Businesses bringing ‘wow factor’ back to holiday parties

After years of scaling back, some companies are going over the top with aerialists, orchestras, and shopping sprees.By Katie Johnston

Dennis Clemens demonstrated SmartKage features at SmartSports headquarters in Tyngsborough.

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‘Smart’ batting cage provides better measure of players’ abilities

Tyngsborough startup SmartSports aims to remove some of the subjectivity that makes scouting for baseball talent such a challenge.


// At Wynn casinos, we all look bronzed

From the look of his resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, it is fair to say Steve Wynn is obsessed with bronze glass.

Talking points

// Ten things you may have missed Thursday from the world of business

Ford expands recall of air bags to entire nation, Amazon is offering instant gratification — almost and more news from Thursday.

Generation Boston

Top places to work for young people in Boston

How hard it is to find a job may depend, in part, on where young job seekers look.

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Sony defends shelving ‘Interview’ after Obama criticism

The company’s CEO insisted in a television interview that ‘‘we have not given in and we have not backed down.’’

Study recommends state ‘carbon tax’ to fight climate change

A new state-sponsored report concludes that slapping a “carbon tax” on all fossil fuels used in the state – including oil and natural gas to heat homes and gasoline to power cars – would be an effective way of cutting carbon pollutants blamed for accelerating climate change

Hacking K-cups latest in Keurig v. pod people

This September, Keurig struck back at the pod people, releasing a line of “2.0” brewers that won’t work with unauthorized cups. Shortly after , a site called appeared.

Mass. seeking sponsorships for park facilities

The DCR is embarking on its first effort to find corporate sponsors for a number of its facilities and programs.

FDA approves new hepatitis C treatment

People suffering from the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus will get a new treatment option as federal regulators Friday OK’d US sale of a three-drug cocktail that includes a key ingredient co-developed by Watertown biotech Enanta Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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If age is just a number, the number 55 means you love traveling, might be downsizing, are transitioning in jobs, and you aren’t sleeping great. Don’t fret.

Longwood – A City Within a City

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As a Randolph woman prepares to go home for the final time, a young couple experiences the other end of the life cycle.

Shirley Leung

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Market Basket in turmoil


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

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