Makael McLendon, left, and Kevin Simmons, right, record a show on a laptop in the living room of the home of Kevin's mother in North Philadelphia, Pa., on May 3, 2009. The Skorpion Show has garnered an incredible number of views. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer) Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer
In which we link out to the tech news from Philly and elsewhere (when it matters) that slips through the cracks and make it way fun. See others here.
- OK, first the Daily News reports this morning that the city would not continue its freshly rolled out policy of allowing access to online election-day voting results. By noon, KYW reported that Michael Nutter was sufficiently embarrassed by Philadelphia’s primitive take on Web access that the money was found to keep it going — something about $30,000 for hosting. Hell, we’ll do it for $300 and hot pretzels.
Brian Tierney talks about the Web, libraries get faster online and five other tech stories you should read — including our most trafficked post of the week.
- Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong reports on The Skorpion Show, which we first tweeted about, then PW covered and we followed the fallout. So, that’s sloppy.. thirds?
- Editor & Publisher reports on the latest Web outlook from Brian Tierney, Philadelphia Media Holdings CEO. Oh, and he says it’s, um, good.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon launches a Kindle for textbooks, targeted universities. Alas, no Philadelphia colleges were among the first get on board. Predictable. Come on, Moore College of Art and Design.
- The Associated Press reports on libraries seeking federal stimulus funds to increase their Internet speeds. Books serve as fine stands for my laptop.
- The Associated Press reports that the credit crunch has slowed the process of bringing new innovations to market. My electric toilet paper dispenser will be available soon.
- Digital Media Wire reports on rumors of Apple investigating the possibility of buying Twitter. Weird. Hat tip to Philly Tech News.
- A press release on the new LEED-certified extension to SAP’s Newton Square complex. SAP, if you bring them headquarters to Philly, I’ll take a photo of it.
- Our Most Trafficked Story of the Week: Ignite Philly packs Johnny Brendas ï¿½ again
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