What Net neutrality has to do with the Fox-Disney deal and Netflix

Disney and Fox plan a big push into streaming video, and they need a free, unimpeded Internet to make sure everyone can watch their programs.

An engineer was at work in one of Ginkgo’s laboratories earlier this year.

Ginkgo, a startup working on self-fertilizing crops, raises another $275m

The genetic engineering company has opened a third laboratory in Boston’s Seaport.

Assistant manager Jaclyn Stafford arranged display containers of marijuana at The Station, a retail and medical cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., on Aug. 11, 2016.

Cannabis panel backs pot bars, home delivery, and stoned yoga

Regulators also approved measures to help small businesses and minorities enter the marijuana industry.

The Herald’s offices are currently located on Fargo Street in the Seaport District.

Union will press Herald for pension contributions, severance pay

A union representing The Boston Herald newsroom and business employees will press a bankruptcy judge to have the embattled company honor its financial obligations.

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Here’s what it took for this executive to speak out about sexual misconduct in tech

It was just before Thanksgiving when Laura Fitton decided to go public with her allegation that prominent venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar forcibly kissed her.


As a stuntman, he’s always willing to take the fall

Kage Yami is building his career in a risky business, and striving to move beyond Hollywood’s Asian stereotype.

New York Times names new publisher

New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will retire at the end of the year and will be replaced by his 37-year-old son.

FCC votes to repeal Net neutrality rules

The federal agency repealed Obama-era Net neutrality rules.

Kendall Square is finally going to get a supermarket

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Roche Bros. announced a deal to put a small-format supermarket in an MIT-owned office building.


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Disney buying big chunk of 21st Century Fox in $52.4b deal

The deal includes film and television studios, as well as cable and international TV businesses.

Assisted living planned at former Newton seminary

Benchmark Senior Living is leasing about 1.5 acres of the former Andover Newton Theological School campus.

The debate over Net neutrality has been a long-running one.

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On Net neutrality, it’s time for Congress to act

Ferocious backlash against the FCC could spur Congress to settle the long-running Net neutrality debate.

US stock indexes close mostly higher after Fed rate hike

The major US stock indexes finished mostly higher Wednesday, with small companies notching big gains as Congress reached a deal on a sweeping tax-system overhaul.

Workers inside one of Walmart's fulfillment centers in Bethlehem, Pa. Walmart has started offering payday advances — not loans — to employees through an app called Even, but some critics of the retailer’s labor practices say it should raise wages instead.

Walmart, criticized for low wages, will let workers take pay before payday

For decades, Walmart has attracted attention, and taken heat, for how it treats its workforce.

Fidelity Investments is accused of retaliating against a former real estate analyst after the two sides settled a gender disrimination dispute.

Former Fidelity analyst can sue for retaliation, judge rules

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mary Ames cited sufficient evidence of a “pattern” of retaliation as she denied motions by Fidelity to dismiss the case.

Thursday’s business agenda

Design industry talks, mortgage rates, and other notable events and things to know.

Toshiba has settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business.

Toshiba settles fight with Western Digital, moves away from financial brink

The Japanese conglomerate is trying to bring in about $14 billion in cash, which it could if it is able to finalize a deal to sell much of its microchip business to a group led by Bain Capital.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On the day when Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Fed boosts benchmark interest rate for third time this year

The move signals the Federal Reserve’s confidence that the US economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

Shoppers walk towards a Target store in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on July 19, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Mark Kauzlarich.

Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

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5 key numbers in Doug Jones’s surprise Senate victory

From turnout to write-in votes, here are the important stats from Tuesday night.

A group of protestors supporting net neutralitydemonstrated in Washington.

What is Net neutrality, and why should you care about Thursday’s vote?

The FCC is expected to torpedo net neutrality this morning. Here’s a primer on the issue.

The planned merger includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and several other hospitals.

State to review merger of Beth Israel, Lahey Health

The Health Policy Commission will assess the deal’s effect on health care costs, quality, and access to care.

Amazon has held job fairs, like this one in Boston, to offer on-the-spot jobs for seasonal workers as more jobs move to fulfillment of orders rather than in-store sales.

As shoppers shift their habits, holiday hiring is in flux

For stores that count on both bricks and clicks, it has meant finding the perfect alchemy of redistributing workers to meet customers wherever they are.

Tyrék D. Lee faces accusations of sexual harassment, according to people familiar with the situation.

Head of health care union suspended over allegations of inappropriate behavior

Tyrék Lee Sr. leads the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1199, which represents about 56,000 workers in Mass.

US stock indexes mostly rise; S&P 500, Dow again post records

Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street Tuesday, delivering more records for two of the major stock indexes.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Excel workshop, healthcare innovation session, and other notable events and things to know.

UPS and others warn that holiday deliveries are already falling behind

If it seems like your online orders are arriving later than expected, you’re not alone.

Iron Mountain to buy Io Data Centers’ US unit for $1.3b

Iron Mountain’s latest acquisition adds to a string of deals this year by the Boston data storage company.

Janet Yellen on Wednesday is expected to hold her last news conferfence as chair of the Federal Reserve.

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Interest rate increases alone won’t solve the nation’s economic puzzle

The Federal Reserve still has to deal with slow wage growth, the mystery of continued low inflation, and the potential effect of tax cuts.

Aptiv, which includes driverless car company nuTonomy and spun out of auto supplier Delphi, is opening an office in Boston in 2018.

Boston to get another driverless car office

NuTonomy, the parent company of the startup pioneering driverless cars here, is moving to town.

Attorneys Rachel Smit and Sophia Hall (from left, standing) and Ivan Espinoza of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice joined the plaintiffs Tuesday.

Kitchen workers sue McCormick & Schmick’s, alleging sexual harassment

In a lawsuit, the women say that they were subjected to lewd comments and groping by male employees, including the executive chef.

The Hood dairy property in Charlestown in 1981.

Concert venue considered for old Hood property in Charlestown

The 4,000-seat facility would be nearly as big as Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the Seaport.

A jogger passed Boston’s skyline in October.


Mass. tops new ranking of healthiest US states

The report ranked states on 35 factors that impact health, from vaccination levels and infant mortality rates to environmental pollution and poverty levels.

Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch (left) and Red Sox chief executive Sam Kennedy toasted over the new deal.

So long, Bud — Sam Adams is the new official beer of the Red Sox

The deal between the ballclub and Boston Beer Co. runs through the 2025 season.

Sanofi Genzyme issues recall for contaminated arthritis gel

The Cambridge-based biotech told doctors and pharmacists to return more than 12,000 syringes filled with Sinvisc-One.

The January contract for bitcoin futures closed at $18,545 on the Cboe Futures Exchange.

Bitcoin soars during its first day on futures market

The January contract for the digital currency closed at $18,545. The price rose as high as $18,850.

Senator Ron Wyden assailed Congress’s tax-cut plans.

In tax push, Trump’s team uses a dubious growth estimate

The Treasury Department just gave Republicans ammunition that their tax cuts would pay for themselves.

Companies in US plan to slow their investment, hiring in 2018

Only a small share say proposed tax legislation is driving their capital-spending decisions, according to a private survey.

HSBC said Monday that US authorities were preparing to dismiss criminal charges against the bank, five years after it reached an agreement to avoid prosecution related to lapses in its money-laundering controls.

HSBC says US preparing to dismiss criminal charges against it

The move comes five years after the bank reached an agreement to avoid prosecution related to lapses in its money-laundering controls.

Europeans say US tax plans may violate international accords, distort trade

The European Union’s top five economies are warning the United States that its massive tax overhaul could violate some of its international obligations and distort trade.

Stocks rise modestly; S&P 500, Dow hit new highs

Technology companies led US stocks modestly higher Monday, driving the market to another set of milestones.

Eversource sends cease-and-desist letter to environmental group

The utility told the Environmental Defense Fund to stop making or publishing misleading statements about a recent report it had posted online.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Webinar, networking session, and other notable events and things to know.

Michael Hanson wants to take Boston-based Cengage to new heights.


College textbook company aims to be the Netflix of higher education

Michael Hanson’s Cengage is unveiling a subscription service in time for next fall’s classes.

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows an Apple logo on the outside of an Apple store in San Francisco, California. Apple will buy leading song recognition app Shazam, the companies said on December 11, 2017, in a fresh bid by the tech giant to gain an edge in online music.

Apple buys early iPhone app hit Shazam to boost Apple Music

Apple Inc. agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, recognizing songs after hearing just a few bars of a tune.

Fenway Community Health Center

Second Fenway health center leader steps down

The resignation comes after disclosures that Fenway mishandled complaints about a high-profile doctor accused of sexual harassment and bullying.

Governor Charlie Baker

Calling for 135,000 new homes, Baker seeks zoning changes, promises cash for suburbs

Governor Baker rolled out a plan to speed housing construction by encouraging cities and towns to permit more development.

Tom Ashbrook accused by former employees of ‘creepy’ sex talk, neck and back rubs

More details emerged Monday about harassment allegations brought against the acclaimed WBUR and NPR host.

Viagra hit the market in 1998.

The little blue pill that changed sex: An oral history of Viagra

The drug’s incredible run ended Monday with the release of a cheaper, generic version of the world’s first impotence-fighting pill.

The January contract for bitcoin futures closed at $18,545 on the Cboe Futures Exchange.

Bitcoin soars during its first day on futures market

The January contract for the digital currency closed at $18,545. The price rose as high as $18,850.

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.