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Michael Simon’s eyes lit up when I made a crack about how long it has been that appliance-makers have been touting the Internet-connected refrigerator. The chief executive of LogMeIn stood up, told me to follow him down the hall and into the elevator, and led me straight to an Internet-linked prototype freezer. But it wasn’t one designed to sit in your kitchen and re-order Ben & Jerry’s when it senses a dangerously low supply.More →

LogMeIn is staying mum on one of its most recent acquisitions. In September, the Boston-based software-as-a-service company paid $15 million for Meldium, which makes it simpler to sign on to web-based services. But it paid $6 million for another San Francisco startup, according to its latest quarterly report. It only describes this second acquisition, which also took place in early September, as involving a “collaboration software provider.”More →

Several top execs focused on launching new services to support the “Internet of Things” — sometimes called machine-to-machine communication, or M2M — have left Boston-based LogMeIn in recent months. And LogMeIn is closing the London office of what had been Pachube, a startup it acquired in 2011. But a LogMeIn spokesperson tells me that the publicly-traded company is not shutting down Xively, its division that offers cloud-based software and services to help companies create and manage their own Internet of Things projects, like tracking the maintenance needs of factory equipment, or monitoring a fleet of trucks.More →

I was fortunate to meet some of the good people from IDA Ireland last year during my summer travels through Europe (thanks again in no small part to my friend David Gallant, who met them during his HubSpot Ireland excursion and graciously introduced me before I visited). Over the course of the last year the IDA crew has made its presence much better known here in Greater Boston, so I checked in with SVP of the Emerging Business Division Barry O’Dowd to find out more about IDA Ireland’s involvement with the New England Venture Capital Association’s NEVY Awards (to which we here at BetaBoston are the exclusive media partner) and more.More →