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Middleton, MA’s IdeaArc still in business despite Bankruptcy April 15, 2009

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Idearc Media publishes more than 130 million phone books a year that let your fingers do the walking, but lately, things have not been a snap for the company.

On March 31, the publisher of Verizon White and Yellow Pages phone books — and one of the North Shore’s larger employers — filed for bankruptcy in an effort to reduce its debt. The company said it reached an agreement in principle with its agent bank and a group of secured lenders to reduce its debt from $9 billion to $3 billion.

For more information on IdeaArc and it’s struggles up on the North Shore, click here.

GamerDNA.com : New Gamer Social Network Site Opens in Cambridge April 15, 2009

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A new social networking site for Gamers has opened in Cambridge. The site is called GamerDNA.com, and they are funded by Flybridge Capital Partners of Boston. From the site’s ‘About’ page:

gamerDNA is the place to build and express your unique gamer identity. We want to help you discover, extend and better enjoy games from wherever you play online.
At the core of our company is the gamerDNA Discovery Engine, powered by a database of gameplay patterns and passionate feedback from gamers like you. By applying the collective intelligence of our community, we’re able to understand why you play the games you do, so:

* You can uncover new games you’ll enjoy
* Game developers can design better games with the features you’ll want
* You gain a powerful new voice in the world of games

Getting started is easy… Just let us know where you play (Console, PC, Mobile) and well automatically update your achievements, scores, characters, etc. and transport your gamerDNA anywhere you want to go on the Internet, including popular social media sites like Twitter.
Beyond social media sites, gamerDNA is also working with popular fansites, blogs and gaming communities to make gamerDNA a part of your experience elsewhere on the Web. Our Alliance Network of over 4 million gamers includes some of the largest gaming communities around the world including, WoWJutsu.com, ElitistJerks.com and MapleTip.com.

Our mantra is to know gamers better than any company in the world so we listen carefully to what you have to say about games and are constantly striving to learn what you love about them.”

A123 Systems of Watertown gets tax breaks for its new Livonia, MI Plant April 15, 2009

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A123Systems, a lithium-ion battery company that just Monday said it had raised $69 million in its latest financing round, said yesterday that it has secured more than $100 million in refundable tax credits from the state of Michigan.

Watertown-based A123Systems added that it has selected Livonia, Mich., as the location for one of the new production plants it is planning.

Independent Game Developers Meetup, Monday, 16 May at BetaHouse in Cambridge April 15, 2009

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Scott Macmillan, founder of Macguffin Games, will be hosting a new meetup group focusing on independent video game development and publishing in Boston. The meeting will take place on Monday, 16 May, at BetaHouse in Cambridge. For more details, please contact Boston Indies Google Group.

MacGuffin Games is working on a very intriguing new game, called Heritage, which is due to be released soon for Linux, Mac and PC.

There is a page on their site which has a sneak peek at some Heritage Concept Art.

Independent Game Conference East is in Boston – May 7-8 at Northeastern University April 15, 2009

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The IGC East is for developers of console, flash and casual games who want a leg up on the competition and for the publishers who want to see the hottest games in development by the rising stars of the industry.

The IGC Game Demo Night is the place to show your game off to the game publishers is a setting where your game is not one of thousands. By limiting the number of people who can register for the Game Demo Night we make certain that your game is not lost, but has the space to shine.

Publishers can find the next big game at the Game Demo Night where independent developers bring their skills and commitment to the show.

The sessions at the IGC focus on the business of being an independent developer as well as the technical demands of game development. With our three track approach the IGC is the place to be no matter what stage of development your company has reached.

The business track will give you a leg up on the completion with information on how best to leverage your IP.
The technical track focuses on the latest technology and how to take your game to the next level.
The IGC has helped publishers spot the next hot game or game developer and game companies get their name out to the publishers. The IGC has lead to successfully brokered deals in the Southern United States for the past two years and now we are bringing our proven success to the East Coast.

There will also be a IGC Job Fair held at the event!

For more information on the event, please contact Mark Chuberka.

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WPI’s Interactive Media and Game Design Program features 1st Annual ShowFest -Thursday, April 26 at WPI in Worcester April 15, 2009

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Thursday, April 26
The Interactive Media and Game Development Program at WPI features the first annual IMGD ShowFest:
Atwater Kent Labs, Room 116 (Newell Hall), 11am

For more details, contact Dean O’Donnell, Associate Director of the IMGD Program at WPI

IgniteChange Boston, Wednesday, April 22nd, Hult International Business School, Cambridge, MA April 15, 2009

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IgniteChange is a forum for the community to share their ideas on how to apply innovation and creativity to solve social issues currently impacting both our local and global communities. The socially-focused, sustainable enterprises may be non-profit, for-profit, or somewhere in between. Presenters can focus on any subject area, such as energy, the environment, health, or technology

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Hult International Business School,

1 Education St Cambridge MA


Mark Rodgers

– Cape Wind

Stas Antons

– Jump to Green, Inc.

Vladimir Babkin

– Sahel Automotive

Warren Anderson

– New Generation Energy

Steven Taylor

– Plymouth Rock Studios

Dino Konstantopoulos

– Project Oxygen

Greg Boesel

– SwapTree

Santiago Suarez

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