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not too hot not too cold
This self-powered boiler can help you survive New England winters
When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity. The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient.  Read More
Looking for (another) Miracle
Revival on Rt. 128? Office spaces still vacant as companies leave for Boston, Cambridge
Photo of Autodesk via Kathryn Eident/Boston
You've heard the talk: Watertown is the new Somerville. Medford is the new Somerville. But missing from this chatter are the voices of cities at the other end of the spectrum, those that may not want to brag about being "The New..." Read More
Big Oracle Moves
New Oracle chief exec is Brookline's Safra Catz, could another Bostonian rise in the ranks?
Image courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oracle_images/5006426977/">Hartmann Studios via Flickr</a> (the size of this image was changed)
The big news in the tech world today is that Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison is moving from his role at the head of the company and will now be Oracle's chief technology officer and executive chairman. Ellison's replacements—yes, two chief executives—have already been appointed. One is Mark Hurd, who had been co-president of the company. The other co-CEO is his fellow co-president, Safra Catz. 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
The Parent Market
Care.com taking steps to become the all-in-one, mom-geared family care site
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Waltham-based Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), which has been the only local tech company to go public in a year when many Boston tech IPOs were expected, released its second-quarter numbers last week, showing increased growth of its total members. More important for the continued success of the online family care company may be the two pieces of news that came as the second quarter was ending: The acquisition of social commerce platform Citrus Lane and the launch of its BigTent mobile app. Read More