Uber gets legislative backing
While in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.
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Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick is in Boston for tonight's MassChallenge awards ceremony, and there's a good chance he'll be taking a victory lap as he shuttles over to the Convention Center. The ridesharing service had a big win in Washington D.C. yesterday when the District passed legislation creating a "comprehensive ridesharing framework" they say will better protect drivers and riders. It's the 13th jurisdiction to do so, and for now at least, both Massachusetts and Boston have been mum on whether they'll follow suit. Read More
What you need to know with your Cup o' Joe
Morning brief: Aileron gets $33 million in new funding, HeyWire announces 911 text advancements
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This morning, two local companies made announcements that could have health and safety implications for years to come. One deals with funding to help fight cancer using an approach that merges science, biology, and new technological drug development technologies; the other is an advancement in using a ubiquitous communication technology when an emergency strikes. Read More
Giant robots need your help
A Somerville startup thinks robot duels will be the next big sport
MegaBots co-founders Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Andrew Stroup, pictured outside the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, with a bot in the background.
What better week than Halloween to launch a crowdfunding campaign to build 15-foot tall battle bots with cannons for arms? A trio of techies are hoping to raise $1.8 million for MegaBots, a Somerville startup that envisions a new sports league featuring humanoid robots with actual humans at the controls. And those willing to donate $2,500 to the project will get a chance to engage in combat — sometime in 2016. Read More
Good Vibrations: A smart bracelet for long-distance lovers
Alexander List's startup HeadTalk IO is a member of TechStars Boston.
Skype dinner dates and Snapchat selfies are great, but not being able to touch that special someone is the great big downside to long-distance relationships. A new wearable device called Magnet promises to keep the attraction alive between partners who are miles apart. When you tap one bracelet, its pair buzzes, like a little love tap on your wrist. Read More
Who got bought?
LogMeIn acquired a Calif. mystery startup to improve its collaboration product
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LogMeIn is staying mum on one of its most recent acquisitions. In September, the Boston-based software-as-a-service company paid $15 million for Meldium, which makes it simpler to sign on to web-based services. But it paid $6 million for another San Francisco startup, according to its latest quarterly report. It only describes this second acquisition, which also took place in early September, as involving a "collaboration software provider." Read More
Looking for (another) Miracle
Revival on Rt. 128? Office spaces still vacant as companies leave for Boston, Cambridge
Photo of Autodesk via Kathryn Eident/Boston
You've heard the talk: Watertown is the new Somerville. Medford is the new Somerville. But missing from this chatter are the voices of cities at the other end of the spectrum, those that may not want to brag about being "The New..." Read More
Out of the Boxx
Promoboxx to pull manufacturers and independent retailers into the advertising future
Promoboxx chief executive Ben Carcio. Image via YouTube
Promoboxx is quite unlike many of the other startups who took part in the Techstars Boston 2011 class in that it hasn't received a large Series A or Series B round of investment funding. The great thing for Promoboxx is that it hasn't had to raise money since its initial early stage funding. So you may not have heard much about the company founded and led by chief executive Ben Carcio, since journalists like myself are only interested in sexy news like a new financing round or the sudden departure of a key employee.  Read More
Adding clinical expertise
Merck veteran signs on with Clarus Ventures, Cambridge healthcare investment firm
Employees of Clarus Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm.
After departing pharmaceutical giant Merck in June, Barry Gertz is signing on with Clarus Ventures of Cambridge. Gertz had most recently served as Merck's head of global clinical development, overseeing research and development of more than 25 products. Clarus invests in startups creating new drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices. Read More