Highlights: Last week on Philly Tech News (3/26/2012 to 4/1/2012)

The first annual PACT Phorum event: 2012 Cloud Computing Conference was held on Wednesday at World Cafe Live and drew a packed house, energizing the Cloud community in Philadelphia.

Another round of cuts loom at Philadelphia Media Network, and the sale to a new ownership group for $55 million was announced today, as had been reported last week. I couldn't resist the opportunity to get my own digs in at the soap opera that's been going on at PMN in this April Fool's piece. And Technically Philly included me in one of their spoofs about unionizing Philly tech journalists.

The company formed through the merger of SunGard Higher Education and Datatel has a new name: Ellucian, whatever that means. (I thought SunGard Higher Ed was a bit more to the point.)

Fortune Magazine did a feature on what it called SAP's Radical Makover.

Comcast's unit thePlatform teamed up with Conshohocken-based Empathy Lab to develop a portal and UI offering that smaller cable operators can use to deploy "TV Everywhere" service.

The Daiily Pennsylvanian reported that Penn is expanding to the far side of the Schuylkill to build a new 16,000 square foot data center.

In venture news, search engine DuckDuckGo continues to report phenomenal traffic growth, Exton
Healthcare IT firm HIT Application Solutions raised $2.75 million in Series A funding (don't know from who), and Bucks County venture incubator Novotorium welcomed it second tenant, Inhabi.

Notable tweet: Wendy Warren, VP & Editor, Philly.com: @colinmlenton @ckrewson Guess what? We are not happy with the look of the site ourselves, and we're planning an overhaul...

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Daily Links 4/2/2012: Philadelphia Media Network sold; Dell Acquires Wyse

Local group to buy Phila. Media Network for $55 million (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Dell Buys Cloud Client Computing Company Wyse To Expand Desktop Virtualization Products (TechCrunch)
Wonder what this means for King of Prussia-based Devon IT, a key Dell supplier in this market.

Dell To Acquire Virtual Desktop Player Wyse Technology (All Things D)
One analyst pegs price at between $350 and $400 million on estimated revenue of $375 million.

Dell plans to acquire Wyse. (It's about time!) (BrianMadden.com)

Apple Jumps to #2 Position in New IDC Health Insights Life Sciences Survey; a 220% Increase Since 2009
Dell leads hardware category while Oracle maintains position as #1 software vendor of choice
(Business Wire)

SAP Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation (PR Newswire)

SAP structures specialized unit for national security clients (Washington Technology)

WorldGate files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (phillyBurbs.com)
The end of the line for WorldGate; an interesting piece of Philly Tech history.

ICG Acquires MSDSonline, a Cloud-Based Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Solution (Globe Newswire)
Pays $48 million for 96%.

Will telcos and MSOs lose SMEs to upstart hosted service providers? (FierceEnterpriseCommunications)

Rue La La bulks up on warehouse space (Internet Retailer)
Buys 400,000 square foot Louisville warehouse from GSI Commerce. Michael Rubin reacquires one of his old properties.