No. 162: Secret knocks, video specs and please don’t miss Oystober Fest

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It’s Sept. 26: “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch” premiered on this day in 1962, 1964 and 1969. Which lasted longest? (Answer below.)

Up there: Bill Greiner is 92 today. Maybe 93.

Top of the site: Sustainable development is really all about creating and sustaining jobs, Rosalie Drago reminds us.

Empire Center strikes back: E.J. McMahon has few kind words for Gov. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program.


Canon USA takes a $40 million stake in a Boston-area biotech

Personal finance software, scheduling apps and much more from Stony Brook’s FYI Mobileware.

LED entrepreneur Daniel Machlis has plenty of bright ideas.

Apple is trying to stamp out butt dialing.

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LISTnet’s 20th annual LISA Awards, honoring all of your favorite people in tech, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., Garden City Hotel, $250, a few seats left here.

The Secret Knock event at LaunchPad Westbury, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., $49, one may register here.

Ron Howard’s new documentary on the Beatles, “Eight Days a Week,” continues to attract crowds and screams. Playing locally in Huntington and Manhasset.

The complete Innovate calendar: Is here.


Snap decision: Spectacles, the coming-soon video-recording sunglasses from Snapchat, capture 10-second, uploadable snippets using a 115-degree lens that approximates a human’s normal field of vision. (So you can relive your day. Pretty much as you saw it. In 10-second increments.) $130 this fall.

Definitely related: Snapchat also renamed itself Snap. Because it’s not just a social medium anymore.

It’s official: Everyone should cover their computer webcams with tape, according to FBI Director James Comey. He does.

Kickstart of the Week: The Fizzics Waytap uses soundwaves to boost the taste of store-bought beer, “delivering the freshest, fullest flavor like the brewmaster intended.” Quickly raised $275,000 on a $50K goal, with 39 days left.

Also drinking deeply: SBU is in line for $5 million in NYS clean water money.

Lord Jim: Nice Bloomberg piece on LI’s own Applied DNA Sciences.

Congrats: To all those named Super Lawyers at Sahn Ward Coschignano, including Michael Sahn, Jon Ward, Chris Coschignano, Wayne Edwards, Andrew Roth and Miriam Villani. And ditto to those named Rising Stars, including Daniel Braff, the impeccable Adam Koblenz, John Christopher, Jason Horowitz, Joseph Bjarnson and Elaine Colavito.

Plugged in: Electric-only cars will race next year in the just-dubbed New York City ePrix.

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Aw, shucks: The fifth annual Oystober Fest, Oct. 1, 4 to 8 p.m., South Street Seaport, 22 varieties plus craft beers, wines and cocktails, $85, tickets here.

Done: The majority of tech startups exit before they raise any venture or private equity funding. Most are worth less than $50 million, CB Insights reports.

The other white meat: Panera Bread will begin serving what it calls “clean bacon.”

Cold case: Scientists continue to uncover clues in the 5,000-year-old murder of Ötzi, the guy from the melted glacier. (No one in custody yet, but the copper ax is a good lead.)

Wellll, doggies: “The Beverly Hillbillies” lasted nine seasons, “The Brady Bunch” five and “Gilligan’s Island” three. (It just felt longer.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.