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Local blogger takes on anti-transit groups

Blogger and Ypsilanti resident Mark Maynard is no stranger to Concentrate's pages. His sporadic Exit Interview series is about as good as it gets for a ground-view perspective of living in our communities. Lately, Maynard has cast his ear and eye on the fight over whether Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority should expand its service and those who oppose the idea.
"I should know better than to try to make sense of the arguments being offered by the rag tag band anti-tax activists who have come together to fight the AAATA millage we’ll be voting on next month, but, when I heard that they’d launched a website, I thought that I’d check it out, and see if maybe they’d figured out a way, in the time since we last discussed this, to better articulate their concerns.
What I found, though, was an absolute mess… an intellectually inconsistent barrage of unsubstantiated nonsense."
Read the rest (and comments) here.

Popular podcast reveals secret Ann Arbor destination

Okay, so not only do I have a new podcast I must listen to but there's a place in Ann Arbor I simply need to find. If anyone can take a lowly editor to Heyoon it would be much appreciated.
"Mars focuses on the nearly invisible. "It tries to focus on all the thought that goes into the little things that people don't think about,” he added. For example, a personal favorite was when he delved into the logic behind revolving doors. The simpler the concept, the better it resonates with listeners, such as one of his bigger hits about a secret place in Ann Arbor, Mich. called "Heyoon."
Read the rest here. Here's the episode in question.

Ann Arbor's Glyph Mobile Personal Theater nears $1.5M on Kickstarter

Apparently a lot of people want to chuck their widescreen TVs away and get a head[hones and goggle theater that provides a virtual and personal experience.
Glyph Mobile Personal Theater plus Audio closed their crowdfunding round on Kickstarter this past week having raised $1,509,506 from 3,331 backers. The hardware from Ann Arbor, Michigan based Avegant now stands as one of the most successful rewards based crowdfunding campaigns of 2014.  Glyph set a goal of raising $250,000 – an amount that was easily topped in under 48 hours. 
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Sava's gets a thumbs up from food site

Somebody really likes Sava's on State. A lot. A real lot.
"If you’re a student at the University of Michigan you’ve probably had a meal at Sava’s for one reason or another. Located on State Street right off of central campus, Sava’s has become the go-to place for anything from swanky date nights to casual get togethers.  I found myself back yet again this past weekend for a friend’s birthday dinner, and I couldn’t help but wonder if Sava’s actually lives up to all the talk around campus.
Two hours later, I was ashamed those thoughts had even crossed my mind."
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Ann Arbor Schools gets cyber liability insurance

Data breach has become a big problem in our Internet-reliant age. As a result APPS has decided that it needs cyber liability insurance coverage. Who knew there was such a thing?
"While Target fights to recover from the breach and is now paying for free credit monitoring for all of the affected customers, other organizations are looking into the difference that cyber liability insurance could make in case they should ever experience 
their own data breaches. Ann Arbor Public Schools has realized that this threat is a real one and that a data breach could be very harmful to them if they were to experience one without this additional security protection."
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Ann Arbor invention one to watch at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

Think Google Glass is tearing at the fabric of society wait til you get ahold of The Glyph, which is being developed by Michigan startup Avegant Corp. If they figure out a way to integrate it with XBox and Playstation all kids need is an IV drip and a chamber pot and they need never leave the couch again.
"“It’s screen-less technology,” he told MarketWatch in a private demo. “The image is projected directly to your retina. We are able to mimic your natural vision.”
The device is geared toward common everyday mobile uses, from watching videos, browsing the Web to holding videoconferences. It is meant to work with a range of devices from laptops to iPhones to tablets.
Unlike Google Glass, which is based on glance-able technology aimed at providing information to the user quickly or for short-term viewing, the Glyph is for longer-term, more engaged media consumption."
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Krazy Jim's Blimpyburger hits the crowdfunding circuit

You'd have thought it was Ann Arbor's Pearl Harbor the way local media and greasy burger fans wailed and moaned and gnashed teeth over the closing of Blimpyburger (I mean, just how many articles did AnnArbor.com devote to ikts closing?). Well, here's a chance for all those cry-babies to put their money where their mouth is. Krazy Jim and company have set up a Indiegogo campaign to find a new home.
"I’ve had the pleasure of dining at this proud hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It’s a very unique experience that requires some knowledge of how to order your food. If you don’t do it right you’re liable to get chastised, but it’s all part of the fun. Regardless, the burgers are amazing. It’s fast food heaven.
So, you could imagine the heartbreak caused when the restaurant was forced to close its doors in July of this year. The University bought the property for a new construction project, and unfortunately Blimpyburger didn’t own the land. They were displaced tenants."
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Ann Arbor's Barracuda Networks goes public, plans to double staff

Ann Arbor has had its fair share of big company sales and public offerings but not all of them have stuck around. Barracuda Networks, whose public debut brought in an impressive $75 million at the close of the bell, has decided that A2 makes a very nice home, thank you very much. And they're planning to double down their staff.
"Firewall and data storage company Barracuda Networks made its public debut this morning on the New York Stock Exchange, raising $74 million, at an opening price of $18 per share.
Investors immediately pushed the stock — trading under the ticker symbol CUDA — to more than $23 per share, though the price settled to $21.55 as the market closed.
The 10-year-old company's IPO follows network security company FireEye's sizzling IPO in late September. It's the latest affirmation of Wall Street's continuing love affair with technologies designed to help the good guys slow down data thieves, cyberspies and hacktivists."
Read the rest here.
To read about their hiring plans click here.

Ann Arbor's Duo Security shows Google login vulnerability

What do bears and snakepits have to do with your gmail account? They illustrate how the less-than best laid traps often fail. An Ann Arbor software firm shows how hackers get into your account and wreak havoc.
"Some months ago, we found a way to (ab)use ASPs to gain full control over Google accounts, completely circumventing Google’s 2-step verification process. We communicated our findings to Google’s security team, and recently heard back from them that they had implemented some changes to mitigate the most serious of the threats we’d uncovered. Here’s what we found:"
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Chelsea record collector launches online store

Vinyl records prove the Peter Allen song true: "Everything old is new again". Though LPs represent less than one precent of the recorded music business, a Chelsea collector sees good potential for a return on his investment.
"Branham, a longtime resident of Chelsea, has been collecting records since the 1970s. When he's not fulfilling his duties to Sylvan Township as township treasurer, he travels around the state "picking" through estate sales and personal collections, on the prowl for rare discs by obscure bands like The Kegs and The Phantom 5."
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U-M students sample their possible future in tech business and culture

From Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey to Yelp to the Walmart-sponsored 48-Hour Mobile Apps Hackathon, U-M students get a taste of what's waiting for them in the ever-changing tech marketplace.
"Yelp is an aggressive player in the increasingly expensive recruiting wars to find the next tech superstar.
“Having a second event today is a great way to have people come back and get a little bit more information,” says Chess. “When you’re at the career fair, there’s a really long line of people, you only get a minute or so to talk to each individual person. You can only communicate so much information in that time.”
The solution: Lure students back with a tech talk from experts, four-star Indian food and fairly good odds at leaving with an iPad. The scene almost makes one forget the real reason they’re here."
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Ann Arbor company takes some sting out of debt collection

Debt settlement has gone high-tech with HealPay, an A2 company that decreases the stigma of colection repayment by taking it online.


"The venture came together after co-founder Lancelot Carlson, who had been consulting for a collection agency, started to talk with Bzovi, who had previously worked in advertising technology — where he said he became “enthralled” with ad server technology — about the possibilities of online bill payment.

Struck by how behavioral targeting can yield higher click-through and conversation rates, they decided to see if the same techniques would work with billing – and even debt collection."

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WSJ names local startup as part of national farm to table movement

Servicing the local food movement has become the mission of several Internet startups in search of better ways to connect growers to eaters. The Wall Street Journal surveys firms across the nation, including A2's own Real Time Farms.


"Meanwhile, former Silicon Valley engineer Karl Rosaen co-founded Real Time Farms LLC and is building a database of farms and their growing practices, making it possible, for instance, to find a place to buy a tomato grown without synthetic pesticides with a few clicks. So far, the site has growing-practice information for a few hundred farms."

Read the rest of the story here.

Ann Arbor ranks 6th in online giving

In 2010 Ann Arbor was number nine. Last year we notched up three spots to take sixth place in the list of the top ten generous cities. This is, in terms of per capita online giving.


"The report ranks the 273 cities with total population of more than 100,000 based on per capita online giving and total amount donated through Convio’s online marketing and fundraising suites. The average gift size remained steady in 2011 compared to 2010 at $65, as more than $435 million was donated by people who reside in the 273 major cities. The donors in the most generous cities increased their total online contributions by more than 11 percent over 2010.

The 2011 rankings are based on the almost $1.355 billion in total online donations generated through the Convio online marketing and fundraising suite that powers the online efforts of thousands of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations. The current rankings come from donations processed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011."

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Ann Arbor city website ranks 5th in national survey

For four years running the city of Ann Arbor's website has been ranked fifth best for cities with a population of 75,000-124,999 in the nation by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities magazine. Kudos were given for online access to city expenditures, right-of-way permits, and the soon-to-be implemented online process for other permits.

Check out the rankings here.
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