It came from the sea
Maine's Google Barge, meant as a luxury showcase, to be scrapped instead
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When Google started floating two mysterious barges — one on each coast — the theories ranged from floating data centers to Google creating its own tech sovereign nation. The planned reality — a glitzy product showcase on the sea — was still pretty out there, but now not even that will come to pass, at least not on the East Coast. Read More
Top Secret 2.0
Inside the Cambridge tech scene built on secret government projects
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It’s well known that Massachusetts is ground zero for the very best of the best of the best. In addition to the finest men's neckties and leather goods, firearms, and bleeding edge scientific advances, it is also home for America’s finest technologists. Recently, when the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency wanted to highlight the importance of cybersecurity, he came to Cambridge.  Read More

The long and winding road
Lilliputian Systems, MIT spin-out that raised $150 million, runs out of fuel
Former Lilliputian employees Mouli Ramani and Souren Lefian in the company's lab in 2011. Photo by Scott Kirsner for BetaBoston.
One of Boston's best-capitalized — and oldest — startups has run out of fuel thirteen years after it was founded. Lilliputian Systems, which had been developing a $300 system called Nectar that used butane to charge up portable electronics, has been selling off equipment and intellectual property, and plans to vacate its Wilmington office by September, CEO Sohail Khan tells me. That is after about $150 million of investment from venture capital firms that included Kleiner Perkins, Atlas Venture, Fairhaven Capital Partners, Stata Venture Partners, RockPort Capital, and Intel Capital. Intel had hoped to produce components of the Lilliputian system at its microchip factory in Hudson, which is being shuttered this year. Read More
Parking Wars
Boston City Council submits ordinance to put an end to parking apps, like Haystack
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Earlier today, in a Boston City Council meeting that also tackled possible regulations for Uber, an ordinance was submitted by Boston City Councilor Frank Baker prohibiting, without permission from the City of Boston, the ability to "sell, lease, reserve, or facilitate the reserving of any street, way, highway, road or parkway, or portion thereof under the City of Boston's control." Read More
Entrepreneurial Man of Mystery
With 101 Tremont's Smartest Entrepreneur, Boston gets a better version of Banana Republic's Startup Guy
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Last week, Banana Republic created some  (likely unwanted) buzz with the launch of its 'The Startup Guy' line of clothing. While the look is pretty much khakis rolled up a bit too high, t-shirts under fitted blazers, half tucked in shirts, and business dress shorts, for some reason, the disjunction between Startup Guy (and the ponderous models sporting the gear) and the reality of what people at startups actually wear on a daily basis led to ridicule and mockery for the marketing misfire. Read More
You come at the king ...
With its Pandora-for-dinner, Nara Logics building a future where search is less relevant
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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. Read More