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Bauer Wine & Spirits on Newbury Street uses Drizly to reach customers online.

Uber completes $1.1b acquisition of Drizly, as cannabis marketplace Lantern is spun out

While Uber Eats is known for connecting people to local restaurants, during the pandemic it quickly expanded into alcohol, convenience, grocery, and retail products.

With cyber threats mounting, venture capital funding for security-tech companies is on the rise.

Boston cybersecurity ratings startup Black Kite raises VC round

The company plans to double or triple its local staff. Cybersecurity has been a hot sector locally, with startups such as Snyk, Aura, and BitSight raising hundreds of millions of dollars at a time.

Yamini Rangan (left) is HubSpot’s new chief executive, replacing founder and former CEO Brian Halligan (right), who is now executive chairman.

HubSpot stock soars on new payments offerings

The Cambridge company hit an all-time high since it went public in 2014, with a market value of $37 billion.

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Short sellers are coming for Boston tech

With Boston’s growing profile as a tech hub, some local high flyers are drawing the attention of firms that bet on stocks they think will fall.

Catalog head of molecular biology Tracy Kambara prepares Shannon, the first commercially viable automated DNA storage and computation platform for use

Can chemical computing in a test tube replace your PC?

With $35 million in new funding, Boston startup Catalog is looking to advance its DNA-based computing technology.

An Amazon worker walks down steps in a company office in Seattle in 2017.

Amazon to allow employees to work remotely indefinitely

The new policy was announced in a blog post and is a change from Amazon’s previous expectation that most employees would need to be in the office at least three days a week when offices reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic in January.

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Things become much quieter when unicorns lose their $1 billion valuation, lay off employees, and struggle to get a product to market.

What happens when a unicorn falls?

Things become much quieter when unicorns lose their $1 billion valuation, lay off employees, and struggle to get a product to market.

Banking conglomerate Capital One acquired the software and employees of Lola.com, the Boston-based travel-tech company started by Kayak.com cofounder Paul English.

The biggest funding round in Mass. history, a new unicorn, and more Boston tech highlights

Here are the notable deals from this week spanning the health care, networking, and travel sectors.