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Accenture buys Cambridge design company Intrepid, plans to keep its 150 employees

The company plans to keep Intrepid’s 150 employees in the area.

Dad says phones made his kids ‘moody.’ Now he wants a ban for preteens

As he tells it, his once energetic and outgoing boys became quiet and reclusive.

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, 30 km (19 miles) east of Geneva, December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File photo

Verizon buys Yahoo, ending an era in digital history

The $4.83 billion cash deal, the subject of speculation for weeks, is expected to close next year.

The first reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire in China are coming in.

More troubles for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, this time in China

The first two reports of the phones catching fire in the world’s largest smartphone market have emerged.

 09/15/2016 -Boston, MA- Freight Farms displayed a prototype of their new LGC in Boston, MA September 15, 2016. Here, fake lettuce is used to represent crops planted in 6 foot towers lit by LED grow lights. The new product uses the Farmhand App to control climate, lights and water. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Business reporter: (they did not want any photographs that showed to main console inside the freight)

Startup that grows crops in shipping containers unveils sleek, new design

Freight Farms enables would-be farmers to grow produce anywhere using its tricked-out shipping containers.

In the first quarter of this year, Uber lost about $520 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, according to people familiar with the matter.

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

Even in the US, where Uber had turned a profit during its first quarter, the company was once again losing money.

Apple hasn’t updated the Mac Pro since 2014.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Tech giants are downshifting on innovation

Apple and others are being slow to update technology products.

Health files make for a juicy target for thieves

Credit cards are nearly worthless in online black-market forums nowadays, researchers say. So there’s a new big prize.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Keeping Twitter clean — and fair

The social media site may be right to ban abusive language, but needs to be clear why.

Adam Goldberg started torchlight after learning firsthand how hard it is to care for a relative with medical needs.

Torchlight’s portal helps parents care for children, and vice versa

The online service provides family members with tools and information to help care for a relative with special medical needs.

The 8,500+ Drink & Cocktail Recipes app is a simple but jam-packed cocktail-making app that favors a very no-frills approach to design and instructions, but still has lots of features.

App Smart

Recipe for the home bartender: scroll, tap, and pour

On a warm summer evening, there’s no better way to unwind than sipping a nice cold cocktail, made with the help of an app.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt (left) negotiated a rich incentives package with Governor Charlie Baker (center) and Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston to move his company to the city. Most companies can’t get incentives but relocate for the local workforce.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Why these tech execs moved their companies to Boston

Most companies don’t get incentives like GE, but there are good reasons to move to here anyway.

A remotely controlled boat from Sea Machines on a test run in Boston Harbor.

Who’s driving that boat? No one

For the makers of drone boats, it’s all unchartered waters.

Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer in 2015.

That time Paul English met Marissa Mayer (and it didn’t go well)

English, the cofounder of the travel app Lola, reminisced in an online post about the time he met Mayer, then a Google executive.

Did Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin to cast the deciding vote in the presidential election?

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Trump, Putin and the hacking of an American election

First Democratic Party e-mails were hacked. Could the computers that manage the nation’s voting systems be next?

Bill Wagner (left) and Michael Simon of LogMeIn in a 2015 photo. LogMeIn’s latest merger with Citrix is expected to result in as much as $100 million in annual expense savings within two years.

Boston’s LogMeIn will triple in size with Citrix merger

The deal will create a company with nearly 3,000 employees and more than $1 billion in revenue.

By agreeing to buy Yahoo’s Internet business, Verizon is tooling up for a future in which owning a vast broadband data network is not enough.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Why Verizon wants Yahoo

Owning a vast broadband data network is not enough. Verizon needs, above all, to capture some of the advertising over its networks.

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 12, 2013 shows the newly designed Yahoo logo seen on a smartphone. Yahoo has agreed to sell its core business to telecom giant Verizon for $4.8 billion, ending a 20-year run by the internet pioneer as an independent company, the firms announced July 25, 2016. Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam said Yahoo would be integrated into its recently acquired AOL unit to create

Yahoo’s evolution from rising to fading Internet star

Yahoo rose from a trailer on Stanford’s campus to a digital juggernaut before seeing its fortunes fall.

Rory MacKean is cofounder and CEO of Franklin Robots in North Billerica, which is building a small, solar-powered robot that can weed gardens.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

The cutting edge of robots: your lawn

Whacking weeds and mowing the grass may be the next jobs lost to the robot invasion, but will humans even put up a fight?

hiawatha bray | tech lab

Candidates want your data, along with your vote

With each election cycle, political data scientists get better at figuring out if I’m worth their time—and you, too.

Before becoming senior vice president of Allied Minds Inc., John Serafini served his country as a US Army infantry officer.

Five things you should know about John Serafini

Serafini is senior vice president at Allied Minds Inc., which commercializes technologies spawned at major universities and federal research labs.

Adam Neumann (center) of WeWork and his wife, Rebekah Neumann, chief brand officer, were interviewed by Fortune’s Andrew Nusca last week in Aspen, Colo.

scott kirsner | innovation economy

A lingering chill in the land of unicorns

It’s been a year since investors started doubting the billion-dollar valuations — and prospects — of some fast-growing private companies.

Johnny Lee, engineering director of Google Tango, talked about the room sensing features of the Phab2 Pro phone during the keynote address at Lenovo Tech World event in June.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

Augmented reality is just getting started

The augmented reality technology behind “Pokemon Go” is entertaining, but primitive.

A man walked through the EMC campus in Hopkinton.

EMC’s overseas cash draws questions from SEC

Regulators want to know how much EMC might pay in taxes if it has to tap into overseas cash to help pay for its Dell merger.

Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook, held a Mevo camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco in April.

Facebook Live’s signal has never been stronger

For many social media fans, this was the week that Facebook Live got real.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Watch out: The AI bulls are running again

The enthusiasm and funding for artificial intelligence companies in Boston and nationally have returned.

Thatcher Kezer, who oversees the former Fort Devens, says its streets are well suited to testing autonomous vehicles.

Without legislation, robotic cars can’t be tested on Mass. roads

A lack of testing of self-driving cars may hold back the state’s technology industry.

Scott Kirsner | innovation economy

I come to bury voice mail, not to praise it

Be honest: When was the last time you listened to your voice mail?

Internet giant Google made a curious move Wednesday when its Google Fiber unit bought a small company that provides high-speed Internet service in Boston and several other large US cities.

Could Google’s purchase of a wireless company boost Boston’s Internet?

The Internet giant bought a small company that provides high-speed Internet service in Boston and several other large US cities.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Live from everywhere, it’s Facebook

Someday soon you’ll come home from a hard day’s work, flop down on the sofa, switch on the TV and watch a little Facebook.

Analogic settles European foreign bribery charges

The Peabody-based medical device maker Analogic Corp. agreed to pay nearly $15 million to settle a federal probe.

American Science and Engineering bought by OSI Systems for $269m

The Massachusetts maker of X-ray detection machines announced it was acquired for $269 million Tuesday morning by OSI Systems Inc.

A Microsoft logo is seen a day after Microsoft Corp's $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn Corp, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

hiawatha Bray | tech lab

With Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft takes the low road

Microsoft really wants you to install Windows 10, and it’s using sneaky tricks to get you to do it.

Microsoft to buy networking site LinkedIn for $26.2b

The pairing may help LinkedIn realize the founders’ original ambition: to become an indispensable software tool professionals use every day.

CEO Jeffrey Immelt is leading GE’s transition away from the industrial.

General Electric focuses on tech in its talent hunt

GE says it wants to hire the software programmers and other digital talent who are the backbone of the innovation economy.

Jane Bergman, a delivery driver for Grubhub, left to deliver a meal from El Pelon Taqueria near Boston College.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Food fight! Delivery apps in a battle for survival

It might seem like just ordering-in to you, but it’s a decision that can be life or death for delivery companies.

A collective that calls itself OurMine has boasted that it had broken into a handful of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts.

If Mark Zuckerberg can be a hacking victim, so can you

There are several lessons to be learned, but chief among them is probably this: Quit using the same password for multiple websites.

A screenshot of the mobile game “Fast and Furious Legacy.” The game has an arcade-game experience with a story line that progresses as you race in different street drag events, outrun police cars, and so on.

App Smart

Games put auto racing action in the palm of your hand

While most of us will never get to drive a race car in real life, we can experience some of the drama through racing apps.

Gilad Rosenzweig is the founder of Smarter in the City, a Dudley Square startup accelerator.

scott kirsner | Innovation Economy

See how these Boston startup accelerators are promoting diversity

Accelerate Boston and Smarter in the City focus on finding and cultivating minority-founded companies. Inc. agreed to buy Burlington-based Demandware Inc., a provider of cloud-commerce services.

E-commerce entrepreneur scores again in Salesforce deal

The company paid a 56 percent premium to Demandware’s previous closing price.

Microsoft HoloLens used for an anatomy lesson. Tech Lab 6-2-16

Hiawatha Bray | tech lab

Microsoft device conjures a new reality

HoloLens melds virtual reality images with the real world. And it’s scary cool.


A guide to Snapchat for confused adults

Here are key principles for the new social media kid on the block.

Startup gets financing for real-time sports wagers via app

WinView said Tuesday that it had raised $3.4 million.

Iron Mountain in Hollywood, CA. on January 3, 2013. (Eric Grigorian for The Boston Globe)

Iron Mountain returns to cloud storage, with EMC as a partner

The company is using a former Pennsylvania mine to run an operation that pits it against big rivals like Amazon.

For Scott Kirsner column on display at Logan 5/29/16. A new display that was just installed at Logan Airport, on 400 years of innovation history in Massachusetts.

scott kirsner | Innovation economy

Testing your knowledge on 400 years of Mass. innovation

How much do you know about the state’s long history of breakthroughs?

Hiawatha Bray | tech lab

Is digital justice colorblind?

Problems may arise when we let statistics and computer algorithms do our thinking for us.

nuTonomy inches forward in the race to develop self-driving cars

The Cambridge- and Singapore-based startup said it’s raised $16 million to continue work on its autonomous vehicle technology.

Stephanie Couch is scheduled to take over in July.

Lemelson-MIT inventor program hires new director for expansion drive

Stephanie Couch will lead the foundation-funded program that hands out prizes to promising inventors.

A laboratory area at the Mass Innovation Labs.

Mass Innovation Labs targets smaller startups

The Cambridge operator of biotech research space is preparing to add six new “innovation suites” for smaller companies.

Newly minted local college graduates take part in the annual Toss Your Caps class photo Friday, May 8, 2015, on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Don’t get tongue-tied: This program knows how to pronounce names

The perennial graduation season problem led Praveen Shanbhag to create NameCoach, a program that provides audio tutorials.