Daily Links 1/19/2012: iPipeline Receives "Significant" Investment from Technology Crossover Ventures

iPipeline Announces "Significant" Investment by Technology Crossover Ventures (Business Wire)
iPipline raised $18 million in 2008 and $15 million in 2009, mostly from NewSpring Capital of Radnor and Fidelity Ventures of Boston (or Volition Capital LLC as its successor is known). Technology Crossover Ventures usually invests in big chunks, so it would not be surprising if this investment was also in the eight digits (Crunchbase shows the size of several recent rounds it has been involved in) . That means iPipeline's valuation must be getting pretty steep.

EBay Sales Exceed Estimates on PayPal, Holiday Shopping (Bloomberg)

eBay Marketplaces GMV up 10 Percent, New Products in Pipeline (EcommerceBytes.com)
Some more detail on GSI Commerce.

Apple announces iBooks 2, iBooks Author to "reinvent textbooks" (Ars Technica)

Comcast's Web-Slinging Set-Top Visits the FCC (Light Reading Cable)

Comcast patents technology for recommending alternative TV programming to subscribers (FierceCable)

Sprint, DirecTV ask FCC for Verizon cable deal info (Reuters via Yahoo Finance)

Bloomberg jabs at Comcast on anniversary of NBC deal approval (LA Times: Company Town)

EU to decide on Google, Motorola Mobility deal Feb 13 (Reuters)

Tech Giants Join Forces To Fight Amazon's Cloud (Silicon Alley Insider: Enterprise)
SAP is one of them.

Philadelphia-Area Manufacturing Increases (Bloomberg)
Below economists' expectations, though.
Philly Fed Press Release.

Former GTSI CEO Friedlander makes deal (along with Philly's LLR Partners) for new company (Washington Technology)

Citi Ventures Backs Gift Card Exchange Plastic Jungle (TechCrunch)
First Round Capital was early backer.

Philadelphia’s Computer Methods Corporation Purchased by Atlanta-Based Premier Logic (Business Wire)