Links 8/21/2014: Comcast pursues college market thru OTTP; Salesforce forecast for year tops estimates



Comcast pursues college market with TV via computer (USA Today)

AT&T brings gigabit broadband to Silicon Valley, challenging Google Fiber's own plans (PC World)

Comcast Rises In U.S. Ethernet Rankings (Multichannel News)

Salesforce Forecasts Full-Year Revenue Topping Estimates (Bloomberg)


Monetate Launches Testing & Targeting Marketing Platform (EWeek)

Transactis Raises $11 Million Series D Financing Led by Safeguard Scientifics; Ranks #420 on 2014 Inc. 500|5000 (Marketwatch)



The Information: PayPal Spinoff Not Dead at EBay (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Salesforce.com Still Benefiting From ExactTarget Deal (Investor's Business Daily)

Cerner Takes Medical IT Drive Global With Siemens Buy (Investor's Business Daily)

Level 3 Opens Northern Virginia Data Center (Data Center Knowledge)


Delaware native, Obama vet Plouffe named Uber's "campaign manager"




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Uber yesterday announced it had hired what it referred to in a blog post as the "leader of Uber's campaign", former Obama aid and campaign manager David Plouffe.

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Plouffe, 47, was born in Wilmington, and attended St. Marks High School and the University of Delaware. He left the University prior to graduation in 1989 to begin his full time political career, but later completed his degree there in 2010.

Plouffe's actual title will be senior vice president of policy and strategy. The move reflects Uber's intent to mount a massive campaign to take on the regulatory agencies of the world who often defend traditional taxi businesses. Plouffe said he planned to run Uber’s communications efforts much like a political race. Traces of that have already been evident, with a heavy emphasis on social media as was used in the Obama campaigns.





Plouffe's role might be compared to that of David Cohen of Comcast, although Cohen is also
an attorney in addition to having considerable political experience.

Uber, which was recently funded at an $18 billion valuation, received an early seed round
led by First Round Capital. Its cofounder and chairman, Garret Camp, had worked with
Josh Kopelman as founder of StumbleUpon, in which First Round Capital was (and is) an investor.



Links 8/19/2014: WebLinc raises $6m from Safeguard Scientifics; Cohen implies Netflix, Dish should not be permissable buys for Comcast



WebLinc Raises $6M Series A From Safeguard Scientifics To Expand Its Fast-Growing eCommerce Platform (TechCrunch)
After 20 years of bootstrapping, WebLinc accepts institutional funding.

Weblinc/Safeguard Scientifics press release

B2B and B2C platform provider WebLinc raises new funding (Internet Retailer)


Clinical trials tech firm Clinverse closes on $9.1M (WRAL TechWire)
Edison Partners led the round with $5 million. Clinverse, based in Durham, competes with
Philadelphia area companies Greenphire and CFS Clinical (Drug Development Corp) in the clinical trial payments management market.

OpenView Venture Partners raising $250 million (Fortune Term Sheet)
Boston VC firm backed Philly ventures Monetate, NextDocs and Xtium.



#TPIAspen, day 2: Comcast's Cohen on what counts as 'too big' — Apple, Uber, others newly sync up with TechNet — Latest on net governance (Politico: Morning Tech)
Cohen: DISH, Netflix deals would cause "horizontal" issues for Comcast; Note for future reference.

Fandango finalizes a truce with the FTC after exposing your movie ticket data (Engadget)
Comcast unit apparently lacked adequate security for mobile movie ticketing.

SAP plans big investment to boost its business in Africa (PC World)

SAP Signs with Bayern Munich in Big Data Soccer Deal (WSJ: CIO Journal)

PayPal Introduces One-Touch Mobile Payments, Thanks to Braintree and Venmo (Re/code)






Links 8/18/2014: TWC/Bright House relationship complicates Comcast bid; AppNexus (#FRC portfolio) raises $60mm, valued at $1.2 billion








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Bright House costs could go up in midst of big cable merger (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners' (The Register)

Millennials Say ‘Venmo Me’ to Fuel Mobile-Payment Surge: Tech
(Bloomberg)

Aereo’s on the ropes, and now broadcasters are trying for a knockout punch (Washington Post)

AppNexus Raises Another $60 Million (WSJ: CMO Report)
First Round Capital was early investor; Round values company at $1.2 billion.

From the field to the cloud, SAP champions big data as new MVP in sports (ZDNet)

Data visualisation is a Qlik away: CEO Lars Björk sets his sight on Tableau (Information Age)

Azure services down again (PC World)


Delaware becomes first state to give heirs broad digital assets access (Ars Technica)






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CDI taps ex-Sears, Lehman boss as new CEO: Update (Philly.com: Philly Deals)


BakerHostetler snags antitrust lawyer to start Philly litigation practice (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Rajant Adds Wireless Veteran as New Vice President of Sales and Marketing (Business Wire)

Arraya Solutions Appoints VMware Veteran Jim McKernan as Senior Director, Enterprise Solutions (Arraya Blog)


MeetMe Announces New Board Member (Business Wire)

Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners Adds 14 (Philly Ad Club)





What LinkedIn’s marketing prospects look like after its Bizo buy
(Gigaom)

VCs suck (but there's a way you could prove me wrong) (Dan Primack/Fortune)




Saturday Highlights 8/16/2014: Court finds Rimini infringes Oracle; Linode, SmartThings




Rimini Infringed Oracle's Database Copyrights, Says Court (Information Week)

When cloud computing isn’t all about scale (Gigaom)
On New Jersey's Linode.


IBM Says Sale of Low-End Server Business Gets Regulator Approval
(Reuters via Re/code)

The future of TV may be what Comcast dreams (Q&A) (CNET News)


NRG Energy Buys Goal Zero, a Start-Up, as Entry to Mobile Solar Business (New York Times: DealBook)

With SmartThings buy, is Samsung embracing an open Internet of Things? (Computerworld)


Links 8/14/2014: Samsung finally completes SmartThings acquisition; PeopleLinx pivots to social selling



Amid slump in flash-sales sector, Rue La La is hit hard (Boston Globe)

Net earnings from continuing operations soar at Checkpoint (Fibre2Fashion)

PeopleLinx Pivots To Social Selling (




AlanLepofsky/In The Next Version)


Infor goes after the cloud CRM big boys with Saleslogix acquisition (Diginomica)

Internet of Bling: Samsung Buys SmartThings for $200 Million (Re/code)


Comcast defends $45B Time Warner merger to FCC (The Hill)








Links 8/13/2014:Chappaquiddick residents target Obama, Roberts with ads; Analyst: almost all SAP Cloud revenue is result of acquisitions



Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator while seeking merger approval (Washington Post)

'To understand Comcast's lousy reputation' (Philly.com: Philly Deals)

Chappy residents target Comcast CEO and President Obama in ads (Martha's Vineyard Times)


SAP Cloud Revenue Almost Exclusively SuccessFactors, Ariba (ASUG News)
Analyst says excluding acquisitions (SuccessFactors, Ariba), SAP cloud revenues amount to
about only $50 million.

SAP makes it cheaper, easier for customers to use Hana in certain scenarios (IT News)

Has The Cloud-Based Solutions Market Turned A Corner In 2014? (Procurement Leaders)

Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia (GeekWire)



Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates (TechCrunch)

Why You're Having Problems Reaching DSLReports (and Other Sites)
(Broadband Reports)