttle Gov. Jay Nixon around Missouri was the talk of Jefferson City. And as any controversy goes these days, "PlaneGate" now has its very own Twitter handle @KingAirJay.

The first (and so far the only) tweet went out on Friday and tracked the airplane's flight from Rolla to Jefferson City using the website flightwaware.com. And while @KingAirJay has been fairly idle since its debut, the plane it intends to mock has not.


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Slay's Latest Playoff Wager [UPDATED]

Categories: Cardinals, Twitter

Updated October 23:

Were we the only ones who thought this would never happen? But let it be said of our mayor: He is a man who knows how to take his lumps.

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On the bright side, think of the flacks in the SF City Hall who have to eat t-rav now.

Original post after the jump.


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RFT's 5 Favorite Tweeters in St. Louis

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The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "You cannot step twice into the same stream." Nor can you click twice into the same Twitter.

But the following five members of our city's Twattering class seem like a good read every time we wade in -- if for only 135 characters.



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The Joyce of Reason: Circuit Attorney Tweets Complaint About National Priorities

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US military drone strikes killing civilians? PACs masquerading as non-profits to get tax breaks and influence elections? B-b-b-b-BORING. Let's talk more about NFL referees.

Thanks to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce for saying this morning what needs to be said:

Rush Bust Unveiled in MO State Capitol Amid Lies, Secrecy and Bitterness

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Sculptor E. Spencer Schubert hard at work on the bust of Rush Limbaugh that was unveiled, amid much secrecy, earlier today.
Oh, that we were in Jefferson City right now, under the capitol dome, on the House floor where, at this very minute, legislators are proudly unveiling the latest statue to grace the Hall of Famous Missourians: the long-awaited (by somebody, probably) bust of Rush Limbaugh.

But wait! It looks as though this was a private ceremony, albeit one on government property, and in order to go, one had to be invited. And also one that was held three hours before the legislature was scheduled to convene.

Fortunately, through the magic of Twitter -- and, by the way, when does Jack Dorsey get his bust, huh? -- we were able to follow the ceremony through the eyes and iPhones of St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin, the Post-Dispatch's Virginia Young, the Kansas City Star's Jason Hancock, Progress Missouri's Sean Nicholson and FiredUp!Missouri.

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Peter Kinder Second to Anthony Weiner in Embarrassing Tweets of 2011

Categories: Politics, Twitter
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Peter Kinder didn't need the Riverfront Times to embarrass him last year by exposing his bizarre relationship with a former stripper and Penthouse centerfold.

It turns out Missouri's lieutenant governor is plenty skilled at embarrassing himself -- via Twitter. Last week the NationalJournal named Kinder as its second-biggest "Twitter Loser" of the year, right after disgraced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who famously stepped down from Congress after tweeting nude photos of himself.

As for Kinder, here's what the NationalJournal had to say: 

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