Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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As Philadelphia faces its once-in-15-years franchise renewal talks with Comcast, you may be worried that city officials are just a little too cozy with Philly's 1st Corporate Citizen - a reasonable concern after I reported last week that the mayor's office has been sitting on a report likely to embarrass the company.
Dr. Ethel Allen Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion lets out at 2:49, and not long afterward, on most afternoons, 40 to 50 boys and girls stream through the white door of Pastor Hezekiah Lampley's North 31st Street church for free soda, bags of chips, and a quick prayer.
The Street: BlackBerry swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, as the John Chen-led company appears to be turning its fortunes around, led by the sale of new devices.
The last time you phoned Comcast - yes, I know, this will tickle at least a few readers - did you reach someone within 30 seconds? What's your total monthly Comcast tab? If you've quit Comcast, was it because of cost, service problems, or some other reason?
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service probably won't save you money over cable.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes with some on-demand apps for remote viewings.
The Street: One search about foot fungus or legal assistance and you are forever seeing banner advertisements on those subjects during Internet sessions.
"DON'T play with your food." Sure, we all heard that as kids. But today, the kitchen is everybody's playpen. And food is fun personified - worthy of TV channels and specialty gadget shops celebrating food-as-entertainment.
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based web resource that hosts some of the group's data, according to an analysis released by the group.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) - Seven-year-old Faith Lennox of Los Alamitos never thought she needed a left hand.
BEIJING (AP) - Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the world's biggest makers of telecommunications equipment, says its 2014 profit rose 33 percent, helped by strong sales of smartphones.
BEIJING (AP) - A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.
NEW YORK (AP) - IBM says it is investing $3 billion over the next four years to create an "Internet of Things" business unit that will collect and analyze data from smartphones, tablets and other connected devices so that businesses can use it in their operations.
BEIJING (AP) - A groundbreaking solar-powered plane has successfully flown from Myanmar to central China as part of an historic round-the-world journey.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you're planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.