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Rhode Island-based CVS Health, operator of Minute Clinics and the country’s second-biggest drugstore chain, is planning to open a technology development center in Boston this winter. Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer tells me that the CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab will fit about 100 people — some of whom will move from CVS HQ in Woonsocket, and some of whom will be new hires. “We may not hire all 100 next year, but we’re going to hire a lot,” Tilzer says. The lab’s focus will be on “building customer-centric experiences in health care.”More →

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There is an arms race going on in the business world similar to that in the sports world.

Everyone wants to be bigger, faster, and stronger in terms of operations, technology, sales and marketing, and revenue. The key to it all is speed. And in business, that doesn’t mean being able to run a 40-yard-dash in 4.15 seconds. It means having access to information fast, and, maybe most important, accurately.More →

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Russell Tyrone Jones, better known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the famous rap collective Wu-Tang Clan.

The RZA, Wu-Tang’s unofficial leader, has said that ODB will be included in some way in the group’s upcoming album, “A Better Tomorrow,” which is slated to be released in early December. However, part of “A Better Tomorrow” is being made available now through a special partnership between the band and Boombotix, a maker of Bluetooth speakers. Boombotix has created a special Wu-Tang version of their Boombot REX speaker, which will be preloaded with several songs from the new album. The speaker was available starting Nov. 15, which also just happens to be Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s birthday.More →


Poet and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes is widely credited with bestowing on Boston its moniker as “Hub of the Universe,” and while outsiders like to mock the nickname, it’s becoming harder to ignore one reality: Boston is officially becoming a launching pad for international startups. Maybe even, ahem, the Hub of the Tech Universe?

At Wednesday’s Techstars Demo Day, five of the 12 companies that appeared on stage, born out of the program, were international. MassChallenge had about 30 companies from throughout the globe in its class this year.More →