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One of the biggest draws of websites such as Reddit and Hacker News is the way in which news stories are compiled and organized based on popularity. On Hacker News, for instance, a story about the latest release of a free version of a popular gaming development software might be the top-ranked article of the moment based on other users “upvoting” it. Reddit is similar in that the most popular stories are ranked in order of how important, timely, or interesting Redditors find them.

A group of entrepreneurs based out of the Harvard iLab — Max Campion, Hari Ganesan, and Rachel Moranis — have tried to bring the same type of feature to mobile devices with a service that organizes the top news of the moment based on its overall popularity on the web.More →

One of the more old-fashioned aspects of staying in a hotel is having to pull a leather binder out of a drawer and then pick up a 1980s-era phone to order room service, arrange a wake-up call, or set up a spa appointment. A Cambridge start-up, MobileSuites, wants to upgrade that part of the guest experience, letting you use your smartphone to explore the amenities and interact with the staff. After piloting the app with three hotels last year, MobileSuites says the iPhone app can now be used at about 700 hotels around the United States, including chains like Hilton, Westin, and Marriott.More →

Just three years after Harvard University opened its Innovation Lab, a space for students to develop startup ideas, there’s a new annex for alumni businesses located right across the street. The Launch Lab is intended to support not only recent grads who may be growing companies they started when they were students, but also alumni several years out who are working on new ventures. Both the Launch Lab and the Innovation Lab are in the former WGBH television complex on Western Avenue in Allston. I stopped by earlier this month to have a look…More →

By Rose Wang

My college roommate, Laura D’Asaro, has been off and on vegetarian her whole life, because she has had environmental and moral qualms about eating meat. So when she went to Tanzania one summer and ate a fried caterpillar, it was love at first taste. Not only was the caterpillar delicious, but she also discovered a new way to eat meat that was much more sustainable and moral.More →