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Diana Louise Carter is a native of Rochester, NY, and life-long journalist. She and her husband live in the Upper Monroe neighborhood and a daughter and two sons, all of whom are college students.

RIT develops cellular quality app (access required)

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Students and professors at Rochester Institute of Technology have come up with a free mobile phone app that will allow you to determine the quality—speed and reliability—of your mobile phone signal at any location. For individual consumers of the four major carriers, the information provided by the RIT Cellular Metrics app could be useful for deciding on whether to switch phone service carriers, or whether to wait to watch a movie on the device until the viewer is in a location with a higher-quality signal.

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Datto growing fast (access required)

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The Lite-Brite wall hasn’t been installed yet. But there’s a cubicle that has been turned into a ball pit. And the kitchens are stocked with free snacks—cereal, pistachios, wasabi peas, granola bars and others—on each floor of Datto’s offices in The Metropolitan. Those features, colorful décor, and the multiple monitors on every desk, along with televisions screens broadcasting sales closed and Seinfeld episodes, declare this is a high-tech company with a youthful bent. And like most youth, it’s growing rapidly. So rapidly that when the company merged and was acquired for $1.5 billion earlier this month, the founder, Austin McChord, was able to hand over a $50 million donation to his alma mater and one of the biggest suppliers of his employee pool—Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Cuomo’s restaurant pay issue a contentious one (access required)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to increase tipped restaurant workers’ wages to the same minimums as other workers will likely result in quite a public battle. Restaurant owners are already gearing up to testify against the proposal. And some workers are ready to demonstrate in support of it. Cuomo, in announcing that he will include the measure in his State of the State address, had said a single minimum wage for all workers, including restaurant workers, would help elevate working conditions and counter discrimination for a workforce that is disproportionately female and minority.

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Chick-fil-A breaking ground in Greece (access required)

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Chick-fil-A will break ground in Greece Wednesday (Jan. 3) morning for its first Rochester-area restaurant, to be located at 2140 West Ridge Road. The Atlanta-based fast-food chain has 2,254 restaurants in the United States, and the Rochester store will be its second in Upstate New York. A store in Cicero, outside of Syracuse, will open in February and the Rochester store’s opening will follow. Additional stores are planned for Buffalo and Plattsburgh.

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VisualDx to expand downtown office, staff (access required)

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VisualDx, a company that develops medical imaging computer software, will expand its downtown Rochester offices by 5,000 square feet with the help of $700,000 in state and regional grants and tax breaks. Empire State Development announced the development Wednesday, Dec. ...

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Best college buys include University of Rochester (access required)

The University of Rochester, in conjunction with UR Medicine, employs 30,142 people in the Rochester area.

Several local and regional colleges have made the Kiplinger’s list of 2018 Best College Values. University of Rochester ranked the highest of local schools, at 30th out of 100 private schools and 94th out of 300 schools overall. Among public ...

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