Can Amazon revolutionize the supermarket?

Amazon has reengineered the way we buy books, electronics, and other products. But groceries are different.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: The Senate side of the US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


How long will it take to implement the 21st Century Cures Act?

The measure, nearly 1,000 pages long, does not lay out many deadlines.

European Central Bank seen extending stimulus

Though Trump’s victory has helped revitalize stock markets, there are concerns that his approach to trade may hurt global growth.

This hidden Smithsonian vault contains the oldest things in the solar system

The National Museum of Natural History’s support center in Suitland, Md., contains some of the rarest and most precious objects owned by the American people: 17,000 rocks.

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Globe names new chief executive

Doug Franklin, a former newspaper subscription salesman, publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and executive at Cox Enterprises, will become the new CEO of Boston Globe Media Partners.


This startup lets you listen to your own private audio — in a crowded room

Headphone Events allows everyone in a crowded room to hear music or presentations individually.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver MIT commencement address

CEO Tim Cook has been selected to speak to the class of 2017 in June.

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

The chief monetary authority for 19 countries hopes to support growth as Europe heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

European Union fines three banks in collusion case

European antitrust regulators on Wednesday fined Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase a total of just over 485 million euros for colluding to fix benchmark interest rates tied to the euro.

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Trump team said to consider Thiel associate for FDA

Jim O’Neill is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management and last served in government during the George W. Bush administration.

Laura Spanjian, a public policy manager at Airbnb who negotiated with the city of New Orleans, in Houston on Tuesday. Airbnb has had a contentious relationship in some cities where it has set up shop, but it has taken a different, more conciliatory approach in New Orleans.

New Orleans becomes new model for Airbnb to work with cities

Airbnb’s modus operandi in New Orleans reflects a move by the company to be more conciliatory with some local governments.


Activewear for the office gets a turn on ‘Runway’

Las year, Jess Garbarino co-launched clothing line Brunswick Park. On Thursday, she’ll make her pitch for even more funding on Project Runway: Fashion Startup.

Markets continue record-setting turn

Investors bought stocks that do well in times of faster economic growth, like technology and industrial companies, but they also snapped up stocks that pay large dividends.

04/22/2016 CAMBRIDGE Steven Paul (cq), the CEO of Voyager Therapeutics, poses for a portrait in the lab at their offices in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Voyager shares climb on positive results from Parkinson’s disease gene therapy trial

Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc. shot up 26 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday after the three-year-old Cambridge biotech company reported positive findings in an early-stage clinical study of its experimental gene therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Senator Chuck Grassley (left) greeted Jeffrey Bewkes, chief executive of Time Warner, during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing  Wednesday.  The subcom-mittee was gathering testimony regarding a proposed merger between Bewkes’s firm and AT&T.

Lawmakers change tone on AT&T and Time Warner deal

When the deal was announced, days before the presidential election, leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued strong cautionary statements about it.

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, parties, and more notable events and things to know.

Reebook said it will relocate its headquarters from Canton to The Innovation & Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District.

Reebok’s new HQ will be at Design Building in Seaport District

The maker of athletic shoes and gear said it has chosen the Innovation & Design Building near the city’s cruise ship terminal for its new headquarters.

Boston man pleads guilty to fraud

A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to his role in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, according to the US Attorney office.

A United Airlines passenger plane.

No more free overhead bins on United

Customers in a new pricing tier can only bring one personal item on board and aren’t guaranteed to be able to sit with their companions.

From Boston Club president, 28 ways to empower women

After Governor Baker on Wednesday designated January as “Women’s Leadership Month,” Boston Club president Maureen Alphonse-Charles suggested ways to empower women.

MIT professor Li-Huei Tsai at her lab in Cambridge.

MIT team uses LEDs to attack Alzheimer’s

Cognito Therapeutics Inc. said it has secured a license to intellectual property stemming from the scientific discoveries of a pair of MIT professors.

Abbott Laboratories, maker of drugs, infant formula (above), and medical devices, said it has filed a complaint to terminate its agreement to buy Alere Inc., citing a substantial loss in the value of the company.

Abbott sues to scrap its $5.8 billion planned takeover of Waltham’s Alere

The health care giant has filed a complaint to kill the deal, saying Alere’s value has dropped dramatically.

Here’s what the shadow from the Winthrop Square tower could look like

Millennium Partners released animations showing exactly what kind of shadows its proposed 750-foot skyscraper would cast on the Boston Common and Public Garden.

09/04/2015 Boston, MA – Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders (cq) listens to Governor Charlie Baker talk about the results of a probe into Hardwick child abuse case during a press conference at the State House in Boston, MA on September 4, 2015. A social worker with the state’s child protection agency visited the Hardwick home of a 7-year-old boy in late June, just two weeks before he fell into a coma after apparently being starved and dehydrated, state officials said. (Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff)

Chamber’s Pinnacle Award winners include Marylou Sudders, Evelyn Murphy

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday named eight women as recipients of 2017 Pinnacle Awards.

Staples is selling its European business.

Staples unloads its European business

The move comes as the Framingham-based company works to return its focus to North America.

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More cracks appear in the corporate glass ceiling

The number of public companies here with no female directors or top executives fell to 9 from 15, the Boston Club said.

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4 (left) and Apple’s iPhone 5.

Justices hand Samsung a victory in patent fight with Apple

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Samsung may not have to give up $399 million in profits for copying parts of the distinctive look of Apple’s iPhone.

Santa’s Flight Academy, installed at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Mich., is typical of the efforts to lure shoppers away from their computers and into malls.

Mindful of Amazon, malls take the Santa experience high-tech

Malls are hoping the over-the-top Santa visits remind people what brick-and-mortar stores can offer.

Supreme Court sides with prosecutors in insider trading case

The court said that gifts of confidential information from business executives to relatives violate securities laws.

A family in Texas posed in their matching pajamas.

’Tis the season for . . . matching pajamas?

The trend has filled retail catalogs and social media in recent weeks with beaming families decked out in snowflake and reindeer motifs.

Investors target banks on diversity

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co. are among the companies in the sights a trio of activist investors.

The Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington.

Trump’s new hotel in D.C. is attracting foreign envoys — and controversy

Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in Washington D.C. has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy.

Slight gains give Dow another record

Stocks posted slight gains on Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to another record.


CRISPR court hearing puts University of California on the defensive

The University of California has a steep hill to climb if it wants to overturn the 2014 decision awarding key CRISPR patents to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

STAT launches premium subscription service

STAT Plus offers exclusive content about the pharma and biotech industries, says executive editor Rick Berke.

SEC official with Boston ties to depart

Former Boston lawyer Keith F. Higgins, who for three years has run the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance, is the latest official to announce his departure from the nation’s top Wall Street regulator.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Workshops, forums, and more notable events and things to know.

President-elect Donald Trump exits elevators to talk with the media at Trump Tower Tuesday.

Trump calls for cancellation of new Air Force One

In a tweet, President-elect Donald Trump called the order for the new plane “ridiculous.”

Kraft Group name surfaces in Theranos saga

Robert Kraft’s business organization reportedly received an email update troubled blood-testing company sent to investors.

Built in 1892, the 10 City Square building will become the headquarters of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Appalachian Mountain Club moving to Charlestown

The outdoors group is leaving its longtime Beacon Hill headquarters for City Square.

Dana-Farber puts online advertising on hold after ad runs on Breitbart

The hospital says it did not proactively place the ad on the conservative website.

TD Garden hires two new managers

Louise Murray, Joshua Brickman brought on by Delaware North’s Boston Holdings.

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Oct. 4, 2016. Justices on Wednesday took up one of the most hotly debated issues on Wall Street, Salman v. United States, hearing oral arguments in a case that could clarify what prosecutors must prove to secure insider trading convictions based on confidential tips. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

Supreme Court sides with prosecutors in clash over insider trading laws

The justices ruled that sharing corporate secrets with friends or relatives is illegal even if the insider providing the tip doesn’t receive anything of value in return.

Michael Trotsky, executive director and chief investment officer of the state’s Pension Reserves Investment Management board.

State pension fund head gets a $35,000 pay raise — again

The board that oversees Massachusetts’ $62 billion retirement fund said Trotsky exceeded his goals.

Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (L) and Apple's iPhone 5 are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul, South Korea May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Supreme Court sides with Samsung over Apple in patent fight

The justices threw out a $399 million judgment against Samsung for copying parts of the iPhone’s patented design.

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence talked with factory workers last week during a visit to a Carrier factory in Indianapolis.


Why Donald Trump could save jobs but damage the economy

When you try to improve the situation in one place, you sometimes make things worse elsewhere.

My Friend Cayla carries a starting price of about $40.

Could your children’s toys be violating their privacy?

Toys using Burlington-based Nuance Communications’ speech-recognition software are raising eyebrows.

Amazon launches a grocery story and nixes the checkout line

The company is testing a brick-and-mortar grocery store model in Seattle that won’t have checkout lines.

DOT’s fines on airlines nearly double, but experts question their efficacy

The Department of Transportation fined airlines $4.5 million in 2016 for infractions ranging from lengthy tarmac delays to failing to compensate passengers for lost luggage

Italy just handed the global economy another giant variable

Global markets were not lacking in precarious unknowns. Italy just added another.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.