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Rescue 911
911 replacement RapidSOS wins two Harvard prizes, hits Kickstarter goal
Emergency Call Box
Talk about having a good week. RapidSOS, a startup founded by Harvard and MIT students to help bring 911 technology into the smartphone age, won two startup competitions and successfully finished its crowdfunding campaign, all in the span of three days. Read More
Alcalde de Tweets
MIT's Twitter-backed research highlights Twitter use by small Spanish town
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Twitter can be used for a lot of things — a personal newswire, celebrity PR machine, or meme distribution system. It appears that one small town in Spain is taking advantage of Twitter's real-time conversation stream to replace the complaint line at City Hall. Read More
Bye-bye, $1.25: Smart meters could spawn 'surge' pricing for street parking
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
When Boston last increased parking meter rates in 2011, bumping the hourly charge to $1.25, some drivers were shocked. It was, after all, the first price hike since the mid-1980s. Now, technology is about to bring even more significant changes to parking prices, at a faster pace. In the next few years, street parking prices could rise and fall in response to surges in traffic, part of a high-tech overhaul of the city’s parking infrastructure that includes new meters and the ability to pay with smartphone apps. Read More
Everything's political
Leland Cheung—‘liaison to the innovation economy’ for lieutenant governor?
Leland Cheung, a member of the Cambridge city council. (JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

He’s an MIT Sloan grad and former venture capitalist who loves to talk about the tech economy while he's out running for lieutenant governor. I'm referring, of course, to Leland Cheung, a Cambridge city councilor who thinks he’s best positioned to revive the seemingly pointless position (and the Globe editorial page agrees).

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Institute of notoriety
The MIT ties to Google’s delivery drone program, White House CTO front-runner
With any major tech news, chances are you'll find a connection to MIT, whether or not it involves Boston. And that's the case with two of the tech stories circulating today — Google's disclosure of a program to use drones for deliveries, and the White House's top candidate for a new chief technology officer. Read More