Twitter is investing $10 million in a new group at the MIT Media Lab that will study human behavior and events on social media. The five-year grant will come with access to the Twitter firehose, and historical data going back to the first tweet ever sent. Read More
My desk is a creative dead-zone. There, I've said it.
I find my best ideas on the move, when I'm strolling to the T from a meeting, or just going for a walk along the Charles—of course, when my keyboard is safely out of reach.
We want hear about the places around town you head to for inspiration: Those hotspots you seek out to shake out of a funk or wrestle down a knotty problem. Read MoreLearning machinesMIT online course will teach you to design a robot that moves
Walking, jumping, running robots like Big Dog and Atlas are equal parts amazing and terrifying. And look how they've grown: MIT's Cheetah bot, once a tethered machine on a treadmill, can now bound across an open field unchained.
A few makers of the sophisticated moving robots that are starting to pop up in public more and more are going to be sharing their wisdom with the masses. Starting today, MIT's online course on moving robots is open for business. Read MoreA Where's-Waldo-ish Guide to What-Not-to-DoAll the wee little design things that matter
Internet scholars and activists gathered at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard on Tuesday to discuss the right to choose how identity is presented online. The discussion was led by aestetix, an activist for pseudonymity on the Web.
Today, the Maroon & Gold Fund, an "affinity fund" being run through Launch Angels was announced. The fund looks to raise up to $2 million from Boston College alumni and use that money to invest in 12 to 15 early stage BC-founded startups.
While the new fund will help propel BC—which has already produced some recent startup success stories such as Jebbit, NBD Nano—it also presents a new battleground for ultra-competitive college alumni to fight for bragging rights. Read MoreAnother Trip?eBay to spin off PayPal...Will it work? Look to TripAdvisor
Just three years after Harvard University opened its Innovation Lab, a space for students to develop startup ideas, there's a new annex for alumni businesses located right across the street. The Launch Lab is intended to support not only recent grads who may be growing companies they started when they were students, but also alumni several years out who are working on new ventures. Both the Launch Lab and the Innovation Lab are in the former WGBH television complex on Western Avenue in Allston. I stopped by earlier this month to have a look...
Charlie Baker talked about his “favorite” collaboration between Harvard and MIT — but couldn’t name it.
Martha Coakley thought describing a high-tech innovation as “disruptive” was a bad thing, even though startups wear the label like a badge of honor.
Both major-party candidates for Massachusetts governor were clearly out of their element Monday before an audience of about 150 tech workers during a forum at Microsoft’s Cambridge office.
Coffee has powered all kinds of change-makers in Boston. In 1676 a man named John Sparry got authorization to open the first coffee shop in the New World. In the 1700s, activists nursed plans for revolution in the Green Dragon, a coffee shop in Boston's North End. Today, cafes lining the streets of the Seaport and Kendall Square host innovators plotting a different kind of change. Read MoreSemanticsSpot the difference: Secrets from the world of venture capital