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Attendees stand next to signage for Activision Blizzard Inc. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Microsoft agrees to buy Activision Blizzard, the video game maker behind Call of Duty and Candy Crush

The $68.7 billion deal plants Microsoft’s flag in the emerging battle for dominance in the so-called metaverse, the next-generation internet that melds the traditional online world with virtual and augmented reality.

Ginkgo Bioworks cofounder and CEO Jason Kelly.

After a notable year, SPACS may be going bust in Boston and beyond

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, saw a boom last year. But they’re under fire from regulators, analysts, and investors after many deals dropped in price once they started trading publicly.

United Airlines airplanes at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., Dec. 30, 2021.

AT&T will delay 5G service at some airports after airlines warn of flight chaos

It's an attempt to address concerns that the company’s equipment would interfere with airplane equipment when the service started Wednesday.

A worker of a private delivery company, wearing a face mask, sorts out parcels at its distribution center in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.

China media say foreign parcels suspected in new infections

Globally, health experts have stressed the virus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets when infected people breathe, speak, cough and sneeze. However, China has repeatedly emphasized the danger of infection from packaging, despite only trace amounts of the virus being found on such items.

Steam billows from stacks at the Naughton Power Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 in Kemmerer, Wyo.

Race to cut carbon emissions splits US states on nuclear

As climate change pushes states in the US to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on.

Larry Edelman
Rosalin Acosta leads the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workplace Development, which oversees the state's unemployment division.

Mass. seeks to claw back at least $2.7 billion in jobless benefits it says were incorrectly paid

The Department of Unemployment Assistance made overpayments on about 719,000 claims in 2020-2021. It’s going after recipients even if they weren’t at fault.

Owner Vicky Titcomb, Rae Titcomb (Vicky's niece), and Nancy Titcomb (Vicky's mother) outside the bookshop.

For some Mass. businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed changes for the better

The pandemic crushed many small companies, as health concerns, supply chain issues, and labor shortages converged. But some were able to adapt and thrive.

Waters Corp. CEO Udit Batra.

In his first year, Batra gets results at Waters Corp.

Bold Types takes a look at the movers and shakers of Boston's business scene.