The Tor Project released a two-minute animated short film on its blog Tuesday intended to educate current and potential users of their service. The organization oversees a group of servers that affords greater privacy and security on the Internet when users log on through their Tor browser. Read MoreKendall Square: A report on who's there
Some interesting data from the Kendall Square Association on the composition of that intensely innovative, increasingly expensive neighborhood:
The association spent the past 18 months looking at about 770 companies with offices in the Square, and categorizing them by industry sector. Interestingly, biotech and health care companies now represent the biggest single slice. (I touched on this shift in a Globe column last October.) But the research didn't capture every company located within an incubator or a shared office space; the KSA estimates there are about 1,100 businesses in total in the neighborhood.
Read MoreDoing wellDunwello adding some serious local talent with two new hires
The Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, now in its fourth year, announced the top 10 seed accelerator programs in the nation at SXSW today. Topping the list are the San Francisco and New York City-based AngelPad, the Los Angeles-based MuckerLab, and Techstars, which has a number of locations around the globe, including one in Boston. Also included in the list is startup accelerator MassChallenge, based out of the Seaport District. Read More
Local parents with a moving personal story and a simple idea to keep sick babies comfortable took the top prize at the Impact Pediatric Health Startup Pitch Competition at SXSW in Austin this week, winning over a tough judging panel of investors and executives from the top children’s hospitals in the country. Read MoreFrom NASA to Taylor SwiftTrio, developed by MIT grad, wants to mashup everything
Few would disagree that the revelations of mass government surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden in June 2013 have had far-reaching impacts across the globe, from the private technology sector all the way up to foreign policy. But how are everyday Americans responding to the leaks? How are we changing our everyday behavior?
Read MoreSummer camp? Startup camp Leangap encourages high schoolers to unlock their entrepreneurial potential
Eddy Zhong is the kind of kid who could give an adult an inferiority complex: He launched a successful smartwatch company, Blanc Inc., at age 16, and now at age 17, he’s created a startup accelerator program for teenagers.
Called Leangap, his accelerator seeks to help high schoolers build their own companies through a six week summer academy. Since he announced the program in January, Leangap has received more than 100 applicants from as far away as India and Taiwan. The pilot session is set to begin in June.
Let me tell you about the bet I won recently with Ben Einstein, founder of the hardware investment firm Bolt.
We were talking about one of the pieces missing from the local startup scene: CEOs of the biggest companies in this part of the world, like Raytheon, State Street Corp., TJX, Dunkin' Brands, or Staples. You just don't often encounter them in the wild, off their corporate reservations. None of them had been to Bolt, whose Downtown Crossing office and prototyping facility houses about a half-dozen consumer electronics startups.
Read MoreGet your Irish onJust Add Cooking joins forces with New England Charcuterie, just in time for St. Patrick's Day
Somerville-based Sonzia is down in Austin for the SXSW-affiliated Health and Med Tech Expo this week, showing a digital school desk called the Touch Easel that it believes can be helpful for kids with special needs. And last week, the startup took home an "audience choice" award at the Mass Innovation Nights showcase in Boston. Read More