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Small biz program to tackle lack of Web savvy

May 13, 2014
Dan Human
The program Fight for Small will teach Indiana business owners how to wield social networks, customer review websites and the rest of the Internet to their advantage.
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Suburban news pubs headed for more mailboxes

March 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Following the recent launch of magazine-style community newsletters in four more northern Indy communities, TownePost plans to add Greenwood to its stable.
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TRY THIS: Sarah Urist Green's 'The Art Assignment'

March 1, 2014
On her new PBS online series, the former IMA contemporary art curator (and her best-selling author husband John Green) push creativity.
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COTA: Resolution-boosting apps help New Year self-help prospects

January 18, 2014
Jim Cota
The good news: We’re living in a world where there are amazing tools available to help guide your way. Here are a few of my favorites:
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Canned Star reporter firing up foodie website

January 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis Star food writer Jolene Ketzenberger has been dismissed by the state’s largest newspaper for operating a personal website featuring “back of the notebook” snippets of information about the local food scene.
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Websites try to nix nasty comments

December 26, 2013
Associated Press
After years of encouraging anything-goes online discussion, a growing number of websites are trying to rein in the mean-spirited outliers.
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Digital marketer growing Indy headquarters

November 18, 2013
Dan Human
StrataBlue plans to hire 25 people in early 2014 as the firm adds services.
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Rupert's horror flick to make local-theater debutRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
The short film series “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares,” produced by locally based Adrenaline Motion Pictures, will have a local debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Studio Movie Grill.
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Former Star reporter to head new education website

October 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Chalkbeat Indiana will focus on Indianapolis Public Schools, the Indiana General Assembly and the State Board of Education. Editor Scott Elliott took the reins on Monday.
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Angie's List's believers, doomsayers dig in their heelsRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Greg Andrews

As Angie’s List approaches its second anniversary as a public company, investors remain as split as ever on whether the consumer-review company is wildly overvalued or a revolutionary Internet business still in its infancy.

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COTA: Website takes the chore out of getting kids to clean up

August 31, 2013
Jim Cota
With ChoreMonster, kids earn points by completing household tasks set by parents. Reaching point goals earn rewards.
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Newspaper for college Greeks in rush to hire

July 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing Olympia Media Group plans to hire at least 15 more employees in the next two months—the majority in the next two weeks—as it expands into new markets and rebuilds its strategy for digital content.
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COTA: Cutting through clutter of online product reviews

June 29, 2013
Jim Cota
Two consumer websites address product reviews in a helpful, fanatical way.
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IBJ collects 8 national awards for print, online journalism

June 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Honored work included Cory Schouten's investigation of problems at the Indy Land Bank, Anthony Schoettle's scoop on the ouster of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Greg Andrews' Behind the News columns.
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Former TV news king WRTV seeking comeback under new owner

June 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 is making big changes, many tailored to capturing viewers through digital outlets, in an effort to stage a comeback after a two-decade slide.
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Animation firm recognized for children's bookRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
The youthful animators at The Basement have won the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards’ silver award for their first children’s e-book, “Every Walrus Can Fly.”
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Slingshot is shifting aim away from SEO

May 11, 2013
Dan Human
After Google cracked down on some of the tools companies were using to improve their positions in search results, Indianapolis-based Slingshot SEO opted to launch a sister brand called Digital Relevance that will focus on earning media attention.
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COTA: Website helps with difficult but important conversation

May 4, 2013
Jim Cota
The Conversation Project sparks discussion of end-of-life issues.
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Young & Laramore launches all-digital campaign for Scotts

April 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The growing preference for online-based advertising, exemplified by Y&L's new campaign for the national lawn-care service, is helping sow the seeds of traditional media's decline.
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COTA: Learn-to-play website taps into instinctive desire to learn guitar

March 30, 2013
Jim Cota
Instinct aims to make playing music as natural as singing it, because “playing music is one of the most natural things a human can do.”
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COTA: Online Smartz helpful in keeping kids cyber safe

March 2, 2013
Jim Cota

If your privacy settings aren’t carefully controlled, you’re not only potentially exposing yourself, but also your friends.

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Angie's List shares soar on first-ever quarterly profit

February 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Shares of Angie's List shot up 26 percent, or $3.65 a share, in trading late Thursday morning as its latest quarterly report showed vastly improved results and indicated the firm might have turned the corner.
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COTA: Uber-improvement made to high-tech conference calls

February 2, 2013
Jim Cota
Service offers call summaries, easy speaker identification and even fun hold music.
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COTA: Scouting the Web for kids' badge-based DIY projects

January 3, 2013
Jim Cota
Yes, the virtual world can inspire kids to get their hands dirty with actual physical projects
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Finish Line pulls plug on new websiteRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis-based chain rolled out a new FinishLine.com four days before Black Friday. But glitches and customer complaints forced it to revert to the legacy version Dec. 6.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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