Michael Morisy is the editor of BetaBoston, covering startups, innovation, and technology for the Boston Globe online. He joined the Globe in 2012 after reporting on technology and building online communities for five years. He is also the founder of MuckRock, an online investigative news startup with a focus on public records.
The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it's too late. That's why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process.
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For a few years now, there's been one startup in Boston that's been my unqualified favorite to watch, even though I haven't reported on them: Clover Food. In a deep profile for this weekend's Globe Magazine, Eric Moskowitz rightly describes it as what would result if a cafeteria mated with an Apple store. But there's one big cultural difference between Apple and Clover: Clover is obsessively open with how it operates.
There's been a lot of debate about how serious Amazon is with its much touted (and very not-a-real-thing-currently) Prime Air drone-delivery program, considering the Federal Aviation Administration has specifically banned drones for commercial purposes. Add one on the serious side of the score card: the company has recruited former MIT professor Paul Viola to be its vice president of science for Prime Air. Read MoreParking ImpasseFormer city council president Mike Ross backs Haystack parking scalping app
Boston's Inspectional Services Division has released a memo stating that, as the city mulls regulating "sharing economy" room rentals, it's taking a hands-off approach for now, even for scofflaws who don't pay the relatively small registration fees.