The Daily Free Press reports on a hearing yesterday on a proposal by City Councilor Charles Yancey to ban the sort of research BU wants to do on the world's deadliest microorganisms at its South End research lab.
The mayor's office today announced a renamed and expanded wireless network which is aimed at providing free Internet access to residents and which could eventually wirelessly cover the city's 20 "Main Street" neighborhood commercial areas.
Already, an average of 9,800 people a day are using Wicked Free WiFi in Grove Hall, Mayor Walsh says.
Wicked Free "is the newly branded name to identify all of... Read more
And as the Innovation District becomes too expensive, many of them were on the other side of Fort Point Channel, the Globe reports.
According to Gobaud and Lin, the system appears to have a large market since many want to avoid grammar errors and reply-all disasters. They also noted, however, that the system may benefit corporations looking to improve their email protection policies by automatically deleting old... Read more
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Mayor Walsh was scheduled to be on hand at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan this morning to accept the city's first shipment of cloud-based laptops to be shared by students at BPS schools.
By the end of the school year in June, BPS expects to have received 10,000 of the low-cost laptops, which rely on Google applications accessed over the Internet. According to... Read more
"People are intimidated by me."
"Why do you intimidate people?"
"Itâ€™s the media, man. People put you into these little compartments in their brains and then they think they know you. â€˜Oh, ok. A six-foot-two 350-pound humanoid made from military-grade titanium alloy. Probably out to annihilate all of humanity. Better get away from HIM.â€™
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Xconomy reports on Proteon Therapeutics, whose sole potential product is an enzyme aimed at breaking up the fiber formed by blood vessels when they're cut into. It's aimed at long-term kidney-dialysis patients who first undergo surgery aimed at toughening up a vein to withstand the repeated punctures required for dialysis.... Read more
Since December, four emergency-room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been experimenting with Google Glass - colored bright orange so patients would immediately know the glass would see them now.
Dr. John Halamka, hospital CIO, describes the pilot project and lessons learned - and recounts Dr. Steven Horng on one particular incident:
I was paged emergently to one of our resuscitation bays... Read more
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Derrick Sims alleges that Hangtime barraged him and other innocent phone users with large numbers of bogus text messages to try to get them to download its friend-connecting app:
Over the course of an extended period of time beginning in at least 2013, Defendant and its agents directed the mass transmission of... Read more
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The Boston Business Journal profiles a Cambridge startup that has come up with a coating it says will make condiment bottles less sticky - reducing waste from ketchup, mayo and mustard that now just stays inside. The company says the coatings - which would combine a specially-textured surface with a lubricant - could also have... Read more
John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.
A New York company that makes ink it says can be used to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones is suing a Boston company that uses ink to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones.
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:
After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldnâ€™t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that heâ€™s working on it.
And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.... Read more
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A Peabody company that takes old stuff off the hands of tech companies and then resells it says the troubled Canadian phone maker accepted its bid for old memory units - then tried to extort more money after the company had already committed to sell the memory to its own customers.