No. 88: A Breather for you, two months for Zuckerberg and a 43North winner goes south

It’s Monday: Time to start worrying about what you’re drinking on Thursday. Riesling? Certainly. Pinot Noir? Yes, if you’re not serving anything with marshmallows on it. If so, you’re better off with a zin or syrah. Best, according to Mark Squires, who reviews Long Island bottlings for the Wine Advocate, try a big rosé. He’s liking the 2014 Wolffer Estate Grandioso.

Buffalo watch: GetGems, an Israeli technology startup that won $250,000 in the 43North business competition, has declined the prize. No reason given, but the money does come with strings that include giving up a non-dilutive 5 percent stake … and spending a year in Buffalo.

Previously: Eulysis UK, a biotech startup at the Roslin accelerator in Scotland, turned down $500K in last year’s contest.

Bonus fact: Roslin is best known for Dolly the cloned ewe and the meat spread Bovril, since 1840, originally called Johnston’s Fluid Beef.

Workday Airbnb: Time between meetings in NYC? Breather will rent you work or relaxation space for as little as $28 an hour or meeting room for up to 10 starting at around $40. More than two dozen locations so far.

Congrats, Jackie: Farrell Fritz associate Jaclene D’Agostino (Barnard, St. John’s) has been named a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed on 1 percent of bar association members for distinguished achievement, dedication to the profession and service to the public. (Some other notable LI attorneys named as well.)

Back story: Pailla Malla Reddy, founder of a pair of local pharma companies expanding in Hauppauge, grew up poor and hasn’t forgotten. According to theTimes of India, Malla Reddy has quietly donated more than $1.5 million to his village to build two temples, a high-school, a school for the blind, a marriage hall and state-of-the-art junior college, plus roads and a health and community center.

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Clicked in: Top click-throughs from last week’s newsletters included Pat Foye’s departure, the Connected Coffee Cup, Sam Altman on starting up and the Stony Brook Foundation giving report. And thanks to the many of you who checked out Islip Economic Development’s new site.

Job creation: The SBA is partnering on a website that hopes to improve employment opportunities for young people by nurturing them as entrepreneurs.

Makes sense: A new study suggests millennials have boundless optimism.

Not particularly related: 64 percent of millennials say they visit a bank branch less than once a month.

Pretty slick: The Students of Long Island Maker Expo, better known as SLIME, has put out the call for anyone interested in helping promote the best of local K-12 innovation at the coming May 7 event. You should.

Print is not dead: Real estate giant Simon has launched a high-end magazine called – you guessed it – Simon. It mails to 300,000 Conde Nast subscribers next week and will be available at company-owned malls and other retail outlets. That’s Indian mega-model Pooja Mor not smiling on the first cover.

Modern family: Mark Zuckerberg has announced (on Facebook, of course) that he’ll take two months of paternity leave upon the coming birth of his daughter.

Jobs available: Elon Musk took to Twitter last week to find engineers to hire. “Ramping up the Autopilot software team at Tesla to achieve generalized full autonomy,” he tweeted. If interested, contact

Holiday watch: Gizmag comparison shops the time-consuming field of smartwatches.

Stuff we’re going to: Nassau County inventors and entrepreneurs gathering, tonight, 7 p.m., Nassau County headquarters in Mineola, Innovate LI presents, free but please register.

Plus: Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unplugged, LIBDC dinner, Crest Hollow, tomorrow, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., call 516-314-8982 or $85 tickets at the door.

Can’t attend: ACIT salutes local tech entrepreneurs, Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m., Crest Hollow Country Club, Andrew Hazen keynotes, Kominicki MCs, honoring ADDAPT, Astoria Bank, Teq, Cold Spring Harbor Lab and Innovator of the Year winner Steven Patrikis, $160 for nonmembers. Reach out to Bonnie Seider at

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Final bows for the bow tie: Chris Kimball, host of the popular America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country food shows, is out in a contract dispute. You won’t immediately miss him: He’s already filmed next year’s episodes.

Emerson had it right: Smithsonian explores the unceasing American quest to build a better mousetrap.

Fully house trained: Having milked the youth market for all it’s worth, Hasbro is turning to seniors with a line of lifelike robotic companion pets that only need affection. (However, the cat is programmed to ignore you.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.