Newsletter for Friday, April 24
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly’s new bike-sharing service, Indego, launched yesterday. Find the location nearest you with our handy map; photo via @cmon_roe on Instagram.
MERGER NO MORE: COMCAST DROPS PLAN TO ABSORB TIME WARNER CABLE
It’s now the blockbuster deal that just won’t happen. The company reportedly dropped its controversial plan to merge with fellow cable giant Time Warner Cable. What happened? The merger turned from a talk about cable TV into a discussion of who controls the Internet’s pipes. In January, the FCC redefined the legal definition of “broadband” to a higher speed. The new Comcast/Time Warner Cable would have controlled 57 percent of this newly defined “broadband.” And at that point the deal was pretty much dead. The icing on the cake: The FCC was considering holding public hearings, which would have given everyone who’s ever yelled at Comcast a microphone.
COMMUTE BY CAR? HERE’S HOW MUCH OF YOUR LIFE YOU’LL LOSE THIS YEAR
Let’s talk about Philly roads — warts (well, potholes) and all. In Philadelphia, about two-thirds of all households have access to at least one car and about 562,000 vehicles are owned or rented, according to Census data. So we’re talking about more than half a million vehicles. And those cars pound Philadelphia’s roads and highways on a daily basis, to the tune of 14 million average daily miles. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s road problems and what the city, state and country are trying to do to keep them in good condition.
DEPT OF ‘WHO KNEW?’ PHILLY’S GREAT FOR BAREFOOT RUNNING
Philadelphia-bred author Christopher McDougall sold two million copies of his 2009 book “Born to Run” and influenced runners all over the world to ditch their clunky running shoes for lighter ones or no shoes at all. Earlier this month, he released “Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.” McDougall, who grew up in Upper Darby and attended St. Joseph’s Prep, spoke/a> at the Penn Museum yesterday. Billy Penn caught up with one of the nation’s most famous runners to talk about his new book, his favorite running route in Philadelphia, the Broad Street Run and much more.
TO DO: START-UPS FOR STUDENTS
WHAT: Philly Student Startup Summit 3.0, a one-day conference where student entrepreneurs from Greater Philadelphia Area gather to learn from seasoned experts.
WHERE: Philadelphia School District HQ, 440 N. Broad Street
WHEN: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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NUTTER, CHIP KELLY, TIM TEBOW: FAMOUS PHILLY FACES IN ‘MY IDOL’
The Internet has kinda melted over the past several days as America collectively discovered MyIdol, a Chinese app where you can make yourself and others, uh, get really weird. Basically you upload a selfie, play around, and voila! You have public officials pole dancing and cartoon characters of historical figures. (It was at one point a trending search on the iOS App Store.) So, we at Billy Penn decided that obviously, a Philly version was necessary.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO KAYAK THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER
Monday’s weather was supposed to be terrible, but we sent writer Danya Henninger out for her kayak trip with the Sly Fox folks. She began at a pastoral oasis on the Schuylkill River called the Lock 60 Recreation Area. The spot is home to the only operating lock on the waterway — something she would get to experience up close later that day — and it’s also a stone’s throw from Phoenixville, home to the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery. And then she headed for the city.