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The summer of 1995 was a “big bang” moment for the Internet. Amazon.com switched on its servers two decades ago this month, and the founders of AuctionWeb — later renamed eBay — were busily preparing to launch their site on Labor Day weekend. Browser-maker Netscape went public in August. And a company you likely haven’t heard of, Viaweb, was founded in a triple-decker in Cambridge.

Viaweb never became as well known as the others, but it played a pivotal role in the evolution of e-commerce, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.More →

Doyle will be taking over the role from Harry Lewis, dean and computer science professor, who was filling the role after Dean Cherry Murray, a physicist who served as dean of the school for five years, announced her intention to step down in October last year. 

At UCSB, Doyle led a biomedical engineering lab whose major projects included an artificial pancreas to treat pediatric diabetes.More →

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.More →

On a Monday evening in mid-March, Toni Oloko walked into the Harvard Square offices of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that has put up millions to back companies like Kayak, Snapchat, and Rue La La.

The 18-year-old entrepreneur and his cofounder, Harvard freshman Matt Neary, fiddled with their MacBook as they prepared to pitch PracticeGigs, a smartphone app that finds tennis partners for players seeking to improve their game. If they seemed oddly calm, it was because they weren’t seeking millions from the fund’s partners. Instead, they were pitching to a panel of their peers — in search of cash, yes, but also access to a growing network supportive of Boston’s student startups.More →

David Edwards made a lot of money selling an inhalable-medicine startup to global pharmaceutical company Alkermes. Since then, the Harvard professor has turned his attention to fantastical experiments which fuse art and science, including a hard-to-define experimental workspace and gallery in Paris and a tabletop device that emits the scents of food and coffee when someone sends it a digital message.More →

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 →