Pillar companies wanted
What is Boston’s strong suit in tech? Ask Veracode
Veracode chief executive Bob Brennan (courtesy of the company).

In some ways, Boston’s tech community—while highly active and growing—seems like it’s playing in the minor leagues. And yet the potential is there to play in the majors, provided that more companies succeed at growing large and staying independently owned over the long term (becoming major hirers and acquirers along the way).

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Quibble over the quadrant
NetScout Systems sues research firm Gartner, alleging pay-to-play coverage
netscoutsystems
If you've ever had a less-than-pleasant interaction with a tech market research firm, here's some enjoyable summer reading for you: a lawsuit filed yesterday by publicly-held NetScout Systems of Westford against Gartner, Inc., one of the most established of the firms that track technology offerings. Read More
Guardians of the (Data) Galaxy
Verdasys becomes Digital Guardian, focuses on protecting data even after a security breach
Digital Guardian
Verdasys Systems has long been known in the security space for its Digital Guardian product; so much so, in fact, that the company is officially rebranding under the name of its banner product. Starting on Tuesday, the company will be known at Digital Guardian by Veradys. Read More
Watch word
Watch who watches what you say: MIT researchers can recreate sound based on video of nearby items
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 More
Community combination
The Capital Network adopts Greenhorn Connect, student-focused networking organization
Greenhorn founder Jason Evanish with Samantha Hammar, executive director of The Capital Network.
A non-profit that helps entrepreneurs learn how to raise money is absorbing Greenhorn Connect, an organization founded five years ago to help students and recent grads connect with the local startup scene. The merger was just finalized this morning. The Capital Network will continue running several of Greenhorn's flagship events, like the career-oriented Greenhorn Summit and RamenCamp, and will also maintain Greenhorn's online calendar of networking events and workshops. Read More
Tech for Language
Talkitt hopes to bridge the chasm of language disability
Voiceitt, a company founded in Israel currently taking part in MassChallenge, has developed a voice recognition platform that could give a voice to the millions of people living with speech disabilities. On Monday, the company is launching an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for TalkItt, the company's technology that translates unintelligible language into understandable speech. Read More