Highlights last week on Philly Tech News (10/1/2012 to 10/7/2012)

Accenture completed its acquisition of Wayne-based Octagon Research Solutions late last month. I spoke with David Boath, North American managing director for Accenture’s Life Sciences industry group, about its post-acquisition plans for Octagon. With the completion of the deal, I updated Philly Tech News' "Young Companies to Watch", replacing Octagon with Wayne-based SkillSurvey.

SAP announced on Monday it had completed its $4.5 billion acquisition of Ariba, after announcing on Friday the deal had received Justice Department clearance.

Lockheed, which employs 9200 in the Philly area according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, got caught up (perhaps unavoidably) in a heated political controversey over whether employees should be issued layoff warnings under the WARN Act due to the threat of massive defense budget cuts that could occur by year end without a budget deal.

This past Sunday was the 60th anniversary of the awarding of a patent for the barcode
to two Drexel graduate students

In news from other sources, the Inquirer wrote about the end of Sunoco as an independent entity, and its legacy in Philadelphia. Redbox announced it would begin selling tickets from kiosks, beginning in Philadelphia, and partnering with Comcast-Spectacor's New Era Tickets. Exton-based iPipeline hired Philly native and former SAP and Ariba executive Paul Melchiorre as President.

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phillytechnews twitter feed 10/8/2012

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 02:39 PM PDT
phillytechnews: New PTN Post: InterDigital has moved corporate headquarters from King of Prussia to Wilmington http://t.co/mvCVjBD4
Posted: 08 Oct 2012 01:03 PM PDT
phillytechnews: Wanderfly is sort of a Pinterest for travel
Posted: 08 Oct 2012 12:58 PM PDT
phillytechnews: TripAdvisor buys NY-based Wanderfly, with Wharton founders, MentorTech funding http://t.co/xq6QNYqM
Posted: 08 Oct 2012 12:32 PM PDT

Daily Links 10/9/2012: Workday raises IPO price range; ThingWorx raises Series C

Workday raises IPO price range to $24-$26 per share (Reuters)
Workday is an upstart Cloud competitor to SAP and others. If it prices in the middle of its range, Workday's initial market value would be $4 billion.

ThingWorx Raises Series C to Capitalize on Connected World Growth (Business Wire)

Inverness Graham Investments Announces a Controlled Recapitalization of RACO Wireless (Business Wire)
Inverness Graham Investments is based in Newtown Square.

Cisco rounds out SAP HANA server, appliance line-up (ZDNet)

SuccessFactors announces Headlines analytics software (SAP Watch)

Box announces partnership with SAP to promote better mobile and cloud security (The Next Web)

U.S. Panel Cites Risks in Chinese Equipment (New York Times)

First Round Capital Launches A Platform For Startups To Hack PR (TechCrunch)

Announcing hackPR – a New Way for Startups and the Press to Connect (Redeye VC)

Amazon Proves It Is Ready To Spend Massive Amounts Of Money To Destroy Hulu And Netflix (AMZN, NFLX) (Silicon Alley Insider)

Walmart Gives Same-Day Delivery a Shot in Four Cities (All Things D)
Philadelphia is one of them.

NBC regroups under Comcast with new cuts, spending (AP)

NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’ (MediaBistro: TVNewser)

Governor Corbett Visits Award-Winning Ben Franklin TechVentures2 Business Incubator; Praises Impact on Job Creation in the Northeast
(PR Newswire)