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By - 1/15/13 - 7:30 am

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, AMD charged that a former vice president and three managers at its Boxborough plant left for jobs at rival NVidia only after copying more than 100,000 confidential documents to take with them to their new jobs.

The suit, filed in US District Court in Worcester against Robert Feldstein and three managers, seeks the return of the files and, naturally, large sums of money, under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and a Massachusetts trade-secrets law. AMD says the files cover everything from details of upcoming AMD technology to contracts with large customers.

By - 1/15/13 - 6:59 am

Starts at 2 p.m. opposite the Moakley Courthouse, where Swartz was scheduled to go on trial in a month for downloading documents from an online database.

By - 1/13/13 - 8:20 pm

MIT Web page about its cogeneration plant was replaced with Anonymous message Sunday night.Obscure MIT Web page about its cogeneration plant was replaced with Anonymous message.

UPDATE, Monday: MIT confirms it was a distributed denial-of-service attack, rather than a network misconfiguration:

On Sunday 1/13/2013 from approximately 7:00pm to 10:30pm MIT experienced a denial of service (DoS) attack. During this period external network connectivity to and from MIT was down for the large majority of the Internet. IS&T staff responded and service was restored by 10:30pm.

UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: mit.edu is back up, although the co-gen page still shows the Anonymous message.

Revenge for Aaron Swartz's death? TechCrunch reports MIT's Web site is down, although some testing here (ping and traceroute) suggests the entire mit.edu domain is no longer listed in DNS.

The Tech tweets:

By - 12/24/12 - 8:17 am

Xconomy seeks answers in the help wanteds for Amazon's local expansion.

By - 12/4/12 - 7:51 am

Some examples of city statistics

The Globe reports Boston is unveiling a new Web site and iPhone app (sorry, Android and Blackberry users) that let you get a sort of dashboard look at how the city's performing in a variety of areas - based on a $650,000 overhaul of the city's back-end data systems.

On the Web site, each of the main tiles lets you open up even more statistics related to the department it's from.

All kinda cool, but statistics are kind of meaningless without some context and may actually prove misleading depending on how they're used - especially in a large-ish city like ours.

By - 11/19/12 - 10:19 am

Dan Bricklin reports on a JavaScript emulation of the original IBM PC that lets you run the original spreadsheet program he co-wrote. He notes the emulator is even designed to emulate the 4.77 MHz speed of original PCs.

By - 11/12/12 - 10:18 am

Buy, use tickets on your smartphone, if your smartphone is an Android or iPhone. Versons for BlackBerry and South Station lines are planned.

By - 10/31/12 - 9:55 am

The National Weather Service reports:

A cut fiberoptic line belonging to a commercial phone company has disrupted websites serving the Eastern Region. As this issue is being resolved, we are now operating our websites in backup mode.

Among the sites affected are our own NWS office in Taunton.

By - 10/19/12 - 8:12 am

Dave Levy compares Uber and arriviste Hailo:

As an end-user, I'll likely go back and forth depending on wait times; the ability to choose and have multiple options only makes transportation around Boston better.

By - 10/19/12 - 7:55 am

The Tech reports how MIT didn't wait for a subpoena to give federal investigators detailed network information in their probe of a guy charged with downloading millions of documents from a paid database after allegedly breaking into an MIT wiring closet.

By - 10/12/12 - 1:40 pm

Currently limited to Harvard students, but then again, that's how Facebook started, too.

By - 10/10/12 - 11:08 am

Ned Bachelder, who organizes a local get-together of programmers who use Python, was getting tired of trying to figure out how to feed the herd. So he's written a script he calls pizza.py to give him an answer.

By - 10/8/12 - 8:13 am

Luke Timmerman explains why Boston is poised to overtake the Bay Area as the biotech hub of the universe - and his reasons sound a lot like the reasons why the Bay Area overtook the Boston area as the high-tech center of the world:

By - 9/28/12 - 8:31 pm

Charles Street

Tammytantrum noticed that Maps doesn't realize that Boston has more than one Charles Street (three, actually); anybody who follows the map to the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro is going to get just a bit confused.

By - 9/21/12 - 9:09 am

Apple fanbois and girlzOccupy Apple Store.

By - 9/18/12 - 8:18 am

Boston Business Journal reports a local company has come up with robots aimed at further dehumanizing the workforce helping factory workers with repetitive tasks. For some reason, the robot has googly eyes.

By - 8/30/12 - 9:25 am

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