August 17, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. is seeking to expand licensing of the cutting-edge software that runs its new cloud-based X1 channel guide, which could be the future of cable TV. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the nation's two largest cable-TV companies, formed a joint venture to license the X1 software to cable companies, computer-chip manufacturers, set-top box makers, software developers, and others. Comcast says about 100 companies have licensed the software, referred to as the Reference Design Kit (RDK)
July 24, 2013 |
Newtown Square-based Bill McDermott will become the sole chief executive officer of SAP A.G., ending an unusual power-sharing arrangement at the German-based multinational business-software maker. Jim Hagemann Snabe, who had shared the top post with McDermott since 2010, has asked to step down by next May's shareholders meeting, three years before his contract expires, so he can spend more time with his family in Denmark, he told investors and reporters in a conference call Monday.
June 13, 2013 |
A Wilmington judge sentenced a Chinese businessman to 12 years in U.S. prison Tuesday for his role in a global network that stole and hacked more than $100 million in sophisticated corporate and engineering software and sold it on the black market. Xiang Li, arrested in a 2011 sting in Saipan by Philadelphia-based agents of Homeland Security Investigations, is believed to be the first cyber-criminal prosecuted in the United States for crimes committed in China. His victims ranged from tech giants like Microsoft, Adobe, and IBM to government contractors such as Analytical Graphics, an Exton firm whose software is used in missile defense, spacecraft, and "communications and electronic warfare" systems.
May 4, 2013 |
If work ever drags for Christopher Doggett and Christopher Gali at their year-old software company, Adminovate, way upstairs at 1818 Market St., they can head around the corner for late-afternoon daiquiris at one of the bars they own, the speakeasy-themed Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. "Insurance software is boring to a lot of people. But clients love going with us to the bar after 5," says Doggett, 44, who lives with his family in a Rittenhouse Square high-rise. "It's surprising how good this bar has been for our business," says Gali, 45, who also walks to work.
April 12, 2013 |
iPipeline, an insurance-software maker based in Exton, is the latest suburban tech firm to add a Center City office in hopes of luring young engineers, programmers, and information-technology salespeople. The firm, which employs 390 in the Philadelphia area and its U.S. and foreign offices, and hopes to add 50 more this year, has leased a suite on the 33d floor at 1818 Market St., a 40-story building soon to be known as Beneficial Place, the new headquarters for the city's largest remaining bank.
March 1, 2013
SHILLINGTON, Pa. - The ACLU accused a Berks County school district Wednesday of blocking Internet content about gay people. The American Civil Liberties Union said Governor Mifflin School District's filtering software blocked sites that a student tried to access for research. That violates students' free-speech rights, the ACLU contends. The ACLU has sent a letter to Governor Mifflin asking that it reconfigure the software. A district spokeswoman did not return a message seeking comment.
February 6, 2013 |
I'm surprised when any local investment firm, except for First Round Capital , closes on a new venture capital fund. The Philadelphia area is far from the venture capital centers of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. But there was Osage Venture Partners , of Bala Cynwyd, on Monday announcing that it had raised $66 million for its third fund. Before you decide to ship the latest version of your business plan to Osage, it's worth knowing that the firm only invests in "early-stage enterprise software companies" in the mid-Atlantic region.
February 1, 2013 |
A Tredyffrin Township man has been cleared of charges that he used software to spy on his wife. While the couple were divorcing, Jay Anthony Ciccarone, 39, allegedly installed the program Web Watcher on her computer to read her e-mails. His attorney, Ellen Brotman, argued that prosecutors could not prove why Ciccarone used the software. At a pretrial proceeding last Friday, Chester County Judge James P. MacElree II dismissed charges of unlawful use of a computer, intercepting communications - both felonies - and unlawfully accessing stored communications, a misdemeanor.
January 31, 2013
J OHN NJOKU, 31, of Southwest Center City, is co-founder and chief executive of Kwelia. The start-up has developed software for property managers to price their apartments using real-time market data. Njoku, who has practiced law in New York and worked in real estate in New York and Connecticut, works with co-founder Chris Connell and "data guy" Greg Phillips from an office on Walnut Street near 17th. Q: What does Kwelia do? A: Kwelia is a data-analytics platform for residential real estate.