Motorola Begins Anew As Two (Investor's Business Daily)
There have been indications that Motorola Mobility may move its headquarters from Illinois to somewhere else (California, Texas?). It also seems clear that some administrative functions for Motorola Home that have been based in Horsham are going to be consolidated within Motorola Mobility, though how far this integration will go over time is anybody's guess at this point.

Is Clearwire’s Only Option: Sell To Sprint? (Gigaom)

Clearwire: Sprint May Invest $200M, Says Kaufman (Barron's: Tech Trader)

Nonprofit News May Thrive in Comcast Takeover (New York Times)

CES: Verizon To Launch FiOS 'Smart Home' Service
Telco to Initiate New Jersey Pilot in January With Startup 4Home
(Multichannel News)

So Long, Farewell – My Last Post for Motorola (Media Experiences 2 Go)

Comcast Unit Finds New Use for the iPhone: Getting Work Done (All Things Digital)

MVisum to work on electronic records transmission for VA (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Venture capital outlook is better for 2011 ( Philly Inc)

Comcast Deal May Hang on Showing Rivals’ Online Video (Bloomberg)

Outsourcing Pioneer Patni Gets $915 Million Takeover Bid (Information Week)

Why SAP is heading for the clouds in 2011
Business ByDesign SDK and app store mean SAP is getting serious about cloud computing

SAP Granted Lower APR Damages Award in Oracle Case (All Things Digital: Digital Daily)

Bel Fuse pursuing Pulse merger, nominating candidates for Pulse board (Philadelphia Business Journal)

VC Outlook: Safeguard’s Boni Wishes For A Venture Investor Shakeout
(Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)

Why Nutrisystem Is a Branded Social Networking Giant (Mashable)

Broadcast International Raises $15 Million
Vendor also restructures and reduces debt
(Broadcasting & Cable)
Financing managed by Philly-based Philadelphia Brokerage Corporation.

In NBC’s Shadow, Comcast Must Ponder Taking Olympic Plunge (New York Times)

Pulse Electronics Confirms Receipt of Letter from Bel Fuse (Business Wire)
Pulse (then called Technitrol) tried to acquire Bel Fuse back in 2007, but Technitrol had a
much higher market value then than now.

Arris Hires Cisco's Toft To Head Comcast Account
MSO Is Vendor's Single Biggest Customer
(Multichannel News)

ERT Announces the Appointment of Joel Morganroth, MD as Interim CEO (PR Newswire)

Liquid Interactive Promotes Justin Odom to Director of Strategy & Insights (Press Release)

O'Brien: 11 Predictions for 2011, including Google buys Twitter, Yahoo axes Bartz and Facebook hits the billion mark (San Jose Mercury News)

Oracle Should Be Denied Interest on Verdict, SAP Says (Bloomberg)

Does the FCC Want to Kill Hulu? (All Things Digital)

Comcast to Offer $9.95 Broadband to Low-Income Households
Also pledges as part of NBCU deal to carry noncom TV stations without spectrum until 2017

(Multichannel News)

FCC releases full net neutrality rules (Engadget)

FCC Chief to Offer Requirements for Comcast-NBC Today (Bloomberg)
Actually, he is not officially going to spell out those requirements today, as All Things Digital reports.

Comcast and NBCU -- A Status Update (Comcast Voices|Comcast Corporate Blog)

FCC chair to approve Comcast-NBC merger with conditions for program sharing (Washington Post: Post Tech)

VCs Predict Potential Health Care IT Bubble In 2011 (PE Hub)

The Next Big Thing In Software: Ex Siebel Exec And VC Says RPM (PE Hub)
Article says new funding round coming for Aria Systems in January.

GOOG, GSIC Top Picks At ThinkEquity (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

SAP beefs up legal team after Oracle lawsuit verdict
Could SAP be planning an appeal?
(Network World)

Is Rovi Going After Netflix? (Silicon Alley Insider)

Capita unwraps latest acquisitions (ChannelWeb UK)
Including SunGard Public Sector UK.

Daily Links 12/22/2010: Comcast: Merger approval process to go into 2011

Airgas Board Rejects Air Products Bid (New York Times: DealBook)

SAP Pays Oracle $120 Million For Legal Costs (Dow Jones via
A small downpayment on an enormous Christmas present.

Comcast-NBCU Tell Staffs Deal Won’t Close This Year (paidContent)

Comcast Could Add TV Apps With New DVRs (Gigaom: NewTeeVee)

Comcast's 'Xfinity' Brand to Take Over the House (Light Readng Cable)

Confirmed: Motorola Mobility Acquires Cloud Storage Startup Zecter (TechCrunch)

The Really Big Screen
Video as an architectural element.
On The Comcast Experience at The Comcast Center.

Update: Teradata to buy marketing vendor Aprimo for $525M (Computerworld)

Dell to Acquire Medical Archiving Company InSite One (Bloomberg)

Analysis - Software M&A hots up as firms battle budget squeeze (Reuters UK)


FCC narrowly approves net neutrality rules (and debate from both sides rages on)

FCC passes first net neutrality rules (Washington Post: Post Tech)

FCC Votes on Rules for the Open Internet (Comcast Voices|Comcast Corporate Blog)

Free Press, Public Knowledge Hammer Net Neutrality Decision
Dish, Open Internet Coalition Respond More Favorably
(Multichannel News)

FCC Pushes Through Net Neutrality—And Draws Fire From Right And Left (paidContent)

Daily Links 12/20/2010: FCC expected to approve net neutrality regs

Poptent Hits $1 Million in Video Ad Payouts (MediaPost News)

Qualcomm Shutters FLO TV, Sells AT&T The Spectrum for $1.9 Billion (Gigaom)

Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews (New York Times)

FCC expected to pass net neutrality rule (Washington Post: Post Tech)

The FCC's Threat to Internet Freedom (Wall Street Journal)
Opinion piece by Robert M. McDowell, Republican commissioner of the FCC.

Level 3 Escalates Dispute With Comcast, Tries To Block NBCU Merger (paidContent)

DirecTV Enlists SMG To Sell Addressable Ads For 10 Million Subs
Agency Has Committed to Spend Up to $20 Million on Service in 2011
(Multichannel News)

Web Startup Announces Public Beta Release and Program to Support On-Ramping Mothers (PR Newswire)
Not the same thing as About.Me, which AOL just acquired today.

Vantage Communications Acquires Hosted VoIP Provider Digital Ingenuity (PR Web)

Big Pharma's small voice
Out of fear of federal regulation, drug companies shun social media
(Wilmington News Journal)

Why I Started Alphabuyer (Alphabuyer Blog)
Alphhabuyer is a group buying website based in Paoli that just launched.

Princeton and iOS DHCP still not getting along (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

Mourning the loss of a leader (Daily Local News)

Protecting the Internet (New York Times Editorial)

Would 'Real' Network Neutrality Outlaw CDNs?
(Multichannel News)

Gain Capital Holdings, with local VC backing, floats IPO

Bedminister, NJ based Gain Capital Holdings, which provides a foreign exchange trading platform, went public earlier this week at $9 per share, well below the $13 to $15 per share range initially anticipated. Two area VC firms had invested in Gain; Edison Ventures of Lawrenceville, NJ, which reports an 18x return on its shares sold in the offering (pdf), and Cross Atlantic Capital Partners of Radnor.

Gain Capital shares closed yesterday at $8.65.

Daily Links 12/16/2010: SAP buys German maker of XBRL tools

InfoLogix to Be Acquired by Stanley Black & Decker for $61.2 Million (Business Wire)
Price more than double InfoLogix' Wednesday closing price.
InfoLogix to be sold to Stanley, Horsham office and jobs will remain (Philadelphia Business Journal)

SAP buys German maker of XBRL tools (Computerworld)

Philadelphia Manufacturing Expands by Most Since 2005 (Bloomberg)
Philly Fed Business Outlook Survey

First Round Capital's Amazing Holiday Video (Silicon Alley Insider)

Comcast/NBCU: No Basis For Online Conditions
Online Access Conditions Still Expected In FCC Decision On Deal
(Multichannel News)

Writers on E! and other Comcast cable networks vote for guild representation (LA Times: Company Town)

Comcast completes Phila. cable upgrade (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Tune Your TV from Your Computer with XfinityTV
(Comcast Voices /Comcast Corporate Blog)

Oracle FYQ2 Beats; Rev $8.6B, EPS $.51 (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Oracle Cloud Office Takes Aim At Microsoft, Google
(Information Week)

NextGen Healthcare Secures Agreement with Renowned Ophthalmology Institution (Business Wire)

Alteva's Local Anywhere: A new twist on hosted VoIP. (VoIPPlanet)

Personal Computer Alternative, Telikin Unveiled at CES (Business Wire)


Daily Links 12/14/2010: Comcast testing new way to navigate TV shows

Comcast tests new way to navigate TV shows (LA Times: Company Town)

Moffett Upgrades Comcast On Expectation of NBCU Meld
Bernstein Research analyst expects deal to close in early 2011
(Broadcasting & Cable)

Upton urges FCC to finish Comcast-NBC merger review (Washington Post: Post Tech)

Genachowski: Dec. 21 Net Neutrality Vote "Essential"
Discusses "seizing the opportunities" of broadband at Generation Mobile forum
(Broadcasting & Cable)

Comcast rolls out interactive ads for its customers (Harrisburg Patriot-News)

Jeremy Bloom-led startup raises venture capital (Fortune: The Term Sheet)
Bloom, who was briefly an Eagle, credits class he took at Wharton.

SAP's Not-So-Secret Weapon: Its Own CIO (

Lavante raises $8M in 3rd round (San Jose Business Journal)
Round led by SAP Ventures.

NetSuite: The quiet momentum (Enterprise Irregulars)

QlikView’s Free Personal Edition Up to 10,900 New Users in One Month (Business Wire)

Brightpoint pays Grahams $80M for Touchstone of Hatfield ( Philly Deals)

Airgas Judge: See You Next Year (New York Times: DealBook)

C&D’s restructuring plan stalls (Philadelphia Business Journal: Technology Blog)


ESPN Buys PVI Intellectual Property From Cablevision
Acquisition Will Add to Sports Programmer's Virtual Technology Development
Based in Lawrenceville and previously known as Princeton Video Image, PVI was a pioneer in developing virtual first-down markers and other similar video applications.

Comcast Tests Pricing For 105-Mbps Tier
Extreme 105 Available in Xfinity Markets at $105 Per Month for One Year
(Multichannel News)

Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star (New York Times)

5 Reasons HP Should Acquire SAP (

SAP Goes On-demand
(Enterprise Irregulars)

BizTech@Wharton Conference Highlights Mobile Technology Industry Developments (Wharton Journal)

eLocity A7 tablet finally shipping, $399 still buys you Froyo and Tegra 2 (Engadget)
Android tablet from Philadelphia-based company finally shippping.

Philadelphia Magazine acquires
food & drink blog

NEWS ALERT: Rockefeller Pans Comcast-NBCU Deal
(National Journal: Tech Daily Dose)

Ad Tech Companies Band Together to Form New Coalition (Ad Age)

Oracle seeks $211 million more from SAP (Reuters)

Universal in talks to sell Focus Features to Gores brothers (LA Times: Company Town)
The Hollywood Reporter says that no deal is likely, at least until after the Comcast/NBCU deal closes.

Capital Available
(Safeguard Scientifics Blog)

Daily Links 12/10/2010: Unisys introduces hosted 'Private Cloud'

Two Wharton Pals Take Same Road To Riches (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)
Nate Turner (Invite Media) and Jack Abraham (Milo Inc.)

End near? Comcast, NBC meet with FCC, Justice on proposed Internet video conditions (Washington Post: Post Tech)

Internet issues bog down Comcast-NBC merger (LA Times)

Verizon, DirecTV Testing LTE-Based Home Broadband
As our leaked photos from September suggested...
(Broadband Reports)

Netflix Unworried About Broadband Caps
Though maybe they should be...
(Broadband Reports)

Net Neutrality and the Academics Who Love It (The Atlantic)

Salesforce and SAP: an obvious comparison (ZDNet Blogs)

Did Salesforce Just Announce Support for Client/Server Computing? (Software As A Service)

Unisys Offers 'hosted Private Cloud' (PC World)

How do you select an energy provider for your datacenter? (ZDNet Blogs)
With a Pennsylvania perspective.

Daily Links 12/9/2010: Edison Ventures increasing New England presence

SERS to cut private funds, buy stocks and bonds ( Philly Deals)
Could have an impact upon some area PE and VC firms.

Edison Ventures growing Boston investment deals (Mass High Tech)

The Real Mobile News from the SAP Influencer Summit (ZDNet Blogs)

SAP Cloud Platform, App Store Set For 2011
(Information Week)

What’s Next for NBC’s Jeff Zucker? Maybe Private Equity (Wall Street Journal: Deal Journal)

Kerry Asks Copps, Clyburn To Back Net Neutrality Compromise
The chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee says item may not be perfect but is good enough
(Multichannel News)

InterComponentWare Enterprise Master Patient Index Achieves First Milestone at New York State HIE (PR Newswire)

Air Products Makes Best and Final Offer for Airgas; Increases All-Cash Offer to $70 Per Share (PR Newswire)

Tyco Electronics Completes Acquisition of ADC (PR Newswire)

Larry Ellison Vows To 'Go After' HP; Is Alliance Dead? (Information Week: Global CIO)

Wolters Kluwer Health Announces the Acquisition of iCare Educational Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software (PR Newswire)

AdMob Founder Omar Hamoui Is Already Working On A Secret New Project (Silicon Alley Insider)
Hamoui founded AdMob while at Wharton.


Daily Links 12/7/2010: Salesforce introduces,

Voxware Completes Transition to Private Company
Privatization Enables Investment for Growth and Reduces Cost
(Business Wire)

II-VI acquires another optics firm (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Acquires Philadelphia-based Max Levy Autograph Inc.

Flextronics, Siemens Lead 'Big Shift' to Cloud Computing
After years of experimenting with the cloud, companies are turning over ever larger tasks to outside providers that deliver software and computing over the Internet
(Bloomberg Business Week) unveils (Computerworld)

Salesforce launching, an enterprise-style Facebook, early next year (VentureBeat)

Aria Systems Announces Enhanced Integration With Salesforce CRM for Cloud Billing (Marketwire)

Comcast merger helps consumers (Politico)
Opinion piece by Ed Rendell.

Verizon eyes more flexible FiOS data options (Reuters)

Verizon Exec: LTE Possible Cable Replacement (Wireless Week)

Comcast Xfinity App Launches for Android, Control Your DVR Remotely and More (Phandroid)

AT&T Acquires Xanboo, Developer of Home Automation Platform (CE Pro)
Follows on heels of last week's Motorola acquisition, recent Verizon and Comcast activity.


Daily Links 12/6/2010: Monetate raises $5.1 million

Monetate raises $5.1M to help advertisers figure out what works (VentureBeat)
Led by previous seed investor First Round Capital and Floodgate Fund. Conshohocken-based Monetate has been talking about how many people they are trying to hire (20); I guess this is one reason they are able to do that.
Monetate press release

Technology Firm Anexinet Announces Acquisition of Extolutions (Business Wire)

SAP joins the Google Apps Marketplace with a collaborative decision-making app (The Official Google Blog)

Comcast customers hit by another major outage (CNET News)

As Comcast-NBC try to tie up merger, news editorials differ on consequences (Washington Post: Post Tech)

Mark Lazarus Joins Comcast Corporation (Business Wire)
As previous reports had suggested, except that the sports broadcasting exec will not, at least immediately, move into an operating management role over Comcast's existing sports properties.

Amazon to Launch Rival to Netflix (Hollywood Reporter)

Clearwire 'Rounding Second Base' on Spectrum Sale (Wireless Week)

Veeva CRM Selected by Lilly for Global Deployments (Business Wire)
Though based in California, Veeva has significant operation based in the Philadelphia area.

After push to join recycling incentive program, some Gloucester County towns taking hard look at costs (Gloucester County Times)

Azavea Awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Phase IIB Grant for HunchLab™ to Support Geographic Forecasting of Crime Events (PR Newswire)

Israeli JVP Fund Sells Qlik Holding to Public for $112 Million (Bloomberg)
Returns almost 40x its original investment.

Health Benefits Direct Announces Name Change to InsPro Technologies Corporation (OTCBB: ITCC) (Business Wire)

What the Barry Diller-John Malone Split Means (Hollywood Reporter)

GSA picks Google Apps: What it means (ZDNet Blogs)
In deal with Unisys.

IT Beyond the Campus
Drexel University positions itself as an outsourced IT department for smaller colleges.
(Campus Technology)
Didn't know Drexel was in the Cloud business.

Wharton Professor’s Winning Streak (Forbes: Scaling Up)
On Wharton professor Len Lodish's recent angel investing successes.

eBay Buys Into College Entrepreneur's Shopping Concept (
Wharton "student on leave" sells to eBay for $75 million.

Level 3 Says Comcast's Web-Traffic Fee Is Designed to Protect TV Business (Bloomberg)
Comcast's brief response.

Comcast/NBCU Extend Joint-Venture Agreement For 90 Days
Parties Held Options To Nix Deal, Unless Both Agreed To Longer Span For Government Approvals

(Multichannel News)

Tyco to change name to TE Connectivity (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Platinum Equity Acquires Ulticom (Marketwire)

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Partners With Web of Trust to Help Users Avoid Scam Websites (ReadWriteWeb)

Create Your Own with Reed Tech Web Archiving (ReadWriteWeb)
Reed Technology and Information Services is based in Horsham.

Daily Links 12/2/2010: GSA choses Google, Unisys for hosted email

First Hands-On Impressions of Verizon 4G: It’s Fast! (Gigaom)

Clearwire Plans to Sell at Least $1.1 Billion of Debt (Bloomberg)

Motorola Buys Connected Home And Energy Management Software Developer 4Home (TechCrunch)

Motorola eyes home streaming to mobile (Reuters)

Liberty Exits IAC For Evite, And $220M In Cash – Diller Steps Down As CEO (TechCrunch)

US agency chooses Google for hosted e-mail (Computerworld)
The actual contract was awarded to Unisys, which is partnering with Google and others. Although not that large, it is considered an important strategic win for Google.

SAP's HANA goes into ramp up, Accenture partners on Business ByDesign (ZDNet Blogs)

FCC's New Net Neutrality Plan: Has Anything Changed? (PC Magazine)

Cable's $5B Biz Services Bonanza (Light Reading Cable)

Comcast eliminates cable HQ in Montco (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Time Warner digital guru says Netflix will have to raise its prices (VentureBeat)

Wharton MBA conference theme: mobile revolution (Philadelphia Business Journal: Technology Blog)

For Newspapers, the Future Is Now: Digital Must Be First (Gigaom)
On CEO John Paton of the Journal Register group.

Calling All Wall Streeters: NYC’s Got A New FinTech Incubator (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)
Might be of interest to some of the many Philly-area FinTech people.


Daily Links 12/1/2010: Verizon LTE available in Philly on December 5

Google Cuts Off AppNexus, and the Ad Tech World Shudders (All Things Digital: MediaMemo)
AppNexus is a First Round Capital portfolio company. Google, of course, acquired another demand-side platform (DSP) for display advertising, Invite Media, which was also backed by First Round.

A Reflection On Boomi (Just Getting Started)
Amish Jani of VC firm FirstMark Capital reflects on its successful investment in Berwyn's Boomi, recently acquired by Dell. One thing Jani reveals is that FirstMark apparently made a second investment in Boomi after its initial $4 million investment in 2008, although no specifics about how much and when.

Why Does Everyone Hate Comcast?
(Gigaom: NewTeeVee)

The Real Story Behind the Comcast-Level 3 Battle (Gigaom)

F.C.C. Chairman Outlines Broadband Framework (New York Times)

The Perfect, the Good, and the FCC (Werblog)
By Wharton prof Kevin Werbach.

FCC chief backs some rationing of Internet traffic (Reuters)

FCC chair's net neutrality push faces uphill battle (Washington Post: Post Tech)

Verizon to launch 4G wireless network December 5 (CNET News)
Philadelphia will be one of those areas covered as of December 5, according to Verizon's press release.

SAP Launches HANA for In-memory Analytics (PC World)

Motorola to break into 2 on Jan. 4 (AP via Google News)

U.S. Federal Reserve Beige Book: Philadelphia District (Bloomberg)


Daily Links 11/30/2010: Level 3/Comcast debate continues

Level 3: Comcast Erected Web Video 'Toll Booth' (Light Reading Cable)

What The Comcast/Level 3 Fracas Is Really About: Money (TechCrunch)

Level 3: Comcast Doesn't Have Right To Set Pricing For Network Access
Backbone Internet Provider Asserts the Dispute Is Not Over Peering Terms
(Multichannel News)

A Play by Play on the Comcast and Level 3 Spat (Gigaom)

Did Level 3 Know What It Was Getting Into? (Light Reading Cable)

Zoom Complaint Targets Comcast Modem Cert Process
Vendor Asserts MSO's Process Discourages Retail Sales of Modems
(Multichannel News)

MyYearbook Introduces Realtime Social Gaming With Video Chat (TechCrunch)

Job losses as Motorola Home EMEA restructures (Broadband TV News)
Don't know yet whether this is also going to happen at Motorola Home in Horsham.

MapQuest Founder on the Past, Present and Future of Location Tech [INTERVIEW] (Mashable)
Interesting interview with Barry Glick, who started MapQuest as a cartograhpic service of RR Donnelley in Lancaster.

SAP's Hana Speeds the Database Race
The German company's new software takes aim at the emerging market for pre-integrated hardware-software "appliances"
(Bloomberg Business Week)

SAP Delivers on Road Map to Build On-Demand Ecosystem, Signs on First Solution Resellers for SAP Business ByDesign (PR Newswire)

With Oracle-SAP trial over, third-party maintenance questions remain (

Level 3 blasts new Comcast traffic charges

Level 3 Denounces Comcast 'Toll' On Internet Traffic (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
This is an interesting story, though I think more info is needed to understand what its really all about. The Level 3 press release is very vague. I'm guessing it might have something to do with Netflix-type streaming traffic (Level 3 recently signed a distribution deal with Netflix).

Comcast Puts Tollbooth on Net Video, Says Backbone Provider
(Wired Blogs: Epicenter)
Level 3 may be using the "net neutrality" card in what might just be a normal fee dispute between
Internet traffic carriers.

Comcast responds.

SAS: It's a family affair (Computer Business Review)

SAP Hopes to Cut $1.3 Billion Oracle Fine, Euro am Sonntag Says

Black Friday Sales Figures Soar for Online Retailers (Mashable)

Siemens Healthcare Receives 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB Certification for Complete EHRs and EHR Modules (PR Newswire)

Deconstructing Invite Media's success story ( Philly Inc)

Comcast Seeks Suspension Of Dish Arbitration Order Against Three RSNs
Sends Letter To FCC Media Bureau Chief Lake Following DBS Provider's Drop Of CSN California

(Multichannel News)

Netflix’s Move Onto the Web Stirs Rivalries (New York Times)

Why check in to TV shows? Miso’s new answer: For the deals (VentureBeat)
Promotion with QVC starts tonight.

Daily Links 11/24/2010: Philadelphia CTO Allan Frank resigns

Philadelphia’s top IT officer resigns (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Analysts Predict Likely Conditions of Comcast-NBC Universal Deal (Hollywood Reporter)

Comcast, NBC argue against sharing with Internet TV (Washington Post: Post Tech)

Comcast and Tennis Channel call in the referee (LA Times: Company Town)

Comcast, Time Warner And Charter Sued Over Modems (paidContent)

FCC mulls Web traffic rules for December meeting (Reuters)

Netflix Turns From Oracle, IBM to Amazon to Save Cash (PC World)

NextGen, ScImage Intro Universal Medical Image Integration Module (Information Week)
NextGen Healthcare is based in Horsham.

Jury awards Oracle $1.3 billion in damages from SAP

SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 bln in landmark decision (Reuters)
Runaway jury.

Daily Links 11/23/2010: FCC to delay December meeting, heightening speculation about Net Neutrality regs

Pre-Merger Pragmatism Nothing New For Comcast’s Burke (paidContent)

Comcast: NBCU Still Controls NBCU
Cable Company Responds To Sen. Franken's Request To Justice To Check Into Exec Changes
(Multichannel News)

FCC top lawyer suggests agency not gutted by Comcast case
(The Hill: Hillicon Valley)

FCC Pushes Back December Meeting
(National Journal: Tech Daily Dose)
Adds to speculation that net neutrality plan may be forthcoming.

Get Some Insight into Xfinity TV App Development (Comcast Voices |Official Comcast Blog)

Blekko Partners Up With Search Engine DuckDuckGo (TechCrunch)

Oracle, SAP suit goes to jury with no one's dignity intact (IT World)

On The Call: HP's New CEO Leo Apotheker (AP via ABC News)
Now that SAP/Oracle case has been sent to jury, Apotheker finally appears in Palo Alto.

SAP's Co-CEOs: Are Two Heads Better Than One? (Computerworld)

SAP responds to criticism of Business ByDesign (

Lockheed Martin Announces Completion of $815 Million EIG Divestiture (PR Newswire)
The SI Organization, Inc. Becomes an Independent Company (PR Newswire)
The SI Organization is the new name for what was formerly Lockheed's Enterprise Integration Group, based in Valley Forge.

$85,000 Awarded to University City Keystone Innovation Zone through Competitive Grant Program (Business Wire) Predictions for 2011: The Investment Community (
Quotes First Round's Chris Fralic and Genacast Ventures' Gil Beyda.


Daily Links 11/22/2010: Franken Seeks Probe of Comcast for Naming NBC Managers

Comcast’s Plans for Executives Offer Clues to Future of NBC (New York Times)

For NBC Sale, Tensions Rise in Washington (New York Times)

Senator (Franken) Seeks Probe of Comcast for Naming NBC Managers (Bloomberg)

FiOS Zips Into Speed Lead With 150-Meg Broadband
Verizon Boasts 150/35 Mbps Tier is Fastest Residential Broadband in U.S.
(Multichannel News)

SAP CEO promises users clear product roadmaps
Jim Snabe highlights in-memory, cloud and mobile at user group conference

Oracle Asks Jurors to Find SAP Owes $1.7 Billion (Bloomberg)

Philadelphia University Announces Groundbreaking New College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (PR Newswire)

Ben Franklin (Northeastern Pennsylvania) to Invest $915,141 in PA Technology Companies (Business Wire)

Hacking away at the Next Big Thing
Baltimore event brings tech mavens together to work on projects
(Baltimore Sun)

Novell through the years (Network World)
Safeguard Scientifics was an early backer.

Does US need Chalfont firm's new PCs?
( Philly Deals)

Innovative Tech Company Offers Free Tours Of Future ‘Green’ Data Center
(Business Wire)


Lazarus To Lead Cable Sports At Comcast-NBCU: Sources
Former Turner Executive Would Have Oversight For Versus, Golf, RSNs
(Multichannel News)
Would report to Dick Ebersol.

Can QVC Translate Its Pitch Online? (New York Times)

SAP chief info officer: Apps in works for RIM tablet (CNET News)

Daily Links 11/19/2010: Oracle Rests in SAP case

First Round - Six Years, Our Third Fund, and Looking Ahead (Redeye VC)

Comcast Trims Another Division (Light Reading Cable)

Sprint Nextel's Technology Lead at Risk as Clearwire Faces Cash Crunch (Bloomberg)

A Philly spin on the TED conference (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Oracle Rests SAP Case, Slams HP CEO (All Things Digital: Digital Daily)

SAP System Issue Blamed for Delayed San Diego Audit (PC World)

Google Turns Its Local Eyes to Groupon–But Who Else Could Enter Bidding? (All Things Digital: BoomTown)

NimbleCommerce lets newspapers build their own Groupon (VentureBeat) is one of their initial clients.

NetSuite Jumps On Salesforce Beat; Feltl Starts At Buy Rating (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

FI Compliance Solutions Launches New Loan Portfolio Review Solution (PR Newswire)

Philadelphia U. plans College of Engineering, Design and Commerce (Philadelphia Business Journal)

As Tech Deals Boom, Talk Turns to Bubbles (New York Times: DealBook)

HIStalk Interviews Jonathan Phillips (HIStalk)
Interesting perspective on the M & A environment in Healthcare IT.


DreamIt Ventures to start New York incubator program, push back Philly until Fall

Forbes' Maureen Farrell reports that Philly's DreamIt Ventures is starting a New York incubator program next summer, and as a result will push its 2011 Philly program back to the Fall. While co-founder Steven Welch says DreamIt remains committed to Philadelphia, this move is bound to raise questions about that.

The article notes only 8 of DreamIt's 34 startups are currently based in Philly.

Steve Burke announces Comcast/NBCU Management Team in Memo

Steve Burke has announced the new management team for the Comcast/NBCU joint venture in a memo today. No major surprises from what had previously been indicated. It confirms that Bob Greenblatt (ex-Showtime) will become Chairman of NBC Entertainment. Also, it will be particularly interesting to see what Dick Ebersol will do with NBC Sports, Versus, The Golf Channel and Comcast's Regional Sports Networks all reporting to him.

The LA Times' Company Town blog notes that there are going to be numerous chairmen running around NBCU's executive suite. Sort of like all the czars in the Obama administration.

Comcast left standing alone by (proposed) Cablevision spinoff (Reuters Blogs)

First Round Capital Roundup: 11/17/2010

Jelli, a First Round Capital portfolio company that enables radio stations to use "crowd sourcing" to determine playlist priorities, is gaining an expanded presence in the Philadelphia market. WYSP/Philadelphia and WPST/Trenton have both considerably increased the number of hours programmed by Jelli users, who vote online for the artists and songs they wish to hear. Jelli also just recently introduced an iPhone app. Based in San Mateo, CA, the company has raised a total of $7 million to date, with Battery Ventures being another significant investor.

Yummly of Palo Alto, which provides a semantic search engine for recipes, raised $1.85 million, led by First Round, Intel Capital, and Harrison Metal Capital. Presumably, co-founder and CEO David Feller goes back a ways with Josh Kopelman, since he worked previously at, eBay, and StumpleUpon (an early First Round portfolio company).

First Round and Shasta Ventures lead a $3 million round in MOVIECLIPS.COM, a Los Angelos-based startup that is building a searchable database of movie clips (with licensing from the studios). Here is an interview with the company founders.

Daily Links 11/17/2010: Ben Franklin Technology Partners funds nine companies for $2.3 million

Comcast Teams With Sporting News On Regional Digital Publications
First RSN-Backed Edition Launched In Philadelphia
(Multichannel News)

Comcast talks with regulators on NBC deal heat up (Reuters)

Comcast's clumsy Hollywood kickoff
Its NBC Universal efforts make it look clueless

Comcast Reshuffles NBC’s Deck: Who’s Up, Down And Out
(Forbes: Moneywood)

War over? Comcast says "Consensus at hand on net neutrality" (Ars Technica)

Hulu Plus launches, cuts price -- look out Comcast and Netflix? (Seattle Times)

Nine firms get a total of $2.3M from Ben Franklin program ( Philly Inc)

Verizon Offers Free Security Credentials To Healthcare Professionals (Information Week)

'GIS Day' to Showcase Cutting-Edge Technologies and Jobs (PR Newswire)

PolicyMap Introduces Four New Decision-Making Tools
Additional Web 2.0 Functionality Helps People Understand, Use, and Share Good Data

UniTek Global Services, Inc. Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 (Globe Newswire via

Xyntek's Biometric Solutions for Staff User Authentication & Patient Identification (Marketwire)


Brian Tierney's New Gig

The New York Times reports that former Philadelphia Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney is back in business, having set up a PR firm simply called "Brian Public Relations" in King of Prussia and acquired an interactive promotional firm, Realtime Media , to go with it, with backing from NewSpring Capital.

He is also taking along President Ryan Davis with him.

Daily Links 11/16/2010: GSI Commerce off 7% on analyst's downgrade

Gaspin to Step Down From NBCU
Top TV exec to leave company after Comcast deal complete
(Broadcasting & Cable)
Also, more on Amy Banse's move to Silicon Valley; NBCU's Zalaznick to oversee Telemundo.

Kurtz: Olbermann On the Rocks With MSNBC

Hands-On With Comcast’s Xfinity TV App (Gigaom: NewTeeVee)

Comcast's Smit Says TV App Will Help Speed Up Innovation: Video

TEDx at the Kimmel: Where ideas go to mix (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Drexel University Announces $45 Million Gift (PR Newswire)
From Bennett S. LeBow for new B-School facility.

GSI Commerce: Cowen Turns Bearish; Sees More Competition (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
The underlying question: Is GSI Commerce's core business model really profitable?

QlikTech Files Registration Statement for Proposed Secondary Public Offering (Business Wire)

Oracle Sees Ex-SAP CEO’s Testimony as “Context” for Damage Claim (All Things Digital: Digital Daily)

SAP Owes Oracle $40.6 Million for Infringement, Expert Tells Federal Jury (Bloomberg)
$40.6 million precisely?

Improving SAP usability: Perspectives from the ‘Google generation’ (

Motorola Invests In BlackArrow
Amount of Funding in Dynamic Advertising-Insertion Startup Not Disclosed
(Multichannel News)
Comcast Interactive Capital is already an investor in BlackArrow.

Pepperjam founder invests in capital fund (Scranton Times-Tribune)
Founder Kris Jones sold Pepperjam to GSI Commerce last year.

The implications of too much VC money and too little startup talent (Fortune)