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Faster Job Hunting with LinkedIn Toolbar April 17, 2009

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22 Ways to Dominate on LinkedIn April 17, 2009

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Using LinkedIn for personal and professional brand growth:

If you have a profile on LinkedIn but have never understood why, or you are still waiting to get on, this will help you get more out of this fantastic networking site.

LinkedIn Demographic Data: Portrait of the LinkedIn User April 17, 2009

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Boston Area Video Game Companies (list) April 17, 2009

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Boston Area Video Game Development Companies (list)

List of Boston area video game companies

Company – Location

2EastMusic – Cambridge, MA
2K Boston – Quincy, MA
360KID – Newton, MA
38 Studios – Maynard, MA
7-128 Software, LLC – Salem, MA
Activeworlds.com, Inc. – Newburyport, MA
All inPlay – Oxford, MA
Anzovin Studio – Amherst, MA
Arcane Journeys – Northampton, MA
ATI Research – Marlborough, MA
Blink Music – Cambridge, MA
Blue Fang Games – Waltham, MA
Blue Sky Red Design LLC – Somerville, MA
Cecropia – Lexington, MA
Chapter 11 Studios – Cambridge, MA
CogniToy – Acton, MA
Conduit Labs – Cambridge, MA
Cosmic Blobs – Concord, MA
Crate Entertainment – Cambridge, MA
CREAT Studios – Canton, MA
Dejobaan Games – Northborough, MA
Demiurge Studios – Cambridge, MA
Digital Fauxtography – Williamstown, MA
East Coast Games, Inc. – Milford, MA
Evolver – Warner, NH
FableVision – Boston, MA
Fastestmanintheworld Music – Exeter, NH
Fat Frog Studios – Millis, MA
Fire Hose Games – Cambridge, MA
Floodgate Entertainment – Cambridge, MA
Funkitron, Inc. – Boxford, MA
Galactic Village Games – Westford, MA
Gale Games – Greenfield, MA
GameLogic, Inc. – Waltham, MA
Greater Family, LLC – Ridgefield, CT
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. – Cambridge, MA
ImaginEngine Corp. – Framingham, MA
Injoy Games – Brookline, MA
Macguffin Games – Waltham, MA
Max Gaming Technologies, LLC – Newton, MA
Mecha Software, LLC – Brockton, MA
Metaversal Studios – Boston, MA
Moonset Studios Corp. – Nashua, NH
Motus Games – Cambridge, MA
Muzzy Lane Software – Newburyport, MA
Orbus Gameworks – Cambridge, MA
Paul Hake Productions – Greenfield, MA
Pileated Pictures – Shelburne Falls, MA
Play Hard Sports – Foxborough, MA
Pod Design – Lexington, MA
Rockstar New England – Andover, MA
Small Fry Studios – Cambridge, MA
SONiVOX – Somerville, MA
Sports Mogul, Inc. – Medford, MA
Stock’s Eye – Granby, MA
Tilted Mill Entertainment, Inc. – Wellesley, MA
Turbine, Inc. – Westwood, MA
Twitchy Thumbs Entertainment – Ashland, MA
Vermont Digital Arts – Guilford, VT
Whatif Productions – Belmont, MA
Wicked Noise – a division of The Troupe – Windham, NH
WorldWinner.com – Newton, MA

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Clarus Ventures, life sciences VC firm, makes an investment in Lycera, a Michigan-based drug company working on auto-immune disease pharmaceuticals April 17, 2009

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Claris Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm headquartered in Cambridge, was among firms co-leading a $36-million Series A financing round for Lycera Corp., a Michigan company looking to develop small-molecule drugs to treat auto-immune diseases.

In a press release, Lycera said that InterWest Partners and Arch Venture Partners joined Clarus Ventures in co-leading the financing.

In conjunction with the closing, Jeffrey Leiden, a Clarus managing director, has joined Lycera’s board of directors, along with representatives from Arch and InterWest, Lycera said.

The press release included a statement from Leiden, who said, “Lycera combines two of the most exciting new small-molecule approaches for treating autoimmune diseases.”

Boston Dynamics ‘Big Dog’ robot – the 21st Century Army pack mule April 17, 2009

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Boston Dynamics is based in Waltham, MA. The Big Dog robot’s development was funded by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US government. Early in the company’s history, it worked with the American Systems Corporation under a contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to replace naval training videos for aircraft launch operations with interactive 3D computer simulations.

Marc Raibert is the company’s president and principal project manager. He spun the company off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth
BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog’s legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

Take a peek at Boston Dynamic’s other quadraped robot, “Little Dog”

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Boston Dynamics and DARPA collaborate on ‘Little Dog’, a walking quadruped research robot April 17, 2009

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The Legged Learning Robot
LittleDog is a quadruped robot for research on learning locomotion. Scientists at leading institutions use LittleDog to probe the fundamental relationships among motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment, and rough terrain locomotion.

LittleDog has four legs, each powered by three electric motors. The legs have a large range of motion and workspace. The motors are strong enough for dynamic locomotion, including climbing. The onboard PC-level computer does sensing, actuator control and communications. LittleDog’s sensors measure joint angles, motor currents, body orientation and foot/ground contact. Control programs access the robot through the Boston Dynamics Robot API. Onboard lithium polymer batteries allow for 30 minutes of continuous operation without recharging. Wireless communications and data logging support remote operation and analysis. LittleDog development is funded by the DARPA Information Processing Technology Office.

What is ACCU-Ring Optical Networking? Why is it so special? April 17, 2009

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A high-performance ring optical network offers important advantages over conventional solutions. ACCU-Ring provides a reliable, cost-effective solution for your data networking needs. ACCU-Ring is a private network backbone that uses a dedicated high-speed fiber ring to carry all of a customer’s network traffic. ACCU-Ring service accommodates private line, switched and enhanced services to carry local and long distance voice, data, and video traffic. This simplifies access to multiple services – helping you to save time and money.

ACCU-Ring service can:
• Consolidate multiple services on a single, integrated access service
• Increase security and reliability for critical applications
• Simplify vendor relationships through a single point of contact and outsourced management.

ACCU-Ring service establishes connections on a dual-fiber ring network between Acess Supplier points of presence, customer premises, and local access providers. ACCU-Ring service is a redundant, self-healing SONET ring architecture that automatically reroutes traffic around network trouble spots in milliseconds.

ACCU-Ring’s self-healing ring architecture is redundant, providing diverse routing backup protection and eliminating single points of failure. If a facility or equipment failure or a transmission problem occurs in the service path, the SONET ring circuit automatically switches to the protect path in less than 100 milliseconds. This protects critical applications from being disrupted or degraded due to loss of signal or transmission impairment.

Applications for ACCU-Ring service are:
• LAN and WAN interconnection
• Full-motion video / Broadcast video
• Imaging


• Comprehensive Service Assurance Warranty
• Dedicated Surveillance Center – Offers around-the-clock Customer Care with 24 x 7 x 365 support
• SONET Reliability – Delivers self-healing SONET ring reroutes around failures in milliseconds
• Network Availability – Designed to provide 99.999% target availability
• Flexible and Scalable – Assures premier nationwide network support for changing needs now and in the future.
• Full Installation Testing – Provides rigorous testing and certification, assuring that each customer’s service meets demanding ACCU-Ring standards.

Available Bandwidth Options
• OC-3 (155 Mbps)
• OC-12 (622 Mbps)
• OC-48 (2.5 Gbps)
• OC-192 (9.9 Gbps) Nodes

ACCU-Ring Service Channel Options
Service Channels connect your on-network locations. Standard and Ethernet Service Channels are available with several bandwidth choices:

Standard Channel Options
• 1.5 Mbps (DS1)
• 45 Mbps (DS3)
• 155 Mbps (OC-3/OC-3c)
• 622 Mbps (OC-12c)
• 2.5 Gbps (OC-48c)

Ethernet Channel Options
• 50 Mbps
• 150 Mbps
• 300 Mbps
• 600 Mbps
• 1 Gbps

Steve Meretzky Boston PostMortem Keynote Video from Jan 16th, 2008: ‘The Most Perfect Video Game’ + Interview from 1994 April 17, 2009

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Speech by Steve Meretzky at Boston Postmortem. Title of talk: The Most Perfect Video Game. Jan 16, 2008.

Interview with Steve Meretzky, 1994. Interactive Entertainment CD-ROM magazine (IE) conducted a video interview with Steve Meretzky during his Boffo Games years; presented on the CD as a series of short answering videos to clickable questions, this video reassembles them in a linear fashion. The original video was roughly 240 pixels across, hence the quality of the recording…

How the Baby Bells got back together April 17, 2009

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When AT&T agreed to divest its local telecom business in 1984, it was divided into Baby Bells that represented the seven major regions of the United States. Over the past 25 years, these companies have merged, and four of them are back under the AT&T umbrella. Briefly, here is where the original Baby Bells are now:

1995: Southwestern Bell changes its name to SBC.

1996: New England-based NYNEX is acquired by fellow RBOC Bell Atlantic.

1997: Pacific Telesis is acquired by SBC.

1999: SBC acquires Ameritech, making it the dominant phone company throughout the midwestern United States.

2000: Bell Atlantic acquires GTE and changes its name to Verizon; the company is now the dominant player in the Northeastern united States. Qwest Communications acquires Baby Bell U.S. West, making it the major phone company in most of the western United States.

2005: SBC buys AT&T

2006: AT&T buys BellSouth, the last of the original RBOCs

2008: FairPoint buys Verizon’s landline ILEC operations in the northern New England states, first ever takeover of a former RBOC territory in the continental United States.

Speak Like a CEO Boot Camp for Executives, April 30-May 1, Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, Cape Cod, MA April 17, 2009

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Executives face unique challenges in communicating with their organizations, especially in today’s economy. CFOs, CIOs, EVPs and other leaders must be able to deliver critical business information; be effective in speaking with the CEO, the board, investors, business partners and stakeholders; and win buy-in to influence outcomes. Speak Like a CEO Boot Camp is an intensive 2-day seminar for executives who want to become more effective communicators and forces of influence. Participants will learn and practice executive communication strategies used by top leaders in business.
Sponsor: Bates Communications, Inc.

When: 2009-04-30 through 2009-05-01, 8a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
Location: Ocean Edge Resort and Club, Brewster, Cape Cod, MA
Cost: $3,495 before March 15th

To Register: Click here for more information or call Meredith OConnor at 800-908-8239 or e-mail us

9th R&D-Product Development Metrics Summit, April 28 – 30th, Four Points Sheraton in Norwood April 17, 2009

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Corporate Officers, Executive Managers, and Key Professionals can make their organizations more productive through Metrics and Measures. Day 1 addresses senior management issues that are hard to quantify such as assessing risk, setting hurdle rates, measuring capacity, and overall financial performance. Day 2 addresses proactive and predictive metrics that are used in the planning and early development stages of R&D. Day 3 participants break into groups to develop specific metrics for overall R&D output, projects, functional and technical expertise, and improvement initiatives.

Sponsor: Goldense Group, Inc.

When: 2009-04-28 through 2009-04-30, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Four Points Sheraton Norwood 1151 Boston-Providence Turnpike (Route 1) Norwood, MA 02062 781-769-7900
Cost: Individual and group pricing options

To Register: Click here for more information or call Cheryl Walrod at 781-444-5400 or e-mail us

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