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    1. Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal

      Level 3 buying TW Telecom in $5.7B deal

      Two of Colorado's biggest tech companies -- Level 3 Communications Inc. and TW Telecom -- intend to join forces in a deal valued at $5.7 billion. Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) of Broomfield and TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), based in the Lone Tree area, announced the deal Monday morning. Level 3 will buy TW Telecom in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40.86 a share. That translates to each TW Telecom shareholder receiving $10 in cash and and 0.7 shares of Level 3 for each share of the Littleton company. The…

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    2. Ibotta raises $20 million for money-back app

      Ibotta raises $20 million for money-back app

      Ibotta Inc., the Denver-based maker of a shopper-rewards app, raised $20 million in equity financing as it expands its money-back app's reach beyond grocery stores to restaurants, electronics stores and other retailers. The two-year-old company reported the round in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The new funding adds to the $9.6 million Ibotta had previously reported that it raised.

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    3. Hawaii's happy hour app to surf into Denver

      Hawaii's happy hour app to surf into Denver

      Happy Hour Pal, a website and mobile app aimed at providing happy-hour menus and pricing for restaurants, is launching in San Diego on Tuesday and has its eyes on Denver for expansion. The Honolulu-based startup, spearheaded by the husband-and-wife team of Brandon and Carey Bennett, originally was founded in 2011 as Happy Hour Hawaii, but re-launched as Happy Hour Pal about a year ago to reflect a wider presence.

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    4. Booming telecom Zayo Group opening office near Denver Union Station

      Booming telecom Zayo Group opening office near Denver Union Station

      Zayo Group, the fast-growing business telecom, has opened an office in downtown Denver where it'll base dozens of workers as it looks to expand its business.

      The 24,000-square-foot office, next to the new Union Station transportation hub, is expected to open in August, the company said Wednesday.

      The Boulder-based company has about 400 employees at its three existing Colorado offices and 1,500 employees worldwide.

      “Colorado’s telecommunications industry continues to be a significant driver…

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    5. Uber, Lyft praise Colorado's new ride-share-app rules

      Uber, Lyft praise Colorado's new ride-share-app rules

      Colorado became the first state Thursday to enact legislation authorizing the use of smartphone apps that enable regular people to drive-for-hire in their own vehicles through services operated by tech companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft.

      Representatives of Uber and Lyft reacted positively to the news, though Uber -- which operates the UberX ride-share service -- used the occasion to highlight ongoing threats from "insurance corporations, trial lawyers and mega-taxicab companies" -- in…

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    6. Hickenlooper signs UberX regulations, business personal property tax break

      Hickenlooper signs UberX regulations, business personal property tax break

      Tax breaks are coming to a number of Colorado small businesses and ride-sharing-app services UberX and Lyft will continue to operate, thanks to bills that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law on Thursday. The Democratic governor inked a total of 24 measures on the second-to-last day for him to sign or veto bills passed during the 2014 legislative session. He still has several business-focused measures whose fate he must determine Friday, including a measure that would make it easier for the…

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    7. CU-Boulder launching startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs

      CU-Boulder launching startup accelerator for student entrepreneurs

      The University of Colorado Boulder is getting in on the startup incubator game. The school this weekend starts Catalyze CU, a program that will help six teams, made of 22 student entrepreneurs, launch businesses. Catalyze Boulder will offer mentorship, grants and space at a student-founded co-working and innovation center called Spark Boulder. During the program’s eight-week span, the student teams will develop their ideas and products while receiving guidance from local business experts who…

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    8. Level 3's TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don't call it the World Cup)

      Level 3's TV pact for a Brazilian event is a big deal (but just don't call it the World Cup)

      Add a giant Brazil-based “soccer mega-event” to the 25 consecutive Super Bowls and other major sporting event telecasts that Level 3 Communications Inc. has transmitted for media companies.

      The Broomfield-based international telecom will carry the live feed of the world’s most-watched sporting event over its fiber optic network this month from Rio de Janeiro to Mexico City for Mexico’s TV Azteca.

      But what exactly the soccer event is, Level 3’s announcement doesn’t say. Soccer’s quadrennial…

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    9. More on the cover story: Being blind doesn't mean you can't be in business

      More on the cover story: Being blind doesn't mean you can't be in business

      Randall Crosby relies on trust and technology to get through the day.

      Crosby, an entrepreneur who happens to be blind, operates two downtown Denver cafeterias, both named Crosby’s Cafe. One, in the basement of the state Capitol building, is small — just 600 square feet. The other, on the first floor of the State Services Building at 1525 Sherman St., measures 3,200 square feet.

      With five employees, including wife Patty and their daughter, Stephanie, Crosby manages to do something he wasn’t…

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    10. Hickenlooper promotes from within for new Colorado CIO

      Hickenlooper promotes from within for new Colorado CIO

      Gov. John Hickenlooper is promoting Suma Nallapati to be the Colorado’s secretary of technology and chief information officer.

      Nallapati has been the chief technology officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) since Feb. 24. Starting June 1, she will become the cabinet-level overseer of information technology services for all state agencies and lead the work with the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade to promote Colorado as a technology employment…

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    11. Datalogix lands $45M investment to fuel growth in online ad technology

      Datalogix lands $45M investment to fuel growth in online ad technology

      Datalogix, a Westminster-based online-advertising technology company, raised $45 million in equity funding led by new investors, adding to the funding it has attracted from early backers of Facebook and Twitter. Datalogix Holdings Inc. has raised more than $86.6 million in total equity funding since 2009, according to its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Asset management firm Wellington Management Company, LLP, based in Boston, led the round announced Wednesday.

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    12. Colorado legislature readies to tackle telecom, rural broadband reform again

      Colorado legislature readies to tackle telecom, rural broadband reform again

      Colorado House Democratic leaders say they plan to reintroduce telecommunications law reforms as early as next week, believing they have tweaked the legislation enough to get it over the hurdles that killed similar bills the past four years. Rep. Angela Williams, the Denver Democrat who will sponsor the package, said that one of the keys to this year’s effort will be breaking the changes into three bills rather than one large proposal that united opponents to various facets of it in the past.

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