In which we link out to the tech news from Philly and elsewhere (when it matters) that slips through the cracks and make it way fun.
Because that’s what we do best.
- The Pew Charitable Trusts released its first annual State of the City, with a ton of interesting information. Maybe one of the best things the Inquirer has done for the city in a decade or more was squeezing former national political writer Larry Eichel out in November. He went to Pew and has been making moves since.
Have more link fun after the jump and find out just what the H that photo is of.
- Inquirer business columnist Joseph N. DiStefano does his best to seem impotent in his Comcast coverage by actually letting Silicon Insider report on the possibility of our own telecommunications giant buying out SprintNextel. I guess we’ll have to start doing his job, too. Give us time, give us time.
- Daily News technology columnist Jonathan Takiff tells you about the success of the gaming industry and a host of cheaper upcoming video game alternatives that may shake up the scene, including an online gaming service with, you guessed it, a social networking component.
Our highlight: He uses the phrase “One big diff.”
- The Inquirer rewrites a press release announcing that BioAdvance, a University City biotech incubator (that’s their staff in the above photo), is providing $550,000 in seed-stage funding to Novira Therapeutics, which is also Philly based. Novira is apparently trying to develop drugs against viral infections, and will use the funds for its projects and to develop its management team. Maybe it should work on its Web site.
- The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that C&D Technologies, a Blue Bell manufacturer of batteries and battery systems, has opened a business unit in Shanghai. PBJ drinks the Kool-Aid from the company’s press release and suggests the move is to “take advantage of infrastructure spending intended to boost the Chinese economy,” and not, um, to take advantage of cheaper labor.
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