No. 171: Speed networking, Jeter’s new gig and a whole lotta sriracha

TG it’s F: A great close to the week everyone. It’s Nov. 18, on which we got the push-button phone, the first color comics and Twain’s celebrated jumping frog. It’s also National Vichyssoise Day, which makes no sense since it’s served cold, but hey.

Many, many ones and zeroes: A national research team led by Stony Brook University has been awarded 45 million hours on the Titan Cray XK7 supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to further research on explosive astrophysical stuff. (Hope they’re young. By our math, the computer time is equivalent to 83,000 careers.)

Some buzz: Veteran technology and sales executive Carl Pichotta has joined Digital Fly as Chief Revenue Officer.

Second stop, Second City: C&M Robotics Co., a South Korean firm that makes equipment for the auto trade, has dropped out of the Start-Up NY program at SBU and relocated to Chicago. It may have to pay back $2,198 in sales-tax savings.

Giving back: Chris Coschignano and his partners have launched a $5,000 scholarship at Touro Law Center, where Chris graduated in 1990. The scholarship goes to a second-year student interested in land use or real estate law.

Not sure why: Manufacturing in New York expanded in November, ending three straight months of contraction. The increase comes despite a strong dollar.

Pumped up: The Suffolk Water Authority has launched a pilot program to combat 1,4-dioxane, a particularly caustic solvent that has been turning up in local ground waters.

Fall lineup: Our friends at Moustache Brewing are releasing two seasonal brews. First is a golden ale with a dash of chardonnay, available in bottles beginning Nov. 25, followed by Winter Coat, with mulling spices and clementine peel, due out in cans Nov. 30.

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Quick-Cast: Have sophisticated video studio, will travel.

Up there: Three Long Island tech firms are on Deloitte’s 500 fastest-growing list.

Op-ed: Donald Trump, taxes, what you should know.

Big bucks: For business development via Stony Brook’s Center for Biotechnology.

Scads more: Breaking innovation news right here.


Speed networking: For women entrepreneurs, although men who are into that sort of thing can watch, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., LaunchPad Huntington, free but registration a must.

Take me out to the Digital Ballpark: LISTnet’s tech showcase featuring ParqMi, MindYolk and eVero, is set for Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Free but register, please.

Also looming large: Not-for-profits have until Nov. 28 to apply for the fifth annual Imagine Awards.

Plus: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

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Best headline: From this week’s Trump-De Blasio têteà-tête was from NYC Metro. “Apple Meets Orange.”

Good luck: &pizza – that’s the whole name – has raised $25 million to expand from its Washington base to markets including NYC. The money comes fromBoston-based Avalt, which has done deals with Outback Steakhouse, Domino’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Public disclosure: Snap, the company behind messaging app Snapchat and the hot new video-equipped Spectacles sunglasses, has quietly filed for its IPO.

Less quietly: So has Melville’s Digital Donations Technologies.

Watch out, Watson: GE has acquired a pair of startups to bolster its AI and Internet of Things advancement.


Long speculated: DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to merge.

Getting their kicks: With the elections over, TV viewers have gone back to the NFL in big numbers.

It was in the cards: Jeter has signed with Topps.

But can they help you learn French? Halo Sport headphones, heretofore used exclusively by Olympians, pro athletes and the military to spur physical performance, are now available to the hoi polloi. $699.


Heads up, rich people: The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet, referred to as “life in the Hamptons distilled into a car,” features every imaginable luxury, plus a 6.0 liter V12 under the hood. Starting at $320,000, or watch 50 seconds of one for free here.

Not directly related: Lexus has unveiled its first food-inspired car – a Sriracha model that has hot sauce in the paint (and inside the steering wheel) and comes with a trunk full of peppery goodness.

Speaking of which: McDonald’s is testing a sriracha Big Mac at 126 restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, until the end of the year.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.