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

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.More →


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.More →

Infinite Crisis

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.More →


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.More →


Social media is big business — and it should get even bigger as traditional ad spending continues moving to digital channels.

One of the beneficiaries of that shift is Nanigans. The five-year-old company, based in Boston, helps advertisers get the most out of their marketing budget by allowing them to target their digital ads and see how well they perform across hundreds of millions of social-media users.More →


Medical researchers typically don’t share the results of their studies with the hundreds of subjects who participated. But Jason Bobe, one of the co-founders of the Open Humans project, wants to reverse that trend.

The latest in a series of programs that let you to share or “open source” your genetic and health data, Open Humans, which launched Tuesday, is striving to broaden the reach and eventual impact of medical research by making it easy to participate.More →