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Uber gets legislative backing

While in Boston today, Uber celebrates a big win in D.C.

Boston

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

 
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What you need to know with your Cup o' Joe

Morning brief: Aileron gets $33 million in new funding, HeyWire announces 911 text advancements

Biotech

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

 
MegaBots co-founders Gui Cavalcanti, Matt Oehrlein, and Andrew Stroup, pictured outside the Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, with a bot in the background.

Giant robots need your help

A Somerville startup thinks robot duels will be the next big sport

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

 
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Fast Mass

RunKeeper finds Massachusetts runners are fastest in the U.S.

RunKeeper

Which state has the runners who run the most miles per capita? Which state has the fastest runners? And which state has the runners with the fastest pace per mile? Read More