Tapping entrepreneurialism
MIT spinout Sanergy targeting clean sanitation for all of Kenya (and beyond)
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While we fret over our first-world problems, there are nearly 2.5 billion people without access to something we’ve long taken for granted in the United States—adequate sanitation. And it’s a deadly problem: An estimated 1.6 million children die yearly from diarrheal disease as the result of inadequate sanitation.

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Eve's distant cousin?
Robot startup Jibo unveils a multi-purpose 'social bot' for the home
Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal and software architect Jonathan Ross with a Jibo prototype. Photo by Scott Kirsner/BetaBoston.
Roomba hunts dust bunnies. Autom helps you shed pounds. But Jibo wants to be the first multi-purpose robot for your home — a countertop assistant that can snap family photos, remind you of the day's schedule, relay messages, entertain children with interactive stories, and facilitate videoconferences. The $499 product is being unveiled today, but won't be available until late in 2015. Read More
Twitter's Answer
With Crashlytics Answers, Twitter gets deeper into the realm of mobile app development
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A little more than a month ago, after remaining quiet after its acquisition by Twitter for over a year, Crashlytics launched its second product, Beta. Today, hot on the heels of that product release, Crashlytics is announcing the deployment of another new product, Answers by Crashlytics. Read More
Parking Impasse
Former city council president Mike Ross backs Haystack parking scalping app
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While Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out hard against Haystack, the parking app that lets users "sell" access to parking spaces they're leaving, the company has found one prominent local ally who sees nothing but upside: Mike Ross, a former City Council president and mayoral candidate, and a regular Globe contributor. Read More
Sharing economy
Mayor Walsh issues statement about parking apps the day of Haystack's Boston launch
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Haystack, an app that allows users to hand off parking spaces that they occupy for a $3 fee, planned its launch today in Boston despite the fact that the City of Boston is none too pleased that the company is selling a good that they don't actually own. (See update below.) Read More