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US2020: City of Philadelphia wins part of $1M federal STEM grant access

May. 28, 2014 11:30 am

US2020: City of Philadelphia wins part of $1M federal STEM grant

The federal competition, named US2020, was a response to President Obama's challenge for cities to get more students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
First Round Capital to FCC: net neutrality ruling will ‘stifle innovation’ civic

May. 14, 2014 11:30 am

First Round Capital to FCC: net neutrality ruling will ‘stifle innovation’

"If established companies are able to pay for better access speeds or lower latency, the Internet will no longer be a level playing field."
SEC charges former GSI Commerce exec Chris Saridakis with insider trading business

Apr. 28, 2014 10:30 am

SEC charges former GSI Commerce exec Chris Saridakis with insider trading

Saridakis became president of GSI Commerce, which turned into EBay Enterprise after the acquisition. He left the company in January, according to Retailing Today, just one month after the New York Times featured the company prominently in a story about how EBay is taking on Amazon.
After 50% cut in federal funding, what’s next for Navy Yard building-tech research? business

Apr. 8, 2014 8:30 am

After 50% cut in federal funding, what’s next for Navy Yard building-tech research?

The Penn State-led initiative, which recently changed its name from the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub to the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), received approximately $10 million in funding for 2014, said CBEI deputy director Laurie Actman. Since 2011, CBEI has received about $25 million each year in federal funding to conduct research on how to make buildings more energy efficient, Actman said.
Chaka Fattah is the only U.S. congressman with Google Glass [Q&A] civic

Mar. 13, 2014 12:30 pm

Chaka Fattah is the only U.S. congressman with Google Glass [Q&A]

The Overbrook High School graduate is also the lead Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. We caught up with him to hear about what he calls "the most important mystery on Earth."
Primary Colors: this map shows country’s ‘worst Democrats’ civic

Mar. 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Primary Colors: this map shows country’s ‘worst Democrats’

Three U.S. representatives that rep parts of Philly -- Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz -- should be more progressive, according to a new tool from a Philly/Brooklyn team.
Nutter to end cooperation between city cops, ICE, but what about data? civic

Feb. 24, 2014 12:30 pm

Nutter to end cooperation between city cops, ICE, but what about data?

Under the new policy, ICE would only be allowed to ask police to hold those charged with first- or second-degree felonies involving violence. But the updated policy would still allow ICE nearly full access to the city's real-time arrest database, according to sources familiar with the proposed executive order.
The Day We Fight Back: How DuckDuckGo protested federal surveillance civic

Feb. 13, 2014 10:30 am

The Day We Fight Back: How DuckDuckGo protested federal surveillance

DuckDuckGo, the Paoli-based search engine that vows not to track you, was one of more than 6,000 websites that signed up for the protest, along with sites like Tumblr, Imgur and Reddit.
This hackathon app would calculate utility costs for homebuyers dev

Feb. 12, 2014 10:30 am

This hackathon app would calculate utility costs for homebuyers

Hosted by Audubon-based power grid operator PJM Interconnection and the U.S. Department of Energy, the goal of the hackathon was to build an app based on energy data.
U.S. gov is biggest supporter of Science Center’s tech transfer funding program business

Dec. 17, 2013 8:30 am

U.S. gov is biggest supporter of Science Center’s tech transfer funding program

QED, also backed by city, state and private sector funds, has awarded $3.6 million in grants to researchers (this number includes the universities' matching award, since every university that receives a QED grant must match it).