Innovation Economy

After laying off most of its staff, clothing resale startup Fashion Project regroups

By Scott Kirsner

One of Boston’s highest-profile fashion startups laid off the bulk of its staff over the summer, the main phone line has been disconnected, and customers are wondering about the lack of customer service. But Fashion Project co-founder and CEO Anna Palmer says that the company hasn’t ceased operations, adding that she is in discussions with investors about possible financing deals or an acquisition.

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A 3D image of a flat metal ornament taken with a microwave camera, which can see through walls and bad weather.

MIT Media Lab

A camera that can see through walls

By Vijee Venkatraman

Humans cannot see through walls. Even out in the open, they can't see too far on a foggy day. Ditto for search-and-rescue robots or self-driving cars with cameras for eyes. MIT researchers have hit upon a way to give those cameras an ability to see through walls and bad weather.

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The DraftKings headquarters in Boston.

Fantasy Sports

DraftKings employee data leak turns heads, from Web forums to executive suites

By Curt Woodward

A couple of years ago, complaints about the internal ethics policies of a fantasy sports website hardly would have been noticed outside the world of stats-obsessed sports geeks. That was before fantasy sports became a multibillion-dollar business with support from the biggest names in sports and media.

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Microsoft unveils fitness tracker; tablet, phones expected

By Associated Press

NEW YORK - Microsoft is unveiling a new fitness tracker that now monitors elevation and works with the company's Cortana virtual assistant for reminders.

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Skyworks to buy California chipmaker for $2 billion

By Jack Newsham

Skyworks Solutions Inc., agreed to buy PMC- Sierra Inc. for $2 billion in cash, marking the second multibillion-dollar chip merger announced in the past month.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell Innovation Hub (shown here) officially opened on Tuesday.


UMass Lowell opens Innovation Hub, expands Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center

By Jessica Geller

From factory mills to medical-device and technology startups, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is striving to expand the startup ecosystem in Massachusetts beyond Cambridge and Boston.

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