Facebook Boston lead Ryan Mack works alongside one of the office's art installations in the fall of 2014. Photo by Patrick Rogers Photography

Facebook's (Boston) Timeline

Checking in: Facebook has been (back) in Boston for four years


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. Read More


doc on demand

With an app for texts and video chats, FirstLine offers doctors’ advice on demand

Medical Tech

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 More

Infinite Crisis

With ‘Infinite Crisis’ and two mobile titles in the works, Turbine is gearing up

dungeons and dragons

In its 20th year making games, Needham-based Turbine Inc. has a lot to celebrate. The Warner Bros.-owned studio has entertained millions of massively multiplayer online game-players through "Asheron's Call," "Dungeons & Dragons Online," and "Lord of the Rings Online." And, with "Infinite Crisis" launching tomorrow on Steam, the studio is poised to puts smiles on many more faces. Read More


Intelligent Parking

Boston to install “smart” parking meters across city, spreading pay-by-phone options

Parking Meters

Boston’s parking meters are going to get a lot smarter over the next few years, eventually letting drivers find open spots and feed the meter with their smartphones. The citywide upgrade could also let the city get a better handle on how much street parking it actually controls, and even raise more money for the government by charging higher prices at times of extreme demand. Read More

Bounce, a new app from the makers of IdeaPaint, allows users to save and annotate images from their brainstorming sessions. (Image via IdeaPaint)

Bouncing ideas

IdeaPaint’s new app, Bounce, takes brainstorming off the wall


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. Read More

Stonebraker was announced the winner of Alan M. Turing award Wednesday. (Photo  by M. Scott Brauer/MIT)

big bucks for big data

MIT data storage researcher wins Alan Turing award, $1 million from Google


Michael Stonebraker, an MIT professor who did foundational research in database management systems, an industry that is now worth billions, was announced the winner of the Alan M. Turing award in computer science on Wednesday. Read More