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Resin-cast pendants fashioned from discarded computer cords by artist Ani Avanian.


A fresh take on wearable tech

Artist Ani Avanian creates resin-cast pendants from discarded computer cords.


Investors dump GE shares

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

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey (right) joined fellow lawmakers at a news conference in Washington Wednesday to press the case for restoring Obama-era Net neutrality rules. With him were Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York (center) and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York.

Senate backs effort to restore Net neutrality rules

Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure intended to revive Obama-era Internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all Web traffic.

Tech, retail stocks help drive a rebound in US markets

US stocks notched solid gains Wednesday, recouping some of the market’s losses from a day earlier.

Senator Ed Markey gathered enough votes in the Senate on Wednesday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to end Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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Senator Ed Markey notches a win in defense of net neutrality

Defeating the Trump administration in a GOP-controlled Congress isn’t easy. But net neutrality warrior Senator Ed Markey is showing how it can be done.

Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman under Obama, wants to make sure that Internet providers protect the privacy of users.

Tech Lab

The real reason the Net neutrality fight goes on

The bill passed by the Senate Wednesday will almost certainly be defeated in the GOP-dominated House. But Congress is just one front in the fight to save the regulations.

Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods Market locations.

Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods

Prime members will get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items.

Chris Goodman took a call in his office at Amazon’s new Fort Point office in Boston.

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Amazon ramps up move into South Boston

All those empty desks at Amazon’s new Boston office won’t stay vacant for long.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in March got a demonstration of the SpotMini robotic dog, made by Boston Dynamics, during his visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Boston Dynamics will sell its terrifying robot dogs. What could go wrong?

Our reactions to Boston Dynamics’ latest four-legged machines might say more about us than about cutting-edge robots.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia toured MIT, including meeting Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini, in March.


Boston Dynamics will sell its terrifying robot dogs. What could go wrong?

Our reactions to Boston Dynamics’ latest four-legged machines might say more about us than about cutting-edge robots.

The Seattle City Council’s meeting room was crowded before its

Amazon is very unhappy with Seattle’s new tax. What might that mean for Boston?

A per-worker levy to help address homelessness has the company reconsidering its hometown expansion plans.

Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness

A compromise calls for large businesses to pay about $275 per full-time worker a year.

People fill a hallway before a Seattle City Council meeting where the council was expected to vote on a

Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness

A compromise calls for large businesses to pay about $275 per full-time worker a year.

Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook did not immediately provide details on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them.

‘60 Minutes’ looks at lawsuits against Boston Scientific

Many women say that a mesh implant made by the Marlborough company can cause an inflammatory reaction.

In this April 10 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as he testified in the Senate in Washington. Shares in the social media giant are trading at levels last seen eight weeks ago, when news broke that the company failed to prevent major privacy breaches.

Facebook shares bounce back to pre-scandal level

While Facebook’s practices leading up to the 2017 election are still under scrutiny, Wall Street appears to have moved on for now.

Michael Cohen.

AT&T chief lobbyist out after hiring Michael Cohen

In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company made a ‘‘big mistake’’ in hiring Cohen.

An Amazon Echo on a kitchen counter. Researchers say sound over the radio could send a hidden message and issue a command to such devices.

Researchers say they’ve been able to issue hidden commands to smartphones, smart speakers

In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Google may soon give you your own robo-calling assistant

Later this year, Alphabet will roll out Google Duplex, a new technology that raises the concept of robocalling to an impressive — and slightly creepy — new plateau.

Tech and health care stocks drive more gains for US market

A broad rally drove US stocks solidly higher Thursday for the second day in a row, extending the market’s gains for the week.

Most of the ads are issue-based, pushing arguments for and against immigration, LGBT issues and gun rights, among other issues.

Lawmakers release thousands of Russian Facebook ads

It’s the fullest picture yet of Russia’s attempt to sow racial and political division in the United States before and after the 2016 election.

A residential home with solar panels in Porter Ranch, California.

California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

Adding solar panels would boost construction costs by $9,500 for a single-family home but save owners about $19,000 in energy and other expenses over 30 years, a state agency said.

Google suspends all ads related to Irish abortion referendum

Google is suspending all advertising connected to Ireland’s abortion referendum as part of moves to protect “election integrity,” the company announced Wednesday.

Behind its decision to obtain a controlling stake in online retailer Flipkart, Walmart believes India could be among the world’s top five e-commerce markets within the next five years.

Walmart makes a $16 billion bet on India’s booming economy

Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India’s massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that’s known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on motorcycles with oversized backpacks.

US stock indexes deliver solid gains as oil prices surge

Technology companies and banks helped power US stocks to solid gains Wednesday, improving on the market’s flat finish a day earlier.

Dave Burke, Google’s vice president of engineering for Android, at the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference in Mountain View, Calif.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Even Google won’t make us put down our phones

On Tuesday, the company announced a new version of its Android phone software that includes features designed to curb our screen time.

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant (left) spoke during a rally in front of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. The rally was disrupted by shouting construction workers who disagreed with Sawant's support for Seattle's latest tax proposal to combat homelessness that takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon.

Stakes high as Seattle considers business tax for homeless

Seattle’s latest tax proposal to combat homelessness takes aim at large businesses such as Amazon that have helped drive the city’s economic boom.

Warren Buffett is the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most valuable companies.

Warren Buffet is still big on stocks — not on bitcoin

The billionaire recommends that investors stick with simple stock index funds, not bonds.

Google kicks off its annual developer conference on Tuesday.

At Google, ‘responsibility’ upstages new technology

Google is set to announce a new set of new controls to its Android operating system, oriented around helping individuals and families manage the time they spend on mobile devices.

Athenahealth, which provides digital health services, is led by Jonathan Bush, cousin of former president George W. Bush.

Hedge fund critical of athenahealth’s performance offers to buy it out for $6.5b

Elliott Management, which currently owns about 9 percent of athenahealth’s shares, has been pressuring the company over its finances for months.

An agent at the New England Electronic Crimes Task Force lab used a “Ramsey box’’ to examine a cellphone.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Feds still fighting smartphone lock-down

In a federal building in downtown Boston is a crime lab where agents perform autopsies on smartphones.

This illustration made available by NASA in 2018 shows the InSight lander drilling into Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, May 5, 2018, and land on Mars six months later. (NASA via AP)

NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides.

Sheffi says sustainability can only go so far if higher costs scare off customers.

It ain’t easy being green

Yossi Sheffi’s latest book examines the challenges and benefits of “going green” in a multilayered global economy.

Strong trading for Carbon Black as shares debut on market

Investors bought up the Waltham cybersecurity company’s stock by 26 percent.

Waltham cyber firm Carbon Black completes IPO

The cybersecurity company monitors its clients’ computers and other devices for threats.

A San Francisco Police Department wanted bulletin and copies of letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by a man who called himself Zodiac were displayed Thursday in San Francisco.

DNA match sought to Zodiac Killer after break in other case

Northern California detectives say they hope to try the same DNA-tracing technology recently used to arrest a suspect in the Golden State Killer case.

The story behind the book | Kate Tuttle

A fan of perfection that’s not too perfect

In his latest book, Simon Winchester explores the idea and practice of precision.

Black student sues neo-Nazi site founder over ‘troll storm’

The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president has sued a neo-Nazi website’s publisher, accusing him of orchestrating an online harassment campaign against her.

No sign of MH370 found in new scan of Indian Ocean floor

A new scan of the Indian Ocean floor for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has searched nearly 80,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles) since January without finding any sign of the wreckage. But the company looking for the plane, which has been missing for more than four years, said it is still determined to find it.


Senators band together to fight closure of Boston office that handles federal employee rights

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

A vehicle with placards for both Lyft and Uber waited at a traffic light outside South Station. Boston accounted for more than half of the 65 million rides Uber and Lyft provided across all of Massachusetts last year, a new report said.

There were nearly 100,000 Uber and Lyft rides per day in Boston last year

It’s not your imagination: There are an awful lot of Uber and Lyft cars in Boston traffic.

The iPhone maker will spend $100 billion more buying back its stock.

Apple’s tax break yields $102b boon for shareholders

Apple’s tax break on its overseas profits is turning into a $102 billion boon for shareholders.

At Seaport Square, Amazon will focus on Alexa, cloud computing, and robotics. A parking lot (center) is the site for its new building.

Alexa drives Amazon’s local hiring: It confirms 2,000 jobs being added in Seaport

Amazon confirmed it plans to hire 2,000 employees at a new facility in Seaport Square that will focus largely on developing its Alexa voice-activated technology.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 1, 2018. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the world's largest social network will soon include a new dating feature -- while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSONJOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Zuckerberg kicks off Facebook conference, offers no apology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company’s annual developer conference acknowledging that 2018 has been an “intense year” so far, but offered no apology for the company’s big privacy scandal.

FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, the Apple iPhone X sits on display at the new Apple Michigan Avenue store along the Chicago River in Chicago. Apple Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Apple’s tax break yields big dividend boost, stock buybacks

The iPhone maker is raising its quarterly dividend by 16 percent to 73 cents per share, matching the largest increase since Apple restored the payment six years ago.

Apple leads tech sector higher as stocks recover from early losses

US stocks clawed back early losses Tuesday as Apple led a rally in technology companies.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on Tuesday.

Facebook wants to change your relationship status

Facebook is launching a dating feature that CEO Mark Zuckerberg said is “not just for hookups.”

A ransomware cyberattack captured on a laptop.

Hackers get $10,000 in bitcoin after attack on Leominster schools

The attack is an example of a growing threat to municipal bodies and small organizations from so-called ransomware.

The logo for Sprint appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

T-Mobile-Sprint, the sequel, is a dud

The cost in the loss of competition is not enough to justify combining the two smaller cell-phone companies.

Former police officer Joseph DeAngelo was arraigned on murder charges Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Genealogy site didn’t know it was used to seek serial killer

Former police officer Joseph DeAngelo, the man accused of being California’s Golden State Killer, made his first court appearance.