There is significant power in clusters. Startups working closely together helps an entire industry. We need even more activity along the "Innovation Line" and we need to recognize that this is the case and think about how... Read more
The two Cambridge institutions charge Cotendo, of Sunnyvale, CA, is violating patents they hold for speeding up delivery of content over the Internet.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Akamai and MIT focus on one patent owned by MIT and licensed to Akamai and two patents owned by Akamai, which also claims that
Cotendo has utilized product descriptions and... Read more
Local robotics investors fret that Google's recently announced robot car could be the beginning of the end of our local dominance of robotics.
Wade Roush, who covered the local startup scene until moving to San Francisco, makes the argument: Entrepreneurial types out there often get together after work for a drink, but our boring start-up types just go home or something.
Friends scoffing at David's choice for a replacement car as too wasteful got him to thinking about electric cars:
Exactly where and how would I charge an electric car when I live five stories up and park on the street? Even if I could reliably park near my building, I'd need at least 50 feet of extension cord from my window just to reach... Read more
Herzog explains why he deleted his FourSquare account.
Daniel Choi reports he's released OpenMBTA for the iPad.
California is within the middle of a titanic budget crisis, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken it upon himself to pummel any source of wasted funds into submission – including strip club ATMs. The Los Angeles Times reports that more than $ 12,000 designated for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which is intended for welfare purposes, was withdrawn at various strip clubs... Read more
Cora Sharma talks to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's chief information architect about why the hospital is sticking with browsers even as doctors and other staffers increasingly call up data on smartphones and tablets. For one thing, browers are browsers - there's no need to constantly reinvent the wheel as new devices and operating systems come on the market - he says.
Ed note:... Read more
EveryScape, a small Newton company, yesterday sued Adobe Systems over a Photoshop tool that lets users "clone" sections of photos.
The company, founded in 2002 by Byong Mok Oh, says it has patents on techniques for easily adjusting the perspective and lighting on pieces of images copied to other parts of images (for example, to erase a bird from in front of a cloud)and... Read more
City of Boston Website Earns 1st Place in National "Best of Web" Competition
We beat out Louisville, Fort Collins, Castle Rock and Coralville! (Yeah, I had to look up the last two.)
I find it hard to believe that no other huge-ass city in this country has a web portal better than this collection of burgs (including Boston).... Read more
A Boston company with a service for pinpointing the location of cell-phone users is suing Google, alleging Google's similar offerings violate its patents.
Skyhook Wireless filed its suit in US District Court yesterday, demanding Google stop selling its own geolocation services, and, naturally, pay Skyhook tons of money for the "willful nature" of Google's patent infringement.
At issue are databases the two companies have... Read more
AT&T yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against Cambridge because the Zoning Board wouldn't let it put up some antennas in Harvard Square.
In its lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the company says federal law gives it the right to do whatever it needs to to ensure "the provision of personal wireless services," local zoning ordinances be damned.
I met today with some folks from Clearwire, which today launched a wireless broadband service in the Boston area. I'll have a more complete report later (and a coverage map), but for now, here are answers to questions folks asked me on Twitter:
- Clearwire is working with Sprint and Comcast. It has no plans to work with Verizon or AT&T.
- Clearwire does have a mobile ... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a developer's plans for the old Mobil station at Friend and New Chardon streets.
You may recall how Twitter claimed the reason its Boston-area "trending topics" haven't changed since the NBA Finals because we're just not tweeting enough for their system to notice what we're talking about.
Bostinnovation.com and HubSpot have published data suggesting Twitter doesn't know what it's talking about. Using location data from tweets, they looked at data from early afternoon on July 13 and... Read more
Ed. true confession: We need a new refrigerator. We "bought" one on Thursday to avoid the rush today; salesman said they would hold our "proposal" until this morning, then ring it in.... Read more
Really? Really. The Boston Business Journal reports one Waterfront landlord had to turn to an expensive wireless service for its high-tech tenants. Verizon refused to wire the area, which is what you'd expect, given its never-ending feud with Innovation District backer Tom Menino. Comcast says it will get around to it one of these days.... Read more