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Holiday parties back in full swing, and then some

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.

Build

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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

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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.

Latest Business headlines

Doug Banks named editor at the Boston Business Journal

He first joined the publication as a reporter and editor in 1998 and is currently an associate vice president for economic development at the University of Massachusetts.

Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com.Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books.

Boston Children’s Hospital pays $40,000 over stolen patient data

The charges stemmed from a 2012 incident in which a hospital physician’s laptop was stolen while he was travelling.

Boston OK’s move of state transit offices to Roxbury

The BRA moved a plan forward Thursday to build a new headquarters for MassDOT.

Louisville first Southern city to raise minimum wage

Louisville has become the first city in the South to raise the minimum wage, joining 20 others across the country.

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BetaBoston

Your source for the latest innovation and tech news.

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Globe Santa

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Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Top Places to Work

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Love your workplace? These companies keep their employees happy and motivated.

Living Longer, Living Better

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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

Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Data desk

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The Globe’s data team enhances stories with data through charts, maps, and interactive graphics.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Market Basket in turmoil

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

Game Changers

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The new publication highlights the entrepreneurs and the contributors who make the state a national leader in innovation.