City program to preserve low-rent apartments off to slow start

The first deal under the program, announced in May, was recently secured.

A Bridj vehicle can carry shipments as well as passengers.

Ride service Bridj plans package deliveries, with robots helping

If Matthew George has his way, a robot might deliver your groceries, maybe as soon as this year.

Moderna Therapeutics has 11 drugs in development and two in clinical trials, the company reported recently.

With 11 drugs in development, Moderna seeks $600m from investors

The Cambridge biotech has already raised more than $1 billion as it works to develop a class of therapies.

An introductory project management class will be offered Monday.

Monday’s business agenda

Gas prices, networking, and more notable events and things to know.

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Facebook reduces human involvement in selection of trending topics

The social network’s move comes after a controversy over the matter earlier this year.

Is another big office building is coming to Cambridge?

The city will consider Boston Properties’ designs for a 454,000 square-foot, 19-story office building at 145 Broadway.

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Cutting the cable TV cord? Here are some options

From Acorn TV to Sling TV, there are many choices for digital video streaming services.

On the Job

Much to cluck about for chicken farmer

Whether it’s coop building, municipal zoning, or egg laying, Khrysti Smyth is the go-to expert on all things poultry.

Job Doc

Getting shortchanged on the final paycheck

What to do after the company erred in its own favor.

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Sumner Redstone.

Fight over Redstone’s billions apparently settled

Factions of the Redstone family accepted a deal that will likely end the fight for control of a $40 billion media empire.

Jim Judge is the chief executive at Eversource Energy.

Five things you should know about Jim Judge

Judge is the new chief executive of Eversource Energy.

Consumer Alert

The ABCs of 529s

Worried about paying for college? Here’s an introduction to savings plans.

Many of taxi drivers’ requests on Uber and Lyft went unheeded in the final regulating law.

The New Economy takes on Beacon Hill

Tech players that typically rule Kendall Square have been flexing their muscles at the State House in recent months.

Congress looking into John Hancock’s long-term care increases for federal employees

John Hancock Financial is drawing fire from Congress over the steep rate increases to its long-term care insurance policies for federal employees.

Gao Yan is determined to prove Chinese craft beer can hold its own.

How New England shaped China’s craft brew master

The father of China’s craft beer revolution got his start on bar stools in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for an interest rate increase “has strengthened in recent months.”

Yellen signals time for rate increase could be nearing

But the Fed chair emphasized that no decisions had been made and that any forecast is inherently uncertain.

Alere sues to force Abbott to complete $5.8 billion takeover

In a complaint filed in Delaware Chancery Court, the Waltham company alleges that Abbott has failed to obtain required antitrust approvals for the merger.

Was that Lexus in Kendall Square a self-driving car?

The vehicle spotted Friday -- with a driver -- is thought to belong to the Toyota Research Institute.

New Bedford Regional Airport courts international corporate travelers, domestic flights

Since completing a five-year $30 million face lift, New Bedford Regional Airport is positioning itself for growth.

The Out of Town News kiosk in Harvard Square.

That day Paul Allen started a company at the Out of Town News stand in Harvard Square

The venerable news kiosk sold the magazine that sparked Microsoft co-founder’s inspirational moment. Now it’s threatened with closure.

Two central Mass. hospitals may merge

The merger would unite HealthAlliance Hospital in Fitchburg and Clinton Hospital.

FILE PHOTO -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a news conference after chairing the second day of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee to set interest rates in Washington, DC, U.S. on June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Janet Yellen suggests rate hike is coming, but offers no timetable

The Federal Reserve chair was optimistic about the US economy as she said the central banking system is moving toward raising interest rates.

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

Businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment.

John Hancock offices in the Seaport District.

Can artificial intelligence guide stock picks?

A Boston-based firm hopes to bring the same technology behind Netflix’s personalized recommendations to financial services.

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Harvard Square could lose iconic Out of Town News

The newsstand in the tiny 500-square-foot kiosk is not part of Cambridge’s proposed $4.6 million project to remake the plaza.

The finding for GM in the Texas case was the third this year in a series of trials designed to settle dozens of similar claims.

Jury: GM car’s ignition switch not to blame in fatal crash

A Texas jury on Thursday found that a General Motors Co. ignition switch was not to blame for a 2011 accident that killed one driver and injured another.

Under reported terms of the agreement, Volkswagen will buy back unfixable used vehicles under the same terms as a buy-back plan for consumers and independent dealers.

VW reaches accord with dealers to cover diesel-cheat losses

Volkswagen AG agreed to pay 652 auto dealerships for their losses from the diesel-cheating scheme that’s affected more than a half million cars in the United States.

Heather Bresch has overcome an academic scandal, hostile takeover attempts, and questions about her true control over Mylan.


EpiPen price hikes put Mylan CEO in hot seat

Heather Bresch has faced public scorn, investor skepticism, and castigation from a group of senators in the past week.

Sears has said it will explore options to sell its Kenmore appliance, Craftsman tools, and DieHard batteries brands.

Sears to borrow $300 million from Lampert as losses mount

Eddie Lampert, the hedge fund manager who runs Sears Holdings Corp., is once again lining up financing for a retailer that has lost more than $9 billion in recent years.

Apple issues iOS patch to thwart powerful spyware

The spyware took advantage of weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system to take complete control of iOS devices.

When Facebook bought the startup WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s cofounder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of users.

WhatsApp to begin sharing data with Facebook

The service said it would disclose phone numbers and analytics information of its users with the social network.

CLF to expand legal program for farms, food businesses

Conservation Law Foundation announced a multistate expansion of an initiative that provides local farmers and food entrepreneurs with pro bono legal services.

Uber said to lose at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016

Subsidies for Uber’s drivers are responsible for the majority of the company’s losses globally.

Friday’s business agenda

Bootcamps, potlucks, and more notable events and things to know.

A nuTonomy self-driving taxi made its way down the road in its public trial in Singapore.

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Cambridge company launches self-driving cabs

A tiny Cambridge startup outflanked Uber in Singapore by launching the first self-driving taxicab service.

Boston’s licensing board on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a license for a proposed Starbucks at 749 East Broadway (at right) in South Boston.

Starbucks wins Southie fight

Starbucks fans in Southie, take heart: Your favorite coffee chain will be able to set up shop on East Broadway after all.

FILE - This Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, shows an EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Hendersonville, Texas. Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, said Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)


EpiPen maker to make drug more affordable

Mylan Pharmaceuticals will offer a savings card and expand its patient assistance program in the wake of outrage over EpiPen’s high prices.

Mass. hospitals in decent fiscal health

Eighty percent of the state’s 65 hospitals ended last year with a profit, according to new report.

Diane Quinn heads the strategy, planning, staffing, and finances.

With new cast behind the scenes, Harvard’s ART stages financial revival

The past several years have brought a renaissance for Harvard’s American Repertory Theater.

 Advaxis chief executive officer Daniel O’Connor (left), with chief scientific officer Robert Pettit, helped ink a deal with Amgen for its cancer therapy.


A biotech firm resurrects itself via man — and microbe

CEO Daniel O’Connor has helped turn around a troubled company.

A shoe salesman in Macy’s flagship store in New York. S&P has cut its ratings on Macy’s to BBB, two notches above junk.

The hidden risk to the economy in corporate balance sheets

America has a debt problem, but it’s not what you think.

The headquarters of drugmaker Mylan Laboratories Inc. in Canonsburg, Penn.


Mylan price hikes on many other drugs eclipsed EpiPen increases

EpiPen price hikes may be causing outrage, but those pale in comparison to the huge increases that Mylan Laboratories took on dozens of other medicines earlier this year.

Pfizer to buy antibiotics from AstraZeneca for $725 million

Pfizer will pay $550 million to AstraZeneca when the transaction closes and make another payment of $175 million in January 2019

Gwen Jorgensen


Columbia Threadneedle’s golden turn

Plenty of Americans watched Gwen Jorgensen win the gold medal in the triathlon at the Olympics. Among them, executives at Columbia Threadneedle.

The Empire State Realty Trust Inc., which manages the 102-story, 1,454-foot-tall building, announced the Qatari purchase late Tuesday, saying the fund would gain a 9.9-percent stake in the company.

Qatari buys stake in firm that owns Empire State Building

The $622 million purchase by the Qatar Investment Authority comes as it increases its US investments.

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2009, file photo, shows credit and bank cards with electronic chips in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Changes to federal law have sharply restricted students’ access to credit cards, making it harder for many to start building credit. But parents can still help their kids lay the foundation for renting apartments and taking out loans by letting them piggyback on their good credit and offering sound advice. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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If cash is king, it’s time for a revolution

There’s a professor at Harvard University who’d like to take all your cash, and not for tuition.

A local VC firm has a four letter message for Trump

A well-respected firm is using its homepage to send a profane message to the Republican presidential nominee.

Dorchester, MA - 10/7/2015 - Jason Robins, DraftKings CEO, speaks during an interview in the offices of the Boston Globe Dorchester, MA, October 7, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Jonathan Kraft pushed for merger of DraftKings, FanDuel, report says

According to a new ESPN report, the companies’ CEOs had a tense meeting in Las Vegas last year.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Are you a literary urbanist? Mayor Walsh has a reading list for you

A reading list from the mayor as City Hall looks to imagine life in Boston in 2030.

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.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.