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KG: Keep those Tech Madness votes coming for Round 1.

The Big One

A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.

Lucy: We’re taking a short break from local tech news because, as you may have heard, something big is going on at Facebook.

Last night, CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke the silence about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. As The Guardian reported, the U.K.-based data firm (not Cambridge, MA) had inappropriately harvested data from the FB profiles of over 50M people through a partnership with Aleksandre Kogan, a U.K. academic and data scientist.

In a Facebook post, Zuck wrote that “This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that.”

Mr. Facebook then told CNN that he’s “really sorry that this happened,” and admitted that not digging into Cambridge Analytica’s potential misconduct sooner was “one of the biggest mistakes that we made,” he told WIRED.

In the wake of revelations, many FB users have joined the #deleteFacebook movement, an online campaign meant to encourage people to delete all their personal data and content from the social network. In Boston, local publication DigBoston announced it’s moving away from the platform: “In the short term, we’re starting to focus more on Twitter—a social media giant that’s slightly less mercenary and slightly more responsive to public pressure. The Lyft to Facebook’s Uber, if you will.”

KG: Let’s hear your predictions on the impact of the #deleteFacebook campaign – send us your thoughts at In the meantime, here is some reading material on how Facebook figures out everyone you’ve ever met even if you don’t have FB. Thanks, Shadow Profiles.

In The Know

The Inno stories you need to read today.

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Boston.

Lucy: In a statement to TechCrunchZagster CEO Tim Ericson elaborated on the layoffs the company made almost a month after announcing a $15M growth equity round: “Coming off the heels of our recent financing, we’ve re-structured to accelerate expansion of Pace, with a heavier focus on building in-market teams to greatly expand bike fleets, drive higher ridership, and partner with local businesses to sponsor Pace parking. We did have to let a number of people go with roles not aligned to our Pace strategy.”

KG: 28 years ago, thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole 13 pieces of artwork (valued more than $500M) in one of the largest art heists ever. Boston startup Cuseum put the stolen art back into frame with the use of augmented reality. Check out the project here: Hacking the Heist. Psst, the Museum is still offering a $10M reward for information on the stolen pieces.

Lucy: New Office Envy alert. Check out the new HQ of True Fit, which moved from Woburn to their downtown Boston digs in late November. Read more: Office Envy: Inside True Fit’s New Boston HQ, Which is All About Balance

New Money

Your daily funding roundup.

KG: Elephant, the early stage VC firm led by Warby Parker’s cofounder, Andrew Hunt, has raised $250M for their second fund (Axios reports). They have the least descriptive website I have seen to date. Hint: there is nothing to click. Enjoy.

Lucy: Anterra Capital, a VC firm focused on transforming the global food system, has raised $200M for their first fund. Anterra is based in Boston and Amsterdam.

Player Personnel

Who’s moving where.

KG: ViralGains has added Mark Connon to its board of directors. Connon was a longtime marketing executive at AOL, Verizon and Oath.

Lucy: Local transportation system for students Sheprd has hired Lucy Ai as the new head of revenue. Ai is joining Sheprd from Arconic’s corporate strategy group.

KG: Lionbridge Technologies has added Frank Sannella as managing director of the Americas and Camilla De Villiers as managing director of Asia. Lionbridge is a digital communications company focused on language translation.

In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week

KG: On March 28th, head up to Umass Lowell for the M2D2 $200K Challenge. This is a competition for medical device and biotech startups fighting for $200K in funding. If you’re busy on March 28th, you can still go to the second part of the competition on April 10th and see the check being rewarded to the winner.

Read This Right Now

Insight and analysis from the community and beyond.

Lucy: Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, gave most of the company away to charity. In a guest post, he explains why it worked: “As a conscious company with a long-term focus, we believe it is our duty to “walk the walk” when it comes to service to our community. Our beloved Boston has many areas in need of improvement, and equity in education is at the top of the list.”

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An extra message.

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