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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

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.

Blackberry posts adjusted profit, but revenue falls

The company’s shares declined more than 5 percent in premarket trading on Friday.

Chrysler to recall about 257,000 Ram pickup trucks

Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.

Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges

The fee on currency exchange transactions is part of an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.

Americans skeptical of commercial drones, poll shows

Support for using commercial drones was the weakest among women and seniors.

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BetaBoston

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Want to keep up with the news that matters from Boston’s innovators? Get coverage of apps, biotech, computing, data, and everything else.

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.