Internet censorship, Hollywood style

California has passed a law that prohibits the popular movie website IMDb from publishing the ages of actors.

Former EMC chief executive Joe Tucci engineered the sale to Dell.

SJC decision on EMC lawsuit could have broad implications for Mass. boards

Board members for Massachusetts public companies can breathe a little easier today — and they have, to some extent, former EMC chief executive Joe Tucci to thank.

James Merrill was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Former TelexFree executive gets six years for his role in $3 billion scam

“I’m sorry for this whole disaster,” James Merrill told victims in Worcester courtroom.

 The smartphone-based semen analyzer can be used to test for male infertility from the privacy of home. The device can analyze most semen samples in less than 5 seconds. (Photo: Shafiee lab)

Sperm count via smartphone? Yes, it’s a thing.

A new, smartphone-based test can assess male fertility just as easily as a pregnancy test.

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Jobs reports, economic data, and more notable events and things to know.

Beth Israel, Lahey CEOs say merger will help contain health care costs

The hospitals’ CEOs indicated they would press on with the deal regardless of impending policy changes that could disrupt the health care industry.


For labor leader Flynn, a new job and an audience with Trump

It took a Republican president’s arrival to bring Tom Flynn to the White House.

Uber’s ban on app tips at odds with states barring cash gratuities

Uber thinks that tipping is a relic of the past and wants the idea to wither away.

Boston cabbies vent Uber frustrations at hackney boss

Members of Boston’s struggling taxi industry swarmed a meeting called by Boston police Wednesday.


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‘Turkish Trump,’ a hotel plan and a tangle of foreign ties

Alterra Worldwide, the real estate firm that would own the hotel and be partners with the Trumps, has business ties in Russia, Kazakhstan and at least two dozen other countries.

Faulkner Hospital workers vote to join union

The move affects about 500 people in administrative, housekeeping, food service, and medical interpreter jobs at the Partners HealthCare-owned hospital.

Sears plummets after filing sparks concern that end is near

Sears’s forewarning comes after more optimistic signs from the company, which has been working on a turnaround under chief executive Eddie Lampert.


Science march on Washington plagued by organizational turmoil

Plans for the march are hindered by infighting among organizers and attacks from outside scientists who don’t feel their interests are fairly represented.

Operator of Western Mass. broadband network files for bankruptcy

MassBroadband 123 provides high-speed fiber optic service to 124 communities in Western Massachusetts, and was built with $90 million in state and federal grants.

Chipotle tries to rebuild trust with parents after safety crisis

Chipotle Mexican Grill is looking for families to help it recover from a food-safety crisis that tarnished its carefully crafted image.


College financial aid packages usually aren’t gifts

There’s a lot more to those offer letters than the net cost.

Sears has ‘substantial doubt’ it can keep doors open

Sears said late Tuesday that it lost more than $2 billion last year

Newton country club reaches $120,000 settlement over tips

A 22 percent service charge on restaurant bills should have gone to the waitstaff, lawsuit said.


Trump budget calls for slashing biomedical, science research funding

President Trump’s budget could stagger academic institutions around the country that depend on NIH grant money to keep their scientific research programs afloat.

EF Education First gets $6 million tax credit as its launches another expansion in Cambridge

E-commerce company Wayfair is also getting $1.15 million to subsidize an expansion.

10-18-2016 Boston, Mass, Over 500 guests attended the Massachusetts Health Council Awards Gala, celebtating 96 years of Advocacy for Prevention. Wellness and Healthy Living. L. to R. are Honored guests Michael Botticelli, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dolores Mitchell, Retired Executive Director Mass, Group Insurance Commission. and Dr. Thomas H. Lee Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates. Globe photo by Bill Brett

Boston Medical Center picks ex-Obama drug czar to run opioid center

Michael Botticelli, a former director of national drug control policy, will lead Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine.

General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt speaks last year during a news conference in Boston, held to unveil more details about GE's move to the city from Connecticut. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

GE agrees to link bonuses to profitability of its industrial division

Executive bonuses will be tied to performance after an activist shareholder put pressure on General Electric’s board.

We tried Amazon’s one-hour delivery service. Here’s what happened.

Amazon is now offering its one-hour delivery service in Boston, so some Globe reporters tried it out.

President Donald Trump listens to a speaker in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during a signing ceremony for a bill to increase NASA's budget to $19.5 billion and directs the agency to focus human exploration of deep space and Mars. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Banks nosedive as Trump health care speedbump tanks stocks

US stocks took their biggest loss in five months Tuesday as a health care bill backed by President Donald Trump ran into trouble in Congress.

Report reveals details of $21 billion money laundering plan

Between 2011 and 2014, the 21 shell companies sent 26,746 payments from various accounts to 96 countries.

Retail shops will account for about 9,000 square feet at the casino.

Wynn reduces luxury retail space at Everett casino

Recreating Newbury Street on the banks of the Mystic River turned out to be tougher than Steve Wynn expected.

Google’s moves are aimed at rebutting criticism that the search giant has not done enough to curb hate speech online.

Google overhauls policies after uproar over YouTube videos

Google is giving marketers more control over their online ads after a slew of brands halted spending in the UK over concerns about offensive content.

In this photo provided by General Motors a self-driving car is seen in Detroit. General Motors is trying to persuade state lawmakers across the country to pass legislation that would clear the way for the automaker to make self-driving cars publicly available while potentially barring GM’s competitors from putting their own vehicles on the road. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)

Uber, Lyft, and Google oppose driverless car limits

Legislation in Massachusetts supported by General Motors would only let traditional auto makers offer self-driving ride-hailing services to the public.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2009 file photo, Joseph P. Kennedy II, Citizens Energy Corporation Chairman and President speaks during a news conference in Boston where he announced that Citgo ended the suspension of its free heating oil program for the poor, crediting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his intervention to help keep the program going. Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skipped heating oil contributions to the Massachusetts-based nonprofit program during the winter of 2016-2017. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

Venezuela’s troubles imperil Kennedy’s oil charity

Citgo Petroleum Corp. again bows out of the program, which has helped hundreds of thousands of US residents.

BOSTON ,MA 04/ 18/ 2012 : CASINO......The owners and management of Suffolk Downs will discuss their plans for a resort development. ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 06Suffolk

Suffolk Downs owners want to keep simulcasting races after track is sold

A group led by former Boston Redevelopment Authority director Tom O’Brien has signed a contract to buy the property.


Can science rob snakes of their deadliest weapon?

An unlikely cast of characters is trying to tackle the staggering toll of death and disability caused by snakebites worldwide.

17-story Seaport District tower sold for $447m

100 Northern Ave. was purchased by an investment arm of Deutsche Bank, according to a deed filed in Suffolk County.

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With new hire, Putnam betting investors will still pay for managed funds

Boston-based financial firm brings in well-known stock specialist David Diamond.

Tecfidera, a new pill for multiple sclerosis made by Biogen Idec, in an undated handout image. The Food and Drug Administration on March 27, 2013 approved Tecfidera, which is expected to become a blockbuster because of its combination of efficacy, relative safety and convenience. (Handout via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED MS-DRUG-SOFAS. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

Biogen wins patent ruling for its $4 billion MS treatment

Shares of Biogen were trading up 1.5 percent after the Cambridge biotech’s patent was upheld in court.

Apple Inc. has introduced a red iPhone 7, whose sales will help to combat AIDS.

Apple unveils cheapest iPad yet, plus a red iPhone

Apple has introduced a revamped, less expensive iPad and a red iPhone 7, whose sales will help fight AIDS.

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Former TelexFree CEO seeks 1-year sentence in global fraud

James Merrill pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud and the government is seeking a 10-year sentence.

Ex-offenders are still having trouble getting jobs

Changes to criminal records laws in Massachusetts have not led to higher employment, a Boston Fed study has found.


Bridge funding ‘keeps the research going’ for promising science

Alternate funding sources will become more important if the Trump administration slashes federal research spending.

Chris DiBenedetto, who has benefited from a state initiative, used broadband to expand his business online, at his Crystal Valley Farm in Halcott, N.Y.

In New York, bringing broadband to everyone by 2018

New York is in the midst of an ambitious initiative to extend broadband to every household in the state by 2018.

Three things Samsung says its Bixby assistant will do that Siri can’t

Samsung Monday officially revealed Bixby, its new voice assistant.

Appeals judge David Barron


Here’s how the legal saga over an Oxford comma unfolded

Boston federal appeals judge David Barron has grammarians, English teachers, and copy editors everywhere still buzzing.

Wells Fargo card requests drop by most since scandal erupted

It was the biggest decline in credit-card applications since a scandal involving fake accounts erupted in September.

The clock begins: Britain to start EU exit on March 29

This will start the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors.

Sure, wages are high in Massachusetts, but so are housing costs.

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The poor fare better in Mass., even though inequality abounds

When it comes to pay, educational achievement, and housing affordablity, Massachusetts outperforms most of the nation.

After YouTube users, many of them have in the LGBTQ community, complained that their videos were restricted for no obvious reasons, Google said Monday it would investigate.

YouTube investigating restrictions on gay-themed content

Several YouTube users, many of them have in the LGBTQ community, have been complaining that their videos are categorized as ‘‘restricted.’’


Insurers weigh a simpler, cheaper treatment for artery disease

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to cover what’s known as supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease.

While the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking to stay in the city, the chances of remaining at McCoy Stadium, which is need of substantial repair, appear unlikely.

Pawtucket mayor wants PawSox stadium decision this season

After plans for a move to Providence fell through, the team is considering moving to a new site in the city.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Economic reports, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

1-gig Internet coming to Boston area

RCN’s new service could trigger a new era of competition for high-speed Internet.

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