- eBay Buys Into College Entrepreneur’s Shopping Concept [Entrepreneurs’ Adventures: Portfolio.com] Milo.com from Jack Abraham, on leave from Wharton, whose father built and sold comScore.
- Wharton Professor’s Winning Streak [Scaling Up: Forbes] — 67-year-old Leonard Lodish recently earned exits on two e-commerce sites, Diapers.com and, as noted above, Milo.com, for a total of some $575 million.
- Editorial: City Council: Let us in [It’s our Money: Philly.com] — “For starters, we can’t understand why Council seems so behind the times on technology. The city’s inability to provide Internet access to the public during Council meetings – City Hall’s thick walls are apparently kryptonite to wi-fi – seems antiquated in the age of citizen blogging.There is also no way for the public to submit comments through Council’s website.”
MIGHT BE OF INTEREST
- Temple Prof. Calls WikiLeaker A “Cyber-Terrorist” [CBS] — Temple journalism Professor Chris Harper says so, following news that Center City startup XIPWIRE may be the lone U.S. payment merchant offering donations to the controversial nonprofit. [Full Disclosure: This author has a relationship with Harper]
- IT Beyond the Campus [Campus Technology] — “Drexel University positions itself as an outsourced IT department for smaller colleges.” H/T Keystone Edge
- Paying attention to how we pay for things [PhillyInc: Inquirer] — Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
- Azavea wins crime-risk forecasting grant [Philadelphia Business Journal] — “Azavea said Monday it has been awarded a $216,000 Phase IIB Small Business Innovation Research grant by the National Science Foundation to develop advanced crime-risk forecasting capabilities for HunchLab, its Web-based, geographic crime data-analysis and early-warning software.”
GIVE A GLANCE
- Create Your Own Archive.org with Reed Tech Web Archiving [Read Write Web] A Horsham company, as Philly Tech News notes.
- 4 charged in high-tech hooker ring [Daily News] — They “ran a prostitution ring using laptops, prepaid credit cards, cell phones and digital cameras to post photos of girls looking for “dates” on Craigslist’s erotic-services section.”
- LevLane to represent Philadelphia Technology Park [Philadelphia Business Journal] — “LevLane, a Center City agency, will also handle media relations and “reputation management,”… Philadelphia Technology Park, which opened in September at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, is in the business of data backup for corporations in the region.”
- Paycheck mortgage [Philly Deals: Inquirer] In the second item of this column, Ami Kassar of “Plymouth Meeting-based loan-screener” MultiFunding calls for innovation in bank lending by allowing lenders “to take an ongoing percentage of the borrower’s [future] earnings until the obligation is paid off.”
- Virtual justice: Online game world meets real-world cops and courts [Inquirer] — “If someone steals your virtual Roger Paulino pants, is it considered a real theft? Is it possible for an avatar to rape another avatar? Can you be hauled to court on harassment charges for annoying a game character? When the virtual blends into the real, trying to distinguish one world from another can be mind-bending.” Featuring Joe Osbourne and Tim Quirino of Geekadelphia.
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