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Friday Tech Links: Startup double takes, Solar industry coming to town and More

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. See others here. We found some redundancy in technology startup news this week. Remember back in April, we introduced you to Stealth Rowing, which was constructing indoor training equipment […]

0445-MattInMilan.jpg: Left to right, Capt. Matt Smith teams with Erik Miller, Steve Warner and Paul Teti to win a bronze medal in the 2003 FISA World Rowing Championships at Milan, Italy. Smith, a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, will compete in Team USA's lightweight four with Warner, Teti and Pat Todd in the Olympic Games at Athens, Greece. Photo by Joel Rogers

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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. See others here.
We found some redundancy in technology startup news this week.
Remember back in April, we introduced you to Stealth Rowing, which was constructing indoor training equipment for crew teams? Remember how you thought that was a novel idea and then forgot about it because no sensible person gets up at four a.m. to splash in the Schuylkill?
Well, maybe it wasn’t all that novel an idea.
As Inquirer business columnist Mike Armstrong reported late last month, two Philadelphia University graduates are rolling out the Benson rower, a piece of machinery that, yup, simulates rowing on open water. This city is silly with those silly narrow boats.
That isn’t it.
Callowhill-based Avencia has released two data-heavy, online mapping displays in recent weeks: on legislative data and election data. Well, there are other wonks in town. Mikey Armstrong, of Philadelphia Business Today fame, again introduced us to a player in startup bizarro world.
Center City-based neighborhood revitalization group the Reinvestment Fund has won some praise of late for its PolicyMap.com, a freemium-model display that maps block-by-block statistics on things like household incomes, foreclosures and employment.
The more the merrier, I suppose.
After the jump, Geekadelphia talks horror films, sex addicted principals on MySpace, the solar world comes to Philly and four other regional tech stories you need to read, including our most trafficked story of the week.
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