Facebook’s digital currency would be great — if it didn’t come from Facebook

It seems hard to trust this company with our money after all its privacy problems.

Maple syrup producers said the original idea to include an “added sugars” disclosure was nonsensical, since sugar was a natural ingredient in their product.

Not requiring an ‘added sugars’ label is a sweet relief, but not for all

The FDA has ruled that while maple syrup producers needn’t include an ‘added sugars’ line on their labels, another classic New England food — cranberries — will need to add one by July 2021.

Mass. Senate President Karen E. Spilka spoke at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the arrests and jailing of suffragists in Boston.

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Boys in the boardroom, consider yourself warned

A pair of bills on Beacon Hill aim to mandate women on boards of public companies and state commissions.

Looking to rent an apartment in Massachusetts? You might need more than one job

The report, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, estimates that a household needs $33.81 an hour to comfortably afford an average two-bedroom in Massachusetts.

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Comet Therapeutics raises $28.5m for research into metabolic disorders

Cambridge company aims to tackle a range of conditions, from MS to arthritis.

As recession fears grow in Europe, central bank signals stimulus increase

The European Central Bank is poised to step up its stimulus to the eurozone economy in response to international tensions and the trade war.

Optimism over trade sends stocks sharply higher

Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones average 350 points higher.

Hundreds of companies descend on Washington to fight Trump’s tariffs

The latest wave of threatened duties are set to hit essentially all remaining imports from China including mobile phones, laptops, apparel, and other consumer items.


Partners in Health puts a nurse in charge, globally

Bold Types: Nurses provide much of the health care worldwide, but they are still underrepresented in the field’s leadership ranks.


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Designing a neighborhood from scratch: The stakes are high at Suffolk Downs

What the new Suffolk Downs will look and feel like — and, by extension who gets to call it home — is being hashed out at City Hall and in community meetings.

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Casino races to keep up with its hiring goals

Massachusetts has never seen a hiring spree like this: roughly 5,000 employees brought on board for one location within a matter of months. But will it be enough?

People passed by an advertisement for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G smartphone at a subway station in Seoul. People passed by an advertisement for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G smartphone at a subway station in Seoul.

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5G is coming, but there’s really no need to rush in

Boston is supposed to get one of those ultra-fast 5G wireless networks before the year is up, but you don’t need to sign up right away.

Pfizer is buying cancer treatment company Array BioPharma.

Pfizer expands in cancer with $10.6 billion deal for Array

Array’s shares have soared thanks to drugs that target a mutation that’s found across a wide variety of tumor types, and could be used in treating a broad set of cancers in patients who carry the mutation.

Stocks eked out slight gains Monday, continuing a winning trend.

US stocks add to 2 weeks of gains, helped by deal-making

Stocks posted slight gains Monday, adding a bit to the last two weeks of gains. However, trading remained choppy.

WeWork will occupy all of the office space in the renovated buildings at Milk and Washington streets in downtown Boston.

A first for WeWork in Boston: It’s taking over all of a building’s office space

This will be the co-working giant’s 12th location in Boston and Cambridge.

Natasha Seaman stood on her third floor, pointing out the reflection of the water-filled gutter on the roof of her home.

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A gutter still gushes water after it was replaced

Water gushing over a “repaired” gutter prompts a Jamaica Plain homeowner to demand that a contractor respond to her complaints.

Pfizer expands in cancer care with $10.6 billion deal for Array

Pfizer Inc. will buy Array BioPharma Inc. for $10.6 billion to gain its promising new medicines for cancer, which could end or limit the use of punishing chemotherapy for some patients.

A man checks his smartphone while standing against an illuminated screen bearing the Uber logo in London on June 26, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe.

Uber rolls out in-app public transit tips for Boston riders

The ride-sharing company has been criticized for wooing people off public transit.

FILE -- Columbia University's campus in New York, Oct. 24, 2018. University officials and students at several colleges, including Columbia, say the delayed visa approvals have thrown some international students into crisis (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Visa delays could cost many foreign graduates their US internships

Visa applications from hundreds of international students seeking to work in the United States this summer are languishing.

Citizens Bank will get $2.5 million in property tax breaks to expand in Westwood. This is a rendering of its new building.


A decade later, University Station’s train is finally pulling in

At long last, Westwood officials have persuaded a marquee office tenant to move to town: Citizens Financial Group. To pull it off, they offered the Providence-based bank $2.5 million in tax breaks.

Off-the-grid Bird electric scooters could pose a hazard to children, among other issues.


Are we letting our sidewalks be turned into giant scooter rental lots?

Abandoned electric vehicles could become a blight — and maybe a hazard — in Brookline.

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Boomerang generation: Should parents welcome them back?

For the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household.

Chewy jumps in tail-wagging debut after $1.02 billion IPO

PetSmart Inc.-controlled Chewy Inc. surged in its first day of trading after raising $1.02 billion in an initial public offering, as investors bet that pet owners will do more of their shopping online for everything from cat food to doggy sweaters.

A photo from the Library of Congress of Harriet Tubman, circa 1860 to 1875.

The Harriet Tubman $20 bill was far along before Mnuchin delayed work

Mnuchin announced last month that the design of the note would be delayed for technical reasons by six years and might not include the former slave and abolitionist.

Ivanka Trump made at least $1 million from her line of branded apparel, jewelry, and other merchandise.

Ivanka Trump made $4m from president’s D.C. hotel

Trump and husband Jared Kushner earned between $28.8 million and $135.1 million in outside income while working as unpaid senior advisers to her father, President Trump, their disclosures, which covers 2018, show.

Haoyang Yu of Lexington is accused of trying to sell sensitive technology that was stolen from his former employer, Norwood electronics company Analog Devices Inc.

Lexington man charged with stealing, smuggling technology

Prosecutors said a former employee of Analog Devices in Norwood tried to sell stolen electrical components.

Logan food workers vote unanimously to authorize strike

Even if they aren’t cleared to walk off the job, employees could disrupt air travel.

A rendering of the condominium project planned for the Dock Square Garage building.

Despite criticism, Dock Square condo project advances

A New York-based developer wants to build seven stories of condos atop the Dock Square Garage — a 1970s-era parking facility — while retaining most of the parking spaces below.



That derailed Red Line car is old enough to join AARP

Technology has come a long way in the past 50 years. Here are just some of the advancements we've seen since 1969.

A truck was submerged on a highway ramp in lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.


Powerful business group adds climate change to its priorities

Massachusetts Competitive Partnership members now view the issue as a major potential threat to the state’s economic competitiveness.

A driver with placards for both Lyft and Uber waited for a traffic light outside South Station after picking up a passenger.

Uber, Lyft use skyrocketing in Massachusetts

Ride-hailing companies completed 81.3 million rides in Massachusetts during 2018 — a whopping 25 percent increase from the previous year.

James O’Keefe says conservative voices are stifled on social media.

Pinterest is latest tech company drawn into US culture wars

An effort by the social media company Pinterest to limit the spread of medical conspiracy theories has blocked one of the most prominent US antiabortion groups from sharing its content on the site.

Bond fund executive accused of sexual harassment leaves TCW

Jess Ravich, one of the most senior Wall Street executives to have been publicly accused of sexual harassment, has left TCW, the giant bond-fund manager.

This week’s Red Line derailment created nightmare commutes for Red Line regulars — in some cases four hours — but terrible Tuesday could be just the beginning of many more delay-plagued days.

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Hey Expressway drivers: Red Line’s woes will hurt you, too

For South Shore commuters, will this be the summer of our discontent?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the administration to lift spending caps before she’d increase the debt ceiling.

Pelosi won’t budge on debt increase until Trump lifts spending caps

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs.

Inside a lab at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. The company is moving to Boston.

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals moving its headquarters from Cambridge to Boston

The drug company will move from the sleek curved building it occupies on Binney Street to 39,000 square feet at 100 Summer St.

From politicians to antiwar activists, Raytheon-United Technologies merger remains a hot topic

The deal would create a defense and aerospace behemoth with $74 billion in projected annual revenue and a headquarters somewhere in the Boston area.

Target to offer same-day delivery for $9.99 per order

In the latest salvo in the delivery wars, Target is offering same-day delivery on thousands of items for $9.99 per order through a delivery startup it purchased nearly two years ago.

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Bitcoin’s carbon footprint is equal to that of Las Vegas, researchers say

Researchers calculated that the electricity required for the virtual currency bitcoin generates as much carbon dioxide as a city like Las Vegas.

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Business is booming in Boston’s industrial port

The number of direct jobs in the port’s three key components -- cargo, cruise ships and seafood processing -- has grown by more than 20 percent over that time, to nearly 9,000.


PwC chief makes diversity an ongoing mantra

When PwC’s Tim Ryan began asking leaders of other big companies to join a campaign tackling race issues, he thought he would be lucky if he signed up a few dozen. He got 700.

In this 2016, file photo, a car displays both Lyft and Uber stickers on its windshield. The companies, in a joint op-ed piece published Wednesday in the San Francisco Chronicle, are urging a California officials to consider a compromise that would keep their drivers from being considered employees.

Uber, Lyft Executives Urge California Compromise on Driver Pay

Faced with legislation in California that endangers their business model, Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are urging a compromise that would keep their drivers from being considered employees.

Workers at the airline catering companies Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet will vote on whether to authorize their unions to call a strike.

Airline food preparers ponder work stoppage amid fight for better wages, health insurance

Unions representing 20,000 employees nationwide, including 700 in Boston, looking for subcontrators to raise wages as airlines rake in profits.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane on the assembly line in the Boeing facility in Renton, Wash.

FAA officials say Boeing 737 Max will return to the skies by December

But there is no exact timeline for fixes to Boeing Co.’s idled aircraft, a top US regulator said.

Falling bank, tech stocks give market a 2nd straight loss

Stocks closed modestly lower on Wall Street Wednesday. Banks and technology companies accounted for much of the slide as investors shifted money into safe havens.

FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo customer pulls her shopping cart past an information kiosk at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. On Wednesday, June 12, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for May. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Walmart adjusts to Trump’s tariffs through a price-changing tool

The move shows how the world’s largest retailer, which sells billions of dollars of goods made in China annually, is incorporating the reality of tariffs into its day-to-day operations.

The YW (formerly the YWCA) building at 140 Clarendon St.

Nonprofit could reap big profit in sale of its Back Bay building

Apartment residents in the YW Boston building — the former YWCA — will stay, and no immediate changes are expected for other tenants.

Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy interviewed General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic during the Boston College Chief Executives Club lunch on Tuesday.


Raytheon deal with UTC gets cold shoulder from investors

Many investors aren’t convinced that the combination of the two companies is the win-win they say it is.

Freedom Food Farm in Raynham uses compost to add carbon to the soil. While some smaller organic farms like this one are using such “regenerative” practices, Indigo Agriculture is trying to encourage them on a much larger scale.

Boston company says agriculture might hold one solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Indigo Agriculture is planning to pay farmers to capture carbon in their soil through regenerative farming practices.

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State leaders agree to a three-month delay for paid-leave taxes

State officials granted anxious business leaders their wish on Tuesday by agreeing to a three-month delay before collecting assessments for a new paid family and medical leave program. These new taxes were supposed to kick in on July 1. Now, they’ll begin in October.

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.