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BUSINESS
January 17, 2012
In the Region GMH to develop student housing Real estate developer GMH Capital Partners , of Newtown Square, said it acquired 23 acres of land near the campus of Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., where it expects to build housing for 696 students. The company also has an option to acquire an adjacent 27 acres for future development. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. - Inquirer staff Google in online safety push Google Inc. said it was launching an advertising campaign to inform consumers about online safety.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2011
VIDEO GAME systems are generating remarkable sales this holiday season. Microsoft's Xbox 360 is leading the pack (a million units sold just over the Black Friday weekend), while Sony and Nintendo also report higher than expected figures. Clearly driving the boom? A terrific bunch of new software titles for hard-core gamers and casuals alike. BLOWS UP REAL GOOD: Fresh first-person shooters are proving especially hot, selling staggering numbers (8 million to 10 million) in little more than a month.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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
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