Breaches can now be reported to the state online

Businesses and individuals can now report electronic data breaches to the state online, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation announced Wednesday. State law requires that companies notify consumers, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and the consumer agency anytime personal information is compromised, even if it happens accidentally. Before now, companies have been sending the state a letter when they experience an electronic breach. Last year 1.3 million Massachusetts residents had personal information compromised by cybercriminals, careless workers, or thieves, a fourfold increase from 2014. John Chapman, the undersecretary of consumer affairs, said he hoped the online process would make it easier for companies to report breaches and provide “uniformity” to the system. However companies can still notify the state using traditional mail, the agency said. — DEIRDRE FERNANDES



Euro Disney fights claim of discriminatory hiring

The Euro Disney group went on trial in France on Wednesday for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad a decade ago requesting that candidates have ‘‘European citizenship’’ to work as parade performers at its Disneyland Paris theme park. The trial in a court in Meaux, outside Paris, on Wednesday came after anti-racist associations filed a complaint. They claimed Euro Disney discriminated on grounds of nationality in hiring dancers, bungee acrobats, jugglers, flag launchers, puppeteers, and stilt walkers when it published the ad in a newspaper 10 years ago. Euro Disney has acknowledged that the ad’s wording was clumsy but has denied any discriminatory intent and notably any attempt to cast aside candidates originating from Africa. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Affectiva CEO steps down

Nick Langeveld is stepping down as chief executive at Affectiva Inc., the Waltham-based emotion recognition startup, to be replaced by Affectiva’s co-founder, chief strategy and science officer Dr. Rana el Kaliouby. Langeveld, a former vice president of Nielsen N.V., will become board chairman. Kaliouby developed the technology behind Affectiva while a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Her facial coding product Affdex is capable of digitally decoding facial expressions and deducing human emotions using standard-grade cameras. Langeveld oversaw much of the company’s expansion since it launched in 2009. It’s grown to more than 30 employees in the US and has offices in Kaliouby’s native Cairo. It has raised $34 million in investment, including $14 million in new financing announced Wednesday. That round was led by Fenox Venture Capital, an international investment firm specializing in next generation technologies.



Lying to your partner about money is on the rise

It’s wedding season and as many couples get ready to say their vows, they may want to have a talk about fidelity — financial fidelity. A study by Harris Poll for the National Endowment for Financial Education finds that two in five Americans who have combined finances admit to lying to their partner or hiding information about money matters. And it’s on the rise — 42 percent of those surveyed admitted to financial infidelity compared to 33 percent just two years ago. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Percentage of woman-owned firms getting ‘angel’ funding declines

The percentage of woman-owned startups who received “angel” funding reached a four-year low in 2015, according to a market analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. Despite heightened awareness being paid to gender disparities in technology and venture capital, the analysis suggests a funding gap for women-led startups that is widening. The analysis found the percentage of women-owned startups that won angel funding dropped to 14 percent in 2015, down from 21 percent in 2011. Angel investors, usually affluent individuals who provide capital to a business in exchange for an equity stake, remain overwhelmingly male. Of the 304,930 investors who were active in 2015, one-fourth of them were women, a slight decline from 2014. — AMANDA BURKE



Alibaba says it is being investigated by US regulators

Alibaba Group, the e-commerce giant, said it was under investigation by US securities regulators over its accounting practices, in a potential setback for a Chinese company long seen as a symbol of that country’s growing technological might. The investigation — disclosed Wednesday in a stock filing — appears to focus on how Alibaba deals with a web of companies in which it owns stakes or has some say in the operations. The company said the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating how Alibaba accounts for affiliated companies, including a logistics venture, and how it treats related-party transactions. It also puts under scrutiny Alibaba’s handling of Singles Day, a one-day shopping event in China that the company says gave it the world record for most online sales volume in a day. Alibaba said it had provided the commission with information about how it reported data from that event. — NEW YORK TIMES


New York Times announces buyouts

In a bid to continue aggressive digital expansion while controlling costs, The New York Times will offer voluntary buyout packages to members of the newsroom and several business departments at the end of the month, the company announced on Wednesday. Members of The Times’ executive committee, including Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Dean Baquet, its executive editor, said in a memo to employees that the buyouts were a part of the company’s larger mandate to build a more digitally focused newsroom and to reach its stated goal of doubling digital revenue by the year 2020. Baquet emphasized that The Times’ news operation, which employs 1,300 people, would need to shift to accommodate more people with skills in visual journalism and more people from diverse backgrounds, while continuing its focus on deep reporting. — NEW YORK TIMES



Exxon Mobil defeats shareholder resolutions on climate change

Exxon Mobil beat back shareholder resolutions about climate change that would have reoriented the oil and gas giant toward renewable energy, forced it to disclose lobbying details, and installed a board member with expertise in the area of climate change. But at its annual meeting in Dallas, the company badly lost a vote over a resolution that will make it easier for large shareholders to nominate their own board members and have them included in proxy materials ahead of the annual meeting. Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson stuck up for the company’s positions. He acknowledged that climate change was a serious problem and said the company would support a tax on the carbon content of fuels. But he said that only oil and gas could meet the world’s needs as the population grows and living standards rise. — WASHINGTON POST


AT&T wants to stream tV into your car

AT&T doesn’t just want to put an Internet connection in every car. It wants the people in those cars to watch its recently acquired television service, DirecTV. So, someday in the not-too-distant future, the wireless carrier plans to begin piping the pay-TV service into connected vehicles over its cellular network, said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of AT&T’s Internet of Things department. AT&T said there is no timeline for the integration yet. — WASHINGTON POST