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The latest business news from the region and nation.

Five things you should know about Jessica DeVlieger

DeVlieger is the new president at C Space.


How to give, and receive, feedback at work

Not all feedback is given well, but people need to look past that to see the kernel of developmental opportunity being presented.

Drones hold great promise, despite some controversy

Consumer Reports has looked into some of the innovative ways that researchers and pioneering companies are developing to use these flying robots.

Trump wants to fight the effects of trade, but what about automation?

If more factories come back to the United States, will they need people to work them?

As Trump takes office, Mass. manufacturers talk globalization

Companies’ decisions about where to base factories involve more than labor costs.

Mass. beer wholesalers propose tweaks to distributor law

The measure would let smaller breweries end their contracts with distributors.

Consumer Alert

How to keep tax filing from costing too much

As you start gathering your paperwork and fantasizing about how to spend your refund, make sure you know where to go and what to look out for.

Talking Points: Trump dominates business landscape, Woburn company makes gains, and more

It’s Inauguration Day, so it goes without saying that President Donald Trump is dominating the news.

Proposed law would wreck self-driving car industry, says nuTonomy

Cambridge startup says Massachusetts would be the first state to levy a tax on the vehicles’ use.

Rates jumping for long-term care insurance

The Mass. Division of Insurance has negotiated rate increases of up to 40 percent spread over four years with more than a dozen companies.

GE misses revenue estimates, weighed down by oil slump

GE is looking to regain momentum after constrained growth in 2016.

Friday’s business agenda

Economic reports, seminars, and other notable events and things to know.

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

But US safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving.

Trump antitrust candidate Wright has pro-merger track record

Joshua Wright promotes a laissez-faire approach to antitrust enforcement and has been outspoken about how consolidation can benefit consumers.

Atrius Health adds 20 doctors from Plymouth group

The Newton-based physician group will combine with PMG Physician Associates in June.

Jewish charity’s suit claims bank held $3b from heirs

Deutsche Bank was sued in Florida by a Jewish charitable trust that claims the firm wrongly withheld as much as $3 billion from the heirs to a wealthy German family.

Evan Horowitz

A score card for tracking Trump’s economy progress

To capture the potentially far-reaching impact of President Trump, the Globe has assembled a dashboard of “vital statistics” that we will assess over time.

Ex-chief of VW denies wrongdoing

Volkswagen’s former chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, yielded no ground Thursday during a polite grilling by German lawmakers over the carmaker’s diesel-emissions deception.

Dow erases its gains for 2017

The Dow Jones industrial average fell for the fifth day in a row.

Mass. law would tax autonomous vehicles by the mile

Only freight and emergency vehicles would be permitted to travel more than a mile continuously without a passenger inside.

Talking Points: Business leaders talk Trump, tech publisher has new owner, and more

A recap of the most important business news from Thursday.

City seeks exemption to allow shadow cast by Winthrop Square tower

Developer is offering to pay the city $153 million for the rights to build on the site of a defunct parking garage.

Shirley Leung

Who will be at the Women’s March in Boston? Everyone, it seems.

Organizers expect more than 80,000 to participate in the local march, from grass-roots activists to CEOs.

Lyft to begin pickups at Logan Airport Feb. 1

Massport is negotiating a similar arrangement with Uber, Lyft’s larger rival, the authority said.

Celtics co-owner’s VC firm wants to raise $175m for sports tech investments

Causeway Media Partners’ interests include the online ticket-purchasing platform SeatGeek.

Whistleblower gets $3.6 million in wrongful Medicare billing settlement with ambulance company

Leominster-based MedStar Ambulance Inc. agreed to a $12.7 million settlement in a case alleging they wrongfully billed Medicare from 2011 to 2014.


He oversees the burial of up to 1,000 people a year

“A final resting place is an important part of our culture,” says Thomas Sullivan, superintendent of Boston’s cemetery division.

Sweden not giving up fight over lobster imports

Sweden isn’t giving up on a long-running battle with the US and Canada over lobsters that have turned up in Swedish waters.

Mass. ends 2016 with lowest unemployment rate in 16 years

The state’s jobless rate dropped to 2.8 percent in December.

Tech publisher IDG to be bought by Chinese conglomerate

The purchase of the Boston-based tech publisher ends long-running speculation about its future.

New development transforms a symbol of Woburn’s painful past

For many, development of the former W.R. Grace property will finally transform the last of what has long been considered Woburn’s symbolic black eye.

Netflix grows by 7m new subscribers

Netflix has delivered strong international gains and could see foreign subscribers exceed its US base this year.

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And now, a second act for film and vinyl

Consumers are increasingly willing to put up with the messy imperfections of analog media over the cool precision of digital.


A State House go-to guy on energy issues finds a new place in the sun

Ben Downing was the Senate’s lead negotiator on energy issues.

SEC settles with 10 firms over ‘pay-to-play,’ including two from Mass.

The companies were predominantly involved in private equity and venture capital.

Brookline man sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for insider trading scheme

Prosecutors said Amit Kanodia tipped off two friends about an upcoming acquisition.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals names new chief executive

Richard Peters fills a role that’s been vacant since the October resignation of Robert Mulroy.

Eli Lilly to pay $960m for CoLucid, a Cambridge company with 7 employees

The deal will result in the drug giant buying back an experimental migraine headache treatment discovered in Lilly’s labs and licensed to CoLucid in 2005.

Thursday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, economic reports, and more notable events and things to know.

Massport gets three bids to oversee Logan Airport shops, restaurants

The bidders are Airmall, which currently manages Terminals B and E; MarketPlace Development, an affiliate of Boston-based New England Development; and ASUR, a Mexican airport operator.


MIT professor brings Deflategate to high school classrooms

MIT’s John Leonard made a name for himself with sports fans through the pro football scandal. Now he’s taking those lessons to schools.

Stock indexes at a standstill

Stocks have been in a wait-and-see period in recent weeks.

Talking Points: The next big tech company, MIT buys Volpe Center, and more

A recap of the most important business news from Wednesday.


More than 1,000 volunteer to help Doris Buffett give away her brother’s money

About 1,100 people volunteered to help Doris Buffett give away her billionaire brother’s money.

State says Cambridge hedge fund manager ran Ponzi scheme

Secretary of State William F. Galvin alleges that three funds and the man who started them improperly took in $15.3 million from 47 investors.

Twitter sells Cambridge software division to Google

A Cambridge-based engineering team that worked on developer tools for Twitter will now work for Google.

After Mass. raised its cigarette tax, smuggling exploded, study finds

Researchers said nearly 30 percent of all the cigarettes smoked in the state in 2014 were smuggled into the state, many from New Hampshire.

The Hilltop cactus sticks with new development

The old restaurant site’s developer said it plans to incorporate the iconic cactus sign in a new mixed-use development.

New England Aquarium CEO to step down

Less than three years after taking the top job at the New England Aquarium, Nigella Hillgarth said she is stepping down to return to her first love: field research.

State Street to pay $64m in criminal, civil penalties in trading case

The fraudulent trading involved billions of dollars for at least six of the Boston firm’s overseas clients.