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February 1, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"We're going to build a big company," says Michael Phelan , the Chester County native whose six-year-old, Wilmington-based software firm, SevOne Inc. , has helped Comcast, Credit Suisse, Lockheed Martin, smartphone-makers, and other giants view, fix, and manage world-circling computer systems. SevOne said Tuesday that it has landed a fat $150 million investment from backers led by Boston-based Bain Capital - presidential candidate Mitt Romney's old firm - which counts Domino's Pizza , Gartner Group , and Sports Authority among its successes.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg News
A Chinese national pleaded guilty to U.S. charges that he sold pirated software from American companies, including Agilent Technologies Inc. Xiang Li, 36, admitted Monday in federal court in Wilmington to one count each of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiring to commit wire fraud, according to court records. The case was handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit. "Li mistakenly thought he was safe from the long arm of HSI, hiding halfway around the world in cyberspace anonymity," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement Tuesday with U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly in Wilmington.
NEWS
December 28, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Liquent Inc., of Horsham, has been acquired by Parexel International Corp. for $72 million in cash. Founded in 1994, Liquent develops software that helps more than 200 biopharmaceutical and life-sciences companies manage their regulatory submissions and product registrations. It has about 300 employees at offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and India and about 100 at its Montgomery County headquarters. Parexel, of Waltham, Mass., also provides a variety of services to the life-sciences industry, including clinical-trials management, biostatistical analysis, and medical communications.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
PATCO riders currently cannot use credit or debit cards to add value to their Freedom fare cards because of a software problem, PATCO officials said Tuesday. "The problem surfaced on Saturday evening and PATCO is working to resolve it as soon as possible," said spokesman Tim Ireland. Customers can use cash at machines in PATCO stations to add value to their cards. Those who have signed up for automatic value reloads are not affected by the software malfunction, Ireland said. - Paul Nussbaum  
BUSINESS
October 26, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
In people years, the World Wide Web is barely 21. In technology time, it sometimes seems like eons since the first website went online in 1991, as the personal computer has morphed into increasingly powerful desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Innovations, companies and devices have come and gone in the years since - which makes it all the more remarkable that we're focused this week on announcements by Apple and Microsoft, two players there at the start thanks to their pre-Web origins.
NEWS
October 24, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - A proposed tax incentive designed to attract software giant Oracle to the Pennsylvania State University area and worth millions to other businesses that hire Pennsylvania workers is awaiting Gov. Corbett's signature after clearing the state House and Senate in the waning days of the 2011-2012 session. The bill would allow employers that hire 250 new workers to keep 95 percent of the workers' state income taxes, money that would otherwise be sent to the state treasury.
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