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Fighting back: Women now have a tool to report their abusers on Twitter
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Women, famously, are not welcome on the Internet, and it is on public forums like Twitter where they typically face the shrillest abuse. Now, women have a place to report their harassers thanks to a new tool built by Women, Action & the Media, a Cambridge group that is collaborating with Twitter.  Read More
Innovation Economy
Pedal power plus: Startups aim to give a boost to bicycling
Superpedestrian founder Assaf Biderman works on the Copenhagen Wheel at his shop in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
On a brisk fall morning last week, I was pedaling the streets of Cambridge in my own personal Tour de France. Ordinarily, I am a pokey cyclist, but now I was tearing down Brookline Street at 18 miles an hour, without huffing or feeling the burn. On the bike’s rear wheel, hidden inside a plastic case, were $800 worth of sensors, batteries, and a motor that augmented my leg muscles. Read More
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99Degrees collects $400,000 in funding to deliver custom clothing faster
Left to right: Fancy Faith, Brenna Schneider, and Tameria Lanier of 99Degrees Custom. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
Brenna Schneider sees customization as the future: when you order a hoodie or a pair of kicks, you should be able to make the design your own. But one of the big limitations, Schneider says, is the long wait. Since most of the products are made overseas, it can take several weeks to get what you ordered. "And of course, the e-commerce world has no tolerance for weeks," she says. "There's pressure for quicker turnaround on custom orders." Read More
3-D Printed pepperoni? Natick's Army lab tests extreme menus for soldiers
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With rescue robots, bionic arms, and microscopic drones on the docket, it seems the military is no stranger to far-our futuristic technologies. But this time they've gone after a concept straight out of science fiction: 3-D printed food. And the military’s research lab based in Natick is leading the charge. Read More