GONNA FLY NOW: PowerToFly, a NYC startup that matches companies with work-from-home moms, raised $6.5M this week, with the money going for a big expansion of the engineering staff. And, yes, all of them will work from home.
FINAL WORD: NO. New York officially banned fracking as the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued its “findings statement,” finally ending a nearly seven-year review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The ban now has the force of law and will likely lead to legal challenges. From the entire Southern Tier.
With the report out of the way, Joe Martens, DEC chief since 2011, is leaving.
UBER UNDER: They may be burning Uber cars in France, but in East Hampton the ride-hailing service’s drivers are only getting tickets. The fines, issued because local drivers didn’t have taxi licenses, were $400 a head for 22 Uber-ites caught over the Memorial Day weekend, but a few got off even easier: Two were charged with $150 camping violations for sleeping in their cars.
Related: Uber offered free rides to attend a NYC protest in favor of the service.
Also: Uber acquired Microsoft’s Bing map service.
THE BIG GUYS: Henry Schein, Cablevision and Systemax were the top revenue producers among Long Island public companies last year, according to a new ranking. The full list could look significantly different next year as Pall Corp. and DealerTrack Technologies sell themselves to off-Island firms in major deals announced so far this year. And it’s only July 1.
Not good: The number of public companies on the Island has dropped by 42 percent over the past decade.
Small comfort: The total Long Island company count climbed to 96,372, according to Census Bureau numbers, thanks to new small companies.
However: Publisher’s Clearing House is staying, thanks to millions of dollars in tax breaks from the Nassau IDA.
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A RESUMÉ VERSION WOULD BE USEFUL: The Pentagon, looking to slow the spread of misinformation during a future security crisis, is funding ways to expose online rumors by using computers that fact-check the Internet.
YEAH, BUT YOU CAN’T GET A SOLID GOLD FITBIT: Fitbits are outselling Apple Watches, a new report from Slice Intelligence shows.
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BUNCEE BURNER: Calverton-based Buncee landed best-app honors from the American Association of School Librarians for its new Buncee For Edu tool. The award is big stuff, given that librarians are responsible for the bulk of new technology entering schools these days. (And they take it pretty seriously: The AASL spent four years just agreeing on the evaluation criteria.)
GET THE GIANT SCISSORS: Stony Brook will officially open its $40M computer science building today. The facility houses five centers focused on everything from national security to smart energy and mobile computing.
A STARTUP WITH SOLE: Architectural designer Sharone Piontkowski has teamed up with her father, a retired surgeon, to combat what most women consider their arch enemy: high heels. The daughter-doctor duo have a patented wedge that could change the way business women everywhere walk the talk. Innovate
WHERE WERE THEY WHEN THE AMT WAS PASSED? AARP issued a report charging that Long Island seniors can’t afford a proposed PSEG rate hike.
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TAKING SHAPE: NYC 3D printing startup Shapeways raised $30M.
PEANUT BUTTER WOULD ALSO BE GOOD: LiquiGlide, the maker of a natural spray-on coating that helps products better slide out of their packaging, has struck a deal with a Norwegian conglomerate that will allow people to waste less mayonnaise.
OMMMMMMM: Andy Puddicombe, a British meditation teacher trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, created an iPhone app called Headspace, which teaches meditation and mindfulness techniques. Since launch, Headspace has been downloaded by 3M users. Among its acolytes are Richard Branson, who put the company’s meditation exercises on Virgin Airlines flights, and the Seattle Seahawks.
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FINALLY: The Beach Boys – which these days is basically Mike Love and some interlopers – is touring this summer at the same time two other founding members, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, tour separately and without the BB name. The remains of the Dead and the Stones are raising the same question with their tours: Is a shadow of a band still the band?
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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.