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US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

The Trump administration’s new policy statement threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2017 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk listens to US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC. - Tesla shares took a pounding Friday amid fresh fears about the future of the electric carmaker after a wide-ranging interview with chief executive Elon Musk in which he revealed his struggles with exhaustion and a lengthy but unsuccessful effort to find a number two executive. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Elon Musk says cutting back on work hours isn’t an option

Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that’s not an option.

A car is filled with gasoline at a station in Windham, N.H.

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative

The position was outlined in a memo released last month in support of the Trump administration’s proposal to relax fuel mileage standards.

FILE -- President Donald Trump speaks during a dinner with business leaders at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Aug. 7, 2018. Trump has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to reconsider the requirement for public companies to report earnings each quarter. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

Trump says he ‘won’t let’ social media target conservatives

President Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KIM LUDBROOK/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9793472a) (FILE) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (R) after their brief meeting at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 March 2006 (reissued 18 August 2018). According to reports, the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan died on 18 August 2018 at the age of 80. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan dead at 80, Johannesburg, South Africa - 15 Mar 2006

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Mr. Annan, the first black African secretary general, redefined the United Nations over his two terms.


‘The ability to text a restaurant and get a quick direct answer to one’s question seems like a game changer’

Boston-based startup Open City aims to simplify communications between restaurants and customers.


Massive South End project wins key approval

Ten stories you may have missed Thursday from the world of business.

Google exited China in 2010 in protest over that nation’s censorship policies.

Google employees protest secret work on censored search engine for China

Hundreds of Google employees, upset at the company’s decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more transparency to understand the ethical consequences of their work.

Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who’s used their services to spread false information.

Tinder founders, execs file suit against IAC and Match Group

The founders of the dating app Tinder claim IAC/InterActiveCorp and its Match Group subsidiary manipulated financial information, hurting the company’s valuation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country will boycott US electronic goods.

Turkey says it will boycott US electronic goods

It was unclear how the country intended to enforce the boycott.

K. Shankari (right), with her husband Thomas Raffill, noticed that her Android phone tracked her shopping trip.

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

More than 17 million fax machines are still in use in the United States alone, providing hackers with a point of entry if the machines are connected to a company’s computer network.

Fax machines may be vulnerable to hackers, report finds

The fax machine may present a vulnerable point where hackers can infiltrate an organization’s network.

Technical problem delays flight to sun

The launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - AUGUST 10: In this handout provided by NASA, The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard is seen shortly after the Mobile Service Tower was rolled back, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Parker Solar Probe is humanitys first-ever mission into a part of the Suns atmosphere called the corona. Here it will directly explore solar processes that are key to understanding and forecasting space weather events that can impact life on Earth. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe.

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, voters cast their votes through absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election at the town hall in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Ranked-choice voting will be put to its biggest test when Maine uses the system in a statewide primary election on June 12. The system works like this: Voters rank candidates from first to last on their ballot, and the election is over if one candidate wins a majority. If not, candidates are eliminated one by one and their remaining votes reallocated in what amounts to a mathematical game of survival. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A Boston-based voting app is facing its first test

The state of West Virginia this week said it would use the mobile phone balloting system developed by Boston-based Voatz for military personnel deployed overseas to vote in November.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event on the creation of a United States Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. Pence says the time has come to establish a new United States Space Force to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pence outlines US Space Force plan for the ‘next battlefield’

The separate warfighting service would be the nation’s sixth.

CEO Chet Kanojia (right) said Starry hopes to expand the service to all of the city’s public housing buildings.

Starry brings free broadband to Boston public housing

A public housing building in the North End will receive free high-speed wireless broadband.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Among Russia’s Twitter trolls, Senator Warren’s a favorite target

Donald Trump is not the only American politician with a big following in Russia. Senator Elizabeth Warren is also a favorite in St. Petersburg — for all the wrong reasons.

This rendering demonstrates the anticipated approach of the Parker Solar Probe to the sun’s atmosphere.

NASA probe launching on solar voyage

Roughly the size of a small car, Parker will get nearly seven times closer to the sun than previous spacecraft.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9782665b) An Uber drives along 42nd Street in New York, New York, USA, 07 August 2018. The New York City Council is set to consider legislation on 08 August that would set limits on the number of ride-hailing vehicles in the city and set a minimum wage for drivers. New York to Consider Legislation to Limit Ride-Hailing Services, USA - 07 Aug 2018

NYC moves to rein in Uber with cap on ride-hail vehicles

New York City approved a one-year moratorium on new licenses on for-hire vehicles such as Uber and Lyft while the city studies the rapidly changing industry.

Stocks slip, though tech companies finished higher

A late gain for US stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

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Three apps to help you date, travel, or socialize with your dog in tow

The secret to finding a dog-friendly date, activity, or business is right in your hand (the one without the leash in it).

A mobile Internet conference in Beijing. Google left China in 2010, but may be developing a China-compliant search engine.

Google can return to China if it follows the law, says Chinese state media

The commentary by People’s Daily follows reports that the search giant is developing a censored version of its app that would earn the blessing of the Chinese government.

Tesla chief Elon Musk speaks during a Boring Co. event in Los Angeles, California. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon.

Elon Musk says he may take Tesla private. Shares soar

By taking Tesla private, Musk believes the company would be able to focus on its operations without the distraction of pleasing investors.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he is considering taking the electric car maker private.

Elon Musk says he may take Tesla private. Shares soar

By taking Tesla private, Musk believes the company would be able to focus on its operations without the distraction of pleasing investors.

Strong company earnings give stock market a lift

Media, retail, and technology companies rose, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway led gains for the financial sector.

A portion of a heat map from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, made by tracking the activities of those wearing fitness trackers.

Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers, other devices

Military troops and other defense personnel on certain sensitive bases and in warzone areas won’t be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location.

Alex Jones, right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist.

Apple, Facebook, and YouTube remove Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Google, Facebook, YouTube and Spotify, and other services have for weeks had faced calls that they remove Infowars content.

Workers installed a glass facade at a building in Cambridge Crossing, one of several projects near the Orange Line.

The next hot place to work? Look north to the Orange Line corridor

The Orange Line corridor stretching through Charlestown, Cambridge, and Somerville is poised to emerge as a major office district, with a vast amount of office space already under construction or permitted.

Packages move along a conveyor belt at the Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey on June 7. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Bess Adler.

Amazon removes Nazi-themed items after complaints

Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups.

China announces $60 billion of US goods for tariff retaliation

China said Friday it is poised to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey, and industrial chemicals, if Washington goes ahead with its latest trade threat.

Valentin Gapontsev, founder and CEO of IPG Photonics, in the manufacturing facility at IPG Photonics in Oxford.

Mass. physicist labeled ‘oligarch’

Valentin Gapontsev is chief executive of IPG Photonics, a company that makes specialized lasers in a small Massachusetts. He is also No. 27 on a public list of 96 Russians that the Treasury drew up in January for a Congress that was unsettled by Russian interference in US elections.

In 2 decades, Apple marched from brink of bankruptcy to world’s first trillion-dollar company

On Thursday, Apple became the world’s most valuable company — the first public company to be worth more than $1 trillion — when the price of its shares climbed to $207.05.

What does your spouse do for a living? These days the answer often is, ‘I’m not quite sure’

It is the unspoken truth of the tech age: Many of us cannot accurately describe what our spouse does for a living.

Apple tops $1 trillion, leading gains for US stocks

US stocks climbed Thursday as Apple led a rally in technology companies and reached $1 trillion in value.

The Apple logo is seen at the entrance to the Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York.

Apple becomes first-ever company valued at $1 trillion

Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.

For a return to China, Google is said to build a censored search engine

The Internet giant has teams of engineers working on a search app that restricts content banned by Beijing, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.

Apple’ stock soars but energy and industrial shares weigh on the market

Apple surged to its biggest gain in a year and a half Wednesday and drew closer to $1 trillion in value after it reported stronger iPhone sales and rising prices.

Facebook is spending heavily to avoid a repeat of the Russian interference that played out on its service in 2016.

Facebook plays whack-a-mole with Russia interference

Facebook is spending heavily to avoid a repeat of the Russian interference that played out on its service in 2016.

Tesla burns $739.5 million in cash on way to record 2Q loss

The net loss more than doubled from the same quarter a year ago, and was slightly larger than the first quarter. But Tesla’s cash burn in the second quarter slowed.

MIT’s new Kendall Square office building will also be home to a new school museum in the lobby.

Boeing will lease 100,000 square feet in new Kendall Square building

The space will house Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences unit, which develops technology for unmanned aircraft.

Facebook was widely criticized for failing to detect Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Facebook uncovers attempts to influence upcoming midterms, but won’t blame Russia

The social network said it had removed 32 pages and fake accounts that engaged in activity around divisive social issues.

Facebook was widely criticized for failing to detect Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Facebook uncovers attempts to influence upcoming midterms, but won’t blame Russia

The social network said it had removed 32 pages and fake accounts that engaged in activity around divisive social issues.

Health care and industrial stocks lead US indexes higher

Stocks rose Tuesday following strong results from industrial and health care companies as well as a report that the United States and China are trying to restart trade talks.

A printable pistol released to Internet was named

Judge issues order to stop release of 3-D plastic gun blueprints

Eight Democratic attorneys general, including Maura Healey of Massachusetts, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the release.

Another tech stock tumble pulls US indexes sharply lower

Technology stocks tumbled for the third day in a row Monday as a sharp reversal for some of Wall Street’s recent favorites worsened.

A Metal X 3-D printer at Markforged in Watertown.

Markforged of Watertown cleared in patent case

The company won the first round a court battle between two area startups that specialize in the burgeoning field of 3-D printing for industrial and commercial uses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a cybersecurity conference in Moscow on July 6.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

As cyber-attacks on the US rise, is the answer to hack back?

Some cyber security experts want the US government, and even private companies and individuals, to go on the offensive.

Tech stocks lead market lower again as Twitter takes a dive

Twitter plunged more than 20 percent, its second-biggest loss since going public in 2013.