Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe

Hiawatha Bray

The Boston Globe

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Recent articles by Hiawatha:

Edgy ad campaign for Christian TV series gets mixed reviews

The "defaced" billboards in Boston and other cities are intended to draw attention to ‘The Chosen.’ → Read More

Federal judge orders Internet providers to block Israeli website that illegally streams movies

Some say the unusual ruling could help the entertainment industry battle online piracy. → Read More

Woburn startup aims to break China’s grip on rare metals

Phoenix Tailings says it has developed a pollution-free way to refine metals from mining waste — which could help turn rare earth mining into a major US industry. → Read More

Does your garden need a Tertill? Helen Greiner’s quest for the next big thing in robots.

The iRobot cofounder thinks the world is ready for a machine that wipes out weeds as easily as a Roomba sucks up dust bunnies. → Read More

Rental software companies to pay fines for digital discrimination, says Healey

A pair of property-management software companies, including one in Boston, have agreed to pay $100,000 in fines after an investigation by Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey found their software illegally discriminated against prospective tenants who use government rent subsidies. → Read More

COVID was an unwelcome guest at PAX East convention

It's unclear whether anyone was infected at the convention, but at least one attendee (out of thousands) tested positive last Thursday. → Read More

‘Everyone wants to get back to normal’: As COVID wanes, conventions make a comeback

PAX East is the latest evidence that Boston’s convention business is on the rebound. The gaming expo routinely attracted tens of thousands of visitors before COVID forced its cancellation in 2021. → Read More

From outer space, a front row seat on the Ukraine war, courtesy of commercial satellites

Every military in the world, including that of the United States, has been put on notice. From now on, all large-scale military operations will take place in public view. → Read More

How commercial spy satellites are changing war

Hundreds of orbiting surveillance satellites — most owned and operated by private corporations — are providing images to news organizations and giving millions a close-up look at the war in Ukraine. → Read More

With state grant, UMass Boston looks to boost quantum computing

UMass Boston and Western New England University are getting money from the state to help Massachusetts tech companies develop components for quantum computers. → Read More

Despite federal crackdown, the robocalls just keep coming

Robocalls from telemarketers and con artists have rebounded to about the same levels as last spring, before phone companies rolled out new technology required by the FCC. → Read More

Lawsuit challenges federal crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation on social media

A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, arguing that the federal government has no business putting pressure on tech companies to stamp out COVID-19 misinformation. → Read More

Carlisle startup looks to create vertical-takeoff planes

Transcend Air is designing a five-passenger, $3.5 million aircraft that can land almost anywhere, like a helicopter, but move almost as fast as a jet. → Read More

Everbridge offers free emergency info network for organizations with people in Ukraine

The Burlington crisis management company worked with Amazon Web Services to provide a communications alternative to Internet and phone services. → Read More

Boston tech startups bet big on batteries

New England battery startups, like SES, Factorial Energy, and Form Energy, have become money magnets, with car companies and venture investors pouring in hundreds of millions of dollars. → Read More

The tech industry’s troubling crackdown on pro-Russia news

Misinformation is a real problem. But so is the prospect of unaccountable bureaucrats and businesspeople arbitrarily deciding what we should know about the war. → Read More

For this high-end watch dealer, there’s no time like the present

The European Watch Company on Newbury Street sells about 400 watches a month at an average value of $40,000. Many sell for far more. And the pandemic hasn’t hurt business one bit. → Read More

Here’s why Maura Healey is taking on TikTok

The new Massachusetts probe and a separate investigation by Texas officials could force some major changes in how the hugely popular media company does business. → Read More

State unemployment agency will stop using face recognition to check identities

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance says that in the coming weeks it will stop using facial-recognition technology as a way for people to prove their identity when signing up for benefits. → Read More

Will Russia go to war in cyberspace?

Russia’s massive military strike against Ukraine might look like a full-scale war, but there’s one major weapon that Russia has yet to unleash — an all-out cyberattack. → Read More