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Examiner.com

Startup plans to offer city free wi-fi

A small startup wants to go big with its free wireless Internet technology and blanket The City in coverage by the end of 2008. Meraki, a Mountain View-based company started in 2006, has nearly 40,000 subscribers after its “Free the Net” program launched last July, and through a network of volunteers and private partnerships it plans to spread its wireless Internet from the Bay to the ocean.

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Boston Globe

Stores open with air of uncertainty

The financially beleaguered Alpha Omega Jewelry chain reopened two of its four upscale stores under new management yesterday afternoon after the company’s founder, Raman Handa, disappeared last week and the shops closed for business five days before Christmas.

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Boston Globe

Long trail of debt at shuttered Alpha Omega

Cambridge restaurateur Vinod Kapoor ran into his cousin Raman Handa outside Handa’s jewelry store in the Burlington Mall on Dec. 9. Handa, owner of the Alpha Omega Jewelry chain, picked up Kapoor’s 17-month-old granddaughter and said he would like to get the two families together for dinner over the holidays

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The Crimson

New Pizza Joint Offers Contrast to Old

Oggi Gourmet, with its sleek counters and sophisticated pizza toppings, represents a very different face of Harvard Square dining than the more traditional undergraduate staple of Pinocchio’s Pizza and Subs—but Noch’s isn’t worried.

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The Crimson

Building a Sensible Square

When students and residents who live around Harvard Square wish to shop for groceries, their choices are severely limited. There has been no true grocery store in the Square for seven years.

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The New York Times

Tour Will Show Stores From the Inside Out

THREE-DIMENSIONAL mapping programs like Google Earth let people fly over the rooftops of virtual cities, and other online services lead them down individual streets.  Now, one company is planning 3-D-like tours of Cambridge, Mass., and other cities that not only venture down streets, but also inside some local businesses.

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The Crimson

Square Capitalizes on Sox

October 26, 2007

As the Red Sox played for gold rings at Fenway Park yesterday, Harvard Square’s businesses tried to make some gold of their own.  Bars with plasma televisions and shops serving up Sox paraphernalia drew crowds yesterday, when Boston’s home team played yesterday’s second World Series game against the Colorado Rockies—whose blacks and purples were noticeably absent from the streets