Black Friday is dead. Welcome to Black November

The traditional holiday spending period has largely migrated earlier into November, away from traditional stores, and over to digital sales. 

Andrew Dreyfus, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, addresses insurance execs from across the country at the AHIP National Health Policy Conference at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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In the company of men, #MeToo is a tough topic

Missing from the seemingly daily allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men, well, are the voices of other men. That’s why I sought them out.

Partners HealthCare‘s corporate offices are in Somerville’s Assembly Row.

Partners HealthCare leads the way in lobbying at the State House

The Boston-based nonprofit organization rose to the top in 2016, spending nearly $540,000 on outside lobbyists.

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, developer Larry Silverstein speaks at a news conference in New York where he discussed the progress at the World Trade Center. Insurers for defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to pay $95 million to Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Readers deliver their opinions on the prospect of Amazon in Boston

No shortage of local speculation as the online retailer considers where to locate its “HQ2.”

How to buy a great TV this Black Friday

If you are shopping for a new television, Black Friday really is the best time to buy one.

A look at what some stores have planned for Black Friday

With Black Friday having stretched into a November full of deals, stores will be stepping it up as holiday shopping begins in earnest.

Fed signals December hike even as debate on prices persists

Federal Reserve officials meeting earlier this month saw an interest-rate increase in the near term even as divisions persisted over the policy path forward amid tepid inflation.

Iraq, GE sign $400 million deal for power infrastructure

Iraq and General Electric have signed a deal to develop Iraq’s power infrastructure, which would help bring much-needed electricity to areas facing significant shortages across the country.


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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Mass. AG launches investigation into Uber data breach

The move comes after Uber revealed it had concealed a 2016 breach in which hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers.

Thursday’s business agenda.

Mortgage rates, and other notable events and things to know.

Dorchester,MA-9/30/00- Tom McCullough of Dorchester waits to get an inspection sticker for his new car. He waited over 2 hrs. at the Gulf Stn. on Dot. Ave.

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Are auto inspections worth it?

The pollution-detection system has outlived its usefulness as most older, high-polluting cars have been fixed or junked.

Louis Tobia Jr. at the family-owned New England Casket Company in East Boston.


He makes caskets for the rich and famous

East Boston’s New England Casket Co. has carved out niche business in an industry that’s heavily consolidated.

Trump Organization will walk away from its struggling hotel in New York’s SoHo district

The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to walk away from the property.

The Allston bfresh (above) and the Somerville branch will remain open but will be rebranded at a later date.

Stop & Shop to rebrand bfresh chain, close 1 store

The small-format urban grocery chain will undergo a makeover.

TripAdvisor headquarters in Needham.

Federal regulators may take action against TripAdvisor

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the company had deleted dozens of postings that reported sexual assaults and rapes at hotels.

Time Warner Inc.’s top five executives, including chief executive Jeffrey Bewkes, will get the money if they leave within two years of closing a merger.

Top Time Warner executives have $216m at stake in merger with AT&T

Time Warner Inc.’s top five executives were due for a combined payout of as much as $216 million in their sale of the company to AT&T Inc.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the US Small Business Administration under President Obama, has submitted a bid to acquire the Weinstein Co.

Bid to take over Weinstein Co. suggests a rarity: A majority-female board

The bid includes a group of investors with female leaders from private equity, venture capital, and Hollywood, according to a source familiar with the deal

Google’s new Pixelbook laptop, the latest member of its generally cheap Chromebook line, is selling for $999.

This year’s top tech gifts can cost you a grand or more

Technology companies, which make the bulk of their money during the holiday season, are starting to diversify more and move upscale.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced Wednesday that Shield Packaging Co. Inc. agreed to pay nearly $1 million for wage violations and misleading investigators.

Dudley packaging company to pay nearly $1 million for wage violations

The settlement is part of AG Maura Healey’s crackdown on companies that use staffing firms to deflect liability.

Proponents of a net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival in May in Washington, DC.

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.

Of Uber's cover-up of the data hack, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”

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.

General Electric chief executive John Flannery unveiled a dramatic restructuring of the conglomerate Monday.

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

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

Ruth Gordon, 89, took a vision test at Mass. Eye and Ear, where she is being treated for age-related macular degeneration.

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.

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.

A report in the New Yorker stated that Weinstein paid $1 million to model Ambra Battilana Guiterrez to keep her from going public with accusations of him groping her during a meeting in his Manhattan office in 2015.

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.

FILE - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Colorado regulators issued a $8.9 million fine on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, against Uber’s parent company for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company as drivers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

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.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Small business networking, coding workshop, and other notable events and things to know.

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.

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.

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.

Cambridge, MA -- 12/15/2016 - The Curious George Store is seen in Harvard Square. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 15square Reporter:

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.

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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.