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The law requires carmakers to provide consumers and independent mechanics with wireless access to diagnostic data generated by most new cars.

Lawmakers propose changes in stalled right-to-repair law

The law requires carmakers to provide consumers and independent mechanics with wireless access to diagnostic data generated by most new cars. Enforcement has already been delayed a year, and pending legislation would give carmakers three more model years to comply.

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IRobot is moving beyond the Roomba and focusing on smart-home systems.

In challenging times, iRobot is shifting from home robots to robot homes

The Bedford-based company is waging multiple patent fights with its toughest rival and grappling with the ongoing supply chain crisis. But it's betting on continued innovation to keep it out in front.

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Bijan Sabet, cofounder and general partner of Spark Capital.

The ‘big shift’ of VCs into climate tech

Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital is among a wave of big-name venture capitalists moving into climate investments.

Boston software startup Robin CEO Micah Remley

This Boston startup wants to fix hybrid workplaces with software

Robin, led by a new CEO, is building logistics tools for workers who come into the office occasionally and spend the rest of their time at home.

The City of Boston has announced their app will help users store a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination cards on their phones.

Boston will roll out a vaccine certificate app on Jan. 15

The city’s “B Together” app will be made available on the Apple and Google app stores the same day Boston’s vaccine mandate goes into effect. It’s separate from the state system released earlier this week.

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Ginkgo Bioworks' logo drapes the New York Stock Exchange building

A no good, very bad year for SPACs

At least 10 Boston-area firms merged with blank-check companies to go public last year. Now it's time to tally the damage.

Magna International has acquired Optimus Ride, thus gaining the engineers behind one of the Boston company's flagship products, the self-driving car.

Boston self-driving car company Optimus Ride closes its doors

Boston-based autonomous vehicle company Optimus Ride has been acquired by a Canadian technology manufacturer, causing the company to shutter nearly 7 years since its genesis.

The SMART Health Card provides a secure digital way of proving you've been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Massachusetts unveils new proof-of-vaccination website

The Commonwealth rolled out a website that allows residents to download, screenshot, or print out a QR code that can verify their COVID-19 vaccination status.