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Startup Roundup: DuckDuckGo partners with Wolfram|Alpha, Google buys Duck.com

Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated newsletter or RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch. MUST […]

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Technically Philly’s Startup Roundup parses out the small pieces that make our greater Startup ecosystem thrive. We want to keep you in touch with the innovations that we can’t quite get to covering, but that deserve highlight. Follow along with the Startup Roundup’s dedicated newsletter or RSS feed. If you’ve got news to share, get in touch.

MUST READS

Gabriel Weinberg’s DuckDuckGo search engine has officially partnered with Wolfram|Alpha, according to duel posts on Wolfram’s blog and Weinberg’s personal blog. DDG will include Wolfram’s results into its search results and maintain Wolfram’s Perl binding. Thing’s are getting’ serious for the Valley Forge company. If Google isn’t worried, we’re wondering about that Duck.com redirect to Google, and owned by Google Inc., pointed out by TheNextWeb. Oh, and no biggie, but Portfolio covered the search engine on Monday.

The University City Science Center announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded it a $1 million grant for its QED proof-of-concept program for life science technologies.

GIVE A GLANCE

Viridity Energy has announced that it is working with Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals to optimize the campus’s energy consumption using Viridity’s VPower software. It also announced yesterday that it will be working with the federal government to provide the same service to federal and military facilities with Defense Logistics Agency Energy.

Portfolio has the why’s on Invite Media’s sale to Google, which co-founder and COO Zach Weinberg shared at the Bloomberg Empowered Entrepreneur conference last week. “Everyone’s got a number,” Weinberg said. “Anyone who tells you it’s not about the money is not being truthful.”

The Business Journal reports that AgileSwitch, a Philly-based company that creates plug-and-play IGBT power converter switches for solar inverters, wind turbines, and more, received $50,000 in funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners and netted its first customer.

The Baltimore Sun covers its own Startup Weekend, which featured Philly’s TalkChalk, which we covered in February. We like to see that cross-city pollination.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

TheDailyAppShow reviews TrapCall’s iPhone app in video, which allows caller ID unmasking and number blacklisting.

The sale of GSI Commerce to eBay could be a boon for the latter’s stock, if you’re buying, Forbes says.

Geekadelphia, slick redesign and all, covers AlphaBuyer, our local Groupon for utility buying.

Startup Roundup will post weekly on Wednesdays until there’s not a Philly startup story left to link to on the Internet. See others here, or sign-up for its email newsletter.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, and a freelance writer and designer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

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