Buzzkill: Just vote no on Question 4

As a mother of two young kids, I am skittish about legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts. But as a taxpayer, I am downright petrified.

Night Shift Distributing began operations last week at a cold-storage warehouse in Chelsea.

Night Shift was fed up with distributorships. So they started their own.

The owners of the Everett brewery are promising to offer others friendlier contracts, more personal attention, and deliveries of fresher brews.

Harvard called ‘lazy, fat, stupid’ in endowment report

The university’s money managers collected tens of millions of dollars in bonuses by exceeding “easy-to-beat” investment goals.

Friday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, conferences, and more notable events and things to know.

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Forget the algorithm. This startup recommends flicks using real film buffs.

FilmFish, now in Los Angeles but started in Cambridge, launched its iPhone app on Friday .

US economy grew at 2.9 percent rate in third quarter

The US economy grew at a 2.9 percent rate in the July-September quarter, the strongest pace in two years.


That hip used-clothing store on the corner is hard to recreate online

Building an online apparel marketplace is tough — and expensive.

FCC approves rules on consumer privacy

The FCC said the rules were necessary to protect Internet users who want more control over how companies treat their private information.

Twitter to cut 350 jobs, shut Vine

The moves are the beginnings of an attempt to revamp the company and become profitable.

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General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt at the Boston College CEO Club earlier this month.

GE explores deal with oil services company

General Electric said it is holding talks with Baker Hughes on potential partnerships.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Biotech stocks down on worries of a Democratic sweep

Political jitters have fueled the sell-off, with some investors concerned an all-Democratic Congress could lead to restrictions on prescription drug prices.

Gold tiled Italian pizza ovens at the new Eataly.

We checked out the new Eataly and here’s what we saw

Eataly Boston will open its doors Nov. 29, but you can almost smell the food cooking already.

Value of MBTA pension fund investments shrinks by $90 million

An audit of the MBTA pension fund shows the value of its investments fell in 2015 by 5.7 percent, to just shy of $1.5 billion.

Twitter users eulogize Vine with their favorite videos

As news that Twitter was shutting down Vine swept across the Internet Thursday, it didn’t take long for fans to share their favorite 6-second loops.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Touch Bar is Apple’s new twist on the keyboard

Apple has replaced the venerable top row of function keys with a colorful touchscreen strip that can be customized on the fly.

Tufts janitors vote to authorize strike if deal not reached

About 200 janitors unanimously voted to authorize a strike if a new contract agreement isn’t reached by Oct. 31.

This Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, photo shows a sign at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter announced Thursday it is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide. The company's third quarter performance topped Wall Street's expectations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Twitter is discontinuing video service Vine

Twitter will discontinue Vine, its looping short video app.

Fight over burger brands sizzles

Boston-based burger chain Tasty Burger filed a complaint over Chipotle’s offshoot burger joint, Tasty Made.

Republican nominee Donald Trump gestures during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Mexican peso strengthens in sign Trump lost ground during debate

The Mexican peso rebounded from a record low, a sign investors may perceive Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump on Monday.

Boston, MA -- 05/26/16 -- Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital, and Board Chair of City Year, spoke at the

Bain Capital exec predicts potential for post-election upheaval in US markets

Bain Capital managing director Jonathan Lavine predicted the potential for upheaval, particularly if Donald Trump wins.

Shares of Twitter rose before the opening bell Thursday.

Twitter to lay off more than 300 workers

Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.

Fidelity Charitable now ranks as the top nonprofit fund-raiser in the US

For the first time, the charitable-giving arm of Fidelity Investments raised more money than any other nonprofit in the country.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2011, file photo, a sign sits atop the Qualcomm headquarters building in San Diego. Chip maker Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $38.1 billion announced Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Chip maker Qualcomm buying NXP Semiconductors

Chip maker Qualcomm is buying NXP Semiconductors N.V. in a deal valued at approximately $47 billion.

 The Millennium Tower, as seen as part of the skyline at night.

Boston condo prices hit new heights

The median price hit $913,500, thanks to the new Millennium Tower.

BOSTON, MA - 10/26/2016: The interior view of the new Clarks HQ in the old Polaroid building in Waltham. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 27shoehistory

Massachusetts ‘is where the heart of the footwear business is’

In a twist on globalization, many prominent footware companies are building up their brands from the Bay State.

Neighborhood Health Plan stops taking MassHealth members

Neighborhood Health Plan isn’t taking new MassHealth members after having lost $241 million since 2014.

Manchester, N.H., Web service provider Dyn was hit Friday in a cyberattack.

Hobbyist hackers probably caused Friday’s Internet meltdown

Researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been carried out by amateurs who haunt a popular hacking forum.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has been struggling after a number of foodborne outbreaks in the past year.

Chipotle plummets after elusive comeback shakes confidence

Shares of the burrito chain plunged after disappointing third-quarter sales shook investor confidence.

Nessan Bermingham (center), the CEO of Intellia Therapeutics, toured the company’s new offices in Cambridge. The fast-growing startup plans to move in Dec. 1.

Space is at a premium for Cambridge startup Intellia

Intellia Therapeutics Inc. is one of a trio of local startups working on a type of gene-editing technology that could lead to cures for genetic disorders.

A person held up credit cards.

Banks are issuing credit cards like it’s 2007

Banks are issuing credit cards at a rate unseen since before the 2008 financial crisis, and rewards wars are heating up.

Paul Singer, founder and president of Elliott Management Corporation, speaks at WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., October 25, 2016. REUTERS/

GE drops bid to buy 3-D printing company

General Electric abandoned its planned acquisition of a German 3-D printing company after failing to receive support from shareholders including billionaire Paul Singer.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, earnings reports, and more notable events and things to know.

FILE - In this April 6, 2016, file photo, fans stand behind a large sign for equal pay for the women's soccer team during an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Colombia at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report released on Oct. 25, 2016, found that the global gender pay gap will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Women won’t earn as much as men for 170 years, report says

The global gap in earnings between men and women will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue.

Stocks finish lower, but just a bit

US stocks dodged bigger losses and finished barely lower on Wednesday.

Banking veterans Mark Thompson (left) and John Sullivan will lead the takeover of Admirals Bank.

Shirley Leung

Does Boston need a bank just for millennials?

Admirals Bank is being relaunched as a lender for Boston’s new economy with a focus on millennials, young entrepreneurs, and nonprofits.

 MIT’s campus.

MIT launches venture capital fund

The $150 million fund will invest in research-intensive technologies such as clean energy and robotics.

 Dining hall workers at Harvard University started their strike earlier this month.

In 583-1 vote, Harvard dining hall workers OK labor contract

Dining hall employees are expected to be back on the job Thursday.


Millennials vote with their feet, Kerry Healey warns employers

Babson College president Kerry Healey said she sees a different way to measure success these days: work-life balance.

Peter Holden will leave Nov. 4 to pursue “new opportunities,” hospital officials said, without providing further details.

CEO of Plymouth hospital to step down

The veteran hospital executive has held the top job for nine years.

Dublin startup Deposify picks Boston for US headquarters

The company is looking to hire 15 employees over the next 12 to 18 months.

Dyn, a New Hampshire internet service company, was targeted in last week’s cyberattack.

Internet meltdown may have been caused by hobbyist hackers

Some have worried that Russian government-backed hackers or sophisticated cybercriminals were behind the cyberattack.

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo shows a Subaru logo on the grill of a Subaru automobile at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Subaru announced Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, the company is recalling more than 100,000 of its top-selling models in the U.S. because a turbocharger air pump can run continuously, overheat and could cause fires. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Subaru recalls more than 100,000 of 4 models

The company is recalling certain Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and Forester vehicles over concerns a turbo air pump can catch fire.

Ra Pharma shares close flat after IPO is expanded

The Cambridge biotech company sold just over 7 million shares at $13 apiece.

Biogen has no update on search for new CEO

The Cambridge biotech also reported third-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.

State Street Corp.

State Street earnings dropped 6 percent last quarter, while revenues grew

The Boston-based investment giant and custody bank is in the midst of a multi-year plan to make its business more digital.

Purple Carrot partners with Whole Foods

It’s an interesting move for the meal kit company, which has until now relied on an e-commerce subscription model to serve its customers.

Harvard University dining hall workers rallied Oct. 5 after going on strike.

Harvard, striking dining hall workers make deal

The university and dining hall workers who have been on strike for weeks have reached a tentative agreement.

Stuart Altman, a professor of health policy at Brandeis University, rejects the idea the state’s higher incomes excuse the costs.

Health care taking a bigger chunk of families’ paychecks

Mass. families spent 7.3 percent of incomes on health insurance last year, the Commonwealth Fund says.

In McDowell County, W.Va., the local sheriff said prescription pill abuse is so rampant that the county plans to file a new lawsuit against painkiller makers.


How big pharma thwarted pushback against OxyContin in W.Va.

A STAT investigation found that the drug’s manufacturer paid a middleman to prevent insurers from limiting prescriptions.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, networking, and more notable events and things to know.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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

Shirley Leung


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.