Highlights last week on Philly Tech News (11/19/2012 to 11/25/2012)

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Eddystone-based InsPro Technologies is the latest high growth insurance software company in the Philly area, having just been named to the Deloitte Fast 500 as #140. I spoke with CEO Robert Oakes.

The Neat Company opened an additional office location in Center City that could eventually house 140 more employees. I spoke with CMO Kevin Garton about Neat's commitment to Philadelphia, among other things.

Retirement plan administration managers Ascensus (Dresher) and ExpertPlan (East Windsor) agreed to merge. The larger partner, Ascensus, cited the value of ExpertPlan's web-enabled technology platform.

I looked at the changing relative fortunes of SAP and HP over the past two years.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners announced it was investing $1.5 million in eight early stage companies.

In news from other sources, HP took a $5 billion writedown from its $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy two years ago, claiming accounting malfeasance. Former Automomy CEO & founder Mike Lynch strongly disputed HP's allegations. Black Friday sales surpassed $1 billion online for the first time, according to comScore data. Comcast's NBC won the November ratings sweeps for the first time in nine years.


Daily Links 11/28/2012: Workday signs on DuPont; Roberts in group meeting with President

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Jeff Zucker Nearing Deal to Run CNN (Report) (Hollywood Reporter)

Comcast's Roberts Among Execs Talking Budget With President (Broadcasting & Cable)

Va Beach/Kings/Arena Details worked out (WAVY)
Comcast-Spectacor would co-manage arena. More funding from state sought.

Humax's take on an IP-connected TV box for Comcast passes through the FCC

Workday Sales Beat Estimates on Corporate Cloud-Computing Demand (Bloomberg)

Workday’s First Earnings Report Beats the Street (All Things D)

SAP Predictive Analytics goes GA, with a visual twist (SAP Watch)

Google buys Cambridge online marketing firm (Boston Globe)
This one's for real.

New SevOne appliance ratchets up the density

Tierney vs. Tierney: What's in a name? (Philadelphia Daily News)

Red Tettemer’s Annual Facebook Swag-athon Commences (MediaBistro: Agency Spy)

Amazon Supply: Changing the Face of MRO? (Spend Matters)

U.S. Federal Reserve Beige Book: Philadelphia District (Text) (via Bloomberg)
"The overall outlook appears less optimistic relative to the views expressed in the last Beige Book."