Highlights last week on Philly Tech News (12/10/2012 to 12/16/2012)

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Comcast quietly launched a new corporate-wide logo last week, featuring the NBC Peacock on top.

Comcast's business services arm, Comcast Business Class, said it was expanding its fiber network to connect to several Center City buildings, as well as to the Navy Yard.

Norman Joseph Woodland, co-inventor of the bar code at Drexel, died in New Jersey at the age of 91.

The Air Force pulled the plug on a $1 billion ERP project, but that isn't the only DoD ERP project that is struggling.

NJTechWeekly's Esther Surden contributed a story on how Bridgewater, NJ-based Synchronoss has helped out in response to Sandy.

I looked back at the 65th anniversary of the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs, and how it did and didn't impact the Philadelphia area.

In news from other sources, in an interview with Fortune Magazine Comcast CEO Brian Roberts discussed how he is trying to apply Apple's business model to Comcast, among other things. Google received bids from Arris and UK-based Pace for its Horsham-based Motorola Home unit. phillyBurbs.com wrote about how Horsham-based EFE Laboratories continues to prosper after 50 years. First Round Capital launched a standard application system for engineers across all of its 170 or so portfolio companies. And Safeguard Scientifics partner company Beyond.com acquired locally based tech job listing site JobCircle.com.


Daily Links 12/18/2012: Nielsen to acquire Arbitron; SaaS vendor Plex raises $30 million

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Comcast is ready to dump its investment in Clearwire Corp. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Nielsen to Buy Research Firm Arbitron for $48 a Share (Bloomberg)

Oracle Q2 Beats The Street (All Things D)

Bell Labs: Video to strain wired broadband networks within 10 years (Broadcast Engineering)

Plex Systems Raises $30 Million Strategic Investment from Accel Partners to Continue Transitioning Manufacturing Industry to the Cloud (PR Newswire)
Somewhat unusual scenario to see a large investment by a VC/Growth Equity firm just
a few months after a PE buyout (Francisco Partners). Plex is probably the leading
SaaS/Cloud player in the manufacturing space.

DEACOM ERP Goes Mobile (PR Newswire)
DEACOM is based in Wayne.

Higher Education Firm TargetX Releases Newest Version of Its Enterprise CRM (PR Web)

Major Utility Selects Dolphin for First SAP® BW Archiving Implementation on SAP HANA (PR Web)

Comcast's ThePlatform Hooks Into Transcoding Systems
(Multichannel News)

E-Commerce Darling Fab Has Its Sights on Bricks and Mortar (Wired)
First Round Capital was an early backer.