No. 236: Farrell Fritz stars, robots rising and a scary price spike on bacon and butter sandwiches

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It’s Wednesday out there: Happy hump day, kids, and welcome new readers Mark, Andrea, Harrison, Jeisenia, Anthony, Bianca, Roxanne, Weicheng and Daisy. Great to have you aboard.

It’s Aug. 16, on which Edwin Prescott – builder of Coney Island’s first Loop the Loop – received an 1896 patent for the roller coaster. Also, Ringo replaced Pete Best on this day in 1962.

Happy birthday: Dan Polner and John McNally and Larry Levy and Jamie Lynn Ryan. And hope you had a good one, Carl Corry.

At Long Islanders Noreen Kazi and Nisha Bhalla will open a local branch of Silicon Valley’s Coder School in October.

Also: BNL scientists Alessandro Tricoli, Chao Zhang and Sanjaya Senanayake have scored major Energy Department awards.

Plus: Feinstein Institute assistant professor Yun Freudenberg-Hua has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.

And: A new study says Babylon’s IDA rocks.

Just in: Ten Farrell Fritz attorneys have been named Best in America, including Eric Penzer and Jack Barnosky, who were also named Lawyers of the Year.

Hide, and seek: Biotech startup Modern Meadow, the maker of “cruelty-free” leather that doesn’t off animals in the process, has picked Jersey for its manufacturing operations.

The firm, based in Brooklyn but hunting for a production plant, had considered the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at Farmingdale State College, but ultimately settled on the former HQ of drugmaker Hoffmann-LaRoche.

Jersey kicked in $32 million over 10 years, Newsday’s James T. Madore reports.

A real sleeper: NYC’s Casper Labs has launched the Wave, a mattress that accommodates your shoulders and hips for more optimal spinal alignment.

Music to their ears: Rednote, a Port Washington startup whose iPhone app lets users send short music clips with lyrics and video, has raised $5.9 million for product development, according to a government filing.


An offal thing to consider: Cambridge-based eGenesis says it has created virus-free piglets, paving the way for pig organs to be routinely transferred into humans.

No worries, he’s still worth $86 billion: Bill Gates gave away 5 percent of his fortune in June, or $4.6 billion, according to recently filed SEC documents. The gift whittles his share of Microsoft to 1.3 percent, down from 24 percent in 1996.

Where the robots live: Detroit has almost five times as many robots at work as any other U.S. city. But the machines are coming on strong elsewhere, the Brookings Institution warns. (Be afraid, Indiana. Be very afraid.)

The envelope, please: Xconomy announces its 2017 Startup Awards finalists. The list is here.

Wrist watch: Apple and Aetna held meetings late last week to discuss bringing Apple Watch to the insurer’s 23 million members.

Virtually a reality: New York City will host its first virtual reality convention at the Javits Center and organizers expect the NYVR Expo to be the largest such convention on the East Coast. Running alongside the PhotoPlus Expo, the two events are expected to draw 20,000 people.

Trouble holding a job: Legendary programmer Chris Lattner is now at Google Brain, following a short stint at Tesla as head of Autopilot software. Lattner, the brains behind the Apple programming language Swift, will help Google with its AI and machine learning research.

Not related: Google is set to pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhone, according to asset management firm Bernstein, which compares with 2014, when Google paid $1 billion.

Google could account for 5 percent of Apple’s operating profit this year, according to the firm.


+ Poncho, a weather service that sends forecasts via email and SMS of what to expect for the day and offers an iOS app with hourly and weekly forecasts, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Ventures.

+ Huddle, a NYC-based video-based peer-to-peer support app for mental health issues, raised $1.2 million in seed funding led by Thrive Capital.

Claim it!, a NYC-based mobile social marketplace, raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Newark Venture Partners with participation from Infor, Steve Sadove and NBA players Thaddeus Young and Al Harrington.

+ Filld, a Mountain View-based mobile fueling service that delivers gas directly to individual, commercial and enterprise customers, raised $9.65 million in Series A financing.

Color me Prince: Pantone has unveiled a custom shade of purple dubbed “Love Symbol #2” in honor of Prince and inspired by his Yamaha purple piano.

Related trivia: The Pantone color system was invented by Lawrence Herbert, for whose generosity the Hofstra school of communications is named.

Flute section: London-based Bubble Bros. has converted a tiny Piaggio Ape into a sparkling wine bar on wheels, rolling up to weddings and private events to serve perfectly chilled bubbly from a tap right off the side of the van.

Brexit, saving lives: The slipping British pound and the growing popularity of pork in China have led to a sharp spike in the price of England’s favorite lunch treat: The bacon and butter sandwich.

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Complied by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.