Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.
Consumers were worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.
The company is looking to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones.
Small businesses will soon be able to get loans approved again by the federal government.
The architects behind the scrapped plan blamed the bidding process and building costs for the spiraling price tag.
Real estate sales, slowed this spring by the year’s record-breaking snowfalls, bounced back with a vengeance last month.
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Last month’s widely popular IPO by Seres Therapeutics was the culmination of hard work, successful clinical tests, and good timing.
Given the chance to think big about our future, we tied ourselves up in the minutiae of tax breaks and traffic studies.
The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday.
Genzyme to buy AstraZeneca’s thyroid cancer drug, Teva to pay $40.5b for Allergan’s generics unit, and more news from Monday.
Greece’s government on Monday launched complex bailout negotiations with its creditors.
The airlines’ penchant for fees is not going away any time soon in what has become a highly profitable industry.
Jodi Gernon joins the Rock Center team from Launchitivity, a company she founded in 1999 that provides advice for consumer health care startups.
Ecovent Corp., a Boston startup that makes a “smart” heating vent system for homes, has landed a $6.9 million investment to help launch its product later this year.
Elon Musk, physicist Stephen Hawking, and others warned against a “military AI arms race.”
Other recent, would-be hosts continue to feel the effects of failed or scuttled bids — for good and bad.
Tumult returned to China’s stock markets Monday, casting doubt on the government’s measures to support share prices.
Home sales, online recruiting, and more notable events and things to know.
UMass Memorial Health Care will spend $700 million over the next decade to upgrade its patient records and other information technology systems.
Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling US industry surge ahead.
Madonna, who co-owns Tidal with Jay Z, Beyonce, and others, says it’s just the beginning for the streaming service that’s had some troubles since its launch in March.
On Sunday evening, New York magazine posted a stark, black-and-white cover of its latest issue, featuring 35 women who have accused the comedian Bill Cosby of sexual abuse.
Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.
Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan, and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.
Airbnb is hoping to spread its unique brand of hospitality throughout Africa.
Republic Airways warned that its operation of regional flights for the nation’s biggest airlines could be disrupted by a pilot shortage and labor standoff.
Airlines’ penchant for fees is not going away any time soon in what has become a highly profitable industry.
The lords and ladies of life sciences turned the courtyard outside Takeda Oncology’s headquarters on Landsdowne Street into a biotech playground Thursday.
The Cambridge biotechnology giant now may have to make a bold move to reassure investors.
Even though insurance regulators and pro-athlete pitchmen urge consumers to compare prices, 1 in 3 policyholders have never shopped for insurance quotes.
Insurers plan to raise rates by an average of about 9 percent following last winter’s record snowfall.
Massachusetts gas prices dropped two cents last week, the third straight week of decline after rising steadily since late winter.
The wage increase would be phased in over three to six years for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers.
Days after the Financial Times was sold to Japan’s Nikkei Inc., Pearson PLC said it would sell its stake in the Economist magazine.
U.K. lawmakers may be given the opportunity to debate legalizing cannabis after a petition supporting the move received more than 150,000 signatures.
McGraw Hill Financial, owner of ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, is buying SNL Financial for about $2.23 billion.
The deal will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students.
Orders to US factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, a key category that reflects business investment rebounded after two months of declines.
Genzyme agreed to buy a medicine called Caprelsa for as much as $300 million from AstraZeneca Plc to boost its rare disease medicine offerings.
The Israeli drugmaker Teva also said it would end its hostile bid for Mylan NV.
Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to calm the market.
Fox Sports is leading a $300 million investment that will help the Boston fantasy sports startup battle its larger competitor.
Pension fund sues Treasury securities dealers, Verizon workers vote to authorize strike, and more.
The fines are for failing to complete 23 safety recalls covering more than 11 million vehicles, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The plant, built by Digital Equipment Corp. facility, was out of step with advanced technologies and was used to make relatively low-end products.
Companies have brought nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs back to the US in the past five years.
The right recipe apps can help you cook up some mouthwatering feasts and avert a barbecue disaster.
Gas prices, finances for youth, and more notable events and things to know.
Equity investors had a chance to grab onto something other than Greece this week, and the result wasn’t pretty.
Biogen stock plunges, doctors challenge Vertex over cystic fibrosis drug’s price, and more.
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Viaweb played a pivotal role in the evolution of e-commerce and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Contracts known as power purchase agreements are largely responsible for the boom in residential solar panels. But are they good deals?
Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money
The already immeasurable list of data breaches seems to continue to grow longer by the day.
A deal to take the State Street Financial Center public was postponed Friday, a setback for Fortis Property Group LLC.
The clean energy sector is refocusing from breakthroughs to incremental advances that can be achieved faster and for less money.
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Steele Canvas Basket Corp. of Chelsea has made laundry baskets, tote bags, and sling chairs since 1921.
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Two tips: replace water-wasting appliances and fixtures, and change your lifestyle and habits.
The US stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.
The stepson of Louis Wellington Cabot allegedly stole more than $17 million from real estate investors, prosecutors say.
Without clear parameters of what is and isn’t acceptable to post, employees’ actions can jeopardize a firm’s reputation.
The doctors and brothers are in charge of American Well, one of the country’s biggest telehealth companies.
Mitch Lipka | Consumer Alert
Many consumers find out about whether they’re due money through opportunists trying to try take a cut of it.
The approval offers a new option for millions of Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease, the nation’s leading killer.
Even as TV watchers increasingly go online, AT&T has become the country’s biggest traditional TV provider with its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.
The American Antitrust Institute, an advocacy group and frequent critic of mergers, targeted the proposed combination of Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. in a recent report.
Greece on Friday invited the International Monetary Fund to participate in its negotiations with European creditors over a vital third bailout — talks that are expected to start next week after a few days’ delay and must conclude before Greece faces another big repayment Aug. 20.
Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the US just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.
Viaweb played a pivotal role in the evolution of e-commerce, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., filed confidentially for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.
Dover resident Dara Torres, who won three medals at 41, is now in a legal battle over her endorsement of an anti-aging skin cream.
The chief of Dunkin’ Brands said that the pay boost and lack of input from the industry were “absolutely outrageous.”
United Technologies Corp. says the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into allegations that subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky and two subsidiaries overbilled the Navy on a contract.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan.
Visa Inc. surged 6.4 percent after the world’s biggest payments network said it’s in talks to possibly reunite with Visa Europe Ltd.
Amazon.com Inc. surpassed Walmart Stores Inc. as the world’s biggest retailer by market value after a surprise second-quarter profit sent the e-commerce company’s stock into record territory.
State Street Corp. said second-quarter profit declined 34.7 percent as legal expenses rose and persistent low interest rates hurt revenue. Shares dropped the most in six months.