Links 12/12/2014: NY State launches $50 million venture fund; Comcast expands hyperlocal EveryBlock service

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CenturyLink bulks up its cloud, buys Cognilytics (ZDNet)
Cognilytics does SAP Hana implementations.

CenturyLink expands high-speed gigabit Internet in Seattle to 20K homes (Geekwire)
CenturyLink advancing on two different fronts.

East Beats West In IT Rivalry, Investors Say (CRN)

Comcast Expands Reach Of Hyper-Local Info Service (Multichannel News)

New Relic’s IPO Spikes 31% In Initial Trading (TechCrunch)

Chinese Tech Giant Baidu to Invest $600 Million in Uber, Says Report (Wired)

The 30 Most Successful UPenn Alumni Of All Time (Business Insider)
Interesting list, although I'm not sure I agree with some selections. One who I didn't realize went to Wharton was John Sculley.

New York State Will Start $50 Million Venture-Capital Fund (Bloomberg)
First Round Capital's Howard Morgan will lead a voluntary advisory committee, and the fund will be managed by Brian Keil, a former managing director of a $250 million venture-capital fund sponsored by NBC Universal and General Electric Capital Corp (before Comcast acquired NBCU).

N.J.'s $118 million canceled social service contract did not protect state's interests, auditor says (

Princeton Scientists 3D Printing LEDs Into Contact Lenses (Medgadget)

Marin County Board OKs $14 Million for Civic Center Computer Program (TechWire)
Replaces scrapped SAP implementation.