Highlights last week on Philly Tech News (9/10/2012 to 9/16/2012)

I gave a preview of the IMPACT 2012 Venture Summit Mid-Atlantic, scheduled for November 7 & 8 in Philadelphia. Steve Case will give the keynote address, and PACT plans to have more out of town investors than in past years. The deadline for companies seeking a presentation slot to apply has been extended one week until this Friday, September 21.

At long last, the Philly311 mobile app finally launched, through the assistance of PublicStuff.

Two Philly-area newspaper groups faced pressure, as Yardley-based Journal Register received criticism over its second bankruptcy despite what was said to be a turnaround, and Inquirer/Daily News owner Interstate General Media sought another round of concessions from workers. Meanwhile, Philly-based turnaround firm Versa Capital Management announced it had formed a new group including the newspapers it had acquired, to be called Civitas Media LLC.

SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann-Snabe opened up to Information Week on SAP's Cloud strategy, HANA platform, and other subjects in an interesting onstage interview.

Janney Capital analyst Tony Wible rated Comcast a buy, saying long-term technology trends were in its favor.

And NJTechWeekly's Esther Surden contributed a writeup on the New Jersey Technology Council's Health Information Technology Summit, held in July in Princeton, which involved several Pennsylvania participants.

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Daily Links 9/18/2012: First Round Capital backs Philly-based Perceptual Networks; AppRenaissance launches platform

Perceptual Networks Receives Funding from First Round Capital and Founders of YouTube, PayPal, Rackspace and Others
Founder of HotOrNot and I/O Ventures Announces New Venture to Help People "Find Their People"
(Business Wire)
Will be based in Philly.

Welcome Perceptual Networks (Redeye VC)

Excited to Announce AppRenaissance! (Amish Jani, Just Getting Started via Business Insider)

Tyco board votes to spin off ADT, its best brand (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bentley’s Acquisition of Ivara Redefines Asset Performance Management:
Integrating OPEX with CAPEX!
(Bentley Systems Press Release)

Comcast expands 305 Mbps tier to Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, D.C.; touts fastest wireless gateway (FierceCable)

Time Warner Cable Selling Clearwire Stake (Barron's: Tech Trader Daily)
When will Comcast follow?

Dell debuts Salesforce consulting service for app development (ZDNet)

Salesforce.com offers sneak peek at Marketing Cloud (ZDNet)

SAP: The Client/Server Is Back And It Is Cloud (TechCrunch)

Analysis: Nimble HR software firms grab share from bigger rivals (Reuters)
I don't think Workday was looking to be acquired and is doing an IPO as a consolation prize, as this article suggests.

Sage to dump US business unit? (ZDNet)