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Mass Innovation Night Tonight at Waltham’s IBM Innovation Center at 6:30pm — FREE! February 17, 2010

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Massachusetts Innovation Night tonight at Waltham’s (MA) IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman Street. Companies launching include: Alphasoftware, Hubcast, Kaon Interactive, Onstate, Scallop Imaging and VisibleGains. Meet author Steve Garfield and experts from 406 Ventures, Brainshark and Jetty Marketing. Starts at 6:30pm. Park in North Garage. FREE!

How much bandwidth does a smartphone use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPad use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPhone use? February 7, 2010

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How much bandwidth does a smartphone use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPad use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPhone use?

Wireless operators are struggling to keep up with demand as more people use their phones to check Facebook and watch videos online. Here are estimates of how much bandwidth is used per person for various activities on different phones.

One megabyte is roughly equivalent to one digital book, 45 seconds of music, or 20 seconds of medium-quality video.

Feature Phones such as the Motorola Razr are used primarily to make calls, and they consume littel bandwidth even for web activities because they have stripped-down web browsers. Feature phones and their users tend to consume around 100 Megabytes of data downloads a month, using 4 MB of voice calls an hour, and 4 to 5 MB of web browsing per hour.

Smartphones such as Research in Motion’s popular Blackberry, are used for phone calls, email, and light web browsing. Smartphones and their users tend to consume around 185 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, utilizing 4 MB per hour for voice calls, and 4 to 5 MB of web browsing.

Superphones are advanced smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone and Motorola’s Droid, that make it easy for people to surf the web and watch online videos, leading to much higher bandwidth use.

Superphones and their users tend to consume around 560 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, using 4 MB per hour for voice calls, 40 MB per hour for web browsing, 60 MB per hour for internet radio, and 200 MB per hour for YouTube videos.

Tablet computers such as Apple’s newly unveiled iPad are likely to send data use even higher. Th iPad will chew up even more bandwidth than the iPone because of its larger screen. Tablet computer and iPad users tend to consume 800 to 1,000 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, using 50 to 60 MB per hour for web browsing, 60 MB per hour for internet radio, and 300 to 400 MB per hour for YouTube videos.

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  Feature Phones Smartphones Superphones Tablet Computers
Monthly Totals
100 MB
185 MB
560 MB
800-1K MB
Voice Calls
4 MB / Hr.
4 MB / Hr.
4 MB / Hr.
 
Web Browsing
4-5 MB/Hr.
4-5 MB/Hr
40 MB/Hr.
50-60 MB/Hr
Internet Radio     60 MB/Hr.
60 MB / Hr.
YouTube Videos     200MB/Hr 3-400MB/Hr.


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The Decline of Boston’s Investment Firms February 7, 2010

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Boston is known as the home to a host of mutual fund firms, and Peter Lynch, of Fidelity Magellan fame, used to brag that he could do better at picking stocks than his peers based in New York. In 1989, Lynch wrote a bestselling (and a book I highly recommend) book, One Up on Wall Street. During Lynch’s tenure, from 1977 to 1990, Magellan gained 29% a year, compared with the 15% return on the S&P 500. Yet a February 2nd Bloomberg news report shows that mutual fund stalwarts such as Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, and MFS Investment Management have seen their overall share shrink over the past decade as traditional stockpicking has lost favor among retail investors and returns trailed some rivals. The three held 12% of the $6.9 trillion in equity and bond funds in December, down from 21% a decade earlier. Many in the industry are of the belief that the stockpickers didn’t do a very good job of sidestepping the two recent stock market bubbles.


Investors pulled $37 billion from actively managed stock funds last year, according to Morningstar. Much of that money found its way into bonds, index-tracking funds, or exchange-traded funds – categories where Boston’s big firms have never been strong. The damage has been more than reputational, with the city’s fund companies cutting employment and moving jobs out of state to lower costs.


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Boston Scientific agrees to pay $1.73 Billion in a court patent settlement to Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Unit February 7, 2010

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Boston Scientific agrees to pay $1.73 Billion in a court patent settlement to Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Unit. A nasty patent fight over heart stents, the tiny mesh tubes that prop open clogged arteries, came to an end on February 1st, when Boston Scientific agreed to pay $1.73 Billion to JOhnson & Johnson’s Cordis unit. The spat, during which the two companies lobbed a dozen lawsuits at each other, dates back to 2003 and involves three separate patents. The rivals haven’t quite buried the scalpel, however: J & J points out in a statement that it is pursuing patent litigation over Boston Scientific’s Promus stents.


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Bedford’s VideoIQ, a developer of intelligent surveillance cameras and encoders, raises $6 Million February 5, 2010

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Bedford, Massachusetts based VideoIQ, a developer of intelligent surveillance cameras and encoders, raises $6 Million from a group of investors including Atlas Venture, Tenaya Capital, and Matrix Partners.


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Andover’s Polatis, a developer of optical switching technology, raises $1.2 Million from a group of undisclosed investors February 5, 2010

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Andover’s Polatis, a developer of optical switching technology, raises $1.2 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.


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Newton’s Mimecast raises a Series B round of $21 Million February 5, 2010

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Newton’s (and London, England’s) Mimecast, an E-mail management company, raises a Series B round of $21 Million from a group of investors led by Index Ventures and Dawn Capital.


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Burlington’s Landslide Technologies, a CRM software maker, raises $8 Million February 5, 2010

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Burlington’s Landslide Technologies, a CRM software maker, raises $8 Million from a group of investors including Adams Capital Management, Draper Triangle Ventures, and Osage Ventures.


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Marlboro’s Egenera, a developer of data center management software, raises $2 Million February 5, 2010

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Marlboro’s Egenera, a developer of data center management software, raises $2 Million from a group of investors including Pharos Capital Group LLC and Kodiak Ventures.


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Framingham’s Glasshouse Technologies readies a $75 Million IPO February 5, 2010

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Framingham’s Glasshouse Technologies, a provider of storage consulting and services,
readies a $75 Million IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, principally underwritten by Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.


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Boston’s online advertising platform BuyWithMe.com raises $5.5 Million from Matrix Partners February 1, 2010

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Boston’s online advertising platform BuyWithMe.com raises $5.5 Million from Matrix Partners.


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Burlington’s BlueSocket, a developer of wireless technologies, raises $8.02 Million February 1, 2010

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Burlington’s BlueSocket, a developer of wireless technologies, raises $8.02 Million from a group of investors including Ascent Venture Partners, Boulder Ventures, Intel Capital, Ironside Ventures, Ridgewood Capital, and St. Paul Venture Capital.


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