Two weeks ago, Facebook began suspending the accounts of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag and community service organization. Members who'd been active on Facebook under their stage names were locked out until they registered with their legal names.
For those members who wanted to keep their stage identities separate from the rest of their lives, at least online, Facebook's actions threatened to tear down a critical wall of privacy. After attempted discussions with Facebook, a whole lot of media (and social media) attention, and a Change.org campaign that's collected more than 36,300 signatures, on Wednesday Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox apologized to the group. Read MoreHow far can Wayfair go?Wayfair IPO marks the start of a new era for the Boston tech community
Wayfair Inc. raised $304.5 million Wednesday night in its initial public offering, the first in a wave of tech companies from Boston’s innovation community that will hit Wall Street with high excitement and high expectations. Read More
Twitter is investing $10 million in a new group at the MIT Media Lab that will study human behavior and events on social media. The five-year grant will come with access to the Twitter firehose, and historical data going back to the first tweet ever sent. Read MoreWe're listeningWhere are Boston's most creative places? #TellBeta
My desk is a creative dead-zone. There, I've said it.
I find my best ideas on the move, when I'm strolling to the T from a meeting, or just going for a walk along the Charles—of course, when my keyboard is safely out of reach.
We want hear about the places around town you head to for inspiration: Those hotspots you seek out to shake out of a funk or wrestle down a knotty problem. Read MoreLearning machinesMIT online course will teach you to design a robot that moves
Walking, jumping, running robots like Big Dog and Atlas are equal parts amazing and terrifying. And look how they've grown: MIT's Cheetah bot, once a tethered machine on a treadmill, can now bound across an open field unchained.
A few makers of the sophisticated moving robots that are starting to pop up in public more and more are going to be sharing their wisdom with the masses. Starting today, MIT's online course on moving robots is open for business. Read MoreA Where's-Waldo-ish Guide to What-Not-to-DoAll the wee little design things that matter
Lena Groeger does a fabulous breakdown of what works and what doesn't — what visual bits are clear to people, and what are confusing or frustrating — in designing the appearance of everything from mobile apps to infographics to various other products. Read More
Today, the Maroon & Gold Fund, an "affinity fund" being run through Launch Angels was announced. The fund looks to raise up to $2 million from Boston College alumni and use that money to invest in 12 to 15 early stage BC-founded startups.
While the new fund will help propel BC—which has already produced some recent startup success stories such as Jebbit, NBD Nano—it also presents a new battleground for ultra-competitive college alumni to fight for bragging rights. Read MoreAnother Trip?eBay to spin off PayPal...Will it work? Look to TripAdvisor
News comes in today from all quarters that eBay will spin off PayPal, which it acquired in 2002, as its own public company, sometime late in 2015.
While the news raises some questions, and answers a few others, the move could breathe fresh life into Paypal which is competing with Apple, Stripe, Square, and others in the mobile payments space. Read More
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