It's been four years this month since Facebook made its way back to Boston, a move which started in part when Ryan Mack, the current site lead here in the city, left the comforts of Menlo Park to set up shop on the East Coast.
Mack, who is known for this work on the Facebook Timeline, soon identified a small outcrop of Facebook expats who were all working for the company remotely, and they eventually clustered together in the Workbar location in downtown Boston. Critical mass began to take hold, and Facebook opened an official office here in Cambridge in 2013, and recently expanded that space this past fall.
A new service launching in the United States this week wants to be the Uber for doctors, making medical practitioners available for consultation by text message, video chat, or even a house visit — for a fee, of course.
The company, FirstLine, which has offices in Boston and San Francisco, launched its app nationally this week. Two dozen California-based doctors have been contracted to be on-call and the team is already hiring and training local medics with a goal of launching in Boston this summer. Read MoreWith 'Infinite Crisis' and two mobile titles in the works, Turbine is gearing up
It's little surprise that the idea for Bounce, the new app from IdeaPaint, the Boston-based maker of dry erase paint, came out of a brainstorming session. The company, which has been shellacking walls with their product since launching in 2008, had been getting requests from its users to add more capabilities to its product than a simple coat of wall covering could provide.
Social media is big business — and it should get even bigger as traditional ad spending continues moving to digital channels.
One of the beneficiaries of that shift is Nanigans. The five-year-old company, based in Boston, helps advertisers get the most out of their marketing budget by allowing them to target their digital ads and see how well they perform across hundreds of millions of social-media users.
Read MoreCitizen science Open Humans project allows healthy adults to open-source medical data
Medical researchers typically don’t share the results of their studies with the hundreds of subjects who participated. But Jason Bobe, one of the co-founders of the Open Humans project, wants to reverse that trend.
The latest in a series of programs that let you to share or “open source” your genetic and health data, Open Humans, which launched Tuesday, is striving to broaden the reach and eventual impact of medical research by making it easy to participate. Read MoreGeek outA blend of geek culture and sound, Nerd Rock shows find a home in Boston
The guy at the bar in a Darth Vader helmet was a giveaway that this was no ordinary club show.
At the Middle East earlier this month, the first act, Professor Shyguy — he calls himself “The Poor Nerd’s Justin Timberlake” — sang rhythm and blues over musical loops from the video game Super Mario Bros. 3, while playing a hacked-up guitar made of an old Nintendo game console.
Brands and marketers today know they’re not worth much to their clients if they don’t understand social media. But what if your social media tool had a brain of its own?
That’s the theory behind Cortex, the new startup from the Boston-based team that founded Pandemic Labs, the social media marketing firm. It has raised $500,000 in initial funding from angel investors.
Read MoreCombining fitness and charity to get kids excited about exercise
Cambridge-based digital marketing company HubSpot has made its first acquisition as a public company, picking up Boston-based professional connection application ReKindle.
No terms of the deal were disclosed. Read More