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Azuki Systems Builds Swimsuit iPhone App for Sports Illustrated

Jul 21, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Being neither heterosexual nor much of a sports fan, I’ve never quite understood the annual excitement generated by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But lots of folks out there will no doubt be glad to hear that the swimsuit models, like everything else these days, are now available as an iPhone app. Azuki Systems, the Acton, MA, mobile developer Read more

Category: Azuki Systems, iPhone, Mobile, Xconomy

New England Venture Activity Rebounds Slightly in Q2—Region’s Top 10 Deals List

Jul 20, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

New England companies raised more venture dollars and completed more VC deals in the second quarter of 2009 than they did in the first three months of this year, according to two reports on venture investment activity released recently. Still, the total number of deals and capital invested in the region during the three months that ended June 30 are way off from a year ago. Firms in New England invested a total of $640.1 million Read more

Category: Venture Capital, Xconomy

VC Investing Activity Shows Some Gains in Second Quarter, But Still Well Below 2008 Levels

Jul 20, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Venture capital invested in U.S. startups during the second quarter was roughly half the amount invested during the same quarter last year, but two venture capital surveys found encouraging signs of improvement from the abysmal first three months of 2009. VCs put $3.67 billion into 612 deals during the three months that ended June 30, Read more

Category: Venture Capital, Xconomy

Compromise Bill Would Allow, But Scale Back, Noncompete Agreements in Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

A new draft bill that would limit but not outlaw noncompete agreements in employment contracts in Massachusetts is being floated by two members of the state’s House of Representatives. The bill combines elements of separate bills introduced earlier this year by Representatives William Brownsberger of the 24th Middlesex district and Lori Ehrlich Read more

Category: Noncompetes, Xconomy

GamerDNA Reveals Ad Network

Jul 17, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Cambridge, MA-based GamerDNA, a social network for video gamers, says that it has released an advertising network that enables game companies to deliver ads to people depending on the games they are playing and discussing online. The firm’s early customers for the ad network include big names in the game industry such as CCP Games, Dell, Funcom, Read more

Category: GamerDNA, Gaming, Social Networking, Xconomy

Behind Every Good Product Is a Story; The Daily Grommet Brings You One A Day

Jul 16, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

What the Sam Hill (as my grandpa used to say) is a Daily Grommet? The answer comes in two parts. “Grommet” is the word industrial designer and entrepreneur Jules Pieri has appropriated for the kind of bewitching product that you might discover in an upscale shop in Puerto Vallarta or Tuscany or Vermont—something that’s so unique or beautiful or inventive Read more

Category: Consumer Web, Daily Grommet, Xconomy

Choicestream Nabs Yahoo, Sermo Execs

Jul 16, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Choicestream, the Cambridge, MA, startup that helps companies create targeted, personalized online display ads, said today it has hired three new executives, including two formerly at Yahoo. The Internet portal’s former senior director of retail, Amy Vener, joins Choicestream as director of retail advertising solutions. A former Yahoo video advertising Read more

Category: ChoiceStream, Xconomy

Location-Aware Apps On The Rise, But Many Are Cookie-Cutter ‘Bulk Apps,’ Report Finds

Jul 15, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Not surprisingly, given the rush among handset makers and software developers to cash in on the mobile-software explosion, there’s a been a big uptick in the availability of mobile apps that make use of location information, according to a report published today by Boston’s Skyhook Wireless. That’s true not just for the Apple iPhone, but for Android, Read more

Category: iPhone, Skyhook Wireless, Xconomy

Tragedy of the Commons: It’s (Really) Time to Ban Non-Compete Agreements

Jul 15, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

On snowy days in certain neighborhoods of our great city it is not unusual for someone to put an old trash can in an on-street parking space that they have recently cleared. We all know there is threat implied: if you take the spot, you will regret it. Given the effort expended to clear the spot, the person who did all the work may feel justified Read more

Category: Noncompetes, Tim Rowe, Xconomy

The Big Idea at Springpad

Jul 14, 2009
Publisher: Xconomy

Quite a few tasks in life require investigation and planning. Cooking dinner tonight? First you need to find a recipe, then you need to make a shopping list. Going on vacation? Before you can even begin to finalize your itinerary, you’ll probably collect reams of information on plane fares, local attractions, and places to stay. The Internet Read more

Category: Consumer Web, Spring Partners, Xconomy