Highlights: Last week on Philly Tech News (2/27/2012 to 3/4/2012)

I profiled the objectives, agenda and participants for the upcoming Phorum 2012 Cloud Computing Conference to be held on March 28 at World Cafe Live.

King of Prussia-based BuySide Partners (formerly A-Frame Technology Assurance) separated from A-Frame Technology Services to focus primarily on its opportunities in helping the Department of Defense improve the efficiency of its massive IT operations. I discussed BuySide Partners' plans with Managing Partner Chris Panaro.

New Jersey Tech Weekly's Esther Surden contributed an article to Philly Tech News about TechLaunch, New Jersey's first tech accelerator.

Lawrenceville, NJ-based Edison Ventures' newest fund, Edison VII, closed with $249 million raised, and as usual it hopes to invest a good portion of that in the Philly area, the Inquirer's Mike Armstrong reported.

Online advertising platform OpenX (a First Round Capital portfolio company) acquired King of Prussia-based startup LiftDNA; there is some talk that Pasadena, CA-based OpenX might be thinking about an IPO.

Philly's 3D printing and prototyping lab NextFab Studio, headed by Evan Malone, is planning a second, much larger facility on Washington Ave. in South Philadelphia, the Inquirer's Joe DiStefano reported.

A Politico reporter at a media event ran into Ed Rendell, and asked about the status of his bid for Philadelphia Media Network. He is reported to have replied that "the bids went in today" (this past Friday). Whether that quote is completely accurate or that it means there are multiple bidders is not entirely clear. As you may know, impromptu Rendell quotes may sometimes later be disavowed.


Daily Links 3/6/2012: SAP rolling out multitenant version of Business One; also targets collaboration software

PhillyInc: New Edison Ventures fund to invest in Philadelphia-area tech firms (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Servigistics Merges with Philly-based software firm MCA Solutions (PE Hub)

SAP rolling out cloud-savvy version of Business One
Partners will now be able to sell a multitenant version of the ERP (enterprise resource planning) software for small companies
(IT World)

SAP's Snabe: Next Target, Collaboration Software (Eric Savitz/Forbes)
Start up the rumor mill again about whether SAP will make an acquisition in this area.

Interview with SAP co-CEO Snabe at CeBIT (Reuters Video)

SAP Offers Share-Based Pay to All Staff as Stock Nears Highest in 11 Years (Bloomberg)

FCC Seeks Cell Phone-Jammer Input

AppMobi Accelerates Android HTML5 Performance With new directCanvas SDK (Read Write Web)

Temple University Establishes a Presence at the University City Science Center (Globe Newswire)

Verizon challenges cable MSOs, AT&T with HomeFusion wireless broadband service (FierceCable)

AT&T May Sell Off Many DSL Markets
Upgrades Schmupgrades
(Broadband Reports)

Rivals Try to Freeze Verizon-MSO Spectrum Buy (Light Reading Cable)

Exclusive: Netflix in talks for cable partnership (Reuters)