Is TripAdvisor’s revenue risk paying off?

TripAdvisor doesn’t just want to give you reviews anymore. It wants you to come to its site to book the entire trip.

Twitter reportedly in talks with Google, others about takeover

The social network is talking with, Google, and others about a possible deal, people briefed on the discussions said.

State rejects Lewis Wharf plan

The state ruled that the project’s developers can not build on the wharves, piers and pilings that are below water at high tide.

The Harvard University endowment reported a 2 percent loss on its investments for fiscal 2016.

Harvard endowment posts 2 percent loss

The loss marks a full decade of underperforming broad US stock and bond markets.

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Given rising costs, is long-term care insurance worth it?

Those participating in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program have until Sept. 30 to decide whether to accept higher premiums.

For a mother, a bittersweet victory as a long-sought drug is finally approved

A look at the personal toll one family suffered on the way to a pharmaceutical success.

Wells Fargo sued over firings for missed account quotas

Authorities fined Wells Fargo $185 million on Sept. 8 for potentially opening about 2 million deposit and credit-card accounts without authorization.

Five things you should know about Dr. Paul Bleicher

Bleicher is chief executive of OptumLabs, the Cambridge-based research outpost of the big health care company Optum.

Akamai breaks ties with security expert

Akamai parted ways with Brian Krebs after his website became the target of a massive digital attack.

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Robert Thompson, meteorologist in chief at the National Weather Service, said his job includes offering a friendly reminder that weather prediction is not perfect. “If the expected weather looks to be unpopular, I will sometimes remind people not to shoot the messenger,” he said.

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Meteorologist’s job isn’t a breeze

As meteorologist in chief at the National Weather Service, weather isn’t just a water cooler topic for Robert Thompson but a matter of life or death.

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When a co-worker’s performance brings you down

A reader asks: “How can I bring this up to my boss without throwing him under the bus?”

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5 ways to protect against hackers

Cyberattacks are becoming increasingly frequent. But there are steps you can take to make your personal data safer.

Stocks move lower as energy, technology stocks fall

Several technology stocks traded heavily, including Yahoo, Twitter, and Facebook. Energy stocks fell along with a steep decline in the price of oil.

Consumers in the market for a used car must know their rights and exercise caution.

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Buying a used car? Know your rights and do your research

Shopping for a used car can be treacherous.

Even as billions of people worldwide store their most sensitive information online, relatively few of them do everything possible to keep it safe.

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Will Yahoo hack trigger better security checks?

Even as billions of people worldwide store their most sensitive information online, relatively few of them do everything possible to keep it safe.

Taxi drivers protested near Uber headquarters in Boston in 2014.

Taxi drivers say new law is another burden on them

Boston taxi drivers say in a lawsuit that they have to contend with rules and restrictions that ride-hailing companies are able to avoid.

The Sterling Memorial Library on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, in June. Yale is benefiting from an investment in Bracebridge Capital, a little-known hedge fund that has gone from $5.8 billion in assets four years ago to $10.3 billion today. Must credit: Bloomberg photo by Craig Warga.

Yale beats Harvard in the big (investing) game

Yale University’s endowment posted a 3.4 percent gain on investments for the fiscal year ended June 30, outperforming Harvard’s 2 percent loss.

A drone made by CyPhy Works carried a UPS package on Children’s Island off the coast of Beverly Thursday.

Drone delivery tested off coast of North Shore

A Mass. company and UPS staged a mock delivery using drones to fly a small package from Marblehead to a small island.

Cambridge startup is expanding its driverless taxi program in Asia

nuTonomy joins with a ride-hailing service for driverless taxis in Singapore

EnerNOC is cutting more than 200 jobs, primarily in the Seaport

After emerging as one of Boston’s biggest clean-energy players, the company is now embarking on the largest round of job cuts in its history.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. The San Francisco Fed said Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, that Stumpf is resigning his position on the Federal Reserve's advisory council amid a scandal over millions of accounts allegedly opened by the bank without customers' permission. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Wells Fargo CEO steps down from advisory role with San Francisco Fed

The embattled CEO’s immediate resignation comes as the bank is facing a scandal over allegations consumer fraud.

Boston, MA--7/18/2016--Eric S. Rosengren (cq), president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (cq), participates in a celebration of winning Working Cities (cq), on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the bank. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 19workingcities Reporter: Jon Chesto

Boston Fed president affirms stand on raising interest rates

Eric Rosengren cast a dissenting vote earlier this week in favor of raising interest rates.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, it has suspended 360,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its policies banning the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter shares jump on sale rumors

Google and Salesforce are among those reported to be interested in Twitter, according to CNBC.

epa05552696 The Yahoo logo is pictured on a computer monitor in Taipei, Taiwan, 23 September 2016. According to news reports on 23 September, around 500 million Yahoo account users information had been stolen or hacked on its network in 2014. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Yahoo users, here’s what you need to do to protect your data

A massive breach at Yahoo has compromised 500 million user accounts. Yours could be one of them.

Governor Charlie Baker at a Boston playground in July.

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Charlie Baker may be too popular for his own good

If Tom Menino was the urban mechanic, then Baker has become our suburban mechanic.

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, 30 km (19 miles) east of Geneva, December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File photo

Yahoo hack is one of the largest security breaches of the Internet age

Yahoo is blaming a ‘‘state-sponsored actor’’ for the hack of at least half a billion of its users.

Friday’s business agenda

Career fair, bootcamps, and more notable events and things to know.

The technology could be used to create consumer-pleasing products such as soybeans whose oil has fats as healthy as those in olive oil.


Monsanto licenses genome-editing from Broad Institute

The agriculture giant will use CRISPR-Cas9 for seed development, the company announced Thursday.

Ben Simon, 31, of Cambridge (center) and Denise Zwahlen, 71, of Jamaica Plain (right) were among those who took part in a die-in outside City Hall during Thursday’s protest.

Hundreds rally for renters’ rights

Organizers kicked off the National Renters’ Day of Action for Dignity and Respect rally by declaring a “renter state of emergency.”

Dr. Robert Califf, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


FDA commissioner calls for Sarepta drug study to be retracted

The newly approved Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug was approved amid controversy.

Stocks gain after Fed’s vote on interest rates

Stocks posted solid gains on Thursday as investors, comfortable that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low, bought up stocks that pay big dividends.

Omar Pedroza was formerly a foreman for Universal Drywall, where he allegedly witnessed workers being paid in cash and at a lower rate than prevailing wages.

Five things you should know about laws regarding wages and safety of workers

We sought official responses to clarify a number of issues raised by readers.

For $90 million, Tom and Gisele can be your neighbors

Reebok founder Paul Fireman is selling his 24-room mansion in Brookline for an eye-popping $90 million.

What Yahoo users should do after the hack

Yahoo says users who both were and weren’t affected should take several steps in the short-term.

A recreation of the carefully arranged treats that an Abbott Laboratories sales rep delivered to convince a surgeon of the “sweet benefits” of OxyContin.


Files reveal drug makers’ bold ‘crusade’ to sell MDs on OxyContin

The pharmaceutical sales representatives from health care giant Abbott Laboratories had a problem.

( MUST CREDIT: Daniel Milstein Photography) -- Facade Aerial -- info from source ( Coldwell Banker ) BROOKLINE, Mass. (Sept. 22, 2016) – Woodland Manor, an extraordinary estate in Brookline, Mass., is available for sale for $90 million. Sited on a rare private parcel of approximately 14 manicured acres surrounded by the Brookline Country Club and Putterham Meadows Golf Course, the property is ownedby Paul and Phyllis Fireman.

Photos: A look at Paul Fireman’s $90 million Brookline mansion

The home has 8 bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

CEO of Reebok Paul Fireman in 1992.

From the archives | March 7, 1999

Country Club golfers dismayed over Reebok executive’s mansion

The sprawling 25,000-square-foot home is going over at the club like an unreplaced divot on a manicured fairway.

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, east of Geneva, Switzerland December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Yahoo hack is one of the largest security breaches of the Internet age

Yahoo is blaming a ‘‘state-sponsored actor’’ for the hack of at least half a billion of its users.

AS Roma celebrated during a match against FC Crotone.

Boston investor James Pallotta mulling sale of stake in Italian soccer club

The US-based owners of Italian soccer team AS Roma are considering selling an $84.3 million stake in the team.

Tufts Medical Center in Boston is seeking to merge with Hallmark Health.

Tufts-Hallmark deal OK’d by state watchdog agency

The state Health Policy Commission blessed the merger, saying it would not put upward pressure on health care costs.

Jibo is a $599 countertop robot designed to handle tasks like scheduling and videoconferencing.

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Watch out Alexa, rivals are angling for your job

The market for household robots and artificial intelligence-driven helpers is about to get more crowded.

Customer Kirsty Carey, left, gets ready to swipe her credit card for clerk Marissa Pacchiarotti, as she makes one of the first purchases at the opening day for Amazon Books, the first brick-and-mortar retail store for online retail giant Amazon, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Seattle. The company says the Seattle store, coming two decades after it began selling books over the Internet, will be a physical extension of its website, combining the benefits of online and traditional book shopping. Prices at the store will be the same as books sold online. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Amazon is indeed coming to Dedham

The online retail giant confirmed its plans to bring a physical bookstore to the Legacy Place mall.


A geek’s guide to smart study habits

Here are some useful tips that helped the author get through the University of California Berkeley and into her final year of Georgetown Law School

Thomas Jefferson University's Jefferson Medical College first-year students from left, Emily K. Fay, Jessica M. Torres, and Rino Sato take the Hippocratic Oath during the annual White Coat Ceremony, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Philadelphia. The ceremony symbolizes the clinical beginning of the students' medical educations. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


So long, Hippocrates. Medical students choose their own oaths

As they don their white coats for the first time, a new crop of medical students nationwide is taking an oath — but it may not be the one you think.

Boston, MA--7/18/2016--Eric S. Rosengren (cq), president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (cq), participates in a celebration of winning Working Cities (cq), on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the bank. Photo by Topic: 19workingcities Reporter: Jon Chesto

Boston Fed chief outvoted on rate hikes

Boston Federal Reserve president Eric Rosengren fears overheating of the economy.


Who will rule the online music empire?

A shakeout among music streaming companies is likely because profits are scarce -- even as more subscribers sign on.

In Pittsburgh, Uber began testing self-driving cars with technology that includes cameras like these.

How does a police officer pull over a driverless car?

The coming era of robocars has exposed a hole in Massachusetts law.

Members of the media film the new iPhone 7 at an Apple store in Beijing, China, September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy automaker McLaren

The iPhone-maker is ramping up efforts to disrupt the transportation industry.

Viacom interim chief Thomas Dooley will step down in November

The fight for control of Viacom is settled, but the drama over its future is far from over.

Leon Cooperman allegedly used inside information to buy shares and generate a $4.6 million profit for himself.

Hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman charged with insider trading

The case centers on several trades Cooperman made in 2010 on Atlas Pipeline Partners, an energy company.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

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.