Technology


FTC: Watch Out for Contact-Tracing Scams

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about contract-tracing scams sent out via text message.  It says that government health departments will send out a text message simply letting one know that they will call. Scan texts will ask for… more

Amazon Looking at AMC Buy?

AMC Theatres, which has been closed and reportedly facing bankruptcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, might look like a good bet for one of the world's biggest companies. A report came out recently that Amazon is looking to acquire the Overland… more

KC Tech Council: Working From Home a New Reality

The KC Tech Council, through a recent survey, has found that more people are adapting to the reality of working from home. Says the report: "Nearly two-thirds of all respondents are currently managing a 100% remote workforce. Prior to this… more

Orbis Biosciences Acquired

Lenexa-based Orbis Biosciences was purchased by New Jersey-based Adare Pharmaceuticals. Adare made the purchase to improve its tech pharma business.  “The acquisition by Adare will globalize the reach of our technologies and services,” said Maria Flynn, president and CEO of… more

Cerner Revenue, Earnings Rise

Kansas City-based healthcare-tech giant Cerner reported that it had increases in sales and earnings during its first quarter, despite impacts other businesses have sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, executives lowered their earnings-per-share guidance for the year to between $2.78… more

Garmin Quarter Strong in Face of COVID-19

Garmin was a rare bright spot in public-company earnings during its first quarter despite an economy challenged by COVID-19. The Olathe-based GPS-device maker saw earnings per share rise 25 percent quarter over quarter, while revenues were up 17 percent year… more

Euronet Worldwide Expands in U.S. With Acquisition

Euronet Worldwide might be based in Leawood, but most of the consumer financial services it provides, such as banking ATMs, are found overseas. That is changing with its acquisition of Dolphin Debit, a full-service ATM outsourcing company with 1,900 of… more

Five Elms Capital Invests in TX Software Business

Overland Park-based Five Elms Capital, which invests in business-to-business software companies, has invested in an Austin, Texas-based SaaS firm. Though details about the investment amount were not released Fred Coulson, Five Elms' founder and managing partner, will take a board… more

Q&A With … Conner Beese, Copaken Brooks

Conner Beese is a broker at Copaken Brooks who specializes in the office market. He talked about how leasing has changed in the COVID-19 era. Q: Are there deals going on right now, and if so, what kinds of tenants… more

Facebook Creates Map That Tracks COVID-19 by County

Facebook, in a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, has launched a COVID-19 heat map that tracks the virus by county around the country.  Viewing it on a local basis, one can zero in on particular counties in the Kansas City… more