Michael Morisy is the founder and former 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.
A new publication by the Department of Transportation outlines how Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology can help cut down on accidents — and possibly pave the way for self-driving cars. The study indicates new regulations requiring the technology, which combines GPS with short-wave radio communications, could come as soon as 2020.
Read MoreParty PhotosBoston Calling attendees were guinea pigs in IBM surveillance pilot
A new three-part series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 forthcoming) from Dig Boston is looking at how IBM lured the city into trialling a new model of a "smarter city": One that watched and listened to its citizens, seeking out suspicious activity while tracking faces and clothing, tying together tweets and hundreds of cameras in a system the current administration ultimately found no "practical value" in.
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Two of the biggest tech IPOs anticipated for the fourth quarter are, like Alibaba, e-commerce companies: Boston-based Wayfair, which sells home furnishings, and Berlin-based Zalando, which focuses on apparel and shoes.
Both companies are seeking valuations in the billions of dollars, people familiar with the deals have said.
Wayfair, which will list in the U.S., is getting ready to launch its IPO but doesn't want to compete with Alibaba for the attention of bankers or investors, people familiar with company executives' thinking said. It will likely wait to begin its so-called roadshow, when shares are pitched to potential investors, at least until later in September, they said.
I've watched this video a few times, and it still blows my mind: Using high-speed video of nearby items, such as a plant or stray chip wrapper, MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe researchers found a way to analyze vibrations and algorithmically recreate roughly what sounds were in the room, down to actual words being spoken or a tune being played — without any recorded audio cues.
Read MoreHelp WantedLooking for your next job? BetaBoston, Boston.com, and the Boston Globe are hiring
If you're looking for a new job, whether you're a software engineer, an editor, or a project manager, a great opportunity might be closer than you think. Boston Globe Media Partners, parent company of BetaBoston and (surprise) the Boston Globe and Boston.com, is hiring for a variety of positions.
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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