Wayfair needs a home for the 10,000 workers it plans to hire

The Internet retailer is on a massive hunt for office space, an expansion that could make it one of the city’s largest business tenants.

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How to feel good about your holiday spending

DoneGood wants you to, well, do some good this season.

Days before Thanksgiving, Plimoth Plantation workers to picket

The Plymouth “living history” museum’s employees say they are frustrated by lack of progress.

18massport - The Hyatt Place will soon be built in Boston on Parcel K. It will combine residential living and a hotel.

Massport paves way for new Seaport hotel and apartment complex

The planned complex, which is across the street from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, will include 304 apartment units and a 294-room hotel.

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Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulatory hurdle

Officials in Nebraska say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision.

Don’t stop at base salary when asking about position

When negotiating, looking like a pushover should be the least of your worries.

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the company was reckless and negligent in its design of the turbines.

Tiny shifts in contour of stock rally have bulls looking bearish

Soapmaker and real estate stocks have taken over a rally that used to be led by social networks and smartphone makers.

Apple delays HomePod smart speaker, missing holiday season

Apple Inc. said its next major new hardware product, the HomePod speaker, is being delayed until early next year, missing the key holiday shopping season.


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Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said in a statement Friday that it has pre-ordered five Tesla units in its Walmart US division and 10 units at Walmart Canada.

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Back Bay Station project OK’d after $6m contribution for housing, preservation

For months, Old South Church and Boston Properties had squared off over the prospect of shadows that would be created by a tower the developer wants build atop Back Bay Station. But on Thursday night, there was harmony all around, and a key city board approved the billion-dollar project. Boston Properties won the blessing of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, thanks in part to an agreement to contribute $3 million to a preservation fund for historic buildings — including Old South and Trinity Church, which worried new shadows from the tower could damage their buildings — along with another $3 million for affordable housing. Old South, in particular, had fiercely opposed the project until the deal was cut this week, but it brought a roomful of supporters from the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization to Thursday’s planning agency meeting to show their appreciation. The church and the interfaith group said they plan to keep pushing for more homeownership funding from big developments. The Back Bay Station agreement, they said, was a good first step. Along with the housing and preservation funding, Boston Properties has agreed to significant upgrades to the rail station, and plans to build three towers of housing and office spaces with new concourses that supporters say will better knit the Back Bay and South End. — TIM LOGAN

Outgoing director Richard Cordray said the agency recovered $12 billion for about 30 million consumers.


Keep CFPB as watchdog, not lapdog

Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced last week that he’s leaving by the end of the month. His departure gives President Trump an opportunity to appoint a new leader.

Saxophonist Joel Edinberg playis a Vindor digital wind instrument with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra during a David Bowie tribute show at the Regent theater in Arlington.


This guy plays a mean Vindor. A what?

Local entrepreneurs sing the praises of their novel musical instruments, but is there a market for them?

Back Bay Station in Boston.

Back Bay tower wins key city board approval

For months, Old South Church and Boston Properties had squared off over the prospect of shadows that would be created by a tower the developer wants build atop Back Bay Station.

IRS starts to enforce health law’s rule that employers offer insurance

As Republicans and the Trump administration continue trying to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service has begun, for the first time, to enforce one of the law’s most polarizing provisions: the employer mandate.

Mnuchin bank’s former CEO confirmed to lead US watchdog

Former OneWest Bank Group Chief Executive Joseph Otting won Senate approval to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said most Americans get their news from a variety of sources and online platforms like Facebook and Google.

FCC just repealed decades-old rules blocking broadcast media mergers

The Republican-led FCC eliminated the restrictions, known as a media cross-ownership ban, in a 3-2 vote along party lines.

An injuection at a stem cell clinic. The FDA said it will focus enforcement efforts on ‘‘bad actors’’ who inject stem cell mixtures into the bloodstream, nervous system, or eyes.

FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of private clinics that have opened across the nation in the last decade.

Harpoon Brewery is one of many businesses to host festivities with the Friendsgiving theme as the holiday continues to gain in popularity.

Friendsgiving: a holiday for your friends, a goldmine for marketers

Retailers have keyed in on the growing phenomenon of friends spending Thanksgiving together.

Billboards advertising the “Build a Life That Works” effort appeared along Interstate 93.

Statewide campaign encourages women to join construction industry

The campaign seeks to address an issue that has long plagued an industry that’s overwhelmingly dominated by men.

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.

Friday’s business agenda

Speed networking, computer science workshops, and other notable events and things to know.

Corey Thomas is chief executive of Rapid7.

Cybersecurity firm Rapid7 moving to North Station

Plans to consolidate its operations in new building under construction near TD Garden.

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Jibo, the Boston-born home robot, is ready for its closeup

The robot can identify specific individuals and address them by name, rotate on its base to face someone who’s speaking to it, and shoot photographs on command.

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Announcing the 2017 Top Places to Work

Winners are being revealed at this year’s Top Places to Work event at the Boston Design Center this year. Follow along to find out which companies made the list.

Keith Harmon Snow, a professional tree climber, goes out on a limb near his Williamsburg home.


His career takes him to such great heights

Pro tree climber Keith Harmon Snow has rescued a drone, had less luck retrieving a cat, and loves his view of the world.

The House and Senate share a general commitment to pursuing a trickle-down approach designed to boost the economy by letting businesses keep more money.

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GOP is still a long way from victory on tax cuts

There is a lot of wrangling to do, and many contentious issues to resolve, before Republicans can send President Trump tax-cut legislation to sign.

Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson.

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Fidelity’s CEO physically moved her office so she could keep an eye out on harassment

Among other measures, she has moved her office to keep a watchful eye on portfolio managers, research analysts, and traders.

Doris Toohey, 85, walked down the stairs at her condo in Brighton with her dog, Bonnie.

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Thanks to a billionaire, 85-year-old can avoid the stairs

Doris Toohey will move into a suite at the spiffy new Marriott Residence Inn in Watertown until her building’s elevators are repaired.

Carney Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care network.

Talk of Steward Health moving out of Mass. is making the rounds

A spokesman declined to comment, but people outside of the company have mentioned Texas as a likely location for a new corporate office.

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups about 45 pct ahead of last year’s pace

Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace, according to government data released Wednesday.

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 20, 2016 shows Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as he testifies about the unauthorized opening of accounts by Wells Fargo during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The head of a US agency established to protect banking consumers after the financial crisis announced his resignation on November 15, 2017, clearing the path for another pro-business appointment for President Donald Trump. Richard Cordray, who was the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and an appointee of President Barack Obama, plans to leave the agency by the end of the month, he said in an email to staff. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Richard Cordray stepping down as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Richard Cordray, one of the few remaining Obama-era banking regulators, said on Wednesday that he plans to step down as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of the month.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 15: Tesla X Model is seen during Dubai Motor Show at Dubai World Trade Centre on November 15, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Tesla responds to racial bias lawsuit by saying it is ‘absolutely against’ discrimination

A worker in the company’s Fremont, Calif., plant said that the factory was a “hotbed” of racism.

Boston zoning board OK’s Newbury St. medical marijuana dispensary

Neighbors who oppose the project say they’re considering legal action.

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer (center) spoke at a press conference with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico.

NAFTA talks resume as US warns ‘short fuse’ may burn down

NAFTA talks resumed Wednesday mostly where they left off a month ago, with tension and animosity in the air.

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Donuts? What donuts? Dunkin’ trying out a shorter name

The first Dunkin’-only sign in Boston has appeared on Tremont Street.

A screen shot of “Ghostbusters” using the Acer headset.


Mixed feelings about Microsoft’s mixed reality

Can Microsoft Corp. succeed where Facebook failed?

Thursday’s business agenda.

Mortgage rates, networking, startup challenge and other notable events and things to know.

US stocks decline for a second straight day; oil falls

Technology companies led US stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September. Grocery stores and packaged foods and beverage companies also accounted for much of the decline. Energy stocks fell as the price of crude oil closed lower a day after its biggest loss since October. Banks and phone companies eked out modest gains. The latest slide extended the market’s losses from a day earlier and added to its pullback in November. Unlike October’s broad market rally, fewer stocks and sectors have been notching gains this month, and the latest market decline reflects that, noted Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird. ‘‘And that’s exemplary of a market that’s losing momentum, and that’s the real story here,’’ Bittles said. ‘‘It means the market is struggling here, and it could mean that a lot of the good news on the economy, earnings and even the potential for a tax-reform bill are to a great extent already built into current prices.’’ The major indexes are all in the red for the month, but still near their most recent record highs.

Bankrupt Suniva has asked for protection against imports.

Cheese and bourbon may face backlash from US solar tariff

If President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on solar panels, Wisconsin cheese and Kentucky whiskey may pay the price.

BOSTON, MA - 10/10/2017: Seaport District with construction and lots planed for Seaport Square and SeaPac theater may go.(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION:ARTS TOPIC SeaPAC

Seaport developer offers money for arts, park ahead of key Boston vote

Critics had complained the Seaport Square development proposal has too little in the way of public benefits.

Fred Vautour at Boston College.

He put 5 kids through BC as a janitor. The GOP tax bill would hit him hard

The bill, set for a vote on Thursday, would tax the value of tuition benefits conferred on thousands of university employees like Fred Vautour.

Sunlight streaming into Old South Church would be blocked at times by the tower complex nearby.

Back Bay developer to pay $3m for casting shadows over churches

There’s a price to pay for casting shadows on historic churches in Boston — $3 million, to be exact.

Bose’s smooth-ride technology gets a new driver

Auto suspension technology developed by Bose Corp., but never commercialized, has been sold to another Boston-area company.

Adam Neumann, CEO of WeWork, said the plan reflects a desire to take an active role in solving a bigger problem.

Office sharing giant WeWork plans to hire 1,500 refugees over the next five years

WeWork is an office-sharing company that has expanded into nearly 60 cities and into brand extensions like communal housing and a private elementary school.

Economists and Wall Street bankers have been keeping watch on how many people are having trouble paying their car loans because they believe it’s an early warning sign of economic distress.

6.3 million Americans are 90 days late on their auto loan payments

A rising number of Americans are unable to make the monthly payments on their car or truck loans and are in danger of having their vehicles repossessed.

Labor, delivery unit at Taunton hospital closes

Steward Health Care takes the step at Morton Hospital because Mass. General and its parent company, Partners HealthCare, are no longer sending enough physicians to tend to Morton’s tiniest patients.

James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH, displayed Nerf’s “Zombie Strike” crossbow during a news conference in Boston on Tuesday.

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword, and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.

Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky has said he expects his company to file for an initial public offering next year.

Airbnb is said to post $1 billion in revenue last quarter

The company has maintained a steady profit before interest, taxes, and amortization for at least 17 months, said people who asked not to be identified discussing the private company’s earnings.

Wall Street penalties levied by the Securities and Exchange Commission were down in President Trump’s first year, a new study shows.

Wall Street penalties fall in Trump’s first year, study says

In its latest fiscal year, Wall Street’s top regulator sought the smallest amount of penalties since 2013.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.