Acquia chief technology officer Dries Buytaert, presenting today at the company's customer conference in Boston.

Acquia, a Burlington-based startup that develops products and services to enhance the open source publishing platform Drupal, is holding its first customer conference in Boston this week. Among the announcements is a new product called ContextDB, focused on helping companies market to and communicate with customers as they move from mobile devices to laptops to brick-and-mortar stores. Acquia has raised about $120 million from investors, including Amazon.com and North Bridge Venture Partners, and is often mentioned as a near-term candidate for an initial public offering.More →

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Boston tech is in the middle of a passionate love affair with an entire country: France. Today’s announcement that the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing conglomerates, has acquired Boston-based Sapient for somewhere in the ballpark of $3.7 billion, is just another example of a relationship that is starting to develop into something more than just a few suggestive glances and flirtatious overtures.More →

A Postmates bike courier making a delivery.

I was out in San Francisco late last month, and one of the things I did was set up some coffees, lunches, and visits with entrepreneurs and investors who are working on disruptive ideas for cities. The result was this column: “Dispatch from the disruption zone.” Often, these startups find themselves operating at the edge of the law, or in conflict with existing regulations. Their role models are businesses like Uber and Airbnb, which have fought those battles before them — and also attained multi-billion-dollar valuations in the process.More →