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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: The booth of National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A chink in the NRA armor? Boycott against gun lobby’s business partners claims wins

MetLife, Enterprise car rentals, airlines, and Boston home security startup SimpliSafe dropped NRA deals after the Parkland shooting.

VC firms offering advice, not just money, to help women founders

Firms, many with women leadership, are finding ways to help guide companies they might buy into later.

Hyperloop in Massachusetts? Not so fast

A state senator says he’s had informal discussions with Elon Musk’s Boring Company.

“A lot of customers ask if I take credit cards,” Johnny’s Barber Shop owner Joao Goncalves said. “I say I don’t take them. Sometimes they say, ‘I’ll go to the bank,’ but they don’t come back.”

Facing the digital divide at Boston’s cash-only shops

Many businesses in Boston’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood are cash-only operations in a digital world, and increasingly, that is a disadvantage.

The US indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the Internet Research Agency.

Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says, insiders say

Many of the more eye-popping accounts of the Internet Research Agency’s activities have come from former staff members.

Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

On any given day, there are as many as 100,000 active missing-persons cases in the United States.

Baffled by political ads bought by Russians, Facebook will soon to rely centuries-old technology

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office.

The canine Kardashians

Social media, particularly Instagram, is making stars of certain breeds

Verdeva expects to launch a pilot at a handful of gas stations soon.

You may soon be able to use E-ZPass to pay at the pump and at drive-throughs

E-ZPass struck a deal with a Massachusetts company to use its transponders to make electronic purchases beyond the toll booths.

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BC senior sells his startup as he prepares to graduate

Harvard Student Agencies will take over Campus Insights.

Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dogs are back — and they’re working together now

Not everyone is reacting warmly to the so-called display of robot camaraderie.

Equifax hack put more info at risk than consumers knew

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers’ personal information than the company disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers.

A worker marked boots that were returned to the L.L. Bean retail store.

L.L. Bean dropping its unlimited returns policy

L.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company is now imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.

Uber settles driverless car lawsuit with Waymo for $245 million

Waymo alleged that one of its senior engineers hatched a plan in 2015 with Uber for him to steal over 14,000 proprietary files.

The market’s turmoil began last Friday and has continued this week as investors worried about early signs of inflation.

Dow plummets 1,000 as stocks slide continues

Stocks started to fall in early trading and extended their losses throughout the afternoon.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, Calif.

Twitter turns first profit ever, but problems remain

Twitter beat Wall Street’s cautious expectations with its first quarterly profit in history, but that isn’t going to solve the company’s broader problems any time soon.

An Ionic Materials battery after it was shot with a bullet. The battery combines the reliability and low cost of alkaline batteries with the power and recharging of lithium ion, but without the safety risks. 09Battery. BUSINESS

This company helps make batteries that can take a bullet — and still power your phone

Ionic Materials makes a solid polymer material for batteries that it says are durable enough to withstand extreme force.

Russian hackers exploit weakness in US cyber defense

Russian hackers exploited a key vulnerability in U.S. cyber defenses to come within reach of stealing some of the nation’s most secret and advanced defense technology, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Jeff Immelt is filling out his post-General Electric life with another high-profile company in the Boston area.

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt becomes chairman of athenahealth

Jeff Immelt’s post-GE career will ensure he keeps ties to the Boston area.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ALBA VIGARAY/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9351299c) A little girl poses for photos in Aranda\Lasch + Marcelo Coelho's 'Window to the Heart' in Times Square in New York, New York, USA, 01 February 2018. The 12 foot in diameter sculpture was designed with 3D printing and will be free and open to the public through the month of February, in celebration of Valentine?s Day. 'Window to the Heart' is unveiled for Valentine's Day in Times Square in New York, USA - 01 Feb 2018

Somerville startup at the heart of Times Square attraction

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Formlabs built a 10-by-12-foot lens that refracts the neon lights of Times Square to a heart-shaped cutout.

Dow turns 567 point loss into 567 point gain as stocks rally

US stocks rallied Tuesday as a late surge helped them regain almost half their losses from the day before, when they had their biggest plunge in 6½ years.

Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg.

Mailing of religious pamphlets to same-sex couple was honest mistake, Vistaprint says

Vistaprint said it has taken the incident “as an opportunity to make a positive impact on important LGBTQ issues.”

Boston venture firm Battery Ventures has invested in companies like Wayfair.

Boston-based Battery Ventures raises $1.25b for tech investments

The company said it had raised $800 million to back traditional startups and $450 million for larger investments in more mature, growing companies.

Fans watched the Super Bowl LII at a bar in Philadelphia, PA.

Nielsen says 103.4 million watched Super Bowl, a 7 percent drop

Has television’s biggest event peaked in popularity?

After decade of delays, rail safety system still not ready

Investigators say available technology could have prevented the crash between an Amtrak train and a freight car in South Carolina.

Not far from the sites tourists already know, such as Tikal, laser technology has uncovered about 60,000 homes, palaces, tombs and even highways, archeologists announced last week.

Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected structures.

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YouTube begins flagging videos backed by governments

The move is part of a commitment that its parent company, Google, made last year when it was hauled before congressional investigators looking into Russian tampering.

Google cuts cord on broadband in Boston

Alphabet informed subscribers of its Webpass business that it’s pulling out of the Boston market.

Jeff Immelt.

Former GE chief Immelt joins Silicon Valley venture firm

New Enterprise Associates announced Thursday that it has added Jeff Immelt as a partner.

Students sit an exam in a computer room at a technical school in Jinan, in China's eastern Shandong province on January 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKERGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

MIT enlisting hundreds of scientists in effort to make computers think more like people

The effort could cost hundreds of millions as organizers look to harness the individual efforts researchers for wide-ranging goals.

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Purcell reaches agreement with three Boston Herald unions in advance of sale

Ten stories you may have missed Wednesday from the world of business.

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In 2018, is Putin on the ballot?

After stirring up chaos on social media during last year’s election, the Russian president has no reason to stop now.

After a stumble, US stocks finish slightly higher

US stocks overcame a brief stumble to close slightly higher Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak.

An erroneous warning of an inbound missile on Jan. 13 from Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency (left) was not corrected for 38 minutes, causing panic throughout the state.

Hawaii worker sent false missile alert thinking it was real

The FCC says a Hawaii employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile thought an actual attack was imminent.

Stocks fall the most since August; Dow loses 362 points

US stocks were sharply lower Tuesday, handing the market its biggest pullback since August.

Ken Chenault, who led the credit card and payments giant for 17 years, is one of the best-known African-American executives in the business world.

General Catalyst adds outgoing American Express chief to its team

The Cambridge venture capital firm said Ken Chenault would help young companies grow into global firms.

Facebook will test Internet drones

The drone, which has a 140-foot wingspan and weighs less than 1,000 pounds, will use lasers to send Internet signals to ground stations.

Just say ‘no’ to Facebook’s kids app, experts say

Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids.

Traders worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York Tuesday.

Health care companies lead US stocks fall

US stocks fell sharply in early trading Tuesday, extending the market’s losses from a day earlier.

Two Iranian women made their way across a square in downtown Tehran.

Tired of their veils, some Iranian women stage rare protests

On Monday, an Iranian woman removed her head scarf in Tehran, tied it to a stick, and waved it for all to see.

The university hospital of the RWTH Aachen, where the effects of diesel fumes were tested.

German automakers face heat over tests on monkeys, humans

The German government condemned the experiments, and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai was among many telecom regulators and industry groups voicing opposition Monday to the idea of a government-built wireless network.

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5G trial balloon bursts into flames

The idea of a nationalized wireless network shows how seriously the administration is taking America’s competition with China.

Technology companies lead a modest pullback in US stock prices

A broad sell-off handed the US stock market its biggest loss in more than four months Monday.

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The long wait to get your smartphones to tune into FM may be ending

Using the NextRadio app, owners of newer Samsung phones sold in the US and Canada will be able to tune into any station in range.

California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

Governor Jerry Brown wants getting 5 million zero-emission cars on California roads by 2030.

Exterior view of the building complex which houses the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, on Friday.

Dutch spies caught Russian hackers on tape, reports say

The Netherlands’ spy service reportedly broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the DNC breach.

Burger King’s new ad has become a sensation, with more than a million views on YouTube and it’s lighting up Twitter.

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Burger King has Whopper take on Net neutrality

In the ad customers are told they will be charged different prices for a Whopper, based on speed, or MBPS (making burgers per second).

Tech shares slump, pulling stock indexes lower

US stocks bounced up and down and finished mostly lower Wednesday.

The free upgrade announced Wednesday will be released this spring.

Apple will give users control over slowdown of older iPhones

A new option will enable owners of older iPhones to turn off a feature that slows the device to prevent aging batteries from shutting down.

Amazon is buying Cambridge startup Sqrrl Data Inc. for an undisclosed price.

Amazon buys Cambridge cybersecurity firm Sqrrl

The startup, founded by former NSA employees, will become part of Amazon Web Services.