No. 118: Hulu on Optimum, a state Spend-O-Meter and drones with chainsaws

TG it’s F: The Venus de Milo was discovered on this day in 1820 by a Greek peasant named Yorgo Kentrotas. Not clear what he did with the arms. Julian Lennon, inspiration for Hey Jude and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, is 53.

Meeting demand: Cablevision has started offering Hulu to cable TV customers through their set-top boxes – the first time the Internet-video service is available directly through a pay-TV platform as a dedicated channel. $7.99 per month via channel 605.

Bob on board: Gov. Cuomo has named former New York State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney – 11th District, ’88 to ’14 – to a four-year term on the College Council at Farmingdale State College.

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Funny how that works: As power costs fell by half over the past decade, U.S. utilities raised prices for consumers by 26 percent.

Doing the math: New York’s $156 billion budget authorizes the state to spend $4,947 per second during its 2016-17 fiscal year, according to the Empire Center’s updated Spend-O-Meter.

Offshoring: Richard Kauffman, the former Levi Strauss honcho appointed by the Guv to revamp New York’s energy system, says the state cannot reach its clean energy goals without offshore wind, likely from farms off Long Island, which would not require big, new, expensive transmission lines to NYC.

Real thing: Rechler Equity Partners was named developer of the year and Marty Lomazow and Phil Heilpern of CBRE received the nod for most creative deal at last night’s ABLI-CIBS dinner.

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Ruh roh: The NY Public Service Commission has pushed back its yay-or-nay decision on Cablevision’s sale to Europe’s Altice.

BEOC: Collegiate entrepreneurs from NYIT dominated the regional finals of the state business plan competition, earning seed money and the right to waltz at the big dance in Albany at month’s end. Stony Brook and Hofstra students are also heading north.

Good tidings: Brimes Energy chief Ram Maramara catches us up on his energy-generating wave and desalination machine and its launch on friendly waters.

Homecoming: Adam Famularo, former CA wunderkind, then global channels chief at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, has been named CEO of ERwin, a data-modeling firm that is itself a CA alum. Famularo plans to move the firm’s Tampa HQ to Long Island and build from here.

Willkommen in Hannover: Ten local firms are joining a record U.S. contingent to Germany’s annual industrial-tech show. President Obama scheduled, too.

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Walk on the Wald side: Larry Waldman, LIA chair, former KPMG station chief and late of Eisner Amper, will join wealth manager First Long Island Investors on May 1.

Cut to the chase: If you need back surgery, you probably want to call in Dr. Robert Kerr and the O-Arm.

Because fintech: Long Island Press publisher Jed Morey has launched an alternative finance news site.

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Just like starting over: The state has ponied up $20 million to help Binghamton University launch the NextFlex Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute in a former IBM plant. (And doesn’t that say just about everything about where NY manufacturing has gone.)

Attention Apple: WhatsApp announced it has FBI-proofed its software.

Awesome, dude: Verizon is buying a 24.5 percent stake in DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV.

Lowest in four years: Venture capitalists made fewer bets in Q4 while putting a larger proportion of their money into the most mature private companies, making it more difficult for newer startups to find capital.

Boston watch: Kuvee, an Internet-connected wine keeper that preserves open bottles for up to 30 days, topped its $50,000 funding goal on the first day of its Indiegogo campaign. Now over $105,000. (A $199 pledge gets you the device plus four bottles of vin.)

Making tracks: MakerBot, the 3-D printing company that led Brooklyn’s creative manufacturing renaissance, is cutting production space by more than 25 percent.


Norse by Norsewest: Just as the treasures of King Tut’s tomb offered valuable insights into Egyptian culture, a Viking hoard buried in Scotland for 1,000 years reveals all. (Especially a penchant for robbing medieval monasteries.)

Drone with a chainsaw: You knew it was only a matter of time. But see what it does to a snowman.

Knew I was missing something: A new child seat sensor will alert your smartphone if you accidentally leave your infant behind in the car.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.