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Ah, the long read.
2015 was the year we got serious about longer narratives. (As opposed to last year, when we were just trying them on for size.) Here’s a look at the most in-depth, longform stories we did this year. And don’t miss our list of the most-trafficked stories of 2015, which overlaps a little with this list.
How the world of open source changed the way Squareknot’s tech team thinks about development. (Or: That One Time Technical.ly Tried Out Clickbait.)
A recent FCC ruling paves the way for more cities to jump in to the internet game. Philadelphia was a pioneer in that arena. Wireless Philadelphia — with its positive legacy and fatal shortcomings — offers plenty of lessons.
The domain is for sale. The emails are dead. The top execs are gone. The office is dark. What happened to online reputation management firm Brand.com?
Chris Davidson used to busk on the streets of Ithaca, playing remixed video game music through his speakers. Now he makes a living off of it. Here’s how Dj CUTMAN came to be.
Two best friends hacked Tinder to make it work for them. Just how well does it work? This reporter went on a double date to find out.
Who needs Tinder?
Can WeLove’s Keira Peng teach Asian women to take control of their lives through the platform of online dating?
A hundred bucks and a CD-R used to get you access to city property data. Now the high-profile data set is free. The long road to its release is a case study that other cities should learn from.
He was part of one of the buzziest Philly tech exits in the city’s web 2.0 era. Now he’s at the helm of another venture-backed startup. But after that, Mark Chadwick wants something else. He wants to do, well, good.
It’s all relative — especially when your past involves bike protests, urban exploring and a “Condiment War” between Brooklyn art collectives.
The story starts at City Council’s first, seven-hour, marathon hearing on the proposed contract, including two hours of impassioned public comment. During the second hearing, City Council asked Comcast not to speak, leaving room for activists to hammer away at the issue of internet access. Finally, as the process draws to a close, everyone shares a prayer. (We also took an in-depth look at the one organization that lost out in the final contract: public-access nonprofit PhillyCAM.)
A month from taking over Philadelphia City Hall, the South Philly native and longtime City Councilman spoke frankly and freely about his view of progressive leadership at Technical.ly’s Rise Conference on civic innovation.-30-
Government social is the broccoli of the internet
The Philly courts website is finally back up
Expanding and empowering: How NextFab evolved over a decade
This financial services firm offers global opportunity in the heart of Philly
What Data Jawn taught us about the opioid crisis, City budgets and cartoons
The office that oversees the City’s tech teams is in transition
Philadelphia slayed its brain-drain beast. Now what?
Guru is taking on growth with deliberate steps and an engaged team
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