The gadget of the century turns 10

Here are some highlights of the iPhone’s brilliant career, as chronicled over the years in Tech Lab.

Staples agrees to $6.9 billion buyout

The Framingham-based mainstay of office supplies has agreed to sell itself to a private equity firm for more than $6.9 billion.

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What to know if you maxed out a credit card and then stopped paying

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Shame on Yahoo’s Mayer for saying we shouldn’t blame Kalanick for Uber’s culture

Just as infuriating is Mayer at the same Stanford talk trying to paint what happened to Kalanick as typical for a startup.

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Sarepta gets a new chief executive

Cambridge biotech names industry veteran Douglas S. Ingram to top job.

Workation, all we never wanted

More than a quarter of workers say they are expected to stay on top of work issues when they are on holiday.

When ‘Shark Tank’ meets ‘The Apprentice,’ it’s not typical reality TV

TLC’s “Girl Starter” visited City Hall Plaza on Wednesday looking for business-minded young women to compete for $100,000 in seed funding.


Out to buy a home? You’d better know the terminology

There can be hidden meanings in some language used in real estate listings.

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Staples charity goes Gaga, dumps Perry as partner

Staplesdecided to work with Gaga this year as the celebrity partner for its Staples for Students program. Perry, it turns out, is so 2016.


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Thursday’s business agenda

Classes, pitch sessions, and more notable events and things to know.

Stock market has biggest gain in 2 months

The US stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from losses a day earlier.

Staples surges on report that $6.5 billion Sycamore deal is near

Staples shares surged after the Wall Street Journal reported that Sycamore Partners is close to acquiring it.

A medical marijuana dispensary might be coming to Newbury Street

The City Council’s decision to issue Compassionate Organics a state-required “letter of non-opposition” was a victory for the dispensary.

Are you a consumer with a question? Share your queries with Murphy

Sean P. Murphy gives advice in his new column.

A screenshot from a Dunkin’ Donuts advertisement.

Where’s the steak? Dunkin’s ‘steak sandwiches’ have beef patties, lawsuit alleges

When is a steak sandwich not a steak sandwich? When it’s made with beef patties, one New York woman says.

Stephanie Pierce is curator of vertebrate paleontology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.


Harvard paleontologist Stephanie Pierce really digs her work

She’s headed to Nova Scotia this summer to hunt for evidence of early tetrapods.

Medford hospital sharply cutting inpatient services

Company officials plan to close 50 of the 98 inpatient beds at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, including all 40 medical/surgical beds and all 10 intensive care beds.

A hidden bar lies behind the walls of Red Hat’s new Fort Point office

The North Carolina-based software firm has relocated its worldwide executive briefing center to A Street in the Fort Point section of South Boston.

Cambridge, MA -- 06/17/13 -- Anna Protopapas, now CEO at Mersana Therapeutics in Cambridge poses Massachusetts on June 17, 2013. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

Mersana Therapeutics completes $75 million IPO

Seven-year-old Cambridge biotech starts trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

Marissa Mayer defends ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Speaking at a Stanford University conference on Tuesday, Mayer reportedly called Kalanick a “phenomenal leader.”

A view of the State House and Boston skyline. Massachusetts remains the second-richest state (behind nearby Connecticut), with an average income of $66,000.

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Massachusetts’ minor miracle: We’re still rich and thriving, despite the last crash

Not only are we one of the richest states in the union, but we’re also among the most economically resilient, having bounced back quickly from the recession of 2007-2009.

FILE- In this Thursday, April 21, 2016 file photo president of European Central Bank, ECB, Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany. Draghi said Tuesday, June 27, 2017 the bank's stimulus efforts need to be

Europe’s stimulus could be scaled back gradually, ECB chief says

Mario Draghi signaled the European Central Bank could ease up on stimulus efforts if the euro economy keeps getting stronger, although he was quick to caution against overconfidence.

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, said: “In Europe, companies must compete on the merits regardless if they are European or not. What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

Google fined record $2.7 billion in EU antitrust ruling

Google suffered a major blow Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) talks to reporters before a closed-door committee meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Warner said that the Russian election interference was bigger than what was detailed in a intelligence report leaked earlier this week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senators reportedly considering breakup of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Bob Corker could be working on a possible overhaul of the mortgage-finance giants.

A home was marked for sale in Natick in April.

It’s a sellers’ market, but where are the sellers?

The supply of single-family homes and condominiums in the state, and particularly in the Boston area, continues to be stubbornly low.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Panels, networking, and more notable events and things to know.

Tech stocks fall sharply, leading US indexes lower

Technology stocks led a broad slide in US stocks Tuesday, a day of mostly choppy trading.

Onetime “Taxi King” Edward J. Tutunjian has sold off properties that include a taxi garage on Kilmarnock Street.

Developers buy Boston Cab properties in Fenway for $50 million

The sale is the first step toward a possible major new residential development in the booming neighborhood.

Cafe Gita, a robot, followed software engineer Carlos Asmat (above) as he showed what the robot can do at Cafe ArtScience;

Your robot will serve you now — it might make deliveries, too

Once the Cafe ArtScience robot masters its domain, it might be sent out on the streets as a delivery service. (No word yet on whether it will take tips.)

epa06052417 Google Shopping logos on a phone as European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (R) speaks during a press conference on an Antitrust case against Google Shopping in Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2017. The European Commission said it would fine Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

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Bravo, Europe! Google needed to be taken down a peg

The biggest tech industry event of the year just happened — perhaps the biggest of the decade.

Boston doesn’t make the cut on Fortune’s best workplaces for millennials

Despite the city’s high percentage of young workers, no Boston-headquartered company made this year’s top 100 list.

US sailors folded seven flags during a memorial in Japan for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

The seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

Activists stretched a giant rainbow banner in front of the Chancellery in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dropped her opposition to same-sex marriage, giving gay and lesbian groups reason to cheer.

German Chancellor Merkel’s pivot boosts hopes for gay marriage in Germany

The chancellor said Monday that she would like to see lawmakers vote according to their personal convictions.

Secretary of State William Galvin has asked for a two-week delay on a vote that would change state law regarding shadows created by buildings.

William Galvin seeks pause on shadow law vote

The secretary of state heads the Massachusetts Historic Commission, which wants time to review impact studies.

Allison Lee of Taiwan, walked from Ivanka Trump with her award during an event about the 2017 Human Trafficking Report at the US State Department Tuesday. President Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, listing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

China is among worst human trafficking offenders, State Dept. says

China is among the worst offenders for its failure to crack down on human trafficking within its borders, according to a strongly worded State Department report released Tuesday.

Merck says new type of cholesterol drug worked in big study

The result was a welcome surprise after three previous experimental drugs of the same type had failed.

Catalant raises $41m to connect companies to experts

The Boston company has now raised $73 million.

Roche to cut about 75 jobs in Marlborough

Swiss drug giant says it’s part of the consolidation of its research and development operations.

10/14/11 Cambridge, MA -- Advance for Business. A drug called Ponatinib (potentially used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia) is diplayed on a computer screen at Ariad Pharmaceuticals October 14, 2011. After a long drought, several Massachusetts biotechnology companies, including Vertex, Ariad, and Ironwood, have filed, or are about to file new drug applications with the Food and Drug Administration. Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

SEC charges three with insider trading of Ariad stock

The former Cambridge biotech company was acquired earlier this year by Japan’s Takeda.

Massachusetts complaints shut down Colo. cremation service

Heritage Cremation Providers had its registration suspended.

Facebook says it has reached 2 billion users

Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they ‘‘love’’ something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button.

Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can ‘‘feel like censorship,’’ but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

The social media giant said in a blog post that deleting posts can ‘‘feel like censorship,’’ but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Mike Salazar and wife Stephanie played “Double Dragon II: The Revenge” on their NES Classic Edition last year. Nintendo announced a follow-up to the successful plug-and-play console Monday.

Nintendo releasing another mini console that you probably won’t be able to find in stores

The Super NES Classic Edition will contain 21 built-in games from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System era and include two controllers.

Timeline: European Union-Google legal battles

A look at key dates in the bloc’s legal tussle with the Internet giant.

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google said Wednesday, May 11, 2016, that it will ban ads from payday lenders, calling the industry “deceptive” and “harmful.” Google said it will no longer allow ads for loans due within 60 days and will also ban ads for loans where the interest rate is 36 percent or higher. The ban is effective July 13. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google fined record $2.7 billion in EU antitrust ruling

European officials fined the search giant for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.

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

Mass. home prices set another record in May

Median cost of a single-family house rose 9.2 percent year-over-year, to $385,000.

Sprint is in talks with Comcast, Charter

The cable companies are focused on a deal to resell wireless services, although they also could jointly purchase Sprint, sources say.

Senate Republicans’ health care bill would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured by the end of the coming decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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CBO says Senate health bill picks your pocket

The legislation would save the government $321 billion over 10 years, but many would spend much more on health insurance.

Arendering of the proposed Seaport Square project.

Is this the last chance to create open space in booming Seaport?

The plan for the last big chunk of developable land in the Seaport needs more work to add public space, Boston officials said.

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.