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Some FOX 5 hosts tried to wrap their heads around On Second Thought, an app that lets you erase bad text messages you just sent. Plus: Alexandria will participate in the Safe + Smart Cities program.

Maci Peterson, the founder of the On Second Thought app, on FOX 5's Good Day DC. (Screenshot via myfoxdc.com)

startup-roundupWHO’S GETTING BUZZ?

Maci Peterson, the founder of On Second Thought, spoke to the Good Day DC team about her app, which allows users to cancel texts after they’ve sent them. They tried their best to understand. [FOX 5]
Game programmer Greg MacWilliam, who works on the Vox Media product team and teaches at the General Assembly, spoke at the BackboneConf III, to discuss how to build applications with a Backbone.js library.
1776 cofounder Donna Harris made the list of 50 Startup Founders You Need To Follow On Twitter compiled by Forbes contributor Drew Hendricks. (h/t Michael Chasen on Twitter)
Herndon, Va.-based software company 10Pearls was profiled in the Washington Post last Saturday. Imran Aftab is a Pakistan-born entrepreneur who sought to change the image of his homeland and created a successful business to boot. [Washington Post]
 

WHO’S MAKING MOVES?

Alexandria has been selected to participate in Safe + Smart Cities, a pilot program run by the private -public partnership Chesapeake Crescent Initiative. The City will receive free services to learn how to use technology to run things more efficiently. Alexandria is currently run by D.C.’s future city administrator, Rashad Young, who is the city’s manager.
We’ve also written before that the Virginia Department of Transportation has made neat efforts to make accident data easily available for constituent users.
 

WHO’S GETTING FUNDED?

Reston, Va.-based video software company ObjectVideo sold its intellectual property and patent licensing software to Vancouver-based Avigilion for $80.3 million in cash, according to a press release.
 

WHO’S GETTING HIRED?

ID.me, the online identity vetting system that recently won a contract with the federal government, hired former Opower director of information security Lee Aber. He was named vice president of security and risk management, according to a press release.

Companies: Opower / 10Pearls / ID.me / General Assembly / Vox Media

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