Dennis Keohane

Dennis Keohane, Senior Staff Writer

A sea of satellites and global Internet, brought to you by Google and Elon Musk

Word is that Google is going to invest $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX project.

The Wall Street Journal and The Information first reported on the news that will value Musk's private space exploration company at $10 billion. On Friday, Musk, speaking in Seattle, said that he hopes to put a "constellation of satellites" in space within five years.

Google's interest in the project is related to the company's continuing efforts to find a way to bring more wireless Internet access to the world. The project is expected to cost between $10 million and $15 million; if it meets its expected timeline, Musk claims could have a satellite-driven global Internet in about 12 years.


The White Tooth app means to help brighten your smile. (Photo: Pearly Whites)


Smile and say ‘selfie’! This app wants to brighten your teeth


Your phone can hail you a cab, order you a burrito — and possibly add sparkle to your smile. That’s what makers of the White Tooth app claim, anyway. Like skipping the manicurist to paint your nails at home, a Boston whitening center has created an app that’ll give you the benefits of professional tooth bleaching at home. Read More

President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference at the East Room of the White House Jan. 16. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Spy vs. Spy

President Obama, David Cameron announce ‘Cambridge v. Cambridge’ hackathon


President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a hackathon on Friday that is panning out to be the great cybersecurity smackdown of 2015. The pair are pitting wonks and nerds on either side of the Atlantic against each other in a battle called "Cambridge v. Cambridge."  Read More

Rob Gronkowski will be gearing up for Sunday's game. Photo: Barry Chin/Globe Staff.

Bus Together

Skedaddle launches its charter bus service with free trip to Sunday’s Patriots game


Most of the chatter about busses and the New England Patriots recently has centered on Rob Gronkowski's new party bus. But early stage startup Skedaddle is doing something special this weekend to gain attention for its new bus charter reservation service by offering a free round-trip shuttle from Boston to Gillette Stadium for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Read More

Photo via staff photo / Thushan Amarasiriwardena

Orange Sprocket in the Granite State

HubSpot expanding to Portsmouth, N.H.


HubSpot announced today that it has opened up a new office near Prescott Park in Portsmouth, N.H., which will be its second US office. Read More

Several members of the Dat Venture cohort arriving in Boston next month met in Madrid last week. Photo via Dat Venture.


Dat Venture to bring 15 Spanish startups to Boston


How do you say “startup” in Spanish? Luckily, it’s simple: Startup. Read More

Amazon's Echo device, priced at $199, can play music and answer questions. But it isn't yet widely available. (Photo courtesy Amazon.)

Talk to the cylinder

What’s Amazon been up to in Cambridge? Speech rec for Echo product, among others


Amazon has started shipping — in small numbers — a tabletop device called Echo. If Apple's Siri and Bose's WaveRadio had a baby, it would be something like Echo. Once connected to your wireless network, the $199 device can stream music and news programming from services like iHeartRadio and Amazon Prime, and it can also answer spoken questions on subjects like the weather, or what year the War of 1812 ended. And it turns out that a team at Amazon's Kendall Square research-and-development office has been developing the speech recognition capabilities for Echo. Read More

Park Boston 1 copy

Park It

I just used the City of Boston’s new parking app, ParkBoston

City of Boston

In his first State of the City address last night, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the City of Boston is launching a new parking program that allows users to pay for metered parking spaces through a mobile app. Read More

Chris Lynch (left) watched as Miss Massachusetts USA shaved a participant’s head during a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Child Cancer Research. (Photo by Aram Boghosian/Boston Globe)

Chris Lynch’s close shaves prove to be a good investment


It was 6:45 on a Monday night last month, and Chris Lynch was warming up the crowd. Read More

The Driftt team, from left: David Cancel, Marshall Moutenot, Alden Keefe Sampson, and Elias Torres.

Deja vu all over again

Driftt, out to improve collaboration on documents, collects $15 million

Innovation Economy

So much happens in five years... In 2010, I covered the initial funding of a Cambridge startup called Performable, which was out to help websites hold on to more of their visitors. In 2015, those same two entrepreneurs are collecting capital for a new idea, Driftt, from the same venture capital firm that initially backed Performable, CRV. Between 2010 and 2015, they got acquired by HubSpot for $20 million, helped that company rebuild its digital marketing product and grow its software development team, and left in September 2014, just before HubSpot's IPO. Read More

Bellow founders Drew Stock and Jon Gilman

Can You Hear Me Now

Bellow, from RunKeeper vets, aims to change the way we communicate


Sitting with Jon Gilman and Drew Stock at a Fort Point area coffee shop one recent morning, I was taken aback when the pair, both former RunKeeper employees, told me that they believed that if Alexander Graham Bell were to invent the telephone in Boston today, he'd probably do it in a much different way. Gilman, a former product manager at RunKeeper, and Stock, a past interaction designer at the fitness tracking company, have created their new startup, Bellow, with the belief that voice communication is superior to texting and that the phone system we use today is broken. They think they can fix it. Read More