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Data on 5 million VTech customers and kids exposed in breach

Compromised information in the VTech breach includes the names, birthdates and genders of child users.

Signs of weak holiday spending send retail stocks lower

Stocks closed modestly lower on Monday, as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on the early signs of how the holiday shopping season may turn out and where interest rates may go in the U.S. and Europe.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Biotech conference, homeowners’ insurance policies, and more notable events and things to know.

Unions slam state pension board for refusing to divest from fossil fuels

Overseers of the state’s pension fund said they will not tell investment managers to dump fossil fuel stocks without approval from the Legislature.

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Boston-based investment bank is being sold to Spanish firm

C.W. Downer just agreed to be acquired by a rival, Madrid-based N+1 Group, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at nearly $30 million.

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Saracen Properties hopes to turn Clock Tower Place, Digital Equipment Corp.’s old headquarters, into an office and retail complex that will feature a boardwalk along Mill Pond, a pedestrian greenway, event venues, space for startups, and 100,000 square feet for artisanal restaurants and boutique shops.

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Maynard wants to restore luster to its downtown

An $18 million project to revive the Digital Equipment Corp.’s old headquarters is just the latest planned in town.

// Daily fantasy sports companies offer differing messages to fans, courts

Ads may make it seem like anyone can cash in on the contests, but the statistics say otherwise.

// Black Friday is no longer a bellwether for retail

Big shifts in consumer behavior mean the days after Thanksgiving are less telling about how the holiday season will go.


// A few leisurely taps can replace the holiday shopping rush

Buy from the comfort of your couch with the help of apps that tell you the optimal time to purchase things you want.

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.