Highlights last week on Philly Tech News (10/29/2012 to 11/4/2012)

Tom Paine

Aramark spun off its remaining stake in online food ordering site Seamless to its private equity shareholders. While I don't know Seamless' numbers precisely, it would not be surprising if this is a prelude to an eventual public offering or M&A move.

I previewed last night's PhillyForce/Philly SaaS meetup featuring analyst Michael Fauscette on the evolution of social media for the enterprise ( See photos ).

In news from other sources, SAP laid out roadmaps for its post-acquisition strategy for Ariba, a new social platform, and plans to overhaul its user interfaces. First Round Capital added a new partner, a little more capital, and possibly a somewhat broader focus. The Washington Post did an interesting profile on Comcast's David Cohen and the power he wields in DC. And I did my best to cover Sandy's impact on the technology infrastructure in the Philly area and New Jersey.

Quotes of the week:

“It’s going to be in technology, I don’t have any other skills" - John Chen, former Sybase CEO, on departing after its full integration into SAP. He promptly took on a new role with PE firm Silver Lake.

The "Facebook of the enterprise will be defined in the next one or two years" - Oliver Bussman, SAP CIO, in an interview at SAP TechEd.

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Daily Links 11/6/2012: Cable industry trying to go Silicon Valley

Cable industry seeks out Silicon Valley pizzazz (Reuters)

Liberty Interactive Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results (Business Wire)
QVC revenue increases 2%, and operating income grows 11%. QVC.com now accounts for 39% of US revenue.

Yep, There Have Been Problems With Email Voting in New Jersey (All Things D)

A Historical Odyssey: What Is QlikView? (Henric Cronström/QlikCommunity)

Workday unveils 'worst-kept secret': a recruiting platform

Here's Why 16 Fisker Karmas Burned During Hurricane Sandy (Business Insider)

Cablevision Reports Surprise Loss After Paying Down Debt (Bloomberg)

Ergen: DirecTV Merger Could Work
But Dish Chairman Says There Are No Ongoing Talks
(Multichannel News)

DirecTV’s Subscriber Gains Slow; Dish Posts Loss on Legal Costs (Bloomberg)

Amazon Matches Netflix Price With Monthly Subscription Offer (Wall Street Journal: Digits)