You gotta fight for the right to repair your digital devices

Businesses can bar customers from tinkering with the software; those who do so could be hauled into court for copyright violations.

East Boston, MA: 02-21-2017: Haibnan airlines airplane at Logan Airport in East Boston, Mass. Feb. 22, 2017. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Katie Johnston ( 23china )

UK was biggest source of foreign tourists to Boston. Now it’s China.

Boston’s first sales mission to China comes as the country overtakes the UK as the top source of overseas visitors to the Hub.

HINGHAM, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Exterior Views Of Wahlburgers Family Restaurant on November 13, 2013 in Hingham, Massachusetts. It was just announced that owners Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg will produce and star in an upcoming A&E reality show based around the restaurant that they own. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Wahlbergs embroiled in food fight

The Wahlbergs are being sued by business partners who say they were shut out of Wahlburgers expansion plans.

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 29, 2016. Inc on April 28, 2016 reported profit and revenue that blew past analysts' expectations, sending its shares soaring in after-hours trading and demonstrating the growing market power of its core retail business and new cloud services division. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Amazon picks Back Bay for Boston expansion

The e-commerce and tech giant, already a presence in Cambridge, plans to lease space in the new WeWork building.

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They want you to invade their spaces

Not long ago, “co-working” setups were novelties; now they’re attracting crowds.

‘I’ve seen the magic before.’ GE CEO recalls Trump hole-in-one

Boston-based GE chief executive Jeff Immelt was among a number of manufacturing CEOs who visited the White House to meet with the President.

Trump’s illegal immigration moves could embolden unscrupulous employers

The possibility of arrest could keep undocumented workers from speaking out about unsafe conditions.

Automakers ask EPA chief to toss Obama emissions decision

Automakers want a decision that upheld light-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards through 2025 to be withdrawn.

A Trump effect hits El Paso’s economy

Each day, tens of thousands of people cross the three bridges between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez


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Patrick T. Harker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and one of the voters this year, said Tuesday he continues to see three modest rate increases ahead in 2017.

Some Fed members back quicker move on rates

The US economy appears to be avoiding the kind of winter swoon that has become an annual event in recent years.

Pension liabilities hobble GM Europe deal

GM’s pension plan for Opel and Vauxhall retirees is underfunded by about $9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.


FTC cracks down on Maine supplement maker

Federal and state officials in Maine said the company disguised 30-minute radio advertisements as a talk radio show and repeatedly promoted fake print newspapers ads.

3/12/2013 - Jamaica Plain, MA - Boston Beer Co. - Jim Koch, cq, is the founder of Boston Beer Co. Item: DzenOnBeer. Story by Gary Dzen/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Sam Adams sales are down, and so is Boston Beer’s stock

Boston Beer had a rough 2016, and so far, 2017 is also looking bad.

Tech foulups cut into auto reliability ratings

Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners.

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Stocks slip from their recent record-setting gains

Investors made few big moves. They spent most of the day waiting for the minutes from the last Fed meeting, but got no surprises.


Diane Von Furstenberg to headline Simmons leadership conference

The Simmons College event has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a get-together of women from the college’s management school.


Growing number of businesses cater to autistic visitors

As general awareness of autism grows, more private businesses are changing their practices during select times to accommodate individuals with the condition.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 2/22/2017: The closing of Schoehhof's foreign books outside of Harvard Square after 161 years in business. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC techlab

Schoenhof’s books, a Harvard Square landmark, will live online only

After 161 years in business, the bookstore will operate only online.

Big banks launch Zelle to take on Venmo

A collection of 19 companies, including Bank of America, teamed up on a website and app that will let users send and request money.

Waltham, MA., 08/26/16, A wrap-around deck for outdoor dining. As Thermo Fisher Scientific prepares to move into a new corporate headquarters on a bluff overlooking Route 128 in Waltham, we look at the growth and challenges faced by the state's second most valuable public company. In the 10 years since it was formed through the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific, it has grown its employment from 7,500 to 50,000 and its global sales from $9 billion to $17 billion. But its plan to enter the precision medicine market -- key to its future expansion -- faces formidable hurdles. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

Patent royalties curbed as Supreme Court backs Thermo Fisher

The ruling is a defeat for Promega Corp., which claimed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.’s Life Technologies unit infringed a patent covering genetic testing kits.

Boston Ma- 01/27 //2017 Elizabeth Deveney (cq) is the fourth generation to carry on the monument stone cutting tradition at Deveney &White Monument Co. She is photographed at the Dorchester offices. Jonathan Wiggs /GlobeStaff) Reporter:Topic


A death in the family had profound effect on this tombstone maker

Elizabeth Deveney carries on her family’s Dorchester business, Deveney and White Memorials

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick led an hourlong meeting with staff Tuesday at the company’s headquarters that focused on employee complaints, including sexual harassment.

Uber CEO apologizes for company culture after harassment claims

At a meeting open to all Uber Technologies Inc. employees on Tuesday, Travis Kalanick apologized for cultural failings at his company.

Harvard Pilgrim expands use of novel drug purchasing deals

The health insurer signed two more deals to pay for expensive drugs based on how effectively they treat patients, a strategy aimed at reining in medical spending.

Wells Fargo fires managers, denies bonuses in account probe

The actions come as the bank’s board examines how abusive sales practices spread through branches before spiraling into a national scandal last year.


Sarepta sale of a priority review voucher suggests prices are falling

Gilead Sciences agreed to pay $125 million to Sarepta Therapeutics for a priority review voucher, a drop in price from previous sales.

Verizon will now pay $4.48 billion to buy Yahoo’s Internet businesses, a reduced price after Yahoo’s data breaches.

Verizon will pay $350 million less for Yahoo

The two companies said they would also share liabilities related to data breaches, which occurred in 2013 and 2014.

Boston, MA: 02-08-2017: BrightCove employee Sasha Ortha at the company's offices in Boston, Mass. Feb. 8, 2017. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Janelle Nanos, Business ( 12hiringimmigrants )

With H-1B visas for the highly skilled in doubt, tech world’s anxious

As President Donald Trump seeks to clamp down on immigration, the status of white-collar international workers has become a political live wire.

The next financial crisis might be in your driveway

The country’s auto debt hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Mexico, Canada say NAFTA should be renegotiated trilaterally

The foreign ministers of Mexico and Canada presented a unified front ahead of potential trade talks

Skiers at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont in 2007. Vail Resorts will pay $50 million to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort. It would be the first East Coast property for Vail.

Vail Resorts to buy Vermont’s Stowe Mountain ski resort

Colorado-based Vail Resorts will pay $50 million to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort, one of Vermont’s most venerable ski resorts.

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Discussions, events, and more notable events and things to know.

Hunger for corporate deals lifts stocks

Stocks again broke records Tuesday as investors came back from a long weekend hungry for corporate deals.

A rendering of the 22-story residential building proposed for 150 Seaport Blvd.

Environmental group files suit to stop Seaport condo tower

A lawsuit claims the development restricts access to the water and sets a dangerous precedent for construction in the Seaport.

09/08/2016 CAMBRIDGE, MA Moderna offices in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for STAT)


Moderna loses another key exec on the eve of a major test

Biotech’s highest-profile and most richly funded startup is struggling to retain talent despite the company’s unwavering promise that it’s on pace to change the face of medicine.

Stowe Mountain has 116 trails and 12 lifts.

Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort to be bought by Vail Resorts

The resort is being purchased by the Colorado-based Vail Resorts for $50 million.

Restaurant Brands International Inc., formed from a merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons, agreed to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. for about $1.8 billion, adding a fried-chicken chain to its lineup.

Burger King owner to buy Popeyes Chicken in $1.8 billion deal

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is adding a fried-chicken chain to its lineup of burgers and doughnuts.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims

Susan Fowler Rigetti wrote that during her year working as an engineer at Uber she and other female staffers reported multiple instances of sexual harassment.

Michael Mulhern, the former leader of the MBTA Retirement Fund, earned $2.2 million in compensation from 2009 to 2016.

Former MBTA pension chief earned $2.2 million since 2009

Michael Mulhern’s 2016 compensation included nearly $50,000 in unused vacation time pay.

Above Dr. Moazzum Bajwa meets with patient José Luis Garcia at the Riverside University Health System Medical Center.

Caribbean medical schools get a second look

The island nations’ for-profit medical schools are trying to boost their standing just as the US faces an urgent physician shortage.

BOSTON, MA - 7/20/2016: A FULL MOON VIEW for the Millennium Tower Boston, downtown crossing at Summer and Washington streets.... Beacon Hill in the foreground an architecture review (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: ARTS TOPIC 17Tower

Condo sales hit lofty heights last year in Boston

The median price for a condominium in Boston jumped 16.2 percent, to $790,000.

Facebook’s WhatsApp is a mobile messaging application used by 1.2 billion people.

WhatsApp’s new feature continues Facebook’s Snapchat mimicry

WhatsApp on Monday unveiled a version of its Status feature that takes a significant number of cues from Snapchat.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: Vice President-elect Mike Pence meets with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Capitol Hill November 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Pence's visit to the Hill included meetings with Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House GOP Conference, and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


‘Right to Try’ drug laws can offer the dying false hope

From the start, the movement has been misguided.

Uber engineer pens blog post detailing alleged sexual harassment

A female engineer said her direct supervisor “was trying to get me to have sex with him,” but that her reports to HR were ignored.

Federal agency begins inquiry into auto lenders’ use of GPS tracking

They can figure out when you leave town and see where you parked your car. They can see how many times you went to the grocery store or the health clinic.

The US Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Financial institutions see potential relief from rules

In a divided Washington, relief from financial regulations for smaller banks seems to be gaining backers.

Oral insulin, freeing patients from injections, is the Holy Grail.


Where are all the new diabetes drugs?

Given the cost of development and a high bar for approval, pharma can only afford to advance true-blue breakthroughs for diabetes drugs.

Linda Bean with lobsterman Bill Iliffe in 2009.

Linda Bean once hoped to be to lobster what Perdue is to chicken. What happened?

The L.L. Bean heiress has largely stepped away from her lobster business.

FILE- In this March 2, 2011, file photo, Heinz ketchup bottles are displayed on the shelf of a market on in Barre, Vt. U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz Co. says its offer to buy Europe’s Unilever was rejected, but that it is still pursuing the deal. The maker of Oscar Mayer meats, Jell-O pudding and Velveeta cheese said there’s no certainty that it will make another offer for Unilever, which owns brands including Hellmann’s, Lipton and Knorr. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Kraft Heinz withdraws offer worth $143 billion to merge with Unilever

The merger of Kraft Heinz and Unilever would have created an empire with hundreds of household names.

The US patent office ruled Wednesday that hotly disputed patents on a revolutionary genome-editing technology belong to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.


Genome-editing patents belong to Broad Institute, board says

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