NorthPoint site gets a new name

DivcoWest is readying several construction sites for its 45-acre property on the borders of Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville and is also giving the project a new name.

Natick software firm donates $10m to Museum of Science

MathWorks will donate $10 million to the museum, the largest corporate gift in the institution’s two-century history.

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Will Amazon headquarters competition set off a bidding war among communities?

Eye-popping incentives by some communities that are trying to woo Amazon could force Boston to sweeten its offer.

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New tech vs. old law: How far can police go with digital searches?

By this time next year, American law enforcement officials may have a lot more power to investigate our online activities. Or a lot less.

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State Health Connector, reacting to Trump’s move to cut subsidies, sharply raises 2018 rates

Before President Trump’s announcement last week, the increase had been set at about 8.7 percent. Now, it will be rising 24 percent next year.

Google parent leads $1 billion investment in Lyft

The investment arm of Alphabet Inc. led a $1 billion investment in Lyft Inc. that values it at $11 billion, the ride-sharing startup said Thursday.

FDA backs gene therapy for cancer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the second in a radically new class of treatments that genetically reboot a patient’s own immune cells to kill cancer.

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UMaine officials launched an ambitious effort three years ago to draw kids north to Orono.

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Former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt in 2016.

GE’s ex-CEO reportedly had an empty jet fly behind him — just in case he needed it

When Jeff Immelt had to fly, he sometimes had an empty private jet follow him — just in case the plane he rode on had mechanical issues, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Some of biggest oil rigs being junked as daily losses mount

Transocean Ltd. is finally sending Pathfinder to its grave, after two years in a Caribbean purgatory that cost about $15,000 a day.

Walsh says Amazon bid will focus on East Boston

As Boston put the finishing touches on its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, Mayor Martin Walsh confirmed what everyone knew: the city’s preferred site is Suffolk Downs.

Dow closes above 23,000 for first time

A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for US stocks Wednesday.

Timothy Waters loads a car with groceries at a Walmart in Turnersville, N.J., July 6, 2017. Seeking an edge against Amazon, Walmart is pushing a service that delivers your order to the car, so customers never have to step inside the store. (Harrison Hill/The New York Times)

Walmart employees will deliver groceries to your car

Retailer debuts free pickup service at Avon, Plymouth, and Rochester, NH, stores.

Insurer Anthem, with CVS, will run its own drug-benefits plan

The move is another shake-up in the pharmacy benefits manager industry, and deals a blow to Express Scripts.

South Korean police raided the construction unit of the giant Samsung Group on Wednesday to investigate allegations that company money was diverted to remodel chairman Lee Kun-hee’s house, officials said.

Samsung under scrutiny again as South Korean police raid offices

Barely two months after its crown prince was sent to prison on corruption charges, the family that controls Samsung’s vast business empire is again facing allegations of white-collar crime.

Prouty Garden has been a place of solace to many Children’s Hospital patients and their families over the years, as well as hospital caregivers.

Lawsuit to block Children’s Hospital tower is dismissed

Plaintiffs sought to preserve Prouty Garden, a green space cherished by many patients, family, and staff.

This image provided by LEGO shows their Women of NASA set. The set features Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space and goes on sale Nov. 1, 2017. (LEGO via AP)

Lego unveils ‘Women of NASA’ set with astronauts, scientists

The set is the brainchild of Maia Weinstock, an MIT employee who proposed the collection through the Lego Ideas program.

Gillette tests new razor designed to shave those who need assistance

Over 8 million older adults in the US receive assistance with daily activities – including shaving – from family or professional caregivers every year, researchers say.

Biogen Idec chief executive George Scangos founded San Francisco-based Vir Biotechnology Inc.

Cambridge biotech strikes deal with startup led by former Biogen CEO

Visterra is working on single-dose treatments for infectious diseases.

Dr. Omar Abubaker talked with patient Ceydria McCray ahead of her oral surgery. Abubaker has steered away from writing opioid prescriptions for patients.


An oral surgeon who lost his son to drugs is trying to change his profession’s approach to opioids

Omar Abubaker wants dental schools nationwide to incorporate more lessons on the danger of prescription drugs into their curricula.

Buildings are seen along Front Street in downtown Worcester.

Worcester to offer $500 million in incentives to lure Amazon

The state’s second-largest city is digging deep to woo an Amazon headquarters facility.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is leading a bid for Amazon from that city, but also believes a regional approach to wooing the company is best.

Amazon will get more than one bid from Mass. Will that hurt or help?

Several communities are readying proposals for the e-retailer’s second headquarters — including more than one from the Boston area.

An Airbus A320 neo (left) and a Bombardier CSeries passenger plane on a runway in Toulouse, France.

Bombardier turns to Airbus to salvage imperiled airliner

Airbus will hold a 50.1 percent stake in the CSeries venture, and some production could be moved to Alabama.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai stated that he believes in the First Amendment, and that the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a broadcast station license based on news content.

FCC chief rebuffs Trump’s call for license revocations over news

The head of the Federal Communications Commission suggested President Donald Trump shouldn’t expect any help from him in punishing television stations for news reports the White House doesn’t like.

Johnson & Johnson has appealed all the awards against it and says its products are safe.

Appeals court tosses $72m award in talcum powder case

The ruling has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt.

The Velcro brand hook and loop fastener has a problem that many startups would love to have.


Velcro is too sticky for its own good

Velcro has a problem. It’s so famous and popular that its name has turned into an everyday word.

Bridj, which shut down earlier this year, had tried to remake transit in Boston and its suburbs with flexible bus routes based on demand and package deliveries via robots.

With new owner, Bridj aims for a comeback in Australia

The Boston transit company, shut down earlier this year, is headed down under.

Stock markets push further into record territory

Gains by health care companies led US stock indexes mostly higher Tuesday, pushing the market further into record territory.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Networking with beer, salary negotiation workshop and other notable events and things to know.

Bill to lower health care costs calls for more scrutiny of drug makers

The sweeping legislation tackles such issues as prescription drug costs and hospital prices, an effort that proponents say will curb medical spending.

The report predicts vehicle traffic in Boston could decrease between 11 percent and 28 percent, and average travel time for commuters could fall anywhere from 11 percent to 30 percent.

Driverless cars may be antidote for Boston’s bad traffic, report says

The study takes an optimistic approach to the emerging technology.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 23,000 for the first time Tuesday.

Dow tops 23,000 for the first time

Strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Johnson & Johnson helped push the more than century-old gauge to a record.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals chief executive Jeffrey Leiden said the company is evolving on its philanthropic side.

Vertex pledges $500 million for charitable efforts over 10 years

One area of focus for the pharmaceutical firm will be workforce training.

An Airbus A320 neo (left) and a Bombardier CSeries passenger plane on a runway in Toulouse, France.

Bombardier turns to Airbus to salvage imperiled airliner

Airbus will hold a 50.1 percent stake in the CSeries venture, and some production could be moved to Alabama.

Facebook reportedly thinks staff with security clearances are necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network.

Facebook is said to seek staff with US security clearance

The company thinks the measure is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network.

Nearly every modern, protected Wi-Fi network is vulnerable, says government cyber watchdog

Users are being warned to update their devices to protect against a newly discovered vulnerability.

Microsoft said Congress needs to bring the Stored Communications Act into the age of cloud computing.

Supreme Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over e-mails

The justices intervened in a case of a federal drug trafficking investigation that sought e-mails that Microsoft keeps on a server in Ireland.

Harvey Weinstein (above, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival) was fired last week.

Weinstein Co. agrees to a rescue investment from Colony Capital

The embattled studio is reeling from the scandal surrounding co-founder Harvey Weinstein.


Genetics booms, but doctors lack interest

Therapies are in the works to treat a number of rare, inherited disorders, from blindness to nerve disease. But there’s a shortage of doctors trained to diagnose and treat such illnesses.

Ruth O’Brien, 85, recently received the second annual Pioneering Relauncher Award.


Ruth O’Brien, a lawyer in the ’50s, gets a career award (and son Conan cracks some jokes)

O’Brien was recently recognized by the Boston career reentry company iRelaunch with the second annual Pioneering Relauncher Award.

Amazon employees arrived at work in Seattle one morning, passing an Amazon Go store, a beta store testing a cashierless grocery store model.


Amazon is in every corner of your home. Take a look

From the living room to the office, the e-commerce giant works to make its goods and services essential to customers’ lives.  

GrubHub, which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014, has completed its purchase of Foodler.

Goodbye, Foodler: The take-out delivery service is shutting down

Competitor GrubHub has completed its takeover of Boston-based Foodler.

Stock indexes post slight gains, extending winning streak

US stocks posted modest gains Monday, extending a record-setting run into a sixth straight week.

White men rule business but many feel left out at work, survey shows

More than a third of Americans in a survey said the heightened focus on diversity at work has overlooked white men, according to Ernst & Young.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Info session on success in business, networking opportunity for women in business, and other notable events and things to know.

A view of 1 Washington Park and the Audible building seen from the Broad Street train station in Newark.

Newark says, hey Amazon, look over here

The city sits astride an extensive transportation network of trains, planes, and automobiles. It has six colleges and universities with a total of 60,000 students.

GE CEO John Flannery has said he’ll consider all options to regain investor confidence.

How much does GE earn? It’s hard to tell, investors say

Last quarter, General Electric Co. reported earnings of 28 cents a share. Also 13 cents a share, 19 cents a share and 15 cents a share — all at the same time.

This Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 image made from video shows a crying passenger at an airport in Perth, Australia after an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Australia to the holiday island of Bali returned safely to the airport. Passengers on the flight described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended. (Channel 7 via AP)

Passengers accuse AirAsia crew of setting off panic during plane’s rapid descent

Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as the plane rapidly descended tens of thousands of feet in what is being investigated as a potential depressurization.

Justices to hear government’s e-mail dispute with Microsoft

At the heart of the issue is whether e-mails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland were beyond the reach of a search warrant.

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.