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Joseph N. DiStefano writes business stories for the Inquirer, including the PhillyDeals column on Wednesdays, as well as the blog at www.philly.com/phillydeals.
At the end of the 1990s, MIT scholar Kevin Ashton suggested the dot.com boom would spawn an "Internet of Things," with everyday gadgets linked by software. No more wall switches.
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University.