Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 includes 28 Phila.-region firms [Philadelphia Business Journal] “The highest ranked Philadelphia-area company, at 32, was MeetMe Inc., the New Hope, Pa.-based social networking company, whose revenue grew 5,300 percent from 2007 to 2011. The company’s local roots go back to myYearbook, which Catherine and David Cook founded when they were in high school and brought their brother, Geoff Cook, in to run it. Quepasa Corp. bought myYearbook for $100 million last year and the entire company rebranded itself as MeetMe (NYSE:MEET) last summer.” Find our coverage of myYearbook here.
Class-action lawsuit looming against city in gun-owner Web snafu [Philadelphia Daily News] “PHILADELPHIA could be facing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of gun owners who say the city violated their privacy by publishing their personal information and launching an interactive Web map that included clickable icons of revolvers over their homes.” Find our previous coverage of this issue here.
Philly leads the nation in smartphone thefts [Philly.com]
In time for Christmas season, mall getting Apple store [Philadelphia Business Journal] “Apple will open a site at Willow Grove Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. The address is 2500 W. Moreland Road. The first 1,000 customers will receive a commemorative T-shirt. In the King of Prussia Mall, Apple will relocate into larger space in early December, though a firm date has not been set. At 10,000 square feet, the new store will be the largest in the area, the mall said.”
Mayor Nutter Announces Return of Director of Communications Desiree Peterkin-Bell [press release] Nutter aide turned Obama aide, Desiree Peterkin-Bell is returning to City Hall. She led the city’s social media push when she joined the Nutter administration. Read our Q&A with Peterkin-Bell here.
Xtium to Offer Free Cloud Hosting Services to Businesses Affected by Hurricane Sandy [press release] The King of Prussia-based company is offering this service until January 2013.
New Mobile App from Nara Delivers Restaurant Recommendations Just for You [press release] Check out Nara, which bills itself as a mix of Pandora and Yelp, to find out where to eat in Philly tonight. Download the app here.
Two local steakhouses launch mobile apps: Del Frisco’s in Center City and Sullivan’s Steakhouse in King of Prussia. The apps let you make reservations, browse the menu and more. Download the Del Frisco’s app here and the Sullivan’s app here.