@PhillyPolice: My car has been stolen” How Twitter is changing policing. [STORIFY] [Philadelphia Police Department blog] Annie Heckenberger, or @anniemal, of local ad agency Red Tettemer tweeted on Wednesday that her car was stolen. @PhillyPolice snapped into action, urging her to file a police report and helping her through the process. The cops eventually found Heckenberger’s car, which had been towed.
Philly Geek Awards: Tomorrow Night, What You Need To Know [Geekadelphia]
Obama campaign aides ban voter interviews outside rally [Newsworks] The former Philly Director of Communications Desiree Peterkin-Bell who helped push Philly into the world of social media is now an Obama staffer. She was one of the aides who told reporter Dave Davies he could not interview voters outside a local Obama rally.
Jeff Gelles: Drexel collaboration leads to apps for visually impaired [Philadelphia Inquirer] The Drexel compsci grads whom we covered earlier this summer got some love in the Inquirer last week.
New Fels Report: Philadelphia City Government Is a Social Media Leader [Flying Kite] With that in mind, see our item on how the city’s Office of Innovation and Technology doesn’t list any Twitter account or emails on its website.
Google Job Cuts to Nick Moto’s Cable Unit [LightReading] “Google‘s plan to slash 4,000 jobs is focused on turning around the company’s cellphone business, but cuts at its cable-focused Home division will also factor into the 20 percent workforce reduction. ‘Motorola Home is included in the global number,’ a company spokeswoman said via email. ‘We are not breaking down the numbers, but the impact on Horsham is minimal.’ That’s a reference to Horsham, Pa., the headquarters of Motorola Home, the unit that makes cable modems, set-tops and access broadband equipment.”
Support Drexel undergrad game developer’s game Phantasmaburbia on Kickstarter [Kickstarter] We covered indie game developer Greg “Banov” Lobanov earlier this summer. Help him out with his next project, Phantasmaburbia, on Kickstarter.
New Horizons Enters into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by an Investor Group Led by Camden Partners [PRWire] Conshohocken-based IT training company gets acquired by a Camden investor group.
Geek(s) of the Week: Shannon Collins and Pete Schuster [Geekadelphia] Geekadelphia features Pete Schuster, a front-end web developer at NoLibs web dev shop O3 World, and his fiancee, who manages content at Generocity.