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    1. Comcast customers won't need cable box with upcoming apps

      Comcast customers won't need cable box with upcoming apps

      NEW YORK >> Comcast says later this year you won't need a cable box to watch cable as the company follows its rivals in offering TV-watching apps.

      The announcement has interesting timing. It comes as the federal government works on new rules that would force the TV industry to let tech companies -- say, TiVo or Google -- sell cable boxes, too. Consumers typically pay cable companies extra fees for these boxes, and the cable industry is opposed to the effort.

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    2. Concord startup raises $22 million

      Concord startup raises $22 million

      CONCORD -- SmashFly Technologies, a startup that provides recruitment-marketing services to employers, said it has raised $22 million in second-round venture capital, part of which it will use to hire 70 people.

      Funding was led by Cambridge-based Bessemer Venture Partners. Existing investor OpenView Venture Partners, of Boston, also participated in the round, which brings SmashFly's total financing to $31 million.

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    3. Startup by West Bloomfield High School grads aims to help local small businesses

      Startup by West Bloomfield High School grads aims to help local small businesses

      Two West Bloomfield High School graduates, Andy Balan and Sara Lukas, have recently launched a startup that capitalizes on a market that is still foreign to many.

      The goal of the new company, eSale Solutions, is to bring a large portion of local small businesses into the world of e-commerce.

      Balan, who founded the company in October of 2014, explains the idea behind their company in very simple terms.

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    4. Connecticut start-ups get $10,000 awards to advance business

      A program designed to give Connecticut a steady supply of home-grown technology start-ups has selected the latest group of entrepreneurial companies to receive $10,000 awards to advance their businesses.

      CTNext announced Tuesday that it was making the awards to five companies, including two from New Haven, as part of its latest round of Entrepreneur Innovation Awards.

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    5. Nominees sought for 2014 Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 awards

      Now in its 22nd year, the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 business-awards event will once again recognize the 50 fastest growing companies in Lake and Geauga counties. Winners of the award will be based on average sales and employment growth from 2009 through 2013. To be eligible to receive the award, companies must be located within the two-county region, be organized as a for-profit business, and must have a sales profit for 2009 of at least $250,000.

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    6. OCC students to have new robots thanks to GM

      Students in the Robotic Automation Program at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus will have new opportunities to reprogram automotive robots to new uses with the donation of used plant floor machines by General Motors Corp..

      The bulky yellow giants appeared as though sleeping after a long career working in the automotive plans as they were unloaded from a truck at the Technology building.

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    7. Versicor launches Ideas to Action contest for technology companies

      Versicor, an electronics, software and controls development company based in Royal Oak, has launched its inaugural "Ideas to Action" (I2A) contest. This exciting new program is designed to help technology entrepreneurs transform their medical, clean-tech, or transportation project ideas into products. Versicor will provide a total of $250,000 worth of electronics, controls and software development services to award recipients.

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    8. Software firm gets $1.5 million loan from Connecticut Innovations

      ROCKY HILL >> A Bloomfield-based software company is getting a $1.5 million loan from Connecticut's technology investment agency.

      PCC Technology Group will use the loan from Connecticut Innovations (CI) to expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as to roll out one its software platforms on a national scale. The loan is coming from CI's Venture and Mezzanine Debt Fund, which helps growth-stage companies obtain important capital for expansion.

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