Stack Ban
City of Boston passes ordinance to ban parking apps like Haystack; Haystack suspends service
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the selling, leasing, or reserving of public ways  in the city, a move made squarely to counter Haystack, a Baltimore-based startup that allows parkers in the city's metered spots to sell access as they were leaving to others looking for openings. Read More
Your space my space
How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More
The escalators are gone
First look: What Filene's looks like as the new Boston office of ad agency Havas
Gone are the mannequins and automatic mark-downs. The new major tenant of the landmark Filene's building is Havas, the French advertising  & public relations company.
I must admit: even though Filene's closed almost ten years ago, I was a little sad to see the escalators, the stacks of sweaters, and the perfume-spritzers gone. But the Watertown architecture firm Sasaki Associates has kept a few traces of the department store that was once part of every Bostonian's life as it transformed the top four floors of the landmark Downtown Crossing building into offices for Havas Worldwide. Havas is a French advertising conglomerate that owns Boston ad agency Arnold Worldwide; Debi Kleiman, an executive vice president at Havas and former director of the trade group MITX, gave me an early look at the space last week. Read More