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VW chief warns cheating scandal may threaten company’s existence

Volkswagen AG’s designated chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch warned managers that the diesel-emissions scandal could pose “an existence-threatening crisis for the company,” as it pleaded for public trust with full-page ads in national newspapers.

Apple’s Tim Cook says fight for gay rights far from over

Apple Inc. chief executive officer Tim Cook said the United States still has a long way to go in the fight for gay rights.

Bernanke: Wall Street execs should have gone to jail for crisis

Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says some Wall Street executives should have gone to jail for their roles in the financial crisis that gripped the country in 2008 and triggered the Great Recession.

my first home

My choice was etched in granite: N.H.

A home isn’t necessarily a house. It can be something as simple as a garden, which can symbolize permanence.

Ten things you may have missed from the world of business

The tepid jobs report suggested that the US economy, which has outshone most others around the world, is weakening.

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A look at the production floor at John Matouk & Co. in Fall River, maker of bed and bath linens.

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For state’s Gateway Cities, a long-awaited rebound

Sky-high unemployment rates are falling as the benefits of a six-year expansion finally reach these struggling communities, known as Gateway Cities.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Insight is failure’s silver lining

Failure is an enormously powerful learning experience for entrepreneurs — yet most are happy to leave it behind them, undiscussed.

Stacey Dyer Messier is the creative strategist behind the digital audio tool Spire.

On the Job

Giving musicians a pocket-sized studio

Stacey Dyer Messier promotes an app that she says can get a recording on her iPhone that sounds almost like it was professionally mixed in a studio.

03unionsquare - Joe Nissebaum of Nissenbaum's Used Auto Parts, Somerville, MA. Nissenbaum's has been owned and operated by the same family since 1910. (Charan Devereaux)

Portraits of Somerville’s Union Square at work

An exhibit opening Sunday features photographs of people and places in Somerville’s changing Union Square.

Five things you should know about Ross Brockman

Just like his hard cider, the cofounder of Downeast Cider House is unfiltered.

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.