An early private investor in Facebook and other hot tech stocks, Fidelity Investments has a history of backing moonshots, but this time, it has put its money on a bona-fide rocket.
The Boston financial giant joined with Google Inc. and other investors in a $1 billion funding of Space Exploration Technologies, the California company started by billionaire Elon Musk. Known as SpaceX, the company builds reusable rockets and spacecrafts to ferry cargo to the International Space Station and might one day attempt to transport humans to Mars. Read MoreNorthern Ireland ConnectionBelfast-founded saltDNA gets $3 million, will move headquarters to Cambridge
One December afternoon at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, a group of scientists gathered at the base’s Sensory Evaluation Laboratory for a taste test. On the menu: an experimental chocolate protein drink in shot glasses and two versions of a creamy beef and potato stew, arranged on cafeteria trays. Read More
Jay Acunzo is director of platform and community development at NextView Ventures, a seed-stage venture firm in Boston that invests in web and mobile startups. Prior to holding that role, he was a digital and social media strategist at Google and was the head of content and blogging at Hubspot. He shared his daily digital habits with The Download.
Read MoreMobile tech for museum-goersSpotzer, deploying tech to enhance museum visits, raises first funding
Think about the wall plaques or audio guides that shape your visit to a museum: They're no different for visitors more interested in history than art, or those who want to dive deeply into a particular artifact and skim past others.
A Boston startup called Spotzer wants to change that, by letting you use a smartphone as your guide, and deploying Bluetooth "beacon" technology throughout museums so that you can chart your own course. The company just got its start last year, but it has already done pilot tests with institutions like the Boston Athenaeum, MIT's List Visual Arts Center, and New York's Neue Galerie — and Spotzer founder Brendan Ciecko is in the midst of wrapping the company's first funding round.
Read MoreBETA TESTINGSmile 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 MoreSpy vs. SpyPresident 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
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 MoreOrange Sprocket in the Granite StateHubSpot expanding to Portsmouth, N.H.