Archive for: August, 2011

CNN Gets More Personal, Buys iPad Magazine Zite

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — CNN has acquired Zite, an iPad service that learns about readers’ tastes and customizes a digital magazine with stories from hundreds of different websites. CNN, a cable news channel owned by Time Warner Inc., has no plans to change Zite’s format, said K.C. Estenson, general manager of CNN’s digital division. “This [...]

Poll Shows That Most Mass. Voters Would Favor A Law Banning Car Insurance Companies From Using Credit Scores

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Should a driver with an impeccable driving record be forced to pay a higher auto insurance premium because of a sub-par credit score? A recent poll from the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents shows that 83% of Bay State drivers don’t think so. The MAIA poll also confirmed that 63.5% of voters would “definitely” or [...]

Conn. Utilities Scrambling to Find Repair Crews

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s two big utilities are scrambling to find line workers, tree trimmers and other workers to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of businesses and residents still without power two days after Tropical Storm Irene swept through New England.   United Illuminating, for example, is seeking “as many crews as we [...]

Battle Over Disaster Aid Brewing in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A political battle between the tea party-driven House and the Democratic-controlled Senate is threatening to slow money to the government’s main disaster aid account, which is so low that new rebuilding projects have been put on hold to help victims of Hurricane Irene and future disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has [...]

Hurricane Irene And The Social Mediasphere: How We Used Facebook and Twitter Throughout The Storm


Critics may call them time-wasters or new-age fads, but social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter have proven themselves time and time again in one particular area: disaster relief. As an example, a single 50-character Tweet from Ann Curry helped a Doctors Without Borders plane gain military clearance to land in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in 2010. [...]

Romney to Address Veterans Convention in Texas

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will address the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual convention — a day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry did. The former Massachusetts governor was invited to speak Tuesday since he was the only formally declared presidential candidate as organizers put together a list of presenters. Perry has [...]

Some Vt. Rivers Still Haven’t Reached Crest; Water Now Hitting Larger Rivers


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The National Weather Service says some Vermont rivers still haven’t reached their peak after flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene. On Monday, the Otter Creek at Rutland was still more than three feet above flood stage. Meteorologist Andrew Loconto says projections are the river won’t drop below flood stage [...]

Still No Power Because Of Irene? Check Out Where You Can Go In The Boston Area To Snag Some Free Wi-Fi


If you’re in the same boat as me, your apartment is still without power and a robot representative has recently called to tell you that — despite the power company’s best efforts — your power might not return until “well into the weekend.” “No Internet for the entire week?!?” you may have screamed into your [...]

Buzzient Raises $$ to Build a World Class Software Company Here in Boston

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Now headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Buzzient is a social media analytics company that was founded in Cambridge in 2008. Buzzient is not — I repeat, NOT — a social media marketing company. Keep this in mind as you continue reading. Buzzient’s CEO, Timothy Bernard Jones, recently led a $1.1 million inside round of financing [...]

Few Insured for Irene’s Losses in Conn.


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Only about 30 percent of property losses inflicted by Tropical Storm Irene in Connecticut will be covered by insurance, according to an estimate by a consulting group that said less will be covered compared to previous storms in part because insurers have been raising deductibles. The forecast by consulting firm Kinetic [...]

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