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White House names ModCloth's Susan Koger a Champion of Change

Ordinary Americans accomplishing extraordinary things is what "Champions of Change" is all about. ModCloth founder Susan Koger shook President Obama's hand this month at the White House, accepting an honor that recognizes Americans each week who are out innovating in their fields.

Read it on Above Average Jane and the White House Blog.

Sean Ammirati on how Pittsburgh will be the next Silicon Valley

Pittsburgh entrepreneur (and former founder of mSpoke) Sean Ammirati makes a strong case for Pittsburgh as a potential rival to Silicon Valley, especially if the local business community supports local entreprenuers. Ammirati is working with a team of entreprenuers, business leaders and Innovation Works to bring it about through "Innovation Happens."

Read about it on ReadWriteWeb.


ShowClix mobile platform draws national attention during Billboard blowout

ShowClix's mobile ticketing platform drew national attention during the Billboard Summer Blowout Party in which every ticketed distributed was sent via mobile phones through the new platform developed by the Pittsburgh tech savvy ticket company.

Read it at ABC News.

Apollo Group (aka University of Phoenix) buys Carnegie Learning for $75 million

The Apollo Group, which runs the University of Phoenix, has announced the $75 million purchase of downtown-based Carnegie Learning, makers of the highly successful online math instruction curriculum that combines classroom work with computer instruction. The program is used by 600,000 students in grades 6-12 in 3,000 schools nationwide.

Read it in the New York Times.

DeepLocal wins Ad Age 2012 Small Ad Agency of the Year Award

It's not size that matters, but talent and intelligence, says Ad Age in describing the winners of the 2012 Ad Age Small Agency Awards. DeepLocal does it again, taking claim to the best small ad agency in the Northeast. 

"...this band of hackers, artists and musicians turn out projects for marketers and other agencies that are nothing short of mind-blowing," says Ad Age. We agree!

Read it in AdAge.


Google acquires Carnegie Mellon spinout PittPat

Yet another homegrown company has been snapped up by Google. Following on the heels of ReCaptcha, Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, or PittPat, which is already used for Image Search, YouTube and Picasa, was purchased by Google for an undisclosed amount. This is something you may need to know.

Read it in The Wall Street Journal.

What's the potential of online face recognition? Could it change everything on the web. Check out "How Google's New Face Recognition Could Change the Future of the Web" on Fast Company.




PNC creates a cool mobile app for check deposits

PNC in Pittsburgh is among the first to offer a mobile app that allows you to deposit money in your bank account on-the-go.

Read it in The Washington Post.

AlphaLab places in Top 15 U.S. Startup Accelerators

Tech Cocktail ranked its top 15 U.S. Startup Accelerators and Incubators this week, and Pittsburgh company AlphaLab ranked at number 15. The site looked at programs around the nation that provide entrepreneurs with mentoring, guidance and a small amount of funding in return for a stake in the company. Others who made the list include The Brandery in Cincinnati, Kicklabs in San Francisco and (coming in at number one) TechStars Boulder in Colorado.

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CMU technology conquers time travel

Watch a garden grow before your eyes, explore space and time simultaneously. The latest Gigapan photographic robotic technology allows viewers to travel through time and at an incredibly high resolution. See it in action!

Read it on Carnegie Mellon University's website.

Watson beats the minds from CMU and Pitt

Chalk up another one for computer intelligence. This time the IBM-inspired Jeopardy computer contender Watson takes on teams from CMU and Pitt in this symposium that begs the question, "who is this Watson anyway?"

Read it here.

CMU professor Manuela Veloso gets by with a little help from her CoBot

Carnegie Mellon University professor of computer science and Robotics Institute member Manuela Veloso is the developer of the CoBot--a sleek robot that you may soon be able to hire for all your personal assistance needs.  The self-navigating CoBots might not be able to fill your iced coffee, what with their lack of opposable thumbs, but they can adapt to human availability and new environments.  Plus, they will never give you attitude like your human secretary...at least not until they develop sentience and go Kurzweild!

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Pittsburgh has what Cleveland wants

Pop City's sister publication Fresh Water says the cycle scene here in Pittsburgh is turning them green with envy. That, along with Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City.  Cleveland is wishing they had a little more black and yellow in their blood. It's okay, we're always willing to share.

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Sharing innovation in Pittsburgh

Pittsblogger Mike Madison writes in this thought-provoking piece on the subject of increasing collaboration between Pittsburgh's research and development innovators.  He notes with despite all the talent and great innovations coming out of our universities and companies, too often great work is underutilized simply because related institutions aren't well acquainted, or have financial incentives to "hog" their work.  He then suggests a number of ways to bring together the city's great minds.

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CMU grad gains insight into the entrepreneurial brain

While still a graduate student at CMU, Saras Sarasvathy began a huge project--interviewing 45 highly succesfull entrepreneurs about hypothetical business problems in order to discover the ways these types of minds think.  Sarasvathy's research finds that entrepreneurs tend to display high-functioning effectual reasoning.  Her findings provide several other strategies that make for adept business innovation.

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Burgh Living looks at the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative

Burgh Living launched its new "Burgh Watching" video series this week, starting with an exploration of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative in Garfield.  The video features interviews with local artists and Councilman Patrick Dowd, and offers unique insight into the project that has helped transform many abandoned buildings into galleries and studios.

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