‘Buoy Local’ Startup Acquired by Bangor Savings Bank

By | Sep 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The almost-three-year-old Portland, ME-based startup Buoy Local has just been acquired by Bangor Savings Bank. Buoy Local was featured at a event, the Maine Mixer and Startup Showcase, in 2014. The company got its start in Portland, co-founded by Sean Sullivan and Kai Smith, where it sold gift cards useable only at a selection…


Hackers Stole 68M Dropbox Accounts… 4 Years Ago

By | Aug 31, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Dropbox’s biggest hack happened in 2012. Files totaling 5GB with the details of 68,680,741 accounts were found online, and a “senior Dropbox employee” has confirmed that the leak information is legitimate, according to Motherboard. Dropbox has released a statement about the hack, further clarifying what has happened:…


Video News: GoPro Will Launch 32 TV Shows Next Year

By | Aug 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Just when you thought media platforms couldn’t get any more invested in video streaming, something like this happens: Camera manufacturer and ace self-marketer GoPro is getting to the entertainment media business, planning to release 32 short-form TV shows in 2017. The news comes from…


Over 800K People Became Cordcutters Last Quarter

By | Aug 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Cordcutters — those who drop their previous subscription to pay TV — are a good barometer of the general population’s TV interests. Do they prefer cable or internet streaming? For years, the answer has been the latter, with a shift towards the former. That…


It’s Good That Unlimited Vacation Is Terrible

By | Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

You will never take an unlimited vacation. Plenty of hip startups and business that wish they were hip are offering the perk now, and it looks great: You’ll get as much time off as you want, as long as you get your work done….

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DSYNC: All Business Systems Linked In One

By | Aug 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

Businesses that have data stored in different applications, or even across multiple systems integrating that data can be a real challenge. If they don’t have an in-house programming staff, then things are even more difficult. This is where DSYNC just might be able to…


The Internet’s Domain Name System Is Going Non-Profit

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. government has overseen the global database of website addresses for the large majority of the world wide web. Now, on October 1, 2016, they’re giving it up. On that date, administration of the domain name system will be…


Facebook Is Getting a Desktop Gaming Platform

By | Aug 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Facebook‘s new game platform is in alpha-testing: The application will let users play PC games from game engine company Unity without needing to visit first. Until August 31st, developers can apply to receive the closed alpha export tool. It’s a very different update…


4 Companies That Could Potentially Own Gawker Tomorrow

By | Aug 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Gawker Media ends 14 years of independence tonight. The company declared bankruptcy in the wake of a lawsuit against it, and has been up for sale since. Bids for the the online media company are due at 5 p.m. tonight. Here’s who might walk away…


Facebook’s New Algorithm Tweak Ranks for “Informative Stories”

By | Aug 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Following on the heels of several major changes to the Facebook algorithm, Facebook has announced a new tweak: They’ll be prioritizing “informative” stories slightly higher in the ranking. The update was announced on the Facebook blog in a post by three employees: Jie Xu, Research…


Arianna Huffington Opts for the Startup Life by Leaving Huffington Post

By | Aug 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Arianna Huffington is one of the most influential people in the world. Whether it’s letting the world know about the best ways to sleep or appearing on the popular animated show Family Guy, this entrepreneur has done it all. And while her most notable achievement is…


IFTTT Now Integrates With Third-Party Apps

By | Aug 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm

IFTTT is working with third-party companies. That’s right, now many applications and IoT devices will be able to connect to a variety of other networks, through the service that it provides. The startup’s name comes from the phrase “if this, then that,” a reference to…


Editor: The ‘Boston Globe’ Needs to Be “More Like a Startup”

By | Aug 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Newspaper cultures need to change fast in order to keep up with rapidly worsening media atmosphere. Facebook’s crackdown on clickbait today is just one of the many ways in which the glut of online content is getting honed down to a clear-cut distinction between a…


Video News: ‘Funny or Die’ Cuts Staff, LinkedIn Adds Video

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Another day, another major social media platform jumps into video: LinkedIn has announced the release of a standalone iOS app, Record, which will allow only the biggest influencers on the network to post 30-second clips responding to prompts from LinkedIn staff. At this point, we’re running…


Instagram Copied Snapchat So Bad They Even Stole the Name

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Instagram’s blog today didn’t say “Today, we’re stealing Snapchat Stories, a feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on…


Vaping Industry Is Bracing Itself for Change

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

The rise of vaping over the last few years has been incredible to witness. The arrival of e-cigarettes has been a true grass-roots revolution, impacting positively on millions of lives as smokers look to quit traditional tobacco. Vaping’s popularity has seen several incarnations of…


This Is Weirdest Startup Revenue Model You’ll See

By | Jul 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

In today’s startup world, not getting a cent from investors can be something to celebrate: Bootstrapping is increasingly essential as VCs lower seed funding in favor of late-stage startup rounds. And companies are scrambling to figure out a workable startup revenue model as they grow. So when…