DraftKings moves into its new office — one of largest in Boston on one floor

The fantasy sports provider is showcasing its role as a growing employer in the field of consumer technology as it prepares for a debate over whether to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts.

School enrollment is down significantly across Cape Cod, which poses a threat to the Cape’s economy.

Chesto Means Business

Loss of school-age kids threatens Cape Cod’s economy

Enrollment fell significantly in nearly every school district across the Cape, compared with the 2008-09 school year.

Monique Bonner, Akamai’s chief marketing officer


Biggest-ever marketing push aims to mke Akamai a household name

Travelers who pass through Logan Airport might spot something they haven’t seen before: Akamai Technologies billboards.

Tech Lab

Apple launches new entertainment and financial services

In an age of streaming content, Apple said it would get into the game with its own TV network, along with a subscription video gaming service, a paid version of Apple News, and a new credit card.

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Boston to review affordable housing plan

City officials plan to revamp the city’s largest affordable housing program this year, and may require market-rate developers to contribute more to it.

Rent control, long shunned, is back on the table in Massachusetts

A battle is brewing on Beacon Hill over a longstanding hot-button issue in housing: rent control.

Joanne Chang is always on the move

Joanne Chang oversees a staff of several hundred employees, spends time on the line at her restaurant, and is often shuttling between bakery locations.

US stocks end choppy day mixed amid global growth jitters

US stocks capped a day of choppy trading with an uneven finish Monday as investors wrestled to make sense of newly pessimistic outlooks for the global economy.

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This woman’s polite request may have saved her $12,000 in surgery costs

Linda Lane was told her son’s surgery was covered, then, $12,000 later, that it was not.


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Startups are scrambling to figure out how best to respond and when to call the police — questions that even experts don’t have good answers to.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products Monday, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Here’s a look at all the new services Apple unveiled on Monday

From a $10/month news subscription to a new credit card to the long-awaited video streaming service, here’s a look at what’s new.

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 25: Roger Rosner, vice president of applications at Apple Inc., speaks during a company product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019 in Cupertino, California. Apple Inc. announced the launch of it's new video streaming service, and unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app. (Photo by Michael Short/Getty Images)

Apple launches a $10/month magazine and news subscription service

Apple Inc. presented its long-anticipated magazine subscription service on Monday, bundling access to selected glossy titles, websites, and newspapers for $10 a month.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s headquarters in Waltham.

Thermo Fisher gets into gene therapy with $1.7b deal for Brammer Bio

Waltham lab equipment giant’s purchase of Cambridge firm is the latest in a string of acquisitions.

Friday’s sharp decline in stocks and Treasury yields recalled the market turmoil in December.


Investors get bumped around as turbulence hits stocks

It’s too early to call another correction, but be prepared for more volatility as doubts rise about the health of the US economy.

The Kwai Tsing Container Terminals in Hong Kong. Talks are underway, but the US-China trade war is unresolved.

China pledges more openness to competition, hoping to end trade war

Chinese policy makers promised Beijing was ready to open up the country’s economy to more competition, a sign of strong interest in ending the trade war with the United States.

The week ahead in business

A panel for women in biotech, a product management career fair, and other events and things to know.

A 2010 photo shows salmon eggs at AquaBounty’s hatchery in Prince Edward Island, Canada.


AquaBounty’s genetically engineered fish swim closer to sales in US

A Maynard company’s salmon is the first bioengineered animal approved for human consumption in the country.

A shopper watched as Jim Carvalho (left) marched with fellow members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and their supporters during a rally Sunday at the Stop & Shop in Somerville.

Stop & Shop workers in contract talks rally at Somerville store

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the store during a midday protest.

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

A different kind of March madness

Outstanding student-loan debt at the end of 2018 was $1.5 trillion. Education debt ranks second in US consumer debt behind mortgages.

Chesto Means Business

Cambridge mulls an extreme step to address need for affordable housing

Officials are essentially deciding whether to establish an entirely new citywide zoning code — but one that just applies to 100-percent affordable residential projects.

US budget deficit sets February record of $234 billion

It pushed the overall deficit for the first five months of the budget year up 39 percent from a year ago.

Trump offers Fed post to campaign adviser

President Trump said Friday he has offered a position on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors to Stephen Moore, a conservative economic adviser who has become an outspoken critic of the Fed’s interest-rate policy.

Traders worked the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last week.

Stocks slide lower as economic growth worries spread

The sell-off in stocks knocked more than 300 points off the Dow Jones industrial average and put the benchmark S&P 500 index on track for a weekly loss.

Boston-based Proletariat is testing a new game called Spellbreak with players; it’s a team-based combat game, but instead of using heavy weaponry, players cast magic spells on each other.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Boston used to dominate the video game industry. Can it rebound?

With PAX East in town, it’s a good time to assess our place in the gaming industry.

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn.

MassBio to honor Boston fire commissioner Finn for efforts to reduce cancer rates

He’ll be the first recipient of the trade group’s State of Possible award.

LAKE ORION, MI - MARCH 22: General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra speaks with the news media after she announced a $300 million investment in the GM Orion Assembly Plant plant for electric and self-driving vehicles at the Orion Assembly Plant on March 22, 2019 in Lake Orion, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle near Detroit.

Former Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal is investing in Papa John’s.

Shaquille O’Neal joins Papa John’s board, invests in restaurants

The former Boston Celtics center is joining the board of the struggling pizza chain and investing in nine restaurants in the Atlanta area.

A rendering of the lab building proposed for A Street in South Boston.

Life sciences lab proposed for South Boston

Developers have filed plans for a 210,000-square-foot building on A Street.

M. Lee Pelton, president of Emerson College, was alarmed by stats about gender inequality in a foundation report.


College presidents take aim at the gender gap

Getting a group like this together isn’t easy. So you know when someone pulls it off, the goal must be ambitious.

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Biogen halts late-stage trials on Alzheimer’s drug

The Cambridge biotech and its Japanese partner concluded the drug was unlikely to benefit patients. Patients and families with dementia were discouraged by the announcement.

After the announcement, Biogen lost its bragging rights as the state’s most valuable biotech to Vertex Pharmaceuticals.


For Biogen, ‘a massive destruction of market value’

What happened to the company Thursday, when it said it had basically given up hope for an experimental Alzheimer’s drug, was far from routine.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Tick, tick, the GPS clock is winding down . . .

A quirk in GPS technology will cause some older systems to think it’s 1999 all over again.

Among the defendants in the Insys Therapeutics trial in federal court in Boston is the company’s founder, John Kapoor.

Painkiller that enriched Insys left patients sick and addicted, witnesses say

The defendants stand accused of conspiring to bribe practitioners into prescribing the powerful painkiller in high doses to patients who did not need it.

Carol Fulp said she plans to work as a consultant who helps executives with building diversity, and to do more public speaking around her book on the subject.

CEO stepping down at The Partnership, the Boston group that helps professionals of color

Carol Fulp has dedicated the past seven years of her life to helping professionals of color advance their careers. Now, Fulp is making a career change of her own.

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Facebook offered the acknowledgement after a security researcher posted about the issue online.

S&P 500 ends 2-day losing streak as tech leads stocks higher

Technology companies powered a broad rally for US stocks Thursday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak.

Weekend agenda

A marketing conference, and other events and things to know.

The Fed may not raise interest rates in 2019. Here’s how that affects consumers

So much for those worries about rising interest rates.

A Lion Air Boeing Co. 737

Doomed 737 Max 8 Jets lacked two key safety features that Boeing sold as extras

Many airlines, especially low-cost carriers like Indonesia’s Lion Air, have opted not to buy them — and regulators don’t require them.


Biogen halts study of closely watched Alzheimer’s drug

The Cambridge biotech and its Japanese pharma partner, Eisai, said Thursday that they were halting two Phase 3 clinical trials of aducanumab.

Biogen shares plunge after Alzheimer’s drug setback

Shares plummeted, knocking billions of dollars out of the company’s market value.

BOSTON, MA - 2/06/2019: Resonant Energy co-founder Isaac Baker works seated on a couch which they rehabilated, a slate table which an intern rehabilated with his feet ontop and a blackboard behind with the logo drawn on it. The company is a startup focused on providing solar power to low and middle income communities as well as non-profits including churches. Their office is in a wing of the 2nd Church of Dorchester, which they have installed solar panels on. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC xxworkspace


Dorchester church provides home for social entreprenuers

Resonant Energy, a startup focused on providing solar power to low and middle income communities, is at home in the annex of the 2nd Church of Dorchester.

Chesto Means Business

State tax credits help cosmetic laser maker establish new HQ in Marlborough

The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved $500,000 in state tax credits on Wednesday for Candela, a maker of cosmetic lasers, to help offset its relocation costs.

Fed holds interest rates steady, predicts no increases this year

The Federal Reserve expressed increasing concern about slowing economic growth and showed little appetite for raising rates in the near future.

The fine against Google reinforces the European Union’s position as the world’s most aggressive watchdog of the tech sector.

Google fined $1.7b by EU for unfair advertising rules

European authorities on Wednesday fined Google about $1.7 billion for antitrust violations in the online advertising market.

Markforged, a Watertown-based maker of 3-D printers, has raised an additional $82 million in venture funding in a round led by Summit Partners.

Watertown 3-D printer company raises $82 million in venture funding

Markforged makes 3-D printers that use either carbon fiber or metal powders as raw materials.

Fed news sends bond yields lower; stocks end day mixed

Banks led US stocks mostly lower Wednesday after a brief rally sparked by the Federal Reserve’s latest policy update faded. The real action centered on the bond market.

A demonstration shows off technology developed by ClearMotion, which makes

What it’s like to drive a car with Mass.-made suspension that eliminates bumps

As another crop of potholes emerges, ClearMotion wants to transform the experience of driving over them.

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Federal Reserve foresees no interest rate hikes in 2019

The Federal Reserve forecast no rate increases at all this year, a big change from its forecast just three months ago.

Flagship Pioneering CEO Noubar Afeyan (left) and the venture capital firm’s chief medical officer, Michael Rosenblatt.

Flagship Pioneering raises $824m in VC round, its most ever

The Cambridge firm said the money will be used to further boost companies it’s already launched.

EU Commissioner of Competition Margrethe Vestager gave a joint press conference from the EU headquarters in Brussels Wednesday.

EU fines Google $1.7 billion for abusing online ads market

European Union regulators have hit Google with a $1.68 billion fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising.

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.