What’s wrong with this picture? Many consumers have 4K gear, but TV services lag

The technology is in tens of millions of homes, but TV networks have yet to make major investments in the format.

A panel of entrepreneurs at HUBWeek 2018 in Boston. In a new survey, Massachusetts entreprenuers weighed in on the details of the state’s venture capital ecosystem.


For local entrepreneurs, it’s often about getting the VC money

Boston remains a very conservative investment community, say many respondents in a recent survey.

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Lacrosse standout is benched because his head is too big

A former high school all-star, Alex Chu was recruited for lacrosse at Wheaton College. But now he can’t join his team on the field because they can’t find a helmet large enough for him.

Boston’s famed Durgin-Park restaurant closed last month.

Durgin-Park memorabilia is on the auction block

The items can be previewed at the former restaurant Saturday and Sunday, and online bidding ends Wednesday.

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Mass. tech council makes a diversity push for boardrooms

Many of the older white guys who typically fill local boardrooms appear to be growing tired of looking across the table and seeing others who look like them.

A closer look at the Amazon, General Electric HQ changes

GE and Amazon announced they were scaling back headquarters plans within hours of each other on Thursday — a coincidence that will have ramifications for Boston.

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

All stores will remain open until at least the end of March, and the majority will remain open until May.

A potential rival to Tesla in electric cars just got a big boost from Amazon

Amazon is leading a $700 million investment in Rivian, a Michigan company that is developing a battery-powered pickup truck and an electric sport utility vehicle.

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Famous family's burger chain success is more comfort food basics than Hollywood sizzle.

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On GE, Baker and Walsh were smart — but also got lucky

For the state, the deal was as much a bet on GE as it was on South Boston real estate.

Activists and community members who opposed Amazon’s plan to move into Queens rallied Thursday in Long Island City to celebrate the company’s decision to pull out of the deal.

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Even Jeff Bezos screws up

Amazon’s breakup with New York City is the kind of story where you can draw your own conclusions and find some evidence to support them. Here are mine.

UMass says it has agreed to turn over the Bayside Expo Center site to a developer in a 99-year lease deal worth $235 million.

UMass Boston will lease Bayside Expo site to developer for $235m

The cash-strapped school will turn over the site to Accordia Partners.

Denver teachers end strike, return to class with pay raises

Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout Thursday and returned to their classrooms after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11 percent.

GE has ditched its plan to build a shiny, 12-story tower along Fort Point Channel.

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GE, Amazon HQ shifts could increase the scrutiny for public incentives

Two of the most prominent corporate headquarters deals of this century took major turns Thursday.

Student loan servicers’ frequent mistakes went unpunished, audit finds

The lack of action has driven up costs for taxpayers and for borrowers already owing more than $1 trillion in debt.

A Trader Joe’s could be coming to Fort Point

Representatives of the grocery chain met Thursday evening with the Fort Point Landmark commission.

Facebook confirmed it is in discussions with the FTC but declined to comment further.

US, Facebook negotiating record multibillion-dollar fine after privacy lapses

If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

A ‘‘Shame on the Blocks!’’ newsroom poster, referring to the paper’s owners, reportedly triggered a confrontation.

Pittsburgh paper’s staffers say its intoxicated publisher threatened them with firings

A union at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has filed a federal labor complaint, and some reporters have refused to return to work, out of fear.

Activists and others who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rallied in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal on Thursday.

Amazon pulls out of planned New York City headquarters

Amazon faced an unexpectedly fierce backlash from some lawmakers and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives.

Stocks close mostly lower, ending S&P 500’s 4-day winning streak

US stock indexes clawed most of the way back from an early slide Thursday to finish mostly lower, ending a four-day winning streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index.

Former Insys CEO Michael Babich left federal court after a hearing last month.

Former CEO said he was made the ‘fall guy’ for opioid maker Insys

It was the third day of testimony for Michael Babich, who presided over an aggressive marketing campaign to sell the painkiller Subsys.

People walked through the Long Island City neighborhood of  New York City, where Amazon was planning to put one of its new HQ2 locations.

Amazon drops NYC as one of its new HQ2 locations

The stunning reversal comes after the online retail giant had faced opposition as it sought to build a massive operation in the city.

GE to sell Fort Point HQ, give back $87m to state

General Electric will reimburse the state for the incentive package that helped convince the company to move its headquarters here, as it looks to sell its Fort Point property.

FILE- In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo graffiti has been painted on a sidewalk by someone opposed to the location of an Amazon headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York. Amazon said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that it is dropping New York City as one of its new headquarter locations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Read Amazon’s full statement on pulling out of NYC expansion

Amazon, the online retail giant, announced Thursday that it is canceling plans to open a New York headquarters as part of its HQ2 expansion.

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The glass ceiling is even higher in the penthouse

In the top earners’ club, female members are scarce, a study finds.

This photo made on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Zelienople, Pa., shows mulitiple forms printed from the Internal Revenue Service web page that are used for 2018 U.S. federal tax returns. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

An unwanted surprise for some taxpayers: smaller refunds under President Trump’s tax bill

Less withholding and other changes are resulting in lower overpayments on federal returns.

John Rosenthal founded Stop Handgun Violence, an organization known for its billboard alongside the turnpike.


For gun-safety activists, a grim anniversary

Exactly one year has passed since a gunman killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., in the deadliest shooting at a US high school.

In rap video, Insys opioid salesmen boasted of their prowess

“Insys Therapeutics, that is our name,” the associates sang. “We’re raising the bar and we’re changing the game.”

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has studied — and has criticized — Partners’ past expansion plans. But this transaction is different because its greatest effects would be felt in Rhode Island.

Mass. won’t conduct rigorous review of Partners’ R.I. proposal

Officials at Massachusetts’ health care watchdog agency said the deal would have little effect on residents in the state.

Optimism over US-China trade talks boosts stocks again

Stocks finished broadly higher Wednesday as investors remained optimistic the United States and China will make more progress in resolving their costly trade dispute.

Delta, EasyJet are in advanced talks for Alitalia revamp

Delta Air Lines Inc. and U.K. discounter EasyJet Plc are moving toward joining a rescue of bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia.

Sprint Corporation Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure, left, speaks with T-Mobile US CEO and President John Legere during the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, at Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

T-Mobile and Sprint defend merger in front of Congress

T-Mobile and Sprint are attempting to convince Congress that a merger between the nation’s third-and fourth-largest wireless carriers will help competition, create jobs, and benefit the consumer over all. But many representatives aren’t buying it.

It’s official: Google will occupy a new tower in Kendall Square

The tech company Wednesday confirmed long-rumored plans that it will fill a new Kendall Square office tower, giving the company room to double its workforce here.

The site of the former Bayside Expo Center (in the background) is now mostly used for parking.

UMass ready to name developer of 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site

The property’s sale could generate more than $200 million for the cash-starved school.

The recall of nearly 1.5 million pickups in North America covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.

Ford recalls 1.5 million pickups that can downshift without warning

The recall of nearly 1.5 million pickups in North America covers F-150 trucks from the 2011 through 2013 model years with six-speed automatic transmissions.

Junichiro Hironaka, new lawyer of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, arrived at his office building in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Lawyers leading defense of Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn resign

Motonari Ohtsuru, the lawyer heading the defense for Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, has resigned.

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High above the city, Healey feels grounded

Attorney general Maura Healey’s office evokes minimalism, but there’s room for pink flamingos and basketballs.

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New Papa Gino’s CEO looks to deliver a turnaround

Bill Van Epps knows he can’t rely simply on nostalgia to sell more pies. He is preparing to spend money that the previous private equity owner, Bunker Hill Capital, either didn’t have or was unwilling to spend.

The government shutdown made the IRS even more frustrating

The longest government shutdown in US history resulted in a “shocking” number of taxpayers’ calls to the IRS going unreturned or being left to languish on hold for unusually long periods, according to a government audit released Tuesday.

Record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on car payments

Economists warn this is a red flag. Despite the strong economy and low unemployment rate, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills.

Former Insys CEO Michael Babich after an earlier hearing in Boston federal court. He testified Tuesday in the case against company founder John Kapoor and four former Insys executives.

Former CEO says Insys founder pushed for higher doses of opioid

Michael Babich, former Insys Therapeutics chief executive, said John Kapoor complained about the rollout of the drug Subsys as the “worst [expletive] launch in pharmaceutical history.”

Stocks surge on US-China trade deal optimism

Technology, financial, and health care stocks powered much of Tuesday’s rally, which gave the benchmark S&P 500 its biggest gain this month.

Renderings of the proposed redevelopment of the World Trade Center on the Boston Seaport show a new open-air public space along the water.

Fidelity would create large waterfront space at revamped World Trade Center in Seaport

A waterfront courtyard, modernized offices, and additional shops and restaurants feature in the company’s renovation of the World Trade Center complex.

Specialist Gennaro Sapolito works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. U.S. stocks are gaining in early trading after U.S. lawmakers reached a tentative deal to avoid another costly government shutdown. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks surge as US averts government shutdown

US stocks marched broadly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday as lawmakers avoided another partial government shutdown and US-China trade talks resumed.

Harvard scientist David Sinclair is a founding member of the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research.

Longevity scientists launch academy to raise profile of life-extending research

Among the goals of the group, called the Academy for Health and Lifespan Research, are to share findings and lobby governments in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere to increase funding and create pathways to approve age-slowing therapies.

Thursday at Bertucci’s in Kendall Square was ukulele-building night, an event put on by Somerville-based Yaymakers. The participants included Rajesh Sridhar (left) and Jed Tranate.

At Yaymaker events, it’s about experiences, not products

Somerville-based Paint Nite has rebranded itself as Yaymakers, featuring drone-making and candle crafting — part of an economy that values experiences, not just products.

CEO finds engineering talent better in Boston area

Chris Lynch left for California last year after spending his professional career in Greater Boston. But it turns out he won’t be gone for long.

Drug offers hope for a deadly brain cancer, study finds

Immunotherapy may help patients with glioblastoma, the kind of cancer that killed John McCain, according to a UCLA study.

Trillium Garden’s success on the Greenway in 2017 prompted many other brewers to open beer gardens.

Trouble could be brewing at the State House for beer gardens

The local beer biz is buzzing right now over a bill filed on behalf of the restaurant industry to crack down on beer gardens.

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.