- NextFab Studio Expanding to New Location on Washington Avenue [Geekadelphia] “NextFab Studio is expanding with a new facility at 2025 Washington Avenue in the Southwest Center City area this summer.” NextFab plans larger studio, cafe at 2025 Washington [Philly.com] Joe DiStefano covers the expansion, too.
- Bill Green won’t give up on dream of all electronic governance [Metro] “Councilman Bill Green laid out yet another broad vision for the way City Hall operates: this time with legislation introduced Thursday pertaining to the city’s information infrastructure “Basically, the bills require any transaction inside or outside the city to be able to be conducted in an electronic format and for every field and department to have an electronic database that is searchable,” he said Thursday.”
- PhillyDeals: Sunoco’s demise a ‘Gothic tale’ 100 years in the making [Philly.com] “So the “virtual liquidation” of Sunoco – the closing of its historic Marcus Hook refinery, and the planned sale or shutdown of the Philadelphia oil complex it assembled from departed firms – has been especially sad, said Waitneight, Sunoco’s ex-treasurer. But he can’t say he didn’t see it coming: “This is a Gothic tale that spans more than 100 years.”” Philly.com also has the story. Citybizlist has video.
- Why the interest in illegal cell-phone jammers? [CNN Tech] “Philadelphia TV station NBC10 reported on a man who admitted to using a cell-phone jammer during his bus commute to shut down fellow passengers when they were talking loudly.”
- Technology Is in Bloom with the New Philly Flower Show App [Geekadelphia]
- The Franklin Institute Develops Young Philadelphia Scientists with Launch of 4-Year STEM Scholars Program [BusinessWire]
- Gamers Hope Philly Gets Its Due in Colonial-Era Video ACIII [Curbed: Philadelphia] “The company promises it’ll bring “Colonial America to life.” Redditors are hoping Philadelphia will play a big part…So far we know that Valley Forge will be included, and that Ben Franklin will play a role.”
- Art Hackathon @ Hive76: Two Days of Mad Hacking & Crafting [Geekadelphia] Taking place at Hive 76 at 915 Spring Garden (Suite 519) on March 10th and 11th from 3 to 7pm.
- Industry Veteran Casabona to Spearhead NJ’s First Tech Accelerator [Philadelphia Tech News] “TechLaunch, funded by a partnership between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and private equity and founded by tech industry veteran and angel investor Mario Casabona.”
- Connotate Acquires Fetch Technologies [citybizlist] “Connotate, Inc. (www.connotate.com), a provider of solutions that help organizations monitor and collect data and content from the Web, today announced that it has acquired Fetch Technologies, the leader in making Web data accessible and useful for the enterprise.”
- Birchmere Ventures Reports 8.8% Stake in NuPathe [citybizlist] “The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based money manager, founded in 1996, said it owned 1.30 million shares in the Conshohocken-based specialty pharmaceutical company.”
- Philly’s What Say Co. Release Horse eLooks, Inspired By Horse eBooks [Geekadelphia] “To commemorate this delightful robotic denizen of the twitter-verse, local shirt purveyors, What Say Co. are featuring three shirts to commemorate some of the more ridiculous things that have been spouted out by Horse Ebooks”
- Exclusive: Google looking to unload Motorola’s TV set-top box business [NY Post] “Google is looking to unload the set-top box business it will inherit from Motorola Mobility even before it closes on the $12.5 billion acquisition…” Motorola’s set-top box business is based in Horsham, reminds Philly Tech News.
- School Laptop Scandal Teaches Valuable Lessons [Government Technology] “Lower Merion School District outside Philadelphia made headlines after a high school student’s family sued in February 2010. The lawsuit alleged that IT employees employed by the school district remotely controlled the built-in webcam on a loaner laptop and surreptitiously took screenshots of the student in his home.”
- GPIC Year 1 Highlights [GPIC Hub]
- Bentley Systems’ Second Annual Corporate Update Conference Call: Big theme is China [Philadelphia Tech News]
- Geek of the Week: Scott Wasserman, Founder of appRenaissance [Geekadelphia]
- This CEO Chose A Tiny Startup Over High-Paying Executive Jobs [SAI: Enterprise] Former SAP America CEO and current QlikTech board member Paul Wahl joins Causata as CEO
- BuySide Partners breaks off from A-Frame to focus on large DoD opportunity [Philadelphia Tech News]
- Scala Introduces Advanced Analytics that Helps Retailers be Bold with Big Data to Boost Sales [PR Web]
- Itaas brings icueTV into its fold [CED Magazine] icueTV is based in Cherry Hill.
- Local Man Selling Epic Collection of 7,500 Comics [Video] [Geekadelphia]
- Penn Professor Shows Tiny Flying Robots Playing Musical Instruments at TED (Video/Business Insider via San Francisco Chronicle)
Companies: Bentley Systems, Franklin Institute, GPIC, Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster, NextFab, NuPathe, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Sunoco
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