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Claudia Juech, chief executive of the Cloudera Foundation, and Vilas Dhar, president of the McGovern Foundation.

McGovern Foundation merges with Silicon Valley nonprofit to bring tech to philanthropy sector

The combined organization will work to speed the response to issues such as climate change and hunger with artificial intelligence and data science.

Simon Taylor, the chief executive of Boston software company HYCU.

Software startup HYCU raises $87.5m, plans to hire 100 employees in Boston

The company offers cloud data backup and recovery services for customers in more than 75 countries.

A Fidelity Investments Boston branch in the Financial District.

Fidelity wants to make it easier for investors to buy into bitcoin

On Wednesday, Fidelity became the latest company to ask federal regulators for permission to launch a fund that would simplify investing in the volatile cryptocurrency.

Mass. begins work on tracing app, but will it matter?

In the states where such apps are available, relatively few people bother to use them. And flaws in the design of the apps make them prone to false positive results, according to Ryan Calo, codirector of the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington.

Berkshire Grey packs Thanksgiving boxes using robots

Berkshire Grey partnered with The Greater Boston Food Bank to pack boxes containing Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

Nintendo Switch game consoles on display at Nintendo's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan. Time spent playing video games can be good for mental health, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University.

Study suggests video games can help mental health

Sales of video games have soared during the pandemic and now researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute say they found that the actual amount of time spent playing was a small but significant positive factor in people’s well-being.

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Angelina Hidalgo, left, helped her five-year-old daughter Angelys with her pre-kindergarten studies in April.

How to gear up for a year of long-distance remote learning

The challenge ahead for parents was underlined by Boston’s decision on Friday to begin the delayed school year with all classes conducted remotely.

INNOVATION ECONOMY

Could COVID-19 split apart the cluster of innovators that gives Boston an edge?

The cluster is at risk of crumbling. And COVID-19 is the cause.