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Grand Theft (Electric) Autos
The A123 v. Apple lawsuit - Apple cars, failed battery makers, and noncompetes
A123 Systems, a Waltham-based maker of lithium ion batteries, has filed a lawsuit on the basis of broken noncompete agreements against Apple Inc. that claims the tech company poached some of its prominent electric car battery engineers, according to a recent report from Reuters. Read More
Name Change
Merchant Warehouse rebrands as Cayan in a move to represent a shift in the company's development
Cayan chief executive Henry Helgeson.
Merchant Warehouse, a Boston-based company specializing in payment technology and services, is rebranding today as Cayan. It's a move tied to the expansion of its online payment and point-of-sale, or POS, software systems and devices. It's a move that's tied to the expansion of its cloud payment technologies which work with point-of-sale (POS) systems and devices. Read More
One night only
Rock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade
Janelle Monáe plays HubSpot's annual customer conference in October. Photo by  Zac Wolf, courtesy of HubSpot.
In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists. Read More
Take a number
John Hancock's new 'Genius Bar' aims to rethink the IT help desk
John Hancock president Craig Bromley (right) speaks to Jacques Ouimet in the new TechLab space. Courtesy John Hancock.
John Hancock is trying to take the pain out of the IT help desk experience for its 3,450 local employees. In a page pulled from the "we're a savvy startup" handbook, the financial services company launched a new TechLounge in its Boston headquarters Monday that hopes to emulate the experience of the Apple Store. Read More
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, says being gay "has led to a richer life."
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple's iconic ad campaign had a simple motto: "Think Different." So it's fitting that in the heartfelt essay published Thursday morning in Businessweek, in which Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that he is gay, he described being different as "among the greatest gifts God has given me." He is the highest profile CEO to have identified as gay or lesbian. Read More
Health Connector
Virgin Pulse links with Apple's HealthKit, could serve as hub for other apps to do so as well
Photo via Apple
Virgin Pulse, the Framingham-based health and wellness software company that is part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, says it has integrated its products with Apple's new HealthKit app. One of the first larger healthy-living programs to connect to Apple's iPhone 6 health app, Virgin Pulse has an opportunity to serve as an intermediary between HealthKit and the wide range of health, wellness, and fitness applications Virgin currently connects to. Read More
Apple's Game Changer
5 reasons Apple Pay will succeed where others have failed
This is a guest post from Henry Helgeson, the chief executive of payments system software company Merchant Warehouse. The new iPhones are out. In fact, you might very well be reading this on one. And while you may be excited about the bigger screen, slim profile, fancy camera or even the futuristic Touch ID features, you’re probably not giving much thought to what could turn out to be the coolest feature to come out of this latest iteration: Apple Pay. Read More