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Summit does not deal with North Korea’s hacking

Among the subjects President Trump apparently didn’t discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was North Korea’s record of dangerous cyberattacks.

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Natick software firm to add 2,000 local jobs within five years

MathWorks nearly doubles its office space Monday with the opening of its new Lakeside campus in Natick.


Imara has a new CEO

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

UK Court rules in landmark gig economy case

A London plumber who claimed he was unfairly dismissed after years of working as a contractor has won a court ruling giving him employment rights, in a case seen as a key test of labor rules in the so-called gig economy.

(FILES)This NASA file photo released June 7, 2018 shows a low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.


Greater Boston author readings June 17-23

A weekly calendar of literary events.

AT&T attorney Daniel Petrocelli left the federal courthouse in Washington after a judge approved the $85 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner.

AT&T, Time Warner merger would create giant new media company

A federal judge ruled in favor of the merger Tuesday, setting the stage for other possible media consolidations and big mergers in other industries.

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan of Seattle supported a repeal of the law after initially supporting it. As enacted, the tax would charge large employers in the city $275 per full-time employee.

Seattle repeals tax on companies after Amazon fights back

The City Council repealed the tax in a 7-2 vote that was accompanied by acrimony and accusations. Less than a month ago, it passed unanimously.

AT&T-Time Warner merger approved by federal judge

The move could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies.

Whole Foods kale and kombucha can now be delivered to your home, for free, in two hours.

Whole Foods offers free 2-hour delivery in Boston

Amazon customers who have Prime memberships will be able to get their groceries delivered gratis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Cutting Edge | Magazine

Will blockchain change the way we buy everything, and even the way we vote?

The region’s entrepreneurs are taking the technology underlying the bitcoin digital currency and applying it to other kinds of products.

A Chinese company built the Sinovel wind turbine in Charlestown using software it stole from a Massachusetts company, but the turbine's operator said it replaced the software with an authorized version in 2014.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

The real China trade issue? It’s stealing, not steel

To understand the simmering trade war, forget about tariffs on aluminum and steel. Instead, look to the giant wind turbine in Charlestown.

President Donald Trump arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base for a summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks

The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen.

Pope Francis attended a meeting with children at the Vatican on Saturday. On the same day, he gathered money managers and titans of the world’s biggest oil companies.

Pope tells oil executives clean energy ‘there is no time to lose’ on climate change

Participants included the chief executives of British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Italy’s ENI, and Norway’s Equinor.

Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung (left) moderated a panel on disruptive technologies that featured Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun, Wayfair chief executive Niraj Shah, edX founder Anant Agarwal, and Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

To keep up with automation, train workers from early age, panelists say

Computers will keep getting smarter. And so must US workers, if they want to hang onto their jobs, speakers at a Globe-sponsored panel said Friday.

Government documents say a short circuit can develop in a control computer and the air bags can fail to deploy.

Kia recalls over 500,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate

Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths.

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, spoke Friday at an event during the United States Conference of Mayors.

Facebook’s Sandberg unveils worker-training initiative at event with Mayor Walsh

“When people get the opportunity to get the training they need, they can get great jobs,” Sheryl Sandberg said at the US Conference of Mayors in Boston.


Boston and other smart cities run better, but they should be even smarter, report says

A McKinsey study suggests how cities could improve public services by wider adoption of “smart” technologies.

Foxconn chief: US-China dispute over tech, not trade

The CEO of Taiwan’s Foxconn, which assembles Apple iPhones and other products for tech companies, said Wednesday that Washington’s dispute with China is over technology rather than trade.

Facebook says it will fund original news shows created by such news organizations as ABC, CNN and Mic.

Facebook to fund original news shows from ABC, CNN, others

Facebook said the shows will be original and exclusive to the platform, rather than adapting TV programs from elsewhere for a Facebook audience.

A 3-D-printed life-size robot is pictured at the InMoov corner during the VivaTech trade fair.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Will a robot take my job? AI conference attendees say humans will have plenty of work options

An MIT conference on automation reveals all the ways humans can control robots — and their jobs — in the future.

GitHub’s cofounder and CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will join Microsoft as a technical fellow to work on software initiatives.

Microsoft embraces collaborative coding with $7.5b deal to acquire GitHub

Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for GitHub, a popular coder hangout, as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun.

Microsoft buying popular coder hangout GitHub for $7.5 billion

GitHub is a platform where software developers can go to host and review each other’s code.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will participate in a round table discussion Friday afternoon with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

US mayors, Globe events on tech and the city

Boston will host several events this week that will explore how US cities can thrive in a future where technology will change the way people live, work and interact

Jonathan Bush, CEO of AthenaHealth.

Athenahealth’s Jonathan Bush faced workplace complaint, report says

Jonathan Bush is confronting another potentially damaging allegation amid a takeover attempt from a hedge fund.

To protect privacy, a monitoring system from the company MotionLoft turns people in its video images into anonymous white dots. The movements of of the dots can then be analyzed to help the Business Improvement District understand what people do downtown.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Devices map people’s movements in Downtown Crossing to help businesses fine-tune offerings

A business group is using video cameras to record traffic flows in Downtown Crossing so it can fine-tune retail offerings in the busy commercial district.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 7, 2018 Fred Guttenberg, the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg who was killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, holds up an print out of an National Rifle Association (NRA) ad as he pleads with Democratic senators to do something about gun violence during a Democrat meeting to hear testimony from survivors of gun violence and family members who want Congress to take swift action to strengthen US gun laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A US video game company has withdrawn a game that simulated a school shooting amid fierce criticism from parents of shooting victims and from politicians. The game,

School shooting video game removed online after backlash from Parkland parents

The ‘‘Active Shooter’’ video game was pulled days before it was to be released on the video-game marketplace Steam.

Crew on board the 'Seabed Constructor' multi-purpose offshore vessel in the southern Indian Ocean.

Final scheduled search for MH370 ends with no clues to missing airliner

The four-year search had been the largest in aviation history and tested the limits of technology and the capacity of experts and people at sea.

A communications technician worked at an Internet cable closet at the European Council building in Brussels.

Next privacy battle in Europe is over this new law

The legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations, industry groups say.

A cricket match that featured Faf Du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings on May 22 in India set a new record for live viewership on the Internet.

You think Boston fans are sports mad? In India, more than 8m people watched a cricket match — on their phones

Cambridge-based Akamai Technologies said the cricket match set a new record for live online viewership.

The capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers or disease.

Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science.

If you haven’t got anything better to do this Memorial Day weekend, consider spending time with your home Internet router.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

FBI warns consumers about malware aimed at Internet routers

The FBI is warning consumers about a nasty new malware attack that has infected about half a million devices in more than 50 countries.

Investigators examined a driverless SUV that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., in March.

Self-driving SUV in fatal Arizona crash saw pedestrian but didn’t brake, board says

Federal investigators say the vehicle spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but didn’t stop because emergency braking was disabled.

MAXPPP OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9691416al) Mark Zuckerberg and Emmanuel Macron Tech for Good summit at the Elysee palace, Paris, France - 23 May 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Elysee Palace after the Tech for Good summit, in Paris, France, 23 May 2018. Tech for Good summit is held at Elysee palace with Tech leaders on the sidelines of the VivaTech fair.

France’s Macron takes on Facebook’s Zuckerberg in tech push

French President Emmanuel Macron took on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other internet giants Wednesday at a Paris meeting to discuss personal data protection and taxes as France pushes for tougher European regulations.

Fed gives stocks a boost; tech and retail companies rally

US stocks turned higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it’s not in a hurry to raise interest rates.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned on Tuesday by European lawmakers about data privacy.


EU’s new data-privacy rule will be felt by many Americans, too

Many companies, including those in the US, may find it easier to use European data rules that take effect Friday for all of their customers.

Superpedestrian chief executive Assaf Biderman said his company will use its new investment money to begin building electric bikes for services than rent bikes.

Electric bike maker charges into ride-sharing

Cambridge-based Superpedestrian is charging up on cash, in a bid to become a major supplier of bikes for ride-sharing services.

A “60 Minutes” segment is prompting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to seek an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

Mnuchin urges antitrust probe of tech after Google report

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

Resin-cast pendants fashioned from discarded computer cords by artist Ani Avanian.


A fresh take on wearable tech

Artist Ani Avanian creates resin-cast pendants from discarded computer cords.


Investors dump GE shares

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

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey (right) joined fellow lawmakers at a news conference in Washington Wednesday to press the case for restoring Obama-era Net neutrality rules. With him were Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York (center) and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York.

Senate backs effort to restore Net neutrality rules

Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure intended to revive Obama-era Internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all Web traffic.

Tech, retail stocks help drive a rebound in US markets

US stocks notched solid gains Wednesday, recouping some of the market’s losses from a day earlier.

Senator Ed Markey gathered enough votes in the Senate on Wednesday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to end Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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Senator Ed Markey notches a win in defense of net neutrality

Defeating the Trump administration in a GOP-controlled Congress isn’t easy. But net neutrality warrior Senator Ed Markey is showing how it can be done.

Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman under Obama, wants to make sure that Internet providers protect the privacy of users.

Tech Lab

The real reason the Net neutrality fight goes on

The bill passed by the Senate Wednesday will almost certainly be defeated in the GOP-dominated House. But Congress is just one front in the fight to save the regulations.

Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods Market locations.

Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods

Prime members will get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items.

Chris Goodman took a call in his office at Amazon’s new Fort Point office in Boston.

Talking Points

Amazon ramps up move into South Boston

All those empty desks at Amazon’s new Boston office won’t stay vacant for long.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in March got a demonstration of the SpotMini robotic dog, made by Boston Dynamics, during his visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Boston Dynamics will sell its terrifying robot dogs. What could go wrong?

Our reactions to Boston Dynamics’ latest four-legged machines might say more about us than about cutting-edge robots.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia toured MIT, including meeting Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini, in March.


Boston Dynamics will sell its terrifying robot dogs. What could go wrong?

Our reactions to Boston Dynamics’ latest four-legged machines might say more about us than about cutting-edge robots.

The Seattle City Council’s meeting room was crowded before its

Amazon is very unhappy with Seattle’s new tax. What might that mean for Boston?

A per-worker levy to help address homelessness has the company reconsidering its hometown expansion plans.

Seattle approves tax on businesses like Amazon, Starbucks to fight homelessness

A compromise calls for large businesses to pay about $275 per full-time worker a year.