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Updated, 4/6/11, 9:54 a.m.: XIPWIRE is not shutting down, but it is closing its donation service, according to the company. Details below.
Philly Startup Leaders‘ Entrepreneur Expo took place last week, featuring more than 40 technology companies in the region. Mayor Nutter spoke at the event, the video of which you can see below. He even dished a bit on Blake Jennelle, Philly Startup Leaders founder, about his recent move to New York. Nutter told the 200 in attendance that the City of Philadelphia hopes to help and support the startup community by continuing to reform tax structure, and encouraging entrepreneurs to utilize the city’s Office of Business Services.
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A post on WikiLeaks’s Twitter feed says that XIPWIRE, the local SMS mobile payment processing service that received notoriety for supporting the controversial organization when other processing services would not, shuttered its service on April 1st. UPDATE: XIPWIRE’s Sharif J. Alexandre says that the company “will be shutting down [its] text-to-pledge (XIP2GIVE) service on April 1. Unfortunately WikiLeaks’ tweet made it sound like XIPWIRE as a whole was shutting down, which is not the case.” The company will be unveiling a new service offering in the fall.
After waiting for 201 days for approval to sell its app in Apple’s App Store, Tom’s River’s TrapCall, which displays blocked phone numbers, has simultaneously released BlackBerry, iOS and Android apps.
Last week, ProtonMedia announced a partnership with PPD, a data and information technology solutions service, to develop virtual clinical training for life sciences organizations, according to Hypergrid Business. The company also announced that it has moved into new offices one floor above its last office in Landsdale.
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DuckDuckGo has introduced Twitter feeds, which allow users to see real-time results from the service on Duck Duck Go search pages. Most significantly, Weinberg notes that DDG has been more of a group effort of late, including coding help from Jordan Kanarek and users at the search engine’s official forum.
The Wharton Journal reports on all the successes Wharton has had in its student-launched startup community, including exits of AdMob, Invite Media, Milo.com and Diapers.com. More than a dozen other startups are being highlighted. The Journal also notes that of late, alumni like Josh Koppelman ain’t doing too bad, either; Philly Tech News has some details, there, too. In related Wharton news, Scott Becker of Invite Media will be speaking at Penn’s Technology Entrepreneurship Club.
Viddler says it services 1,500 requests per second to a variety of devices and that at any given moment, 133 folks are pressing play at the same time. Don’t worry, the company says, you can handle the truth and Viddler will handle the traffic.
Ooooh, Tinder’s founder poached some Philly talent: Technical.ly Playbook
DreamIt Ventures launches an internship program with Coded by Kids [Startup Roundup]
Old City carpooling company behind Ride, vRide raises $5M [Startup Roundup]
Traffic.com cofounder raises $1.2M for digital marketing startup [Startup Roundup]
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