Snapchat may fan the flames of jealousy
Illustration: Alli Arnold
You see your girlfriend chatting with an attractive guy you don’t know. As you near, he scurries away. You get suspicious. Would you have felt better if he had stuck around till you arrived? Now consider this: Are you more likely to fly into a jealous rage if your significant other has Facebook contact with an attractive person you don’t know or if he or she is doing it on Snapchat? Read More
Boston energy firm EnerNOC to partner with new Tesla battery system
A guest takes a photograph of the Powerpack battery system after Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities on Thursday. Photo: Getty.

As Tesla rolls out its new “Powerpack” battery storage systems for industrial and commercial users, EnerNOC will provide energy intelligence software to make those batteries work efficiently. This is how EnerNOC chief executive Tim Healy puts it: Tesla will provide the muscle for these customers’ energy systems, and EnerNOC will provide the brains.

With its stock languishing for the past year, Boston's EnerNOC Inc. could really use a powerful ally in its mission to rethink how companies use electricity. Fortunately for EnerNOC, that friend unveiled himself on Thursday: He's Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, the bold billionaire who is trying to put batteries in our cars and people in outer space.

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UnitedHealthCare now covers a doctor visit via video chat
Several companies are making it easier to consult a doctor via smartphone, swapping text messages and video chat for an appointment and waiting-room visit. But the fact that many health plans didn't cover such services limited their reach. That's changing — on Thursday, insurance company UnitedHealthCare announced plans to include phone or video consults in its coverage network. American Well, a telemedicine service based in Boston, is one of three providers approved for UHC's system. Read More
Startups build apps, seeking to capture fragile ideas
The MassChallenge marketing team -- (from left) Jeff Danford, Jibran Malek and Robby Bitting --test Bounce, a new app from IdeaPaint that helps capture whiteboard notes from meetings. WENDY MAEDA/GLOBE STAFF

A new wave of entrepreneurs are trying to solve an ancient problem: ever since we began to write on papyrus (3000 BC) and whiteboards (mid-1900s), we’ve encountered the problem of lost ideas. Scraps of paper go astray, brilliant diagrams get erased. If only there were way to capture ideas in digital form before they were lost — perhaps using that powerful computing device we hold in our hands for most of our waking hours.

In January, Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein had a eureka moment involving erasable pens, notebooks, and a microwave. When you rub an eraser against the heat-sensitive ink from certain erasable pens, friction causes the writing to vanish. So what would happen if you put a notebook full of writing into a microwave?

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Harvard i-Lab announces five Deans' Challenge winners
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Students hoping to improve fertility treatments and keep food from spoiling while it's being shipped were among the winners of the Harvard Innovation Lab's annual Deans' Challenge competition. The challenge asks teams of students to submit proposals that might solve specific issues within categories chosen by the university: cultural entrepreneurship, health and life sciences, innovation in sports, and food systems. Read More
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What's next for Apple Pay competitor MCX? The future looks gloomy
Apple Pay
Three years ago, sensing that consumers would soon want to pay for things with their smartphones, many of the country’s largest retailers — including Walmart, Southwest Airlines, Bed Bath & Beyond and Dunkin' Donuts —decided to build their own mobile-payments system. But the company they built, Needham-based Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, still hasn’t produced the smartphone app at the center of its strategy. And after this week, things aren’t looking very promising.  Read More
Many people now get their news from their mobile phone or their Facebook feeds
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In the landscape of online media consumption, mobile is king, and Facebook stories or 140 character Twitter blasts seem to be eclipsing more traditional forms of publishing. The Pew Research Center released these and other findings in its 2015 State of the News Media report on Wednesday, a document which cobbles together disparate data in order to sketch a larger picture of how the landscape of media has been changing over the last year. Read More
Social Media
'Let’s make something cool’: Zuckerberg introduces ‘Thefacebook’ on CNBC
On April 28, 2004, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg casually told CNBC  that he hoped “to make something cool” by creating Thefacebook — yes, it was an official-sounding website with the article attached — for college and university students. CNBC reposted the interview yesterday on Twitter to remind people how much the social media world has changed. Read More
Flare Capital, Slow Ventures raise new investment funds in health IT and tech
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Money is flooding into startups and growing private companies, which means those investors need to reload. Today, a pair of investment funds with Boston-area lead investors are announcing that they've put together new pools of cash to put into startups. Read More