FCC announces plan to repeal net neutrality rules

The FCC said it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the Internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more.

From left, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, and Gayle King on the set of

Charlie Rose ousted by CBS and PBS after harassment allegations

CBS fired Charlie Rose on Tuesday, a day after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. Not long afterward, PBS canceled distribution of his self-titled nightly interview program.

First responders providing in-home care

In mobile integrated health programs, emergency medical technicians respond to patients’ needs in their own homes instead of transporting them to hospitals.

Tufts Medical Center nurses staged a one-day strike in July.

Tufts warns of a possible Christmas strike by nurses

The Massachusetts Nurses Association already held a walkout of its 1,200 Tufts nurses in July.

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Uber concealed cyberattack that exposed 57 million people’s data

The ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps for more than a year.

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With GE’s financial woes, was Boston sold a lemon?

Feeling nervous about the future of General Electric? Me, too.

Mass. Eye and Ear says it needs larger system to thrive

After years of financial losses, and despite growing patient numbers, Mass. Eye and Ear hospital leaders say they can no longer go it alone.

Report says Weinstein paid $1M to accuser after 2015 case died

The media mogul’s brother also paid off women who had accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct with money from a private bank account.

Hackers stole data of 57m people from Uber

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, e-mails, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company said Tuesday.

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Pot sales are expected to begin around July 1 in Massachusetts.

Mass. is getting one step closer to legal marijuana sales

The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana by the end of the year.

Casa Systems, which helps cable companies boost speeds, is going public

The Andover firm is looking to raise as much as $150 million with its initial public offering.

FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. Pai distributed his alternative plan to the net neutrality rules to other FCC commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote on the proposal. (AP Photo, File)

FCC head moves to drop Obama-era net neutrality rules

Supporters of net neutrality argue the rules are needed to keep network owners from favoring their own content and discouraging startups.

Once again, Dish Network is engaged in a retransmission dispute with CBS and its television stations.

CBS TV stations not available for Dish Network viewers

The move affects two Boston stations: Channels 4 and 38.

PBS and Bloomberg said they were immediately halting distribution of Charlie Rose’s interview program and CBS News suspended him.

Charlie Rose harassed us, eight women say

The women said the CBS and PBS host made unwanted sexual advances toward them.

SimpliSafe employees demonstrated outside their offices recently.

SimpliSafe workers file lawsuit for unpaid wages

The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, says employees weren’t paid adequately for overtime, breaks, and training sessions.

Nebraska regulators approve alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

The new route raises new questions about how the oil project will proceed.

N.P. “Narv” Narvekar is CEO of Harvard Management Co.

Harvard endowment may outsource real estate investing to Bain

The deal would advance an ambitious effort to overhaul the endowment, which has produced mediocre investment results for a decade.

Tiny units, but with luxury extras, are newest South End housing strategy

A “coliving” apartment building would have fancy trimmings such as housekeeping services and social activities for residents.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Networking breakfast, team building exercises, and other notable events and things to know.

Fed chair Janet Yellen could have remained on the board until her term as a member ended in January 2024.

Janet Yellen to leave Fed board after new chair is sworn in

Yellen’s term as Fed chair ends on Feb. 3, but she could have remained on the seven-member board.

A class of microbes, called Gammaproteo-bacteria, “protects” tumor cells from chemotherapy’s poison. A study found these bacteria in 76 percent of the pancreatic tumors they studied.


Pancreatic cancer findings raise hopes

Four recent findings may ultimately help doctors better detect, and treat, the difficult cancer.

Julie Burns has created an organization to raise money to fight opioid addiction.

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On the attack against opioid addiction

Julie Burns is learning the hard way that addiction not a cause that easily fits into local companies’ philanthropic plans.

(FILES)This file combination of pictures shows an AT&T cellphone store (TOP) in Springfield, Virginia, on October 23, 2014, and the Time Warner company logo on the front of the headquarters building, 24 November, 2003 in New York. Shares of Time Warner tumbled on November 2, 2017 following a report the Justice Department could move to block the proposed $85 billion takeover of the company by AT&T. The Justice Department is considering a lawsuit to block the megadeal, but has not made a final decision, the Wall Street Journal reported. The two sides are in settlement talks with the department, but they are not close to an agreement, the report said. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB AND STAN HONDASAUL LOEB,

DOJ to sue to block AT&T, Time Warner merger

The Justice Department intends to sue AT&T to stop its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, setting the stage for a legal battle.

Security technicians work beneath displays at Akamai, a computer security firm in Cambridge.

When computers attack: Online criminals use DDoS to hijack computers all over the world

It’s happening right now, somewhere: The network of a company or government agency is clogging up, slowing down, becoming virtually unusable.

Fed chair Janet Yellen could have remained on the board until her term as a member ended in January 2024.

Janet Yellen to leave Fed board after new chair is sworn in

Yellen’s term as Fed chair ends on Feb. 3, but she could have remained on the seven-member board.

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Curious George store to remain in Harvard Square 

The store faced an uncertain future since it was announced last year that the building’s owner was planning to redevelop the property.

Rita Dominique, an in-store shopper at Wegmans in Chestnut Hill, filled a customer’s order. Food delivery services are gearing up for the week of Thanksgiving.

Getting your turkey delivered on time, or else

The idea of someone not receiving their turkey in time for the holiday is keeping some online retailers up at night.

A presentation was in progress last month during the Columbus Idea Foundry, part of the

As Silicon Valley gets ‘crazy,’ Midwest beckons tech investors

Every major Midwestern city now has clusters of startup accelerators and incubators, typically housed in renovated red-brick industrial buildings.

Some of Jim Crawford’s happiest moments come when he relives college days singing in an alumni group with Ivy League buddies he’s known since the 1960s, but when he ordered gray pants for a performance, he received black (left).

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When that rush delivery shows up late — and it’s the wrong order

The pants Jim Crawford ordered for his alumni concert arrived in the wrong color, wrong size, and too late to be exchanged.


Congress considers risky choice to speed up drug approval for military use

The legislators may have good intentions, but the move will undermine regulatory standards and could put troops at risk.

Alexandra Cervenak, a historical interpreter at Plimoth Plantation, joined the protest on Saturday.

Pilgrims protest at Plimoth Plantation over contract talks

Workers say the popular historical re-creation has “dangerously low” staffing levels and that they face job insecurity, low wages, and potentially unsafe working conditions.

Software engineers work in the Wayfair Lab.

Wayfair needs a home for the 10,000 workers it plans to hire

The Internet retailer is on a massive hunt for office space, an expansion that could make it one of the city’s largest business tenants.

Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulatory hurdle

Officials in Nebraska say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision.

Don’t stop at base salary when asking about position

When negotiating, looking like a pushover should be the least of your worries.

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the company was reckless and negligent in its design of the turbines.

Cullen Schwarz (left) and Peter Kruskal, cofounder and VP of Data Science, respectively, of the startup DoneGood.

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How to feel good about your holiday spending

DoneGood wants you to, well, do some good this season.

Tiny shifts in contour of stock rally have bulls looking bearish

Soapmaker and real estate stocks have taken over a rally that used to be led by social networks and smartphone makers.

Apple delays HomePod smart speaker, missing holiday season

Apple Inc. said its next major new hardware product, the HomePod speaker, is being delayed until early next year, missing the key holiday shopping season.

Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveils the new

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said in a statement Friday that it has pre-ordered five Tesla units in its Walmart US division and 10 units at Walmart Canada.

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18massport - The Hyatt Place will soon be built in Boston on Parcel K. It will combine residential living and a hotel.

Massport paves way for new Seaport hotel and apartment complex

The planned complex, which is across the street from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, will include 304 apartment units and a 294-room hotel.

Outgoing director Richard Cordray said the agency recovered $12 billion for about 30 million consumers.


Keep the CFPB as a watchdog, not a lapdog

Richard Cordray’s departure gives President Trump an opportunity to appoint a new leader.

Days before Thanksgiving, Plimoth Plantation workers to picket

The Plymouth “living history” museum’s employees say they are frustrated by lack of progress.

Two suspended SimpliSafe workers, Abraham “Abbie” Zamcheck (second from left) and Lauren Galloway (third from left), protested outside the company with two supporters, Cole Rainey-Slavick and Alice Pote.

Alarm company workers tell boss: Don’t let the bedbugs bite

At SimpliSafe, a Boston-based home security company, call center workers are protesting a bedbug infestation.

Saxophonist Joel Edinberg playis a Vindor digital wind instrument with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra during a David Bowie tribute show at the Regent theater in Arlington.


This guy plays a mean Vindor. A what?

Local entrepreneurs sing the praises of their novel musical instruments, but is there a market for them?

Back Bay Station in Boston.

Back Bay tower wins key city board approval

For months, Old South Church and Boston Properties had squared off over the prospect of shadows that would be created by a tower the developer wants build atop Back Bay Station.

IRS starts to enforce health law’s rule that employers offer insurance

As Republicans and the Trump administration continue trying to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has begun, for the first time, to enforce one of the law’s most polarizing provisions: the employer mandate.

Mnuchin bank’s former CEO confirmed to lead US watchdog

Former OneWest Bank Group Chief Executive Joseph Otting won Senate approval to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said most Americans get their news from a variety of sources and online platforms like Facebook and Google.

FCC just repealed decades-old rules blocking broadcast media mergers

The Republican-led FCC eliminated the restrictions, known as a media cross-ownership ban, in a 3-2 vote along party lines.

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