Facebook says it has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps

Facebook made its new disclosure as the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, which has been examining the social network’s data-sharing practices, has been working to unseal documents related to the investigation of the apps.

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric S. Rosengren.

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Boston Fed chief warns of risks from latest rate cuts

Eric Rosengren said Friday that he voted against cutting interest rates this week because the economy doesn’t need lower rates to keep growing.

The first ALS “platform trial” will be run out of the Sean M. Healey (pictured) & AMG Center for ALS.

Mass. General to begin ALS trials that test several drugs at once

Researchers hope it will speed the search for new treatments.

Rising above Causeway Street is the Hub on Causeway complex.

On The Street

$1.1b Hub on Causeway project is remaking a neighborhood

The $1.1 billion Hub on Causeway complex is going to transform the North Station area. Will it all be for the better?

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Carmakers nowhere to be seen as Trump begins dismantling mileage rules

The industry aggressively lobbied him to ease the Obama-era rules, yet the plan proposed in August 2018 went beyond what most carmakers actually sought.

Trump calls China a ‘threat to the world’ as trade talks approach

President Trump said Friday that China was a “threat to the world” and suggested Beijing was eager to make a trade deal because his tariffs were hurting the Chinese economy, coarsening his tone as the two countries prepared to resume negotiations.

Mass. General’s plan to buy N.H. hospital held up by AG

Gordon MacDonald has threatened legal action to halt the deal for Exeter Hospital, saying MGH’s purchase would harm consumers by reducing competition and raising costs.

Walmart to stop selling all e-cigarettes at US stores, citing ‘regulatory complexity and uncertainty’

The retailer attributed its decision to ‘‘growing federal, state, and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes’.’

Wayfair says CEO’s comments about ‘non-political’ employees were ‘misinterpreted’

Niraj Shah was asked at an event what he looks for in job candidates, and he replied that one of the traits of a successful employee was “cultural fit,” according to the Boston Business Journal.


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James Farr of Jamaica Plain sat inside F.J. Doyles Braddock Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

Doyle’s impending closing a sign of changing Jamaica Plain

For those who know Boston’s restaurant scene and Jamaica Plain’s red-hot real estate market, there’s a sense that the demise of Doyle’s was almost inevitable.

In addition to Hub Hall, the Causeway complex will feature the new Banners Kitchen & Tap restaurant.

On The Street

Newest food hall will focus on familiar local fare — just don’t call it a food court

How does Hub Hall, the latest addition to Boston’s roster of food halls, hope to distinguish itself?

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy lll is sponsoring a bill that would require public companies that buy back their shares to share their profits with their workers.


Joe Kennedy makes push to change stock buybacks for public companies

Kennedy has cosponsored a number of other bills aimed at addressing income inequality since his first speech on moral capitalism. But a spokesman says this is the first time he’s taking the lead in the House on one of them.

The newly-renovated TD Garden is nearing completion, as work continued on the Garden itself.

On the Street

New venues at the Hub on Causeway want sports fans to come early, and leave late

“People want to be here, in the building, part of it all — but not necessarily in a fixed seat,” said TD Garden’s president, Amy Latimer.

Airbnb has spent the last several years broadening its offerings in advance of an expected IPO.

Airbnb says it will go public in 2020

It is a long-awaited move by the home-sharing company that is both loved and reviled for its disruption of the hotel business.

US stock indexes end the day mixed

Major US stock indexes ended mixed Thursday after an early rally lost its strength toward the end of the day.

Long-stalled Cambridge courthouse project clears a crucial hurdle

The City Council approved a plan that reduces parking and increases the number of affordable housing units.

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A meetup for Christian professionals, a public speaking workshop, and other events and things to know.

Connecticut-based Colt Firearms said it was suspending production of its version of the AR-15 for the civilian market.

Colt suspends production of AR-15 for civilian market

Colt’s chief executive officer, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production but believes there is already an adequate supply of sporting rifles on the market.

Ruth Lehmann will be the second woman to lead the Whitehead Institute.

NYU biologist will lead the Whitehead Institute

Ruth Lehmann was formerly a member of the renowned Cambridge research center.

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Redfin: Bidding wars drop off significantly in key cities

Boston was the fourth most competitive market for Redfin buyers in August 2019, the real estate company said.

These are the top 25 highest-earning jobs in the US, and what they pay, according to Glassdoor

Hoping to get into a career that pays well? These are the top-earning jobs — as well as the highest-paying companies — in the country, according to a new Glassdoor analysis.

A Ginkgo Bioworks engineer was at work in one of the Boston company’s labs.

Ginkgo, a Boston biotech venture, is a magnet for VC money

Ginkgo Bioworks, a synthetic biology foundry that tinkers with genes in microorganisms to produce new scents, antibiotics, cannabinoids, and other products, has raised another $290 million.


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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell spoke at a news conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting onWednesday.

Fed can’t agree on how to keep economy humming

Central bankers on Wednesday approved a quarter-point reduction in interest rates, the second cut in seven weeks.

The final weekend of racing at Suffolk Downs was in June. The racetrack site is now poised for redevelopment.


There may yet be another day at the races: Horse track rivals are jockeying for position

Horse racing has been in a long slow decline. But a huge pot of money from casino revenues is awaiting a successful track operator.

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Mortgage rates, a pitching workshop, and other events and things to know.

Empty chairs lined the bar inside Doyle’s on a recent day.

Closing time for Doyle’s moves a step nearer to reality

Last call for Doyle’s Cafe, a Jamaica Plain institution, moved nearer Wednesday at a City Hall hearing to transfer its liquor license to a new Seaport outpost of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

US stocks end mixed after Fed cuts rates

Major US stock indexes closed mostly higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year.

A new Star Market will open on Friday in the new Hub on Causeway complex at TD Garden.

The massive new Star Market near TD Garden has an opening date: This Friday

The mostly subterranean space is located at the new Hub on Causeway complex at TD Garden.

A television monitor at the New York Stock Exchange carries the news after the Federal Reserve made its interest rate announcement, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

What the Fed’s rate cut means for you

As a reminder, the Fed slashed its benchmark rate — which affects a host of consumer and business loans — to near zero during the recession and kept it there until 2015.

The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C.

Fed cuts key interest rate again

The Federal Reserve is cutting rates for a second time this year while saying it’s prepared to continue doing what it deems necessary to sustain the US economic expansion.

A television monitor at the New York Stock Exchange carries the news after the Federal Reserve made its interest rate announcement, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks fall further after Fed rate cut

Stocks are dropping after the Federal Reserve cuts its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year but didn’t provide investors with concrete clues about what the future holds.

Cody Friesen won the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize for his panels that create potable water by pulling moisture out of the air, and a second project creating rechargeable batteries.

MIT honors alumnus for innovations in drinking water, battery technologies

An MIT grad, Cody Friesen, won the Lemelson-MIT prize for panels that draw water out of air, and rechargeable batteries that can be used in emergencies.

Battling cancer, a psychiatrist gets personal with his patients

A Beth Israel doctor’s candor is a departure from therapist-patient norms.

Santiago Pimentel Jr (right ) and his father, Santiago Pimentel, have both lost jobs at the same Peabody chemical factory.

For some in Mass., offshoring still stings

The number of laid-off workers in Massachusetts who request retraining because they lost their jobs to offshoring has increased since President Trump was elected.

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The Jeffrey Epstein donations: Is an apology from the MIT president good enough?

MIT president Rafael Reif recently revealed that Epstein gifts were discussed at “at least one of MIT’s regular senior team meetings, and I was present.” So why didn’t he say something?

Eva Millona launched the business coalition on immigration a year ago.

Chesto Means Business

Business leaders make the case for immigration reform

Representative Joe Kennedy is on the cusp of deciding whether to challenge Senator Ed Markey. But that’s not why nearly 150 people packed a conference room at TripAdvisor’s Needham headquarters on Tuesday.

Wary investors have pointed to WeWork’s likely continued unprofitability as one of the reasons they are skeptical about it.

WeWork delays IPO after chilly reception from stock investors

WeWork, the shared office space giant, was able to gain the backing of some of the world’s top investors, but it received a much colder reception when it tried to pitch its shares on Wall Street.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 31, 2019 US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC. - US central bankers opened their hotly-anticipated policy meeting on September 17, 2019, with investors expecting the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates for the second time this year. Wall Street was cautious early Tuesday, with stocks in a holding pattern ahead of the announcement, and financial markets jittery amid the announcement the New York Federal Reserve Bank is intervening to try to keep the policy rate in line.Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in recent weeks has sent strong signals that a rate cut is coming, vowing that policymakers stand ready to

Fed intervenes in market to set its interest rate, a first since the financial crisis

The Federal Reserve had to step into financial markets Tuesday to keep interest rates from rising above the Fed’s target.

Business Agenda

A pitching event, a customer psychology workshop, and other events and things to know.

US stock indexes edge up as oil gives up half of its price spurt

US stock indexes ticked closer to record heights on Tuesday, but the modest moves belied plenty of churning underneath.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has been under intense pressure to limit the spread of hate messages, pictures, and videos on its site.

Facebook expands definition of terrorist organizations to limit extremism

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has been under intense pressure to limit the spread of hate messages, pictures, and videos on its site.

Southcoast Health, Blue Cross at odds over payment rates

The dispute threatens to disrupt care for thousands of patients.

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‘Saved by the Bell’ will get a reboot as part of NBC’s ‘Peacock’ streaming service, which launches in April

Peacock’s lineup will include series like ‘‘30 Rock,’’ ‘’Will & Grace,’’ and ‘‘Cheers,’’ as well as original new movies and shows like reboots of ‘‘Battlestar Galactica’’ and ‘‘Saved by the Bell.’’

Cynthia Graber at the bike racks at the Davis Square station.

A bike is stolen from a poorly installed MBTA bike rack. And the T says it’s not responsible

When her bike was stolen, Cynthia Graber was stunned and angry to find the racks at the Davis Square station weren’t bolted to the ground.

Deshpande’s nonprofit EforAll program expands to Roxbury

Desh Deshpande made a name for himself — and a fortune — in the telecom industry. But he could end up having a more lasting impact in philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

Workers rallied at the GM plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., on Monday. The strike began at midnight on Sunday.

GM strike lurches on as President Trump and other political leaders watch and wait

Representatives for both the company and United Auto Workers, which is leading the strike, expressed hopes for a near-term fix but details remained scarce.

Dennis Baker is the lift department manager at Wachusett Mountain.


This job comes with a breeze and view

Dennis Baker is the lift department manager at Wachusett Mountain. And every day at work he enjoys dramatic 360-degree views atop the mountain.

Trump cleared to put more tariffs on Europe in Airbus case

The World Trade Organization will grant the United States permission to impose tariffs on the European Union as part of a prolonged scuffle over subsidies given to European plane maker Airbus.

Business agenda

A workshop on building customer loyalty, a book reading and other events and things to know.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.