Here are three things Boston needs to do now to land Amazon

Politicians at the state and city level need to cooperate. Ditto for developers. And we need to get creative with financial incentives.

Developers propose an affordable 30-floor tower in Chinatown with apartments, condos

A parking lot in Chinatown could be replaced with a 30-story tower full of affordable housing units — with a permanent home for the neighborhood’s new Boston Public Library branch on the ground floor.

A jogger passed the skyline while running on the Harbor Walk in the Seaport District.

Boston among cities on short list for Amazon headquarters

Amazon has released a short list of 20 cities that it will consider for its second headquarters, including Boston.

Kaspersky Lab’s headquarters in Moscow.

Kaspersky says federal ban is hampering its US business

The Russian company said its US retail sales fell by half toward the end of 2017.

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Making videoconferences less frustrating

The technology, long more promising than practical, may finally be coming of age.

State workers’s health insurance choices shrink in cost-cutting move

State employees will have fewer choices come July when the number of plans allowed to offer health insurance coverage through the Group Insurance Commission will be cut in half.

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

In many cases, the test narrowed the possible origin of the cancer to one or two places, such as colon or lung.

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices.

Amazon is still considering Somerville, too

Proposals from both the city of Boston itself and from Somerville will move on to the next phase of the selection process, an Amazon spokesman said.


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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016, file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during a conference of New England's governors and eastern Canada's premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, in Boston. Many state and local governments competing for Amazon’s second headquarters are refusing to release details on the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant.

Rhode Island officials don’t regret Amazon bid

Rhode Island has been knocked out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, but state officials say it was worth putting in a serious bid.

GE, Boeing, other industrial stocks weigh on market

Losses at General Electric, Boeing, and other big industrial companies weighed on US stocks Thursday, pulling the market below the record highs it set Wednesday. Boeing had its worst day since September 2016, losing 3.1 percent. GE fell 3.3 percent.

Tufts Medical Center CEO to take on new role in parent company

After about four years leading the Chinatown teaching hospital, Dr. Michael Wagner will oversee effort to improve patient-care experience for the Wellforce network.

The Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, N.H.

Smuttynose Brewing Company to be sold at auction

The New Hampshire company says the explosion of microbreweries led to changes in the marketplace.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

New England submitted lots of Amazon bids, but only Boston made the list

Sorry, New Hampshire.

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 28, 2011 shows the Amazon logo projected on a screen at a press conference in New York. Amazon announced on November 3, 2017 that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNANDEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Here’s the list of cities Amazon will consider for its second headquarters

In a press release, Amazon said it had reviewed more than 200 proposals from across North America.

This photo taken Nov. 2, 2017, shows a worker demonstrating how to sharpening a broad ax to the group of craftsmen at Montpelier in Orange, Va. James Madison's Montpelier and Salvagewrights in Orange teamed up to offer a workshop for participants to build a log cabin structure using both modern and historic type tools. (Suzanne Carr Rossi/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

Everett gets in on the ax-tion of ax-throwing bars

Turns out there’s not just one, but two, ax-throwing bars coming to the Boston area.

Cambridge biotech startup names two top leaders

Pandion Therapeutics has received $58 to work on treatments for immune system disorders.

Bain & Co. founder Bill Bain dies at age 80

William Bain is best known for leaving Boston Consulting Group to start a rival firm in 1973.

FILE — A building at Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017. Less than four weeks after the Republican tax plan passed, Apple laid out how it planned to capitalize on the new rules on Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it has held abroad under a new one-time repatriation tax of 15.5 percent. (Jim WIlson/The New York Times)

Apple to return overseas cash, create 20,000 US jobs

Apple Inc. said it will bring hundreds of billions of overseas dollars back to the U.S., pay about $38 billion in taxes on the money and spend tens of billions on domestic jobs, manufacturing and data centers in the coming years.

Vistaprint founder Robert Keane said the company is launching an investigation into the incident.

Suit: Gay couple gets ‘hateful’ flyers, not wedding programs

A gay couple who had ordered wedding programs from Vistaprint was horrified to instead find religious pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin, according to a federal lawsuit.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized the Conservative government’s handling of the Carillion crisis.

Carillion collapse could lead to thousands of job losses in UK

The fate of thousands of workers hung in the balance Wednesday after the collapse of the major construction and services company.

02GEbuilding - Rendering of new headquarters General Electric plans to build along Fort Point Channel. (Gensler Architecture)

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Issues at GE won’t leave Boston shuddering

Even if General Electric splits into smaller companies and moves out of Boston, the biggest casualty would be our ego, not our pocket books.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy speaks during a Senate hearing on monitoring extremist content online on capital hill on January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers.

Shawn Collins is executive director of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

Cannabis commission picks firms to track marijuana plants and license applications

Despite the threat of a federal crackdown, Massachusetts’ recreational pot agency isn’t slowing down.

An Israeli holds a visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin, at the

Mass. regulators take aggressive step against cryptocurrency offering

Secretary of State William Galvin contends that an initial coin offering amounted to an unregistered sale of securities.

Friday’s business agenda

A launch party, a business breakfast, and other events and things to know.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, reporters gather around Mike

‘The Situation’ to plead guilty to tax-related charges

The former “Jersey Shore” star and his brother were charged in September 2014 with filing bogus tax returns on nearly $9 million in income.

Apple says it will build another corporate campus

Apple says it will build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers in $350 billion, 5-year commitment to the US economy.

Victor Mastone, director of the Commonwealth Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources.


This state archeologist specializes in buried treasure

Victor Mastone is the guy who decides whether it’s “finders keepers.”

Co-working company WeWork continues to expand at a brisk clip.

WeWork keeps on growing in Boston

The co-working company is taking over 100,000 square feet at 33 Arch Street, its sixth location in the city.

General Electric Chairman and CEO John Flannery is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Flannery said the company is weighing the future of its transportation, industrial, and lighting businesses so that it can focus more intently on its most profitable divisions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

These are the 3 big challenges facing GE’s chief

As the new chief executive, John Flannery is expected to do something about the company’s lagging stock price. And soon.

General Electric Chairman and CEO John Flannery is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Flannery said the company is weighing the future of its transportation, industrial, and lighting businesses so that it can focus more intently on its most profitable divisions. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

GE’s chief executive opens the door to breaking up the company

Although company officials said they remain committed to Boston, a restructuring would make GE a very different company than the one Massachusetts wooed here in 2016.

A rendering of the new Wegmans in Natick.

Here’s when the new Wegmans in Natick is opening

The supermarket, which will span 146,500 square feet over two floors in Natick Mall, will also feature two restaurants.

Citigroup’s $18 billion loss in fourth quarter 2017 was attributed to tax law changes that will benefit it in the end.

Citigroup reported an $18 billion quarterly loss, but no one flinched

The New York bank says the more than $18 billion loss in the fourth quarter was related to the new Republican tax law.

FDA to release more clinical trial information for newly approved drugs

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make it easier for doctors, patients, and researchers to get access to clinical trial data.

In his letter, BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink wrote: ‘‘To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.’’

BlackRock CEO tells peers, you must do good for society

Laurence Fink, the world’s largest money manager, wrote, ‘‘Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose.’’

Dow industrials recede from 26,000 as early gains fade

Losses by industrial and technology companies helped pull US stocks lower Tuesday, bringing the market back from its latest record highs.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said doors are open in case Britain changes its mind.

EU president urges Britain to stay

European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday urged Britain to change its mind about leaving the bloc next year, as time to conclude a Brexit agreement runs short and EU leaders await more details on how the country sees their future ties.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

Chan Zuckerberg philanthropy taps UMass Amherst to create AI scientific research tool

The initiative awarded a $5.5 million grant to create a free, artificial intelligence-driven tool that would make millions of published findings easily accessible to researchers worldwide.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 1, 2016, file photo, a Nestle Butterfinger candy bar is arranged for a photo, in New York. Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy’s Ferrero for about $2.9 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the sugary Nerds, SweeTarts and FunDip. The deal is expected to close at the end of the first quarter of 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Nutella maker to pay $2.8 billion for Nestle US candy unit

Nestle SA agreed to sell its U. confectionery unit to Ferrero SpA, the Italian maker of Nutella, in the first substantial step away from the candy industry by the company that invented milk chocolate.

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What happens if the government shuts down?

Unless Democrats and Republicans can resolve a long list of contentious issues by Friday, large parts of the federal government will stop working this weekend.


Celebrity chef aims to know what you want before you know

Bold Types: Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball says he’s trying to figure out what people want before they know they want it.

UnitedHealth Group pulls in most of its operating earnings from its Optum segment, which provides pharmacy benefits services and also operates clinics.

Tax break helps UnitedHealth 4Q earnings, 2018 guidance soar

UnitedHealth said Tuesday that it added $1.2 billion in 2017 non-cash earnings, as its fourth-quarter and full-year corporate tax rates were cut.

Mark Jackson and Patrick Nolan worked the “brew bar” at the new site in Quincy.

A new Dunkin’ in Quincy, without the ‘Donuts’

Located about 1 mile from where the first one opened 68 years ago, this one is decidedly more modern.

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, a fireside chat, and other events and things to know.

GE chief says breakup is on the table following huge after-tax charge

On a conference call with analysts,CEO John Flannery pledged to weigh all options, including possible separations of businesses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plowed past 26,000 Tuesday.

Dow hits 26,000 milestone as earnings optimism feeds rally

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plowed past 26,000 as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged the equity bull market.

Accenture’s Boston offices were moved last fall from the Prudential Center to the new tower at 888 Boylston St.

Accenture to add 400 jobs in Boston

The consulting firm will grow its local workforce by more than 25 percent during the next three years.

The Enverge, an electric concept vehicle made by China’s GAC Motor, debuted Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chinese carmaker may use Fiat Chrysler to enter US market

GAC Motor on Monday outlined a broad plan to build up its US operations and begin selling a vehicle here in 2019.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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.