Links 12/16: Fidelity gives BlackRock an early leg up in robo advice brawl; Violin Memory files for chapter 11

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Violin Memory shares collapse as it files for chapter 11 (The Register)
SAPs Sapphire Ventures was a significant investor in Violin prior to its IPO, as SAP was seeking better sources of advanced flash memory for use with HANA.

Fidelity gives BlackRock an early leg up in robo advice brawl
(Reuters via Daily Mail)
Fidelity also has Radnor-baed eMoney Advisor, of course.

Uber Defies California Regulators With Self-Driving Car Service (NY Times)

4 Takeaways From Oracle's Earnings Call

Oracle Drops 4%: Cloud Transition Bumpy, Bulls Say Stay the Course (Barron's Tech Trader)

Net Neutrality’s Future in Crosshairs as FCC Chief Departs (Bloomberg)

Canada’s Rogers Kills Internet TV Project, Reaches Comcast Pact for X1 System (Variety)
Another nation sees the light, I imagine. Its hard to understate how central X1 is to Comcast's strategy.

Verizon Said to Weigh More Media, Ad Deals Amid Yahoo Turmoil (Bloomberg)

New North Shore building project hints at possible office move for SAP (Pittsburgh Business Times)

SAP Fieldglass Caters to Mid-Market With New Fieldglass Flex Offering (ASUG News)

Tax accounting software firm Avalara prepares IPO: sources (Reuters)
Doesn't quite compete head-on with Vertex, but might in future.