Philly Tech People News 2/28/2010

Comcast Promotes William E. Dordelman to Senior Vice President and Treasurer (Business Wire)

DailyCandy Gets a New Editor: New York Magazine’s Janet Ozzard
(All Things Digital: MediaMemo)

InterDigital Forms Technical Advisory Council
Naresh Soni, InterDigital’s Chief Technology Officer, Appointed as Council Chair
(Business Wire)

Singularity Hires Brian Crooks as Executive Creative Director (Philly Ad Club News)

Justin Premick, director of education marketing at Huntingdon Valley-based AWeber Communications, was ranked among the top ten in DM News' "30 direct marketers under 30 ".

Codima Inc. (CDMA) Appoints Chief Financial Officer and New Board Member (Business Wire)

Four Local Lockheed Martin Employees Named Modern Day Technology Leaders
Philadelphia Area Employees Recognized for Engineering Leadership
(PR Newswire)

ShopNBC CFO Resigns to Pursue Business Opportunity

WPCS Faces Activist Hedge Fund Pressure (Sumfolio)
WPCS Addresses Activist Shareholder (PR Newswire)

Update: Kevin Martin, former FCC Chair, to fight against Comcast-NBCU (Washington Post: Post Tech)

SAP Changes Continue – 10 Predictions for 2010 (The Forrester Blog for Vendor Strategy Professionals)

Laptops Galore Await Show Attendees in Hanover (PCWorld)
New SAP co-CEO McDermott to give keynote speech at CeBIT next week.

SAP ecosystem: going direct for SMBs (ZDNet Blogs)

myYearbook Revenue at $20 Million Annually and Growing (Mashable)

Franklin Electronic Publishers goes private (Philadelphia
Business Journal: Technology Blog)

IMS Health Announces Completion of Acquisition by Affiliates of TPG and the CPP Investment Board (Business Wire)

Comcast Proposes Its God Box (Light Reading Cable)

Top Issues at Comcast-NBCU Hearing Pt. II: Jobs, Independent Programming, and Diversity (Comcast Voices/Official Comcast Blog)

Clearwire: 2 Million Subs By End Of 2010
Tallies 46,000 Wholesale Customers From Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Sprint
(Multichannel News)


Philly area companies Boomi, Kenexa, Fiberlink Communications named CODiE award finalists

Philly area companies Boomi of Berwyn, Kenexa of Wayne, and Fiberlink Communications of Blue Bell have been nominated as finalists for the Software & Information Industry Association's(SIIA) CODiE awards in the categories relating to software products and services.
Boomi's AtomSphere was chosen in two categories: Best Application Integration Solution, and Best Cloud Infrastructure Software. Kenexa's Recruiter BrassRing ‐ Release 12 was chosen in the Best Human Capital Management Solution category, and Fiberlink's MaaS360 Mobile Serivce was selected in the Best Mobile Enterprise Solution category.
Winners will be announced at the CODiE Awards Lunch on May 11 in San Francisco. A complete list of finalists can be viewed here.


Daily Links 2/25/2010: GSI Commerce extends NFL relationship

Internet Capital Group Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results (Business Wire)

Liberty Media Reports Results for Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2009 (PR Newswire)
QVC revenue up 14% in 4th Quarter.

GSI Commerce and the NFL Extend E-Commerce Partnership with New Multiyear Agreement
Record-Breaking Successes and Winning Multichannel Strategy Mark the Long-Term Partnership

(Business Wire) outlook misses Street view
* Sees full-yr profit 58-60 cts/shr vs Street view 82 cts

InterDigital Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Financial Results
Full Year Net Income Quadruple Prior Year After Adjustments
(Business Wire)

Philly searchmasters greet post-Google 'Splinternet' (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Unions Lay Into Comcast-NBC Universal
Communications Workers of America, IFTA, others weigh in
(Broadcasting & Cable)

Comcast-NBC Deal Will Benefit Consumers, Roberts Tells Congress (Bloomberg via Business Week)

Professional Organization Wants To Reinforce ‘Core Engineering Focus'
(Multichannel News)

Dataram Reports Fiscal 2010 Third Quarter Financial Results (Business Wire)

ERT Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results (PR Newswire)

Mzinga OmniSocial Named Technology Product of the Year by TechQuest Pennsylvania (Business Wire)


Report: Radnor's QlikTech preparing for IPO

The 451 Group blog "Inorganic Growth" says that Radnor's QlikTech, the in-memory Business Intelligence provider, is taking steps in preparation for an initial public offering. QlikTech has reportedly chosen bankers (Morgan Stanley, CitiGroup and JPMorgan) and is preparing its IPO paperwork. Revenue was $120 million in 2008, up from $80 million in 2007, and certainly appears to have grown in 2009. The company was hinting at an IPO two years ago before the market meltdown.

QlikTech looks likely to click on the market (The 451 Group: Inorganic Growth)


Daily Links 2/24/2010: Clearwire boosts subscribers, but may need more capital

Clearwire posts loss but revenue beats Street (Reuters)
Clearwire net additions soar to 87K in Q4 (FierceWireless)
Clearwire: Will It Need More Capital? (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Salesforce earnings: Strong fourth quarter, outlook (ZDNet Blogs)

Comcast Plans Bond Sale to Help Pay for NBC Stake (Bloomberg via
Business Week)

Man pleads to hacking Comcast site (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Baltimore Wants To Know Why They Aren't Worthy Of FiOS
Verizon denies redlining, says their focus is simply elsewhere...
(Broadband Reports)

Pa. educator says she didn't watch student webcams (Associated Press via Washington Post)


SAP Rolls out SaaS BI for 'casual Users' (PC World)

Archonix Systems, LLC Purchases Public Safety Assets of Cross Current Corporation (PR Newswire)

InfoLogix, Hercules restructure loan agreement (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Testing the electric vehicle-to-grid connection (Ars Technica)
University of Delaware works with PJM of Norristown.

A new response to emergency workers’ needs
Lowell wireless company looks to be a market-changer
(Boston Globe)


Will Motorola Move to California? (Business Week: The Tech Beat)
This Business Week article suggests the new Moto might move Horsham's set-top box unit as well
the handset business; other articles haven't been quite so clear on that point. In any event, if that did happen it could be a big loss for the Philly tech ecosystem.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results (Business Wire)

CDI Corp posts surprise fourth-quarter loss (Reuters)

Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2009 Annual Results (Business Wire)

Beyond CRM: SaaS slips into the mainstream (Computerworld)

Safend Announces 35 Percent Revenue Growth for 2009 and Significantly Increases Customer Base (Marketwire)

Comcast launches first public U.S. trial of advanced DNS security (Network World)

Comcast Asks FCC to Deny, Dismiss Tennis Channel Complaint
Cable net wants carriage on basic tier instead of premium sports tier
(Broadcasting &

Wal-Mart Buys Vudu To Deliver Movies Via Broadband
Deal Reportedly Worth Slightly More Than $100 Million
(Multichannel News)

Cable Execs Defend Advanced Ad Efforts
(Light Reading Cable)

Support Decision Looms for SAP Users (IDG via New York Times)

QVC(R) Selects Manhattan Associates to Optimize Multichannel Supply Chain Network (Globe Newswire via
CNN Money)


Daily Links 2/22/2010: Moto set-top exec heads to Technitrol

Motorola set-top box exec departs (Fierce Wireless)
Heads from Horsham to Philadelphia, becomes CEO of Technitrol.
Technitrol Press Release

Laptop camera snapped away in one classroom (Philadelphia Inquirer)

NBCU Deal Looks Good to FCC, DOJ
Report to Congress Sees Comcast Gaining Control, Outlines Concerns
(Multichannel News)

TidalTV Targets Ads for Set-Tops, TV Everywhere (Light Reading Cable)

Auditude Announces Online Video Advertising Partnership with Comcast Interactive Media
Auditude to Provide Online Video Advertising Services for Comcast Interactive Media Sites

(Business Wire)

Comcast Exploring 250 Mbps Service
Though 50 Mbps to 100% and 100 Mbps to 20% is the 2011 target...
(Broadband Reports)

Vishay Slides; Weisel Downgrades, Sees Few Positive Catalysts (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

One expensive year later, and papers remain bankrupt (Philadelphia
Daily News)

IMS Health Announces Anticipated Closing Date of Merger with Affiliates of TPG and CPP Investment Board (Business Wire)

SunGard Launches Protegent Surveillance for Energy and Commodities
Protegent helps firms that trade in energy to detect trading behaviors that increase the risk of regulatory action.
(PR Web)

Double-Take, Amazon form disaster recovery cloud with Double-Take Cloud (

Health technology includes more than digital records (Central Penn Business Journal)


Irate parents in Pa. say schools use 'peeping tom technology' (Computerworld)

Lokast P2P Mobile Media Service to Launch at SXSW (GigaOM)
Service of Philadelphia-based NearVerse.

Heavy Rain drenched in noir (LA Times)
French video game designer sees Philly as a dark place.

Daily Links 2/19/2010: Roberts, Zucker To Appear Before House Judiciary Committee On Feb. 25

Roberts, Zucker To Appear Before House Judiciary Committee On Feb. 25: Sources (Multichannel News)

Comcast Shouldn’t Fight Sharing Rules, Rival TV Providers Say
(Bloomberg via Business Week)

School That Spied On Students With Laptop Cameras Says It Was A Security Feature, Turns It Off (Silicon Alley Insider)
Remotely accessing a laptop is fairly easy (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Official tells AP: FBI probing Pa. webcam case (Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News)

Motorola Completes Acquisition of BitBand
Strategic acquisition enhances Motorola's On Demand Portfolio
(PR Newswire)

Motorola cable boxes to get Blur, connect with phones (Engadget)

Verizon Fios Adds Remote Control by Android Phones, iPhone Owners Jealous ( Epicenter)

Dataram Rallies On Distribution Deal (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
Dataram is based in Princeton.

Olympic notebook: A fresh look at the medal table (CNET News)
Radnor's Qliktech helps analyze the data.

Kulicke & Soffa to cut U.S. jobs (EE Times)

Microgrids: Building Blocks of the Smart Grid (Earth2Tech)

Lockheed Martin and Adaptive Digital Technologies Sign Marketing Agreement for Vocoder Technology
Companies to collaborate to deliver ultra-low rate voice coding technology to the VoIP Market
(PR Newswire)


Daily Links 2/18/2010: Philly Fed delivers upbeat news, though Plosser has concerns

Pa. schools spy on students using laptop webcams, claims lawsuit (Computerworld)

Is Lower Merion spying students inside their home? LM official responds (Norristown Times
On the face of it, this story seems absurd to me, but we will see.

Comcast offers data sharing, backups (Boston Globe)

Comcast Expanding Broadband Meter Trials (Light Reading Cable)

February 2010 Business Outlook Survey (Federal Reserve Bank of

Philadelphia Fed’s Plosser Not A Fan Of ‘Extended Period’ Low-Rate Pledge (Wall Street Journal: Real Time Economics)

Pennsylvania SERS Reports Year-End Performance (PE Hub)

Heartland Payment Q4 profit misses Street (Reuters)

WizeHive Launches Tool To Help Organizations Manage Applicants (TechCrunch)

Bentley Delivers New 3D City GIS Information Modeling Software to Enhance Design and Operation of Intelligent Cities (PR Newswire)

IBM, Accenture lead Gartner Magic Quadrant for SAP outsourcing (

inTEST Corporation Reports Preliminary Unaudited Fourth Quarter 2009 Results and Schedules Conference Call (PR Newswire)

Pennsylvania gets $130M for educational, rural broadband technology (Harrisburg Patriot-News)

Philly targets Facebook, Twitter after snowball fight turns ugly (CNET News)


Daily Links 2/17/2010: GigaOM on Philly mobile startup Venmo

Nutter to test two new business-tax policies (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Changes could aid research & development, video game developers and "computer systems design" firms

SAP's 'Timeless' Future (Forbes)

SAP and Open Text Expand Global Reseller Agreement to Include Digital Asset Management (PR Newswire)

CardioNet, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter, Full Year 2009 Financial Results and 2010 Outlook (Business Wire)

A forgotten giant, remembered
Scientist Nikola Tesla's time has returned.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

Venmo’s Simple, Loaded Premise: Pay Your Friends From Your Phone (GigaOM)

Upcoming: Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference 2010 (The Green Skeptic)

HBO Go launches for Verizon FiOS customers, streams HBO content over the web (VentureBeat: DigitalBeat)

Comcast Spotlight, Starcom Report Ad Trial Results (Cable360)

FiOS TV Launches Ad Zones In NY, Rhode Island
Verizon Delivering Geotargeted Ads Using Invidi Technologies' System
(Multichannel News)

Vanguard leader to build on predecessors' work (Daily Local News)

Portico Systems and SDI Announce Partnership Using Actionable Business Intelligence for Targeted Provider Recruitment, Provider Performance Management, and Member Decision Support (Business Wire)

IntegriChain Launches DNA: Dynamic NextGen Analytics(TM) Platform (PR Newswire)

Metro Philadelphia Newspaper and Calkins Media Incorporated Form Strategic Classified Advertising Alliance (Business Wire)


Daily Links 2/16/2010: Comcast leads investment in targeted ad firm

TidalTV Raising More Capital, Comcast Invests (MediaPost: Media Daily News)

Comcast Added To Citi Top Picks List (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

GSI Commerce Announces Offering of Common Stock by Selling Stockholder (Business Wire)
Liberty Media cashing out its stake.

First Round, Betaworks, And Angels Back Up Backupify With $900K (TechCrunch)

MEDecision Introduces InFrame Health Information Exchange Service and Extends Boundaries of Collaborative Healthcare Management
(Business Wire)

SAP's Vishal Sikka on SaaS (ZDNet Blogs)

Winshuttle Expands to Germany with Acquisition, Keeps Growing Through the Recession (Xconomy Seattle)
Provides SAP data tools.

T-Mobile USA to Sell First HSPA+ USB Stick (PCWorld)

InterDigital Demonstrates Wireless Convergence Technologies at 2010 Mobile World Congress (Business Wire)

It's Hammertime for Wharton business-technology event ( Philly Inc)

Intelligroup® Q4 EPS Rose to $0.08 from $0.02 in Q4 2008, and 2009 EPS Rose 65% to $0.26 on Revenue of $126.5 Million (Business

Dynasil Announces First Quarter 2010 Results (Business Wire)

AWeber in 2010: Product Enhancements, Educational Initiatives, Corporate Growth, and Continued Hiring (Business Wire)

Commodore PET caught running Windows Phone 7 Series? (Engadget)

INetU Ranks in Top 3 Managed Hosting Providers (PR Newswire)


Fashion fete's eyes on QVC
Sales clout turns heads in New York.
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

Will SAP be acquired? (Next Gen Enterprise)

Cost of smart-grid projects shocks consumer advocates (Denver Post)

New Comcast "Xfinity" Ad

Phiily Tech People News 2/14/2010

Unisys Names Dominick Cavuoto as President of Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions Business (PR Newswire)

Unirisx Names Steven G. Selfridge Chief Financial Officer (PR Newswire)

Two Industry Veterans Join the Halfpenny Technologies Team (Business Wire)

Bear Fisher Named Senior VP/Creative Director for E! and Style
Two others promoted as Comcast Entertainment Group reshapes internal creative agency
(The Wrap)

Apollo Health Street Expands Office Locations to Boston (Business Wire)

AlphaDetail Names Rishi Varma to Serve as President and CEO (PR Newswire)

Premier Retail Networks, Inc. Broadens Advertising Sales Force (Business Wire)

Centris of Fort Washington has appointed Christopher M. Dolan vice president, client executive and Claire M. Bednar vice president, client services. Dolan was national senior director, sales and marketing at Comcast; Bednar was director, syndicated research at TNS Custom Research.

First Generation adds Tom Lazaunikas as creative director (Philly Ad Club News)

EnerSys Appoints Michael J. Schmidtlein Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer (PR Newswire)

permalink Scores Seed Funding For Last-Minute Vacation Rental Service (TechCrunch via Washington Post)

Mobile-Phone Tracking Violates Privacy, Lawyers Tell Court (Bloomberg via Business Week)

Waste Management Now Demanding $500 Million From SAP (IDG via New York Times)

Daily Links 2/11/2010: SAP appoints new COO; Schwarz resigns

Motorola targets first quarter of 2011 for split into two (Engadget)
Motorola Press Release

DOJ: No Need for Warrant for Cell Location Information (PC World)
Court of Appeals hearing scheduled for Philadelphia tomorrow.

Paperboy 2.0: Using the Cloud to Get Paid for Application and Content Subscriptions (ReadWriteCloud)

Aria Announces Aria Platform Standard and Enterprise Editions (Marketwire)

SAP Announces Subsequent Changes to Executive Board and Management in Support of New Co-CEO Structure (PR Newswire)
The resignation of John Schwarz is a bit of a surprise to me; he had been positioned as one of the key change agents at SAP recently.

Researchers create world’s first solar power circuit (SlashGear)
Developed at Penn.

Motorola May Spin Off, Not Sell Set-Top Box Business (Bloomberg via Business Week)

After Facebook, Google Looks to Eat Comcast's Lunch (The Atlantic Wire)

Al Franken uses conflict with NBC/Comcast execs to help raise cash (City Pages: The Blotter)

Quality Systems, Inc. Acquires Opus Healthcare Solutions
Acquisition Marks Entry into Rural and Community Hospital Market
(Business Wire)
To become part of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems in Horsham.

Siemens and NextGen Healthcare Renew Alliance To Deliver Ambulatory IT Solutions (PR Newswire)

USA Technologies, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2010 Financial Results (Business Wire)

Startl Design Boost and Startl Accelerator (A VC)

Q&A: Valerie Gaydos, Private Investors Forum (Keystone Edge)

Lockheed’s N.J. unit wins $160M Navy contract (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Technology awards to be held Friday in Harrisburg (Harrisburg Patriot-News)


Daily Links 2/10/2010: SunGard Availability Services' CEO resigns

GSI Commerce Reports Fiscal 2009 Year and Fourth Quarter Operating Results (Business Wire)
GSI Commerce Q4 profit lags market, sees strong Q1 rev (Reuters)

BioClinica Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2009 Financial Results (Business Wire)

SunGard Availability Services' CEO resigns (Continuity Central)

An Open Letter To SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner (Information Week: Global CIO)

What SAP Needs After Apotheker (Business Week)

SAP to Split User Conference Between Europe, US (PC World)

Google Plans Ultrafast Internet Broadband
The search giant say it'll build experimental 1-gigabit-per-second broadband networks in a small number of test locations.
(Information Week)

T-Mo’s HSPA+ Upgrade to Hit the Coasts First

Motorola Ventures Invests in Zenverge
Zenverge secures funding to support production launch of industry's highest-performance transcoder integrated circuits
(PR Newswire)

Where Should We Hold The Next peHUB Shindig? (PE Hub)
Philadelphia is one of the 10 choices you can vote for online.

$7.2 Billion For Broadband Is Largely Unallocated
(WBUR Boston)

Karen Heller: In Norristown, sizzle gives way to substance (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Fiberlink Introduces MaaS360™ Visibility Service for Handhelds
New Offering Enables Unified Management of Blackberry® Devices
(Business Wire)

Our website just had a makeover (The TickekLeap Blog)

IMS Health 4Q profit shrinks (Associated Press via Google News)


More on SAP Executive Changes

News Analysis: SAP’s CEO Léo Apotheker Resigns (Enterprise Advocates)

SAP: the challenges ahead (ZDNet Blogs)

Changes at #SAP (Next Gen Enterprise)

Short on strategy, SAP needs Plattner's charisma (Reuters)

Ex-local SAP official to be firm’s co-CEO (Philadelphia Inquirer)

SAP Swoons On CEO Change (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)


Breaking: Apotheker to resign immediately as SAP AG CEO

SAP AG said today that the SAP Supervisory Board has reached a mutual agreement with CEO Leo Apotheker not to extend his contract as a member of the SAP Executive Board, and that Apotheker has resigned as CEO and member of the SAP Executive Board effective immediately.
SAP will function now with two CO-CEOs; Co-CEOs: Bill McDermott, head of field organization, and Jim Hagemann Snabe, head of product development.
The implications of this announcement are astounding, frankly. SAP has had some problems recently, but I've never heard a clue of anything like this going on, and it is so unusual for SAP to make a change like this that isn't planned out over a long period of time.

Press Release

SAP CEO Apotheker steps down after seven months (Reuters)

SAP: Apotheker gone, co-CEO's appointed
(ZDNet Blogs)
Dennis Howlett not very surprised.

SAP: New leadership, same old story? (ZDNet Blogs)


IMHO: ‘Thank You For Calling Comcast…’ (New York Times-The Local-Maplewood Blog)

SAP's Proof of Concept for Augmented 'Corporate' Reality (ReadWriteEnterprise)

4th Quarter 2009 Philly VC Investments; Not too much for IT

The PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree detailed report on 4th quarter 2009 VC investments is out (free registration required).

Total investments in Philadelphia Metro were $142 million. But after subtracting $61 million for Biotech, $43 million for Medical Devices, and $25 million for Industrial/Energy, that only leaves about $13 million for investments that might primarily be considered IT-related, spread over 13 deals.

Most of these I have reported on before, including MobileMD, MuseAmi, PackLate, Agilence, and Timsesight Systems. Other investments revealed in the report are Core Solutions of Wayne ($500,000), which supplies electronic health record (EHR) systems for behavioral healthcare, Alphion Corporation of Princeton Junction ($1 million),which develops and manufactures integrated photonic components, and NearVerse of Philadelphia ($1 million), which provides mobile IP network application services.


Daily Links 2/5/2010: Air Products goes after Airgas

Air Products Offers to Acquire Airgas for $60.00 Per Share in Cash (PR Newswire)

USA Technologies and SAVE Announce Settlement of Proxy Contest (Business Wire)

Rich Hofmann: Technology completes the sports spectator experience (Philadelphia Daily News)

Democrats Question Comcast on NBC Deal (New York Times)

Top Issues at Comcast-NBCU Hearings: Jobs, Competition, Broadcast TV and Online Video (Comcast Voices)

DT Considers T-Mobile USA IPO, Spinoff (Telecom Ramblings)

IBM Acquires Initiate Systems: Five Key Takeaways
(Spend Matters)

Studio out of Studio Centre plan (The Reporter Online)

What Is Printmaking Today? Philadelphia Dares to Ask (New York Times)

Advanta veterans launch MultiFunding for small businesses
(Philadelphia Business Journal)
Founded by Ideablob guy Ami Kassar.

QSI: Sales Up, Profits Flat, Stock Down (Health Data Management)
Quality Systems' NextGen Healthcare Information Systems is based in Horsham.

SunGard Acquires Inmatrix (PR Newswire)

EduCon 2.2 — A ProfHacker Perspective (ProfHacker)


Daily Links 2/4/2010: Comcast's big day on the Hill

Comcast/NBCU Hearings on
Capitol Hill

Republicans: Don't Let Regulators, Others Sidetrack Comcast/NBCU (Multichannel News)

Comcast says no big job cuts from NBC deal (Reuters)

From Here To Xfinity: Comcast Rebranding Starts Next Week (paidContent)

Unisys Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Financial Results (PR Newswire)

Marlin Equity buys certain segments of Unisys
* Forms new co called Burroughs Payment Systems Inc

Kulicke & Soffa Reports Results for its First Fiscal Quarter 2010 (Business Wire)
Kulicke & Soffa FY Q1 Crushes Ests; Stock Jumps (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

SAP Launches a Google Wave for the Enterprise (Mashable)

Software AG 2009 Profits Rise 22%; Predicts Growth in 2010
(Bloomberg via Business Week)
Includes results from recently acquired IDS Scheer.

Technitrol Reports Q4 and FY09 Results, Board Declares Dividend
Results Reflect Continued Operating Profit Improvement
(Business Wire)

QlikTech Positioned in the Challenger Quadrant Based on Review of its QlikView Product in 2010 Business Intelligence Platforms Magic Quadrant (PR Newswire)

U.S. lawmaker seeks probe of Pa. Turnpike aide's firing (Philadelphia Inquirer)

BioClinica Inks Multi-Year Outsourcing Deal with Leading Biopharmaceutical Company
Company will Standardize Electronic Data Capture and Global Data Management for Frazer, Pennsylvania-based Cephalon, Inc.
(Business Wire)

Lancaster's Illuminex expects $2M equity investment (Keystone Edge)


Daily Links 2/3/2010: Tough times? Don't worry about Comcast, as earnings more than double

Comcast's profit more than doubles (MarketWatch)

2010: The Year Comcast Embraces Convergence (GiagaOM)

Comcast Launches XFINITY (Comcast Voices)

NBC affiliate board chair wants conditions on Comcast - NBC Universal deal (LA Times: Company Town)

Comcast to Acquire New Global Telecom
(Light Reading: Cable Digital News)

Monster to Acquire HotJobs Business and Enter into Multi-year Traffic Agreement with Yahoo! (Business Wire)
It will be interesting to see what impact this will have on the Yahoo! Newspaper Consortium of which Philadelphia Newspapers is a part, although has been using Monster rather than HotJobs.

Kenexa Swoons As Outlook Misses (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
Janney Montgomery Scott Downgrades Kenexa (KNXA) to Neutral; Lowers Estimates & PT on Increased Risk Profile

IBM Buying MDM Vendor Initiate Systems (PC World)

Clarifying the Future of NetWeaver PI (Feeding the SAP Ecosystem)

SAP Questions Gartner BI Magic Quadrant Ranking
The report on business intelligence platforms places SAP behind Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAS, and Microstrategy on ability to execute.
(Information Week)

MedQuist Agrees to Purchase Domestic Assets of Spheris
Stock and asset purchase agreement would provide Spheris' customers with access to industry-leading technology platform and transcription services.
(PR Newswire)

NJ Judge Issues Mixed Order on Use of E-Voting Machines
(IDG via New York Times)

Ben Franklin provides loans to Bethlehem startups (Easton Express-Times)
Viddler is one of them.


Report: Comcast acquires VoIP firm

The blog Von is reporting that Comcast has agreed to acquire privately held VoIP provider New Global Telecom. Von cites an internal Comcast email sent by Comcast president of business services Bill Stemper. NGT, based in Golden, CO, is "one of the nation’s largest providers of wholesale hosted and trunk-based VoIP solutions", Stemper says in the email. In October of last year, Comcast acquired Chicago-area CLEC Cimco Communications. More moves had been expected by Comcast in the business telecom market.


Daily Links 2/2/2010: Bank of New York to Buy PNC Unit for $2.3 Billion

Venture Capital’s Most Trafficked Web Sites (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)
First Round Capital is #1.

Bank of New York to Buy PNC Unit for $2.3 Billion (New York Times: DealBook)

Kenexa Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 (Business Wire)
Kenexa Q4 results, Q1 view lag market; shares fall (Reuters)

Mistras Group, Inc. Announces Asset Protection Solutions for Improved Smart Grid Reliability (Globe
Newswire via CNN Money)

Is Twitter losing its luster? (Network World)
Based on study by Camden's RJ Metrics.

ThePlatform Encroaches on Brightcove's Turf (Light Reading: Cable Digital News)


Last-Minute Travel Startup PackLate Raising $1 Million In Funding
Philly-based stealth startup. Missed this one last month.
The site has launched: PackLate

Software firm finds niche in financial services (Daily Local News)

Judging the Philadelphia ADDY Awards. A tight show but I do have one question… (Gods of Advertising)

Editorial: Cleaning up the BRT mess (Philadelphia Inquirer)