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MassChallenge is looking for a new CEO

John Harthorne is stepping down to form a venture designed to help participants grow after they complete the program.

The investment team of Bain Capital Ventures met in San Francisco.

Bain is the latest Boston firm with a billion-dollar venture fund

The largest venture firms are raising increasingly large caches to compete for stakes in highly valued startups.

Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle.

Chesto means business

We may have ‘lost’ Amazon HQ2 but we still won in other ways

State officials and real estate brokers have a ready-made list of properties that community leaders are eager to see developed.

Apple’s shares fell 5 percent after one of its suppliers slashed its fiscal outlook for the current quarter.

Stocks dive after Apple supplier slashes outlook

Stocks dropped Monday, giving back a slice of their recent gains as investors dumped shares in some of the large technology companies that hold outsize sway over major market indexes.

FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo trader Timothy Nick, center, works with specialist Michael O'Mara on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Dow drops 600 points as tech giants slide

Stock trading turned jittery again after two weeks of gains amid a broad sell-off in technology companies.

Nuance Communications Inc. is expected to release an earnings report on Monday.

Nuance selling its document business for $400 million

Burlington speech-recognition company to focus on A.I, cloud services.

Google employees in Kendall Square in Cambridge joined a worldwide walkout on Nov. 1 in protest of company policies on sexual harrassment.

After walkouts, Google agrees to step up its transparency, harassment policies

In an e-mail to employees, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said it was clear that the company needed to make changes to protect its workers.

Tesla's board has named Robyn Denholm as chairman to replace Elon Musk, complying with terms of a fraud settlement with US securities regulators.

Tesla names Robyn Denholm as chairwoman, succeeding Elon Musk

The company is trying to move beyond regulatory troubles and concerns about its stability under Musk, its colorful but erratic co-founder.

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Eleven of the top 100 Mass. companies lack a woman on their boards

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

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For pollsters, it was a pretty good Tuesday

Having failed to foresee Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, polling firms changed how they survey US voters, and those changes seem to have paid off.

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Receiver wants to close Brockton health center next month

Nine stories you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business.

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar crossed into Bangladesh in September 2017.

Facebook admits it was used to incite violence in Myanmar

Facebook failed to prevent its platform from being used to “foment division and incite offline violence” in the country, one of its executives said in a post Monday.

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts for suspected “coordinated inauthentic” behavior on the eve of U.S. midterm elections. The social media company said in a blog post late Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 that it shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram and says it’s investigating them in more detail. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of US midterm elections

Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected “coordinated inauthentic behavior” linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday’s US midterm elections.

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Verizon reorganizes structure under new CEO to prep for 5G

Nine stories you may have missed Monday from the world of business.

Supreme Court won’t take up Net neutrality

There were not enough justices for a majority to take up the case, after two recused themselves.

The Need to Vote initiative launched by Tom Steyer uses addressable TV ads in targeted regions.

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With new tech, TV election ads get personal

One last wave of campaign ads is washing across your TV screen. And there’s a decent chance that some of those ads are aimed at you — personally.

A Wall Street sign hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Oct. 19, 2018. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg photo by Victor J. Blue.

US stocks are higher even as Apple sinks again

The gains in the United States come after stocks recovered early losses in Euope.

Tornado hit Baltimore Amazon center, killing 2

Officials confirmed it was a tornado that ripped apart some of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, killing two men who worked for outside employers.

The Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., seen from across the Potomac in Washington, Oct. 1, 2018. Many investors and officials believe Amazon sees Northern Virginia as the best fit for a second headquarters site. Among the upsides: good transit, diverse residents, a friendly business climate, and a single developer with a big chunk of land. (Jared Soares/The New York Times)

Amazon in ‘advanced talks’ to build new HQ near Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post is reporting that Amazon is in “advanced talks” to open its second headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area.

Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads

Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.

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Google employees walk out of Cambridge office as part of companywide protest

Hundreds of workers walked out of the Main Street office around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Stocks rise as the market’s rebound stretches into a 3rd day

Stocks climbed Thursday as major indexes extended a rebound into a third day.

Google employees walk out of Cambridge offices as part of company-wide protest

Local workers joined colleagues around the globe to protest what they described as the company’s lenient treatment of men accused of sexual misconduct.

UK-Canadian ‘grand committee’ seeks to question Zuckerberg

Parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada on Wednesday urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers examining fake news and the internet.

What part of the NewsGuard tool looks like.

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New tool helps stand guard against fake news

A high-stakes federal election comes up in less than a week, and on the Internet the digital lies are flowing as freely as ever.

Stocks rally again, but end Oct. with steep losses

Stocks climbed for the second day in a row Wednesday at the end of a brutal month for markets worldwide.

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Leominster firm ordered to pay more than $800,000 for unlawful payroll deductions

Nine stories you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business.

Apple CEO Tim Cook presents new products, including new Macbook laptops, during a special event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House October 30, 2018, in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

A look at the newest updates to Apple’s iPads, MacBooks

Apple’s new iPads will more closely resemble its latest iPhones as they ditch a home button and fingerprint sensor to make more room for the screen.

Stocks tumble again on report US might levy tariffs on all Chinese goods

Fear that the Trump administration will announce tariffs on all remaining imports from China helped knock US stocks from a strong early gain to another sharp loss Monday.

FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo specialist James Denaro works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks tumble again on report US plans more tariffs

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 381 points, or 1.6 percent, to 24,306. It was up 352 earlier.

Channel 25 changes could leave some in the dark

Viewers on the edge of Greater Boston who watch TV over the airwaves may soon notice a weak signal from the Fox affiliate.

CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter was making progress in becoming “a healthier and valuable everyday service.”

Twitter posts another profit as user numbers drop

Despite the fall in users, Twitter said its third-quarter revenue rose 29 percent from a year ago, to $758 million.

After a long losing streak, stocks surge on solid earnings

Stocks soared Thursday as strong earnings reports from market bellwethers like Microsoft and Comcast gave a boost of confidence to investors shaken by the recent wave of selling.

Speaking before the European Parliament in Brussels Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook praised the European Union’s data-protection rules, and called on US regulators to also pass a comprehensive digital privacy law.

In Brussels, Apple’s Tim Cook blasts Silicon Valley over privacy issues

The Apple leader expressed alarm about divisive political rhetoric that proliferates on social media platforms.

This image provided by Facebook shows the company's product called Portal. Facebook is marketing the device Portal, as a way for its more than 2 billion users to chat with one another without having to fuss with positioning and other controls. (Facebook via AP)

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Facebook has a new device to keep an eye on you. Is this a good thing?

Facebook’s new Portal device, seen in a commercial during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, will track users during video calls.

Specialist Gregg Maloney, left, and trader Timothy Nick work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for Boeing and other industrial companies are offset by losses elsewhere in the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks plunge again, wiping out gains for the year

The Dow fell more than 600 points as high-flying companies like Netflix and Amazon took some of the biggest losses Wednesday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke during a data privacy conference in Brussels, Wednesday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook warns of data being ‘weaponized’ against users

The head of Apple endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the US and renewed the technology giant’s commitment to protecting personal data.

Civil rights and privacy advocates have voiced concerns about Amazon’s Rekognition face-scanning platform. Shankar Narayan (left), legislative director of the ACLU of Washington, urged Amazon to stop selling the system to the government at a news conference outside Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in June.

Amazon met with ICE officials over facial-recognition system that could identify immigrants

The move could shove the tech giant further into a growing debate over the industry’s work with the government.

Mr. Bakken also commercialized the first implantable pacemaker.

Earl Bakken, Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker, dies at 94

Mr. Bakken and his brother-in-law turned Medtronic from a struggling company they ran out of a Minneapolis garage into a multinational medical technology powerhouse.

Elon Musk envisions the construction of a zero-emissions underground transit system.

Elon Musk says Boring Co. test tunnel for high-speed travel to open in December

The California project is designed to show the viability of Musk’s plans to build a new type of high-speed public transportation system.

Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections

Afghanistan’s first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday.

EBSCO accused of including smut in school databases

The Ipswich-based information service is under fire from parents and conservative activists.

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State Street president pulls out of Saudi business conference

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

Facebook’s “War Room” is the nerve center of its fight against misinformation.

Facebook takes aim at fake news

The social network has set up a nerve center to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections.

Stocks sink on weak industrial earnings

Investors also continued to sell shares of technology and Internet companies, as well as companies that rely on consumer spending.

The Internet Research Agency is a Russian troll farm.

Twitter airs election meddling data

Twitter is releasing all known accounts and posts related to “information operations” dating back to 2016, when it was first learned that foreign operators were using social media to meddle in US elections.

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Stop & Shop agrees to make checkout aisles more accessible

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

Strong earnings and calm inflation data spurred a banner day Tuesday at the New York Stock Exchange.

Surge recovers some market losses

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 547 points.

Ed (left) and Todd Park are trying to building another major player in the health care field.

This company, led by veteran athenahealth execs, just raised $300m

With Devoted Health, Ed and Todd Park are on their way to building another major player in the field.

Facebook will force British political ad buyers to reveal identity

‘‘By having people verify who they are, we believe it will help prevent abuse,” Facebook said.