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.
- Geekadelphia launches its new Geek of the Week department with the co-founder of food blog Unbreaded, Ben Kessler, a freshly graduated Drexel University marketing major with brains, drive, personality and a total social media obsession. But here’s where it gets juicy. As Kessler implies in the interview, his hunt for work in Philly has proven unsuccessful. The word we’ve heard? That the first Geek of the Week interview from Philly’s premier geek blog is considering a move to the 67th ward. Guys, if we can’t retain someone like Kessler, we have a real problem here. Can someone do something about this?
- Philly Tech News reports that rumors have put Google CEO Eric Schmidt‘s recent interest in acquisitions directly in Center City, namely in online advertising startup Invite Media, yeah the company whose offices were caught up in a fire scare in February.
- The Business Journal’s Peter Key, who, we’re telling you, in any other city would have a cult following, regales us with an admittedly strange story about how he was almost killed by Leap Wireless 20 years ago. The next time someone criticizes social media, just mention to them that blogging brought you the chance to read a Peter Key story in which he mentions Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
After the jump , video of a South Jersey Apple store robbery and more than 10 other Philly tech reads that you just might need to know about, including our best read story of the week.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
- paidContent reports that San Diego-based digital video firm DivX has acquired Malvern-based AnySource Media in a deal that could be worth $15 million. We spoke to AnySource’s CEO Mike Harris back in May. The Business Journal’s Peter Key reports that, for now, AnySource is staying in Malvern.
- The Wilmington News-Journal reports that HostmySite.com is moving its headquarters from Newark, Del. to Denver, but will retain a presence in the Delaware college town, likely increasing its staff size.
- Government Technology runs a profile of Philadelphia CIO Allan Frank, prompted by his Digital Philadephia vision, which we thoroughly covered last month. H/T Philly Tech News
GIVE A GLANCE
- The Business Journal reports that Conshocken-based Web business intelligence company ClickEquations secured $3 million in venture capital investment from eight investors, including Naval Yard-based firms BFTP and Emerald Stage2 Ventures and University City’s MentorTech Ventures. Web Analytics World had an interview with a company spokesman on the move.
- Old City magazine The Scientist covers cheerleading science literacy from Society Hill’s Darlene Cavalier, with whom we chatted for the700level and enough to run our own Q&A on Science Cheerleader. Oh, and hey, a Newsweek blog also featured Cavalier’s Science Cheerleader site.
- The Inquirer reports that a new CEO has been named for University City-based business-organization software company Neat Co.
- Geekadelphia now has a Mac OS widget that allows you to visit Philly’s premier tech blog without launching your browser. Geek’s Dan Tabor is behind its creation, we’re told.
- An Apple Store in Marlton, N.J. was hit by five masked robberies who stole 23 MacBooks, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod Touches in 31 seconds. Watch 6ABC coverage below.
- Our Most Trafficked Story of the Week: TNT: The state of hyperlocal online news in Philadelphia
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