December 5, 2011
Delay in case of bomb suspect NEW YORK - Prosecutors and a defense lawyer agreed to delay having a grand jury weigh in on a terrorism case against a man accused of assembling a homemade bomb to blow up targets ranging from police cars to post offices, his attorney said. Jose Pimentel had been scheduled to learn Monday whether he had been indicted, but defense lawyer Lori Cohen said a deadline would be waived for about a month. "Both parties agree that this is not the case to rush into the grand jury on," she said in an e-mail.
October 27, 2011 |
Oracle Corp. boss Larry Ellison didn't used to like this cloud-computing thing. He expected Oracle would keep selling big business software systems, updates, and maintenance onto client servers, instead of letting customers move their secure data functions online to the world computing cloud. In a famous 2008 investor conference (you can watch it on YouTube), Ellison called the cloud-computing idea "gibberish" and "crap" and "idiocy. " But on Monday, Oracle agreed to pay $1.5 billion for RightNow Technologies Inc. , a Bozeman, Mont., firm that makes cloud-based customer-management software in competition with Newtown Square-based SAP Americas , Oracle's rival.
October 15, 2011
Dennis M. Ritchie, 70, who helped shape the modern digital era by creating software tools that power everything from search engines such as Google to smartphones, was found dead Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J. Mr. Ritchie, who lived alone, had been in frail health in recent years after treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease, said his brother Bill. In the late 1960s and early '70s, working at Bell Labs, Mr. Ritchie made a pair of lasting contributions to computer science.
October 10, 2011 |
We may not have a national energy strategy, but it's great to see small businesses trying to make a buck helping big energy users get smarter about their consumption. It's even better when one of those companies decides to move from the suburbs into the city - without a government grant or loan to induce it to do so. That's what Viridity Energy Inc. did over the summer when it left cramped offices at 100 W. Elm St., Conshohocken, for 15,000 square feet on the 27th floor of 1801 Market St., where network operations are now based.
October 5, 2011 |
Weeks of hot and heavy iPhone buzz - that is, rumor atop speculation atop shreds of evidence - showed that even without Steve Jobs, Apple knows how to draw attention to its creations. Tuesday's unveiling of the new iPhone 4S and its sharp new operating system, iOS 5, showed again that there is substance beneath all of Apple's sauce. Tim Cook, who became Apple's CEO in August after the ailing Jobs resigned, took the stage at 1 Infinite Loop, Apple's geeky-cool headquarters address in Cupertino, Calif., and finally revealed the company's latest and perhaps best-kept secret: There is no iPhone 5 - yet. Just an iPhone 4S: a faster, more efficient handset that is largely an upgrade of last year's iPhone 4. Come Oct. 14, the new iPhone will be available for the first time on Sprint's wireless network, along with AT&T's and Verizon's, at prices starting at $199.
September 15, 2011 |
PlaySay boss Ryan Meinzer grew up in Hershey, Pa. A friend from Taiwan planted in his heart a fascination with Asia. So Meinzer sold $20,000 worth of Ginsu knives one summer to raise a Far East travel fund and enrolled at Temple (Class of '07) "because it was the only school I found that had a Japan campus. " After graduation, Meinzer took an entry-level marketing job and "had to learn Japanese fast. " He wasn't a computer scientist, but he had been webmaster for student groups.
September 14, 2011
Scala, an Exton software developer, said today it appointed Tom Nix as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. Nix, now a company vice president, will succeed Gerard Bucas, who is retiring after nine years as CEO. Scala provides software for digital signs used on billboards, in doctors' offices and in advertising management. -Paul Schweizer
June 28, 2011 |
Three University of Pennsylvania students have walked away from their Wharton and Engineering studies to launch a new college-software firm, Coursekit , based on a service they rolled out at Penn this year. Chief executive officer Joseph Cohen is (was!) a Wharton business school sophomore. Dan Getelman and Jim Grandpre had been studying engineering. "The time is right," Cohen told me. "I go to a good school. But I'm not really an academic type. I was half doing school and half doing the company.
May 4, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - A major furniture-rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday. The lawsuit was filed by a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22. The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the couple hadn't finished paying for it, the couple said.