Saturday, April 18, 2015

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One of my sons, who rides SEPTA's Subway- Surface Lines to work, wanted to know: "Why do all the trolleys have their own WiFi networks," each of them password-protected, and tantalizingly visible to connection-starved users as they stare at their mobile- network availability screens?
WASHINGTON - Comcast critics cautiously cheered Friday after a report that federal antitrust lawyers may soon recommend blocking the Philadelphia company's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.
In what is described as an effort to be as transparent as possible, the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office has unveiled a Web app offering detailed information on properties scheduled for mortgage foreclosure sale.
The Street: With mortgage rates near two-year lows, many homeowners might be considering refinancing their mortgages. That's OK, but be careful about it, and consider whether you need to buy some time.
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement.
Your obedient Gizmo Guy falls asleep during deep discussions of business-to-business software, search engine optimization, and other "important" but arcane tech affairs.
Doesn't look like much from the outside - just the ghostly remains of a century-old smelting and refining facility in Fishtown.
Bryn Mawr Hospital announced plans Thursday for a $200 million modernization of its campus, including a five-story, 203,000-square-foot patient pavilion with 12 operating rooms and 72 private patient rooms.
SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy.
The Street: "As tuition costs continue to skyrocket, families can no longer afford to make any mistakes when it comes to paying for college," warns Jack Schact, the founder of Wheaton, Ill.-based MyCollegePlanningTeam.com.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After years of struggling to keep up with Victoria's Secret, Los Angeles-based lingerie brand Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. is switching to a web-only retail model.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 34 this week to 954 amid depressed oil prices.
A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts of lead.
U.S. stocks closed broadly lower Friday. Investors were worried that Greece may default on its debt and exit the euro currency block. Chinese regulators were also taking steps Friday to rein in a runaway stock market there.
NEW YORK (AP) - Generic drugmaker Mylan, citing media speculation that Teva Pharmaceutical may be eyeing it as a takeover target, says it doubts that regulators would approve such a deal and is committed to its current strategy as a stand-alone company.
How other providers stack up against Verizon's new FiOS Custom TV
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.
BEIJING (AP) - China's securities regulator is tightening control over lending to small stock investors in an attempt to cool an overheated stock market.
NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.
She answers to Indego, and yeah, she's a toughie, laughing in the face of rain, snow, sleet, and hail. And yet, she a pushover, too - ready to take you on a cushy joyride for a bargain of $4.
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