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Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

The deal between Zillow and Trulia would create the biggest player in the online real estate market.

Real estate website Zillow to buy rival Trulia for $3.5 billion

The deal would create the biggest player in the online real estate market.

Auto insurance rates bounce back up in Mass.

The deregulation of the state’s auto insurance market in 2008 resulted in savings for consumers, but it didn’t last long.

Fast-food workers rally for $15 wage

Fast food workers — 1,200 of them — gathered in Illinois over the weekend.

Equinox expands high-end gym empire

Equinox Fitness, one of the biggest players in the luxury gym market, is continuing to expand.

A so-called organ-on-a-chip system could aid the development of drugs.

Startup’s chips mimic body’s reaction to drugs

The chips simulate human organs to help speed the development of new drugs.

 Caleb Weiss of Watertown (center) using the laser cutter at Danger!Awesome, a 3-D printing and laser-cutting lab in Central Square that the general public can use.

The ABCs of 3-D printing and laser tools

Cambridge lab Danger!Awesome is helping novices use cutting-edge technology to turn ideas into products.

APP SMART

Circle the skies, from your phone

For years, flight simulator games were primarily played on traditional PCs, but many smartphones and tablets can now do the job.

BetaBoston

Rebranding rowing, with a $200k fund

The initiative from Community Rowing in Brighton aims to generate ideas to get more people involved in the sport.

BetaBoston

A moment of truth for Boston innovation

There are two groups vying to be Boston’s parking-ticket partner after the city issues a request for proposals for a mobile app.

BetaBoston

Your source for the latest innovation and tech news.

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Want to keep up with the news that matters from Boston’s innovators? Get coverage of apps, biotech, computing, data, and everything else.

Market Basket in turmoil

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

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.

Game Changers

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The new publication highlights the entrepreneurs and the contributors who make the state a national leader in innovation.

Massachusetts housing prices

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Median sales prices have climbed above the 2005 peak in more than 60 Massachusetts communities. Compare the numbers for each Bay State city and town.

Diversity Boston

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A look at how urban farming is taking root, books about diversity for children and teens, a conversation about Boston’s health disparities, and more.

Top Places to Work

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The Globe’s annual survey of Massachusetts companies ranks the top largest, large, medium, and small employers in the state.

Fishy business

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A 2011 Globe investigation found widespread seafood mislabeling at Massachusetts stores and restaurants. A 2012 follow-up found not much has changed.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.