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President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week
In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)
This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org's "Hour of Code" initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, "Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives." Read More
Q&A
Talking tweets with Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki discusses his new book, The Art of Social Media. Photo: Halley Suitt Tucker.
Guy Kawasaki first rose to fame as Apple’s chief evangelist in the early era of the Mac, but today he’s best known for his commanding social media presence. Every day, he provides hundreds of insightful links to his 1.4 million Twitter followers. Kawasaki is the co-author of the new book, “The Art of Social Media, Power Tips for Power Users” (Portfolio/Penguin), with the New Hampshire-based social media strategist Peg Fitzpatrick, who plans and assists with much of his online presence. Here, he shares his insights on mastering communications on the Web. Read More
Calling all cyber defenders
Bruce Schneier: There are three big threats to cybersecurity — and one defense
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BetaBoston partnered with Silicon Valley Bank, Hack/Reduce, and Terrible Labs on Thursday to host the Cyber Security Symposium. Security experts from Credit Suisse, Threat Stack, Bit9 and others convened for a day-long event, the second niche-focused conference put together by SVB, Atlas Venture's Cort Johnson and Terrible Labs' Smith Anderson after the Quantified Self Conference in March. Read More
Innovation Economy
Trolling campuses for the next Facebook
(From left) Barron Roth, John Moore, middle and Luke Sorensen discuss Downtyme during a development meeting at Boston University. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Two April days, separated by a decade. Two college sophomores walk into the Charles Square complex in Cambridge to meet with prospective investors. They’ve both built apps to help students communicate with friends on campus, and attracted a small community of users. Read More
An Uber Opportunity?
The answer to Uber's recent PR nightmares may be sitting in its Boston office
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Dan Primack reported in Fortune yesterday that Uber was raising a $1.8 billion round of funding (confirmed by Re/Code as $1.2 billion), and it seems like the innovative transportation company has been in the news almost every day for the past month, though mostly for the antics of what is being portrayed in the press as a highly dysfunctional leadership team. Read More
InnerCity Weightlifting to open outpost in Kendall Square
Personal trainers from InnerCity Weightlifting work with employees at Microsoft's New England office. Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff
In this weekend's Boston Globe Magazine, business columnist Shirley Leung writes about InnerCity Weightlifting, the Dorchester gym that has provided a source of support and job opportunities to formerly incarcerated men by helping them become personal trainers. For the past two years, founder Jon Feinman has been pairing members of the gym with employees at Microsoft's New England headquarters for training sessions. Now he plans to take the idea one step further and open a gym in the heart of the Cambridge tech community. As Leung writes:
Come February or so, his theory will face the ultimate test when he opens a gym in Kendall Square, the playground of computer geniuses, scientists, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. It’s an expensive proposition for a nonprofit — a $1.5 million lease over five years, for which InnerCity Weightlifting is still fund-raising. But Feinman, InnerCity’s founder and executive director, feels certain this is exactly where his program needs to be if the goal is to get men on a path out of their dangerous world and into one with possibilities. “We felt it was a greater risk not to make this investment,” says 31-year-old Feinman, who himself worked as a personal trainer and earned an MBA from Babson College before launching InnerCity. ... The concept is so starkly simple you can’t help but wonder if it could succeed. Can we lift people up from the bottom by exposing them to the people at the top?
Read the full story here.  
A whole new world
Would you sequence the genome of your newborn? A majority of Mass. parents say yes
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Would you be willing to sequence the genome of your newborn baby, Gattaca-style, mere hours after bringing it into the world? A little over 500 new parents were asked this question in the maternity ward at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last year, and a majority said yes. Read More