The Mayor's Office of Constituent Engagement reports it's working on a new version of Citizen's Connect, which will let you close out your own complaints, say, if you report a possum in your trash and then notice that somebody else has freed the critter. The city's aiming for a fall release date.... Read more
Only they didn't seem to be much reassured. The Daily Free Press reports on the latest meeting on BU's biolab, which wants to bring in the world's deadliest pathogens for study.
The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today upheld a jury's conviction of a bookkeeper at Bridgewater State College for embezzling more than $355,000 in a year.
Clare Werner argued the conviction should be appealed because her lawyer discovered two of the jurors had posted complaints about being selected for the jury on Facebook and because the trial judge dismissed her complaint about that online activity even... Read more
Over the past couple of months, companies that produce porn films have filed a series of lawsuits in US District Court in Boston against scores of unidentified BitTorrent users they claim are illegally distributing such classics as "Illegal Ass 2" and "Big Wet Brazilian Asses 7."
The copyright suits list the defendants only as Does, but say the plaintiffs have their IP numbers and will... Read more
Inventor of e-mail inducted into new Internet Hall of Fame; he also gave the world the @ sign for addresses.
The Crimson reports on debates over the future of the school's libraries in this digital age, provides one professor's reason for preferring having to scoot around the university to do research:
Some of the books Staehli uses measure more than six feet in height, and the experience of handling these unique, highly-detailed books cannot be replicated on a computer screen, he says.
While it... Read more
Fast Company grooves on Citizens Connect, says its very simplicity - all it does is let people complain about potholes and the like - is why it works:
With its Citizens Connect app, the Hub is showing how to use technology to empower citizens and involve them in the inner workings of the city.... Read more
A guy who bought stock in A123 Systems sometime over the past year wants his money back, and then some.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Scott Heiss charges the Waltham-based company, which makes large lithium batteries for auto manufacturers, knew about problems at a Michigan manufacturing plant well before it went public with them and that mean he... Read more
Local venture capitalist Bijan Sabet reports he and his family are very happy with the technology they chose for their new custom-built home, except for the sad state of residential phone offerings - from both Verizon and competing home-PBX systems, all of which seem stuck in the 1980s:
The state of residential phone systems is a joke. reminds me of how mobile phones used... Read more
Ongoing allegations of drug activity & prostitution result in the Mayor's office pulling out the ol' Scarlet Letter. Bring back the stockade!
BostInnovation chronicles the firestorm over an upcoming "hackathon" that promised its brogramming attendees women beer attendants.
Dear Boston, you are creating way too many tech jobs. Please slow down while your universities catch up preparing workers. Thanks.
The "Dear tech workers, please go to California," was, of course, too long to fit.
High-tech marketer John... Read more
Spatch reports on an extensive experiment with Java on a server. And TNT.
Electronics Weekly reports researchers at MIT have managed to stuff an electrode into a moth that can be used to control the moth's behavior:
"This is a major advance," says insect neurobiologist Roy Ritzmann at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. DARPA hopes this kind of control will one day allow intelligence agencies to use insects to carry surveillance equipment and spy on... Read more
Ronan Park and Town Field now have WiFi, the city announces, adding they join Boston Common, Statler Park in Park Square, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End, and the clubhouses at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park and William Devine Golf Course in Franklin Park.
Street Fight interviews Mike Conley, director of marketing at Sebastians Cafe, which now has 2,200 people signed up for its phone-based payment and loyalty programs - customers use their phones rather than old-fashioned cash or credit cards to pay for lunch. Naturally, the chain started with its Kendall Square location first.
It's just an easier, great way to pay. I forgot my wallet... Read more
Xconomy provides the roundup.
Brad Feld, managing director at the venture-capital firm Foundry Group, says it's past time for Cambridge tech types to embrace their inner Cambridgeness (or maybe even their inner Kendallness) and stop using "Boston" to refer to themselves:
In my world view, the entrepreneurs drive the startup community. Focus on entrepreneurial population density and entrepreneurial density â€“ and make sure your geographic region is small.... Read more
The state Department of Transportation and the city of Boston today announced a competition for applications that let users navigate between the T and the Hubway bike system and find the location of the nearest food trucks.
State and city officials are hoping the real-time MBTA and Hubway data, coupled with information about food trucks, will lead to the same sorts of applications that... Read more