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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
May it Please the Court
Court win for taxi companies probably won't help Uber, Lyft
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Massachusetts’ top court says it’s fine to treat taxi drivers as independent contractors, rather than actual employees of the cab companies. But the ruling probably won’t help the taxi industry’s nemesis, Uber, because the heavily regulated cab business is so complex. Read More
Play Ball!
Parking apps help Fenway fans get a leg up on Opening Day
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Jason Heard got to Fenway Park at noon for Monday’s Red Sox home opener, but he wasn’t there to watch the game. Instead, Heard was working for a parking lot tucked behind the ballpark, waving cars into an alley with a bright orange flag. Fifty dollars per carload for the prime spots. If that seems steep, the market didn’t think so — an hour and a half before the first pitch, Heard was using his flag to tell people there were no more spots to be had. Read More
Fiksu lays off 10 percent of workforce, CFO departs as IPO plans hit a wall
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Fiksu, a mobile marketing technology company that last year said it had surpassed $100 million in annual revenue, has laid off about 10 percent of its workforce as part of a reorganization, chief executive Micah Adler said. Chief financial officer Ken Goldman has also left the company effective today, less than a year after coming on board to help Fiksu prepare for a possible initial public offering. Read More
With 'Infinite Crisis' and two mobile titles in the works, Turbine is gearing up
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. Read More
Mobile tech for museum-goers
Spotzer, deploying tech to enhance museum visits, raises first funding
A gallery at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (MFA photo.)
Think about the wall plaques or audio guides that shape your visit to a museum: They're no different for visitors more interested in history than art, or those who want to dive deeply into a particular artifact and skim past others. A Boston startup called Spotzer wants to change that, by letting you use a smartphone as your guide, and deploying Bluetooth "beacon" technology throughout museums so that you can chart your own course. The company just got its start last year, but it has already done pilot tests with institutions like the Boston Athenaeum, MIT's List Visual Arts Center, and New York's Neue Galerie — and Spotzer founder Brendan Ciecko is in the midst of wrapping the company's first funding round. Read More
Tapping tech talent in Boston
Pharmacy giant CVS Health will open digital innovation lab in Boston
CVS store
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." Read More
Doctors orders
High blood pressure? There’s an app for that
Twine Health co-founders, John Moore (right) and Frank Moss, at the MIT Media Lab. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe)
Among the ills of the American health care system is the disconnect between patients and their doctors. John Moore has an app for that. Moore is cofounder of Twine Health, which is making a mobile app to improve communication between doctors and patients and nudge the sick to more closely follow their treatment plans. Read More