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Why Amazon’s Ascent Spells Bad News for Mall Food Courts

The increasing popularity of Amazon’s annual Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and other online shopping-themed occasions is one of many indicators more Americans are relying on mobile devices and computers, not malls, to shop. It’s no secret the so-called “Amazon effect,” a shift in retail buying patterns toward online shopping and away from brick-and-mortar locations, has […]

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Healthcare’s Future is Telemedicine & AI, But Will Everyone Benefit?

John Halamka thinks the digital health industry is still “emerging.” But it has come a long way and is starting to deliver after years of hype. Halamka, a Boston-based physician and healthcare technology expert, says that’s thanks to several coalescing factors: improved technology, more favorable financial incentives for using digital products in healthcare, and growing […]

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Elanco’s $7.6B Deal With Bayer Bolsters Pets, Farm Animals Footprint

Elanco Animal Health, the veterinary sector’s fourth-largest company measured by revenue, is poised to leap to number two through a $7.6 billion cash and stock deal for Bayer’s animal health unit. The acquisition will help Elanco boost its business selling products for farm animals. But Elanco (NYSE: ELAN) notes that Bayer, which sells the popular […]

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Will Porsche Fans Ever Live in a Driverless World? Porsche Says No.

Imagine the transportation future 20 years from now. Here’s one way things could roll on a weekday: Many of us get picked up at home by a sturdy, standardized, driverless car that will also scoop up a few of our neighbors who work at other businesses near ours. Entering the highway, the vehicle automatically links […]

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After Drought, Digital Health’s Summer of IPOs Brings Validation

After a nearly three-year period in which not a single digital health company held an initial public stock offering, the dry spell has ended. In recent weeks, four healthcare software and technology businesses—Change Healthcare, Health Catalyst, Livongo Health, and Phreesia—held IPOs. Taken as a whole, these public market debuts were mostly successful, and could persuade […]

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Glow Snags $2.3M to Help Podcasters Connect to Listeners, Make Money

Amira Valliani decided to launch a podcast-focused startup after listening to a podcast that is, fittingly enough, named StartUp. Valliani is the co-founder and CEO of Glow.fm, an early-stage company based in Seattle that recently raised $2.3 million in seed funding to continue building its service for supporting podcasters. Glow’s story traces back to 2015, […]

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Digital Health Gets Real: Hear From Pear, Nuance & More at X·CON

At times in recent years, it seemed like digital technologies would never live up to the hype in healthcare. In many cases, they still haven’t. But some have turned a corner and are starting to have a real impact. Devices with health-minded features, such as home-monitoring systems and smart watches, are helping patients and doctors […]

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Dynatrace Shares Jump, Marking First Boston-Area Tech IPO of 2019

Shares of Waltham, MA-based software intelligence firm Dynatrace hit the public markets for the first time today, and it was a strong debut. Bankers elevated the initial stock pricing above earlier estimates, and then traders pushed the value higher, to $25 a share at midday. The first IPO this year of a tech company headquartered […]

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No Co-Founder? Y Combinator Offers Matchmaking at Startup School

From the moment Talia Frenkel resolved to found a company after a kitchen-table talk with her parents, the odds were against her. There were a host of reasons—she wasn’t a software engineer, she had no product development experience, and she wanted to launch a consumer item that was already sold widely by established enterprises. Yet […]

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“You Get What You Celebrate”: [email protected] Gives the Internet Its Due

Talk at the Xconomy and the World Frontiers Forum’s [email protected] event started with a simple phrase about taco toppings and ended with discussion of a brain-computer interface that could perhaps enable a collective intelligence. [email protected] last week explored the internet’s past, present, and future with thoughts from a rare group of engineers who imagined and […]

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