No. 125: Smoked in Albany, the new TiVo and a weasel takes out Higgs Boson

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Honus Wagner stole second, third and home in the same inning on this day in 1909. Forty players have accomplished the feat a total of 50 times, the last by the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon in 2011. Wagner did it four times. (No wonder his trading card is worth $2 million.)

Englebert Humperdinck is 80 today, The Rock is 44.

Big gun on campus: Dual:Lock, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute startup with a biometric firearm safe, won the $100,000 first prize in the state’s just-concluded student business plan competition.

Teams from Rensselaer, the University at Buffalo, the University of Rochester and Cornell University advanced to the finals, besting all of Long Island’s 10 teams, although Hofstra entry Clear-Way did haul in a $500 People’s Choice award. Hofstra’s Mono-Matic and SBU’s chromaFish also were given non-cash recognition.

Salve-ation: Retired nurse and lifelong herb tinkerer Mary Allmaras has perfected a way to pack the curative powers of indigo naturalis into her Hampton Skincare products. Bonus feature: Hers won’t turn you blue.


Bon, bon: Ann Corley and Steve Amaral are making a mint with their fast-growing North Fork Chocolate Co., a Calverton Incubator grad that’s moved into retail sales and wine pairings and is poised to ink a distribution deal with a significant NYC sweets purveyor.

Bulking up: Defense manufacturer East/West Industries has shifted its prototyping efforts to 3D printing via the mighty Fortus 250mc. Now if they can just get somebody trained on how to use it.

Still time: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Suffolk County honor Anthony Manetta, tonight, 6 to 9 p.m., the Meadow Club in Port Jefferson Station, tickets $125, contact Kirk Cronk at

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Stony Brook energy-saving startup Jasmine Universe is open for business.

Start-Up NY company Zuznow is making up for lost time.

Aenvision’s intuitive office planning software is T-minus for launch.

HighCrate wants to be the Amazon of haute couture.

A possible lupus treatment from cannabinoids. (A perennial favorite.) (The story, I mean.)

The Global NY Fund is here to help.

The Feb. 26 newsletter. (No idea why.)

Top clicks from last week’s newsletters: Don Draper’s pad, Impish Lee’s hand-made unmentionables, Life lessons from baseball, Financing early stage companies event, CSHL exec-in-residence Andrew Whiteley, Northwell’s people’s choice is printed tissue.

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Be careful what you chews: Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider went dark last week when a weasel gnawed through a power cable. The supercollider had been doing research on the Higgs Boson particle.

Update: It may have been a marten. Hard to tell from what remained, but authorities said they would ferret out the truth.

Paths more taken: Google has reduced the number of cities in Google Maps by up to 83 percent in favor of showing more roads.

Take it for granted: In March, the state’s economic development arm granted $4.5 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, $4.5 million to Syracuse University, $4.5 million to the SUNY Research Foundation, $4.3 million to the Rochester Institute of Technology and $4.5 million to the University of Rochester for the Centers for Advanced Technology Program.

It also: Spent $250,000 to promote New York State dirt car racing.

Wrist action: Nokia has acquired French health wearable firm Withings for $192 million in cash.

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One’s called skimming: There are three, and only three, pricing strategies for startups.

Expensive way to get a name that works: Rovi has acquired TiVo for $1.1 billion in cash and stock but will change its name to TiVo because it has broader market appeal.

Gang of five: Google, Uber, Lyft, Volvo and Ford are teaming up to take on the NHTSA over self-driving cars.

Ask Lumbergh: There are 50 co-working brands in Brooklyn and 70 in Manhattan. But are there enough workers to co- around?

3D update: As Brooklyn’s MakerBot flounders, Long Island City-based Shapeways is printing its path to success.

Making cents of it all: A tribute to the nickel at 150.

But buckle up anyway: You’re more likely to die in a “human extinction event” than a car crash.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.