We didn't build most of this!
This project was assembled by the good team behind the HiFi Content Management System. We're big HN fans and wanted a speedy, good looking site for our phones.
The data for this app is provided by iHackerNews and its awesome API. We are proxying and caching successful 200 responses from their API in a simple Node.js server written in CoffeeScript that relies on redis.
The favicons are fetched by getFavicon.
Cleaned up article text is fetched by viewtext.org.