12/15: Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge ; Gartner: Worldwide Server Revenue Grew 16% in Q3; Shipments Up 5.1%




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Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push (Reuters)


Disney’s Fox acquisition means the end of Hulu as we know it
(Recode)


The FCC just killed net neutrality (The Verge)

Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge
(The Register)

Technology firm moves HQ to former Merck building (Lehigh Valley Business)

Private Equity Firm Onex Corp. To Acquire SMG Holdings; Deal Expected To Close In Early '18 (Sports Business Daily)

Oracle Falls Most in 3 Months as Cloud Sales Drag on Turnaround (Bloomberg)

Gartner: Worldwide Server Revenue Grew 16% in Q3; Shipments Up 5.1% ((EnterpriseTech)





12/13: T-Mobile Inks Deal to Acquire Layer3 TV ; How much Uber is worth after its rough year ?




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T-Mobile Inks Deal to Acquire Layer3 TV (Multichannel News)


Media’s Latest Head-Scratcher
Moffett wonders on motivation of T-Mobile-Layer3 TV hookup
(Multichannel News)

Redbox returns to internet video with On Demand service (Engadget)

The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote Happens Thursday. Here’s What to Expect (Fortune)

AT&T and Union Reach Accord on Job Protection for Workers (NY Times)

How much Uber is worth after its rough year (Business Insider)

Former Rutgers student admits to creating code that crashed internet (NJ.com)






SICOM Moves Corporate Headquarters to Accommodate Rapid Growth

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December 11, 2017 14:19 ET | Source: SICOM Systems
LANSDALE, Pa., Dec. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SICOM, a leading best-of-breed provider of end-to-end solutions for quick service and fast casual restaurants, today announced that it has moved its corporate headquarters to accommodate its rapid growth. More than 300 employees are located at the new 100,000+ square foot office space, which is located at 1684 South Broad Street, Suite 300, Lansdale, Pa.

“Our team has grown by more than 142 members this past year and we are positioning ourselves for continued growth based on the increased demand for innovative end-to-end technology solutions by quick service and fast casual restaurants,” said Jim Flynn, CEO of SICOM. “This new location has been designed to provide an environment to continue to expand our team, better serve our customers and facilitate greater productivity, innovation and collaboration – a place we are proud to bring customers and prospects.”

Supporting SICOM’s growth strategy, this larger office footprint includes an innovative Customer Experience Center, an expanded and specifically-devoted area for research and development, a dedicated training facility, and numerous branded collaboration spaces.

About SICOM
SICOM Systems, Inc. is a leading best-of-breed provider of end-to-end technologies and services for the quick service and fast casual restaurants. The company offers front-of-house solutions (i.e. Digital Menu Boards, Point-of-Sale (POS) and Order Confirmation Units); back-of-house solutions (Drive-Thru Director and Chef Kitchen Management); as well as above restaurant solutions (360° Data Analytics and SEMS4 Restaurant Management) that are helping major restaurant chains around the globe to streamline their operations. SICOM has over 40,000 digital menu boards, 8,000+ Drive-Thru Directors and 7,000+ CHEF Kitchen Management solutions in operation worldwide, while its POS systems are in more than 6,500 restaurants worldwide and it has more than 10,000 restaurants leveraging its enterprise management systems globally. Founded in 1987, SICOM is headquartered in Lansdale, Pa. and can be found online at www.SICOM.com.



Scala: Insider Peter Cherna takes listeners on a journey of Scala's success over the past 30 years!



Weekend Highlights: WSFS and SoFi partner on new deposit account; SAP launches East Coast lab in Newtown Square




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Murdochs Send Note to Staffers About ‘Potential Transaction’ (Multichannel News)
Execs make no comment, but acknowledge ‘unease’ amid ‘uncertainty’.

Sky is suddenly hot as Disney, Comcast pursue stake in Fox talk (Bloomberg via Philly.com)


WSFS and SoFi partner on new deposit account (Delaware Business Times )


Woodbridge IT company buys SAP solutions business (NJ-roi)
Savantis, the target in this deal, is based in Exton.

SAP launches East Coast lab in Newtown Square (Delco Times)

You're SAP-ing my will to live: Licensing debate lumbers on as ERP giant tries to rebuild trust (The Register)

Ascension, Providence consider mega hospital merger (Axios)


Honeywell to buy 25% of Chinese supply chain software firm (GadgetsNow)


12/7: Inside Elliott Management; Franken was Comcast's biggest and loudest critic in the U.S. Senate



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Inside Elliott Management: How Paul Singer’s Hedge Fund Always Wins (Fortune)

Franken was Comcast's biggest and loudest critic in the U.S. Senate (Philly.com)

Start Date for AT&T-Time Warner Antitrust Trial Is Set (Fortune)

T-Mobile rips Verizon's 5G broadband plan as 'unrealistic' (CNET)

Biggest Enterprise Software Will Soon Be SaaS-Only and It’s Time to Worry
(Data Center Knowledge)

Dell makes a loss, but the trend lines look promising for profits (The Register)


Red & Blue chases $20m for Pennsylvania ecosystem (Global University Venturing)


12/6: First Round's State of Startups 2017; Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide



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How Blue Apron Wooed Then Disappointed Wall Street (Bloomberg)
First Round Capital has recently been selling a portion of its holdings in Blue Apron at slightly more than $3 per share . The IPO price was $10. Still, the proceeds were far above First Rounds' basis costs.

State of Startups
2017
(First Round Capital)



Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide (Engadget)



ERT pumps up cardiac safety solutions with iCardiac acquisition
(Outsourcing Pharma)

NYC-based VirtualHealth Lands $7M to Expand Integrated Value-based Care Platform, led by Edison Partners (HIT Consultant)

Philly company launches the ‘OpenTable’ of clinical trials (Keystone Edge)

Veeva Plunges To 8-Month Low, But Guidance Likely Conservative: Analyst
(IBD)

Anaplan looked like another troubled unicorn — but it's back on track with a new $1.4 billion valuation (Business Insider)
Philly software vet Paul Melchiorre is Anaplan's Chief Revenue Officer.


Investor Dream Team to Back Rise of the Rest Entrepreneurs with New $150 Million Fund

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on December 05, 2017
New Revolution seed fund to invest in 100+ startups based outside of Silicon Valley



WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 5, 2017 — Today, Revolution announced that three dozen of America’s most respected entrepreneurs, investors and families have joined together to back startups outside of Silicon Valley with a $150 million Rise of the Rest Seed fund. Investors in the new fund include legendary entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos, Sara Blakely, Tory Burch, Dan Gilbert, Ted Leonsis, Sheila Johnson, Joe Mansueto, Sean Parker, Eric Schmidt, Howard Schultz, Romesh Wadwhani, and world-class investors and executives such as Jim Breyer, Ray Dalio, John Doerr, Henry Kravis, Michael Milken, Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, David Rubenstein, Byron Trott, Jeff Vinik, Meg Whitman, William M. Lewis, Jr., and members of the Koch, Pritzker, and Walton families.

“We’re pleased so many of America’s most iconic investors, executives and founders have joined with us to invest in Rise of the Rest cities,” said Steve Case, the CEO of Revolution and the anchor investor in this new fund. “Their support validates our hypothesis that there are great startup investment opportunities all across the country, and that by leveling the playing field we can help more entrepreneurs in more places build companies that can improve our lives, and create jobs that can help lift up our communities.”

Leading the new fund as Managing Partner will be J.D. Vance, author of the bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy, who joined Revolution earlier this year after serving as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Vance leads the dedicated Rise of the Rest investment team that now includes David Hall, a longstanding Partner at Revolution, and Anna Mason, who joined Revolution last year as Director of Investments for Rise of the Rest.

“I’ve seen first-hand the incredible entrepreneurs trying to build great businesses outside of Silicon Valley,” said Vance. “They often possess all the ingredients for success, but struggle to find enough investment capital to break through and have a positive impact on their region. This fund can help change that dynamic. We’re now positioned to partner with the dozens of regional investors we’ve met and join with them in backing the next generation of entrepreneurs with breakthrough ideas.”

Last year, three states (California, New York, and Massachusetts) received 75 percent of all venture capital funding, leaving the other 47 states to compete for the remaining 25 percent. However, recent demographic shifts and infrastructure growth have positioned rising cities for success: the steady increase of accelerator and incubator programs (now in at least 35 states), more startup-friendly public policies, and the institutional knowledge and partnership opportunities provided by the concentration of Fortune 500 companies, 85 percent of which are located outside of the traditional tech hubs.

For the past four years, Revolution and Steve Case have made bi-annual Rise of the Rest road trips to shine a spotlight on emerging startup ecosystems across the country. The Rise of the Rest bus has visited 33 cities to date. In each city, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest team has visited startups in various stages of growth and invested $100,000 in at least one local startup. The new seed fund will set out to amplify this investment strategy by applying it at a larger scale and actively seeking out and investing in companies year-round. The fund plans to make initial investments of up to $1 million, in partnership with regional investors. The fund will not lead rounds or serve on boards, as it wants to work with other investors as an ally and catalyst.

Case added: “This new fund will enable us to back more than 100 promising startups taking on some of society’s biggest challenges, in sectors such as healthcare, education, transportation, energy, financial services, food and government services. We want to help accelerate the growth of companies we invest in by building a network that links them to other people and organizations that can help catalyze their growth.”

A complete list of investors can be found at: https://www.revolution.com/entity/rotr



About Revolution

A Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded in 2005, Revolution’s mission is to help build disruptive, innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. The new Rise of the Rest Seed fund complements the existing Revolution Growth and Revolution Ventures funds. Revolution’s funds now exceed $1.3 billion and are positioned to back startups at nearly every stage of their lifecycle. For more information, please visit: www.revolution.com or follow us on Twitter @Revolution.

Contact:

Tracy Van Grack
tracy.vangrack@revolution.com
(516) 524-6124



12/5: Disney (not Comcast) Said to Be Nearing a Deal With 21st Century Fox; Veeva Beats Views But Offers In-Line Outlook




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U of Penn-focused Red & Blue Ventures collects $13.9 mln for maiden fund (PE Hub)

Veeva Beats Views But Offers In-Line Outlook; Shares Drop (IBD)

Amazon's Booming Apparel Business In Position To Pass Macy's, TJX (IBD)

Google is pulling YouTube off the Fire TV and Echo Show as feud with Amazon grows (The Verge)

Disney Said to Be Nearing a Deal With 21st Century Fox (NY Times: DealBook)


FOX REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORKS WOULD BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR ESPN (Ad Age)

Siemens cuts 6,900 energy-related jobs, including 1,800 in the U.S.
(Philly.com)

Federal IT analyst: Federal government shutdown would throw wrench in VA deal with Cerner (Healthcare IT News)





"Health-care players are taking them (Amazon) seriously and (are) willing to work with them," said Jonathan Hirsch, co-founder of Syapse, a health technology start-up that specializes in cancer care.

Hirsch wasn't aware of the partnership but said a deal with Cerner would be "a major vote of confidence" for AWS.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/22/aws-is-partnering-with-cerner-on-cloud-deal-for-healtheintent.html






12/4: From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups; The Early Stage Slump




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From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups
(NY Times)
#riseoftherest

The Early Stage Slump (AVC)


Broadcom Goes Hostile In Qualcomm Bid, Proposes New Board (IBD)

Fox Favors Disney as Buyer for Studio, Media Assets (Bloomberg)

High court hints it could side with state on sports betting (ABC News)

BlackRock and Vanguard Are Less Than a Decade Away From Managing $20 Trillion (Bloomberg)

Radnor bridge struck again; township considers solutions (Delco Times)




The Early Stage Slump (AVC)



Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) is acquiring BravoSolution; How it relates to Philly

Tom Paine




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Early Verticalnet homepage



So Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) announced on Wednesday it is acquiring BravoSolution, which has its US headquarters in Chicago ( a little background from SpendMatters). What's the big deal, and how does it relate to the PhillyTech world?

It goes all the way back to Verticalnet, the supply chain management software startup which arose in the 2000-era tech boom to reach atmospheric valuation levels (more than $12 billion) before crashing to earth.

After the crash, a pared down Verticalnet, based in Malvern, survived and had some genuine domain expertise, but never really took off. Meanwhile, a competitor started at about the same time, Ariba, prospered and was ultimately acquired by SAP for more than $4 billion in 2012. Verticalnet was sold for $15.2 million to BravoSolution in 2008.

I profiled Verticalnet's history in 2012 ( SAP's Ariba acquisition brings back memories of Verticalnet ) .

BravoSolution, based in Italy, is strong in Europe but relatively weak in the US. Jaggear started ahead of most as an online supplier, selling scientific equipment for life sciences. It was taken private last year for $509 million by Accel-KKR.

There's a Philadelphia angle to both Jaggaer and BravoSolution. BravoSolution has about 40 employees working out of Malvern, in a sense a legacy of Verticalnet, including some high-level people. Jaggaer, headquartered in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, has some 20 people based out of a Newtown Square office.

Jaggear is broadening its base to include different functional end users and industries, and provide more integrated solutions to customers.




Weekend Highlights: Arris Closes Ruckus Wireless Acquisition; How Comcast uses graph databases




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CVS Is Said to Buy Aetna for $67.5 Billion, Remaking Sector (Bloomberg)

Wanna bet on sports? Jersey finally gets to fight for it at U.S. Supreme Court (NJ.com)




Matt Lauer scandal is just the latest hurdle for NBC News (LA TIMES)

NBC News source says Matt Lauer will not receive a payout (CNN)

Lauer firing only latest NBC News fiasco under Comcast ownership (Philly.com)

Comcast's Center City office footprint grows with lease renewal ahead of new tower (Philly.com)




Comcast is also interested in buying most of Fox's assets (Engadget)


Arris Closes Ruckus Wireless Acquisition (Multichannel News)

Ruckus Deal to Contribute $675M to Arris Sales in 2018: Analyst (Multichannel News)


Graph databases are hot, but can they break relational’s grip?
(Silicon Angle)
And how Comcast is using them.

Pennsylvania lurches from one software boondoggle to another (Inquirer via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)



AWS re: Invent 2017 Recap

Tom Paine




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AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services' big user conference, was held last week in Las Vegas.

It keeps getting bigger. As Constellation Research journalist/analyst Doug Henschen tweeted:




Wall Street analysts have suggested valuations in the range of $250 billion or more for AWS as a standalone from the rest of Amazon. I also find AWS to be a reflection of the computing world as a whole; they are not best at everything but are quickly playing catchup where they aren't. Customers trust AWS with core business processes.

Its also moving into PaaS and application territory through the power it confers on selected partners. An $18 billion annual run rate business growing at 42% with 25% operatng margins, AWS is and will continue to be a major force in computing.

Besides highlighting some, but not all, of the major announcements made at AWS re:Invent, I've included some ties with local organizations: CHOP, Vanguard Group, and SunGard Availability.

The Cerner /AWS partnership was expected to be formally announced at re:Invent , but apparently wasn't. Cerner has a major presence in Malvern.
More on Amazon-Cerner talks .

An AWS Re:Invent 2017 Recap will be held at the next Philly AWS meetup , to be held on December 14 at Anexinet in Blue Bell.



AWS kept the announcements coming at a frenetic pace this week (TechCrunch)

Amazon’s cloud chief explains why he hasn’t done more acquisitions (CNBC)


Amazon launches AWS Cloud9, a browser-based IDE for cloud developers (TechCrunch)

Now Hiring? Amazon Says Its Voice Aide Alexa Is Ready For the Office (Fortune)

Amazon cloud unit’s grand plan: data centers in every major country worldwide (Seattle Times)

AWS graph database Neptune sets sail at re:Invent 2017 (SearchDataManagement)

Amazon Web Services ramps up advertising to provide ‘air cover’ for developers (GeekWire)

Amazon Plays Catch Up in a Corner of the Cloud Where It Lagged (Bloomberg)
Machine Learning.


Amazon Web Services Won’t Launch Blockchain-based Services, Says CEO Andy Jassy (CoinTelegraph)

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia And Edico Genome Achieve Fastest-Ever Analysis Of 1,000 Genomes

Sungard Availability Services Announces Cloud Recovery Solution on Amazon Web Services

AWS Video: Vanguard: Building Cloud Microservices with an On-Premises System of Record


11/30: Malvern-based BioTelemetry will aid in the Apple-Stanford heart study; Blue Apron's CEO Has Stepped




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Malvern Med tech company BioTelemetry pops nearly 12 percent after it says it will aid in the Apple-Stanford heart study (CNBC)
BioTelemetry is based in Malvern.

Still Too Early For Verizon's 5G To Worry Comcast: Analysts (IBD)

BuzzFeed is losing website traffic as readers head for more traditional news sites (Recode)


OLED Leader Universal Display Nabs Fresh Buy Rating (IBD)

Chicago-based Uptake nabs $117M at $2.3B valuation for industrial predictive analytics (TechCrunch)

There’s an implosion of early-stage VC funding, and no one’s talking about it (TechCrunch)





Blue Apron's CEO Has Stepped Down (Fortune)







11/29: Why NBC had to act fast in firing Lauer; Comcast integrates iHeartRadio into X1




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Why NBC had to act fast in firing Lauer (Poynter)

Matt Lauer's exit from 'Today' could hurt the show's ratings — and morning TV (LA Times)

BUZZFEED LAYS OFF 100 AS IT SHIFTS BUSINESS STRATEGY (Ad Age)

Comcast integrates iHeartRadio into X1 (FierceCable)

Barry Myers, Trump’s pick to run NOAA, declares humans are main cause of climate change (Washington
Post)

"Anticipating questioning about conflicts of interest, Myers said in his opening testimony that both he and his wife “will resign from every company, board and organization that could be in conflict with my new role. We have also agreed to sell all of our ownership interests — shares and options — in AccuWeather and all related companies.”

But does it mean the Myers will sell AccuWeather if Barry is confirmed?


Uber's very bad year has gotten worse — its loss widened in its most recent quarter
(Business Insider)



11/28: Uber investors, including First Round, face big decision; AlphaPoint Unveils New Blockchain Network, CEO Hire




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WeWork to Buy Meetup, a Social Network to Connect Hobbyists (Bloomberg)

Uber investors face big decision (Axios)
"The real questions revolve around early investors like Benchmark, First Round Capital and Menlo Ventures, which may feel the governance changes tied to this deal will create more long-term value than what is being lost in the short-term."


Sequoia, Tencent, TPG look to invest in Uber alongside SoftBank (TechCrunch)



Microsoft, SAP Expand Cloud Computing Partnership (IBD)

Express Scripts Sells Blue Bell-based Unit With Ties to a $35,000-a-Vial Drug (Bloomberg)

AlphaPoint Unveils New Blockchain Network, CEO Hire (CoinDesk)

NBCUniversal may start running fewer ads on its TV networks (Business Insider)

Time-Warner’s Turner opts for AWS as its preferred cloud provider (TechCrunch)




Glenn Lurie, Formerly of AT&T, Becomes Synchronoss CEO


Esther Surden
Publisher & Editor, NJTechWeekly.com


Glenn Lurie is the new CEO of Synchronoss. | Courtesy Synchronoss



Synchronoss Technologies, the Bridgewater-based public tech company that has undergone some tough times recently, now has a new CEO to guide it.

Glenn Lurie succeeds former CEO Stephen Waldis, founder of the company, who will remain chairman of the Synchronoss Board of Directors.

Lurie comes from one of Synchronoss’ most important customers, AT&T, and brings with him a wealth of experience.

According to the official announcement, Lurie has nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and wireless industries. He has “significant leadership and operations experience, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T’s Mobility and Consumer Operations until his retirement from the company in September 2017.”

“Prior to his promotion to CEO and President, Mr. Lurie served in a number of senior executive roles at AT&T, and led the team responsible for negotiating AT&T’s exclusive U.S. agreement with Apple Inc. to launch the first iPhone in 2007.”

Waldis said, “Glenn’s knowledge of the wireless and media space, broad industry relationships and operational acumen are second to none, and make him the ideal leader to drive the next chapter of success for Synchronoss. I have worked closely with AT&T for many years and have seen firsthand the profound impact Glenn can have on all aspects of a company, especially his ability to launch innovative new businesses and products. Glenn also brings a strong reputation for his people first leadership style and ability to take his teams to the next level of success.”

The company announced that it had provided “significant inducement grants” to Lurie encourage him to take the job, many of which are tied to growth goals and increased shareholder value.

On November 14, the company announced that it had completed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Intralinks to investment funds affiliated with Siris Capital Group. Investment funds affiliated with Siris had signed an agreement on October 17 to acquire all of the Intralinks stock for approximately $1 billion in consideration. Synchronoss intends to use the proceeds from the Intralinks transaction primarily to retire its term loan debt. We covered this here.

Synchronoss has recently been in trouble with shareholders, as Nasdaq has threatened to delist it because certain SEC required forms had not been filed on a timely basis. The company announced this week that it had received the anticipated letter from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Department saying that if it doesn’t request a hearing, it would be delisted.

Synchronoss noted that “Nasdaq’s staff determination letter was issued in accordance with standard Nasdaq procedures due to the delayed filing of the Company’s Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

The company says that it plans to request a hearing before the panel. A hearing request will automatically stay the suspension and delisting of the company’s common stock for a period of 15 days, and the stay can be extended. Concurrent with the hearing request, the company intends to ask the panel for an extension pending the issuance of the panel’s decision following the hearing.

While the company doesn’t appear to be out of the woods, its appointment of Lurie should go a long way towards calming market fears.

Taking an optimistic view, an analyst for the site Seeking Alpha writing as “And Value for All” says that “once Synchronoss files the reports, investors will find a debt-free tech company with a good cash position to fund operations, a decent product offer and a new transformational leader. I believe this will immediately lead to a re-rating of SNCR and boost the share price significantly within the next 6 to 12 months. The company's business has still to be improved and a new course set, but this is far from being the wrecked ship the market is getting everybody to believe today.”



Esther Surden is Publisher and Editor of NJTechWeekly, and a contributor to Philly Tech News. This article originally appeared in NJTechWeekly, and is republished here with her permission.





11/27: Roku soars 13% after a Wall Street analyst says it could compete with Netflix; WeWork buying Meetup?; JPMorgan, BlackRock run Wilmington hackathon to find entrepreneurs




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HOW CABLE COMPANIES LEARNED TO LOVE NETFLIX (OR HULU) AND CHILL (Bloomberg via Ad Age)

Roku soars 13% after a Wall Street analyst says it could compete with Netflix (ROKU, NFLX) (Business Insider)

AT&T, Comcast trash, kill Nashville's Googley broadband cable rules (The Register)
A cricket reference.

Comcast, Charter Benefit From Scuttled Sprint-T-Mobile M&A Talks: Analyst (Multichannel News)


JPMorgan, BlackRock run Wilmington hackathon to find entrepreneurs (Philly.com)

WeWork To Acquire Meetup (CrunchBase)

Don’t look now, but WeWork might be raising even more money: reports (The Real Deal)


Penn partners with New York-startup to launch coding bootcamp (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Nvidia, GE Partner On Artificial Intelligence In Health Care (IBD)







Weekend Highlights: SAP Investigating Its Sales Practices in Gulf Region: The Koch brothers are about to own a piece of Time Inc.




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How a rowdy, beer-soaked Friday meeting above National Mechanics keeps this tech firm sharp (Philly.com)

Quantum computing startup inspired by Yale expertise announces new funding ( Yale News )
Osage University Partners is an investor.

Ajit Pai and the FCC want it to be legal for Comcast to block BitTorrent (The Verge)

Inside Hulu’s Seattle office: A rapidly growing workforce building a cadre of new apps (Geekwire)


Thanksgiving e-commerce sales hit a record $2.87B, up 18.3% year-on-year (TechCrunch)

Exclusive: SAP Investigating Its Sales Practices in Gulf Region (NY Times)

The Koch brothers are about to own a piece of Time Inc. Why? (Recode)







PhillyTech People News 11/24: SevOne cofounder Tanya Bakalov's new startup; Comcast, SAP, My Alarm Center





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SevOne cofounder Tanya Bakalov has new startup - actually launched a year ago - Boston-based BetterSkills . Its a SaaS offering focused on managing talent development and training within an organization.

It has financial backing from Bain Capital and Osage Venture Partners, both investors in SevOne.

Bakalov will speak at November's WISE Meetup , held on November 30 from 5:30 - 8:30 at the Walnut Street WeWork.
Tanya Bakalov  /  LinkedIn Profile

Bakalov, a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner, left SevOne earlier in 2016.






SAP CMO Alicia Tillman on marketers' evolving role, brand safety and implementing innovative thinking (The Drum)
Tillman was SAP Ariba's CMO, before becoming SAP's CMO in August.


Ken Klaer Takes Helm of Comcast Technology Solutions (Multichannel News)




Matt Kull Tapped To Lead RevZilla and Cycle Gear (Motorcycle & Powersports News)

eMoney Advisor Announces Expanded Business Development Organization
- Jeff Schwantz joins to head Enterprise Sales
- Shannon Porro joins to lead Strategic Partnerships





My Alarm Center Adds Two Senior Leaders to its Management Team
My Alarm Center is based in Newtown Square.

Edison Partners promotes Marcus to GP



TargetX Welcomes New VP of Technology






11/24: Teva Pharmaceutical Reportedly Planning Thousands of US Layoffs ; Comcast, Disney Keep Focus on 21st Century Fox Assets Despite AT&T-Time Warner Battle




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Teva Pharmaceutical Is Reportedly Planning Thousands of Layoffs in the U.S. (Fortune)
Teva’s North American headquarters are located in North Wales.

Lyft is raising another $500 million (Axios)

Comcast, Disney Keep Focus on 21st Century Fox Assets Despite AT&T-Time Warner Battle (Variety)

Op-Ed Why the AT&T/Time Warner merger makes sense and the Justice Department lawsuit doesn't (LA Times)






What to expect at Amazon's 2017 cloud conference next week (CNBC)

Rivals say WeWork uses 'aggressive' tactics like snooping on their operations and poaching tenants (Business Insider)
Any word of this in Philly?

Factory automation, inspired by a farm harvest (Philly.com)

Is Apple poised to enter EHR market? New patents have the industry buzzing (Mobile Health News)





11/22: TiVo Rises After Winning Key U.S. Patent Ruling Against Comcast; Amazon's cloud is about to announce a huge health-care deal with Cerner




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Amazon's cloud is about to announce a huge health-care deal with Cerner, sources say (CNBC)
Cerner, based in Kansas City, has a large presence in Malvern from its Siemens Health acquisition.

AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features (TechCrunch)



9 facts about Amazon's unprecedented warehouse empire (Curbed)





TiVo Rises After Winning Key U.S. Patent Ruling Against Comcast (Bloomberg)

Arris ‘Could Face Challenges’ Following ITC Ruling: Analyst (Multichannel News)

BuzzFeed unlikely to go public next year as revenue falls up to 20% short of forecast, report says (CNBC)
Comcast a big investor.

Nippon offer prompted Philly-based Axalta to end Akzo Nobel merger talks -source (Reuters)

Uber is under investigation by multiple states over a 2016 data breach (Recode)

Walmart may own ModCloth, but the women’s fashion retailer is showing some independence on Black Friday (Recode)




11/21: F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality; Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data




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F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality (NY Times)





Ken Klaer Takes Helm of Comcast Technology Solutions (Multichannel News)

Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data (Bloomberg)


Two Billionaires Bet They Can Sell Sports Swag to the World (Bloomberg)
Michael Rubin's Fanatics expanding international efforts.

Amazon should buy Rite Aid so it can start selling drugs, Cowen analyst suggests (CNBC)

Data Systems Analysts, Philly firms tapped in $50B U.S. Alliant 2 IT update (Philly.com)

iCIMS moves into Bell Works in Holmdel, and already plans to grow and add jobs (Asbury Park Press)
I wonder whether iCIMS is looking towards an IPO?

Salesforce.com Earnings Beat Estimates, But Guidance Is Light (IBD)

Salesforce forecasts profit below expectations (Reuters)

Some medical associations are backing away from Outcome Health (Med City News)







11/20: AT&T Faces U.S. Antitrust Suit Over Time Warner Deal; Ben Franklin Tech Partners gives $4.4m to Philly-area tech firms




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AT&T Faces U.S. Antitrust Suit Over Time Warner Deal (Bloomberg)

The Department of Justice is using AT&T’s own argument for buying Time Warner to try to stop the deal
(Recode)

AT&T chief: DOJ's Time Warner suit pushes law past "breaking point" (Axios)


AMERI Holdings prices $6 million Nasdaq offering at $4.115 (Renaissance Capital)
A Princeton-based outsourced provider of IT services to SAP customers.

Arris’ ‘transformational’ $800M Ruckus buy finally gets clear path as Broadcom/Brocade deal closes (FierceCable)

Casa Systems Files for $150M IPO (Multichannel News)

Software startups raise billions behind closed doors (Axios)

Ben Franklin Tech Partners gives $4.4m to Philly-area tech firms (Philly.com)

Black Friday in Philly, nationwide set to be bigger than ever, fueled by online sales and strong economy (Philly.com)

AmerisourceBergen to buy drug wholesaler H.D. Smith for $815 mln (Reuters)






Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Headline InstaMed User Conference 2018 (Press Release)

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Headline InstaMed User Conference 2018
The Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist will address healthcare providers, payers and partners at InstaMed’s annual conference

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will deliver the keynote address at the InstaMed User Conference 2018. The American inventor and entrepreneur will share his unique knowledge and experience with conference attendees including healthcare providers, payers and partners from across the country. (Photo: Business Wire)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will deliver the keynote address at the InstaMed User Conference 2018. The American inventor and entrepreneur will share his unique knowledge and experience with conference attendees including healthcare providers, payers and partners from across the country. (Photo: Business Wire)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will deliver the keynote address at the InstaMed User Conference 2018. The American inventor and entrepreneur will share his unique knowledge and experience with conference attendees including healthcare providers, payers and partners from across the country. (Photo: Business Wire)


November 15, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
PHILADELPHIA & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InstaMed, healthcare’s most trusted payments network, announced today that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will deliver the keynote address at the InstaMed User Conference 2018. The American inventor and entrepreneur will share his unique knowledge and experience with conference attendees including healthcare providers, payers and partners from across the country. Consumerism in healthcare will be a major focus of the conference, and Wozniak’s deep expertise in consumer experience will drive discussion on how the healthcare payments experience can be better for all stakeholders.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Headline InstaMed User Conference 2018 #InstaMedUC18
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Wozniak is known for pioneering the personal computer revolution with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and Apple II. His contributions to technology have transformed the way people access, process, share and store information today. Conference attendees will benefit from hearing his perspectives on the current and future state of technology, as well as learn from stories of his philanthropic work using technology to elevate lives worldwide.

“We have the opportunity to create great products that can make people’s lives better,” said Wozniak. “I see the healthcare industry finding new ways to leverage technology to improve the consumer experience and am impressed by InstaMed’s steadfast focus on innovating around healthcare payments, a historically confusing and painful aspect of the healthcare experience. I am looking forward to speaking to healthcare leaders from across the country at their conference.”

“Chris Seib and I founded InstaMed to revolutionize healthcare payments for consumers, providers and payers,” said Bill Marvin, President and CEO of InstaMed. “Steve Wozniak has been a huge influence in my personal journey with technology and entrepreneurship. I still have programs I wrote on the Apple II as a fifth grader back in the early 1980s, and I have followed his journey closely as an example of a true innovator. I am thrilled to announce Mr. Wozniak as the keynote speaker at the InstaMed User Conference 2018.”

The InstaMed User Conference 2018 will take place April 9-11, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. It is open to all healthcare professionals and is the only conference that brings together providers, payers and partners in one place to talk about healthcare payments. Learn more about the conference by visiting www.instamed.com/userconference.

About InstaMed

InstaMed is healthcare’s most trusted payments network, connecting providers, payers and consumers on one platform. The InstaMed Network connects over two-thirds of the market and processes tens of billions of dollars in healthcare payments annually. InstaMed reduces the risks, costs and complexities of working with multiple payment vendors by delivering one platform for all forms of payment in healthcare, designed and developed on one code base and supported by one onshore team of experts in healthcare payments. InstaMed enables providers to collect more money from patients and payers while reducing the cost and time to collect. InstaMed allows payers to cut settlement and disbursement costs with electronic payments and facilitate consumerism for their members. Visit InstaMed on the web at www.instamed.com.

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11/17: CBS Corp., Bala Cynwyd's Entercom finalize radio merger; SAP sees margins flattening out in fourth quarter: CFO




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Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal (Reuters)

Broadcom Wraps Brocade Deal (Multichsnnel News)
Clears way for Arris purchase of Ruckus to close once government review is completed.


CBS Corp., Bala Cynwyd's Entercom finalize radio merger
(Philly.com)

SAP sees margins flattening out in fourth quarter: CFO (Reuters)


OpenText’s investments in Documentum and Leap may answer drug makers prayers (Digitizing Polaris)

Pal's CEO on Venmo: Don't Mess Up the 'Special Magic'
(Fortune)



Comcast approaches 21st Century Fox; Global platform, Hulu control, RSNs, even studio possibilities

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According to a Dow Jones report, Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox to express interest in acquiring parts of its buiness. More later.

Some more detail: Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox about buying major assets, sources say (CNBC)


Likely, the most value Comcast could gain from assets Fox is considering selling is an international footprint. Would not include Fox News, Fox Sports or presumably the studio

An interesting angle is whether Fox's 30% stake in Hulu's stake would be included. Combined with NBC's existing interest, that would give Comcast a majority stake. But Comcast is still under the consent decree with DOJ until mid-2018 that makes them a silent partner
in Hulu.

Comcast's Fox offer is all stock, focuses on international assets, cable networks, and Hulu: Sources (CNBC)

Should Comcast Create Their Own Structural Remedy? Spin Off NBCU to Enable Fox Bid? (BTIG)

These charts show how a Fox deal could suddenly make Comcast an international player (CNBC)


Comcast, Disney, Fox: Urge to Merge is Questionable, Says Media Reporter Auletta (Barron's Tech Trader Daily)

DOJ antitrust chief’s speech raises questions about fate of proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger (Washington Post)

John Malone Asks What DOJ Anti-Trust Division "Is Smoking These Days" (Hollywood Reporter)