By - 8/10/11 - 10:58 am

The drugs, which are still a long way away from human testing, let alone the market, work by latching onto a form of RNA only generated by viruses inside living cells and signalling those cells to kill themselves, MIT reports:

"In theory, it should work against all viruses," says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory's Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group

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By - 8/3/11 - 8:57 am

WBUR reports on possible effects of research cuts on teaching hospitals in Massachusetts, which bring in more federal science funds per capita than any other state - some $2.4 billion just from the National Institutes of Health last year.

By - 7/28/11 - 9:57 pm

AT&T says it's dramatically boosted its wireless broadband capacity in the vicinity of Fenway Park, meaning customers are less likely to strike out while trying to make phone calls or getting online during games.

The company says it did this by adding a distributed antenna system to the area around the park.

"We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they're... Read more

By - 7/25/11 - 2:33 pm

SJ links to some critical analyses of the federal case against Aaron Swartz for downloading millions of documents from an online database.

By - 7/22/11 - 11:06 am

BostInnovation reports New York start-ups got more than twice as much venture funding in the second quarter as Boston start-ups (Silicon Valley, of course, leads the pack).

By - 7/19/11 - 11:42 pm

The indictment against Aaron Swartz on charges he used MIT networks to download 4.7 million documents from an online database of academic papers has some details of interest to net geeks, such as his use of pseudonyms like "Gary Host" and "Grace Host" (because he was using a "ghost" laptop, which he might have bought at Micro Center) and his preference for the Python... Read more

By - 7/19/11 - 1:30 pm

The Times reports Aaron Swartz, 24, was indicted today on charged he broke into an MIT wiring closet - physically breaking in, with his own hands - then using a network connection there to grab copies of documents from JSTOR, which sells online access to academic publications.

Swartz is a co-founder of Reddit, a geeky social network with an active Boston community.... Read more

By - 7/11/11 - 8:51 pm

Here's the second of two posts on the #branducambridge event at Ryles. Overall, most of the evening's panelists were focused on how digital is changing our lives and how technology and content will affect everything we do going forward. Our behaviors, consuming patterns and communication will eventually be the activity that changes how businesses approach and fete us in the future. Some more thoughts from... Read more

By - 7/11/11 - 8:13 pm

What is Web 3.0? Tonight at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, the folks at Millennial Branding put together a panel of marketers and media experts to discuss just that. We've all be inundated by the term Web 2.0 and if I hear "the Twitter" or "friend me on Facebook" again I might just lose my lunch. But I showed up tonight to see if the... Read more

By - 6/30/11 - 9:58 am

A Mississippi woman charges Boston and Cambridge companies conspired with AOL to figure out how to track consumers online even if they turned all their cookies off and has, of course, sued them.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Sandra Person Burns charges Brightcove of Cambridge and ScanScout of Boston figured out a way to use Flash on... Read more

By - 6/29/11 - 7:52 pm

Jeter Filter does just what it says on the box, at least for Chrome users: It either warns you when a page you're on has a mention of the Yankees shortstop or just deletes all references to him. Bonus:

Jeter Filter anonymously reports each webpage found to contain Derek Jeter to the awesome open metadata service FluidInfo. This means the more you use the

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By - 6/14/11 - 3:35 pm

Paul McNamara at Network World reports the Department of Revenue went down this weekend when a software patch went horribly awry.

By - 6/13/11 - 5:11 pm

Via PC World, which notes:

Mario is currently working with other students and professors to program PR2 so it can wipe down the table and put the baking sheet in the oven.

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By - 6/13/11 - 1:08 pm

Wired reports Harvard researchers have managed to create "living lasers" out of human embryonic kidney cells re-engineered to create a protein used by jellyfish to create light:

When the team ran pulses of blue light through the kidney/jellyfish combo, a visible laser beam shot out. It only lasted for a few nanoseconds, but the light could be easily detected and carried useful information on

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By - 5/31/11 - 3:07 am

Turns out you can now rent researchers and labs for designing new drugs, and a new breed of small-scale entrepreneurs are doing just that, WBUR reports:

Dennis Goldberg runs a drug company out of one corner of his living room.

By - 5/23/11 - 11:07 am

Xconomy reports on the FDA giving the nod to Vertex's Incivek, designed to inhibit the liver-destroying virus. Approval means potentially big sales and a move to the South Boston waterfront.

By - 5/17/11 - 3:12 pm

Boston's startup scene constantly gets compared, negatively, to San Francisco & NYC. A group of Bostonians had enough and decided to show everyone that we might not be the biggest or most famous innovation center but we are the loudest and nothing can stop us when we work together.

Bostonians from all over are uniting tonight to show that not only is our startup scene... Read more

By - 5/16/11 - 7:14 am

John Halamka, in charge of network computing at both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, considers recent public cloud outages (from Amazon to Blogger), says he remains optimistic about the basic concept, in part because:

Problems on centralized cloud architecture that is homogenous, well documented, and highly staffed will be more rapidly resolved than problems in distributed, poorly staffed one-off installations.

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By - 5/9/11 - 11:08 pm

UPDATE: Four minutes after I posted this, from my phone, the service was back up.

Hey, these things happen. But it would be nice if the network techs would tell the support techs so they and customers wouldn't waste amazing amounts of time going through fruitless exercises like rebooting modems and running line diagnostics.

Not that I'm bitter after 40 minutes online and on the... Read more

By - 3/31/11 - 7:57 am

A Boston man who claims he was threatened with a lawsuit when he refused to buy software he didn't want has turned around and sued the application's maker for privacy violations, claiming the software "phoned home" and gave a company consultant enough information to track him down.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Miguel Pimentel is seeking to become the... Read more