Daily Links 9/24/2010: Clearwire in discussions with T-Mobile; Zucker to leave NBCU

Official: Jeff Zucker leaving NBC Universal
Says he'll step down once Comcast deal is finalized
(Hollywood Reporter)

Did Comcast Boot the Best Guy To Run Its Cable Networks? (GigaOM: NewTeeVee)

Comcast’s Burke: NBC Title Contender or Behind the Scenes Power? (Wall Street Journal: Deal Journal)

Clearwire open to funding from T-Mobile USA (FierceWireless)

Hackers who disrupted Comcast.net site sentenced (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Kenexa: Piper Upgrades (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)

Oracle Wants a Chip Company? Which One? (All Things Digital: Digital Daily)

MLB Beefs up At Bat App With New Ballpark Features (PC World)

ETC’ 293% boost in gov’t sales boosts 2Q (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Holy Redeemer Partners with MobileMD to Deliver Health Information Exchange Services to Care Community
(PR Newswire)


myYearbook on Silicon Alley Insider's Digital 100

Social Networking site myYearbook of New Hope is the only company from the Philadelphia area (though some think of New Hope as a distant New York suburb) that I see on Silicon Alley Insider's Digital 100: The World's Most Valuable Startups. myYearbook is ranked 68th with estimated market value of $185 miliion, which may seem a little high, but perhaps not with some people talking about Facebook being worth $25 to $30 bilion. myYearbook's backers include First Round Capital and Northwest Venture Partners.

Recyclebank, which started in Philadelphia before moving its HQ to New York and still has significant operations here, has an estimated market value of $100 million, SAI says. Recyclebank has recieved investments of over $70 miliion, according to CrunchBase, so $100 million would be a marginal return. I've always had some questions about the long-term economic viability of Recyclebank's business model.

A relatively small fund, PENN-related MentorTech Ventures, has two of its portfolio companies in the top 100: Jersey City's Diapers.com and New York's Yodle, which I think actually started out in Philly.

Who else from the Philly area might belong on this list? Four possibilities that come to mind are Cloud software integrator Boomi of Berwyn, corporate meeting management site StarCite of Philadelphia (an ICG portfolio company), and two Healthcare IT firms: Portico Systems of Blue Bell (Safeguard Scientifics) and Octagon Research Solutions of Wayne. The SAI rankings are very consumer-centric, though, and don't pay much attention to enterprise-oriented applications.