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As Google Wires Kansas City, Looks Like Time Warner Is Asking Employees for Scuttlebutt

Cloaks and daggers, smoke and mirrors!
 As Google Wires Kansas City, Looks Like Time Warner Is Asking Employees for Scuttlebutt

The all-seeing eye must know all. (Photo: Link text)

Are you a Kansas City employee of Time Warner Cable? Are you also, perchance, an amateur sleuth? Well, get out your magnifying glass and your deerstalker cap, because your corporate overlord wants something investigated.

Let’s back up. Kansas City is a pilot location for Google Fiber, an experiment in ultra high-speed Internet access. It’s not clear entirely what Google plans to do with this fat pipe, but it seems to be making ISPs and cable providers very nervous. This is not surprising, considering that the collective rage routinely inspired by Time Warner alone could probably reignite a dying star.

But it appears that rather than sit idly by while Google wires their business model out of existence, Time Warner Cable is taking steps. For example, there is this poster, apparently from HQ, requesting any and all gossip Kansas City employees might have, published earlier today by GigaOm.

The poster cheerily encourages employees to “Share tips, rumors and rumblings about Google construction or launch activity for a chance to win $50!” It promises to hand out three gift cards a week, and adds that multiple tips are encouraged.

Those odds aren’t bad, but it’s probably going to take more than “a chance” to attract the real dyed-in-the-wool Sam Spade types.

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