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It is estimated that Prime Day will generate $3.4 billion in sales worldwide for Amazon.

Amazon’s Prime Day dimmed by website woes

Amazon’s website ran into some snags quickly Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

Uber faces US probe into alleged gender bias

The government is investigating allegations that the ride-hailing service set up a pay structure that discriminated against its female workers.

Elon Musk’s social media conduct may be bad for his business

When Tesla chief Elon Musk called a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, he may have gone one tweet too far.

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages pass through a scanner at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products. (Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amazon’s much-hyped Prime Day runs into snags

Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. launch got only images of dogs with the words, ‘‘Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our end.’’

John Podesta, Clinton campaign chairman, listens as former Democratic US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at the New Yorker Hotel after her defeat in the presidential election November 9, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Long-hidden hackers unmasked by special counsel investigation

On the morning of March 19, 2016, Den Katenberg ran a little test with big stakes.

3D printing companies clash in federal court

Desktop Metal is accusing Markforged of stealing its ideas for printing metal parts.

Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of the Boston-based artificial intelligence firm, Affectiva.

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Tech community wrestles over working with government

Some entrepreneurs and employees of tech firms object to their technology being used by surveillance and enforcement agencies.

Austin reportedly bests Boston in bid for Army Futures Command

A formal announcement is scheduled for Friday morning in Washington.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018, file photo, the logos for Time Warner and AT&T appear above alternate trading posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating networks from the Time Warner company it just bought for $81 billion. Thursday, June 21, announcement comes just days after AT&T closed its Time Warner deal. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Department of Justice appeals ruling that allowed AT&T-Time Warner merger

Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal.

Stocks rebound; tech rally leads Nasdaq to a record

Technology companies soared Thursday as major stock indexes recovered the ground they lost a day earlier. The Nasdaq closed at another all-time high.

SimpliSafe has grown from 200,000 customers in 2013 to more than 2 million today.


Why one Boston home security startup caught on and another didn’t

This is a tale of two startups, both focused on developing new products for home security and both run by novice CEOs.

Twitter to remove suspicious accounts from follower counts

Twitter says it will begin removing suspicious accounts it has locked from its counts of users’ followers.

Facebook was hit with the maximum possible fine in Britain for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the information of millions of people without their consent.

Facebook is fined by British agency over Cambridge Analytica data leak

Facebook was hit with the maximum possible fine in Britain for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the information of millions of people without their consent.


SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba

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

A Tesla showroom in Beijing. China has become Tesla’s No. 2 market after the United States.

Tesla announces deal for Shanghai factory

Electric car producer Tesla will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai under an agreement signed Tuesday, becoming the first wholly foreign-owned automaker in China.

BOSTON, MA - 7/10/2018: The Toast counter system in action at the restaurant Mei Mei. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC 11toast

Toast, a fast-growing supplier of restaurant technology, says it has achieved ‘unicorn’ status

The Boston startup said it is now valued at $1.4 billion, a big number for a tech startup.

Everbridge monitors outbreaks of disaster and conflicts around the world, from tornados to terrorists, and warns corporate executives, government agencies and other clients.

Hiawatha Bray

At Everbridge, tracking bad news is good business

The Burlington company specializes in warning companies and government agencies to pending disasters, from hurricanes to street protests.

A Sinovel wind turbine is seen in Charlestown, Massachusetts June 27, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe)

AMSC gets $57 million from Chinese theft case

American Superconductor had its software that powers wind turbines stolen by a former Chinese partner.

Starry uses a type of extremely high-frequency radio technology to deliver broadband Internet service at speeds rivaling those from landline broadband companies.

Boston Internet service Starry, aiming to take on its bigger rivals, raises $100 million

The money will help Starry expand its wireless broadband service to 16 other US cities.

S&P 500 snaps a three-day winning streak

US stocks closed lower Tuesday as a swift sell-off in the final minutes of trading wiped out earlier gains and snapped a three-day winning streak for the market.

White House uses Twitter account to push back at Democrats

The move is drawing complaints that government resources are being used to undercut potential 2020 presidential rivals.

Rocket delivers robot, ice cream, mice to space station

The SpaceX’s capsule reached the station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral.

Planet Earth in deep space, focused on North America. 3D illustration - Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

New England stakes its claim in New Space

Space exploration is enjoying a new kind of glamour these days, and companies in New England are basking in the glow.

Work continues on MGM Springfield, which is scheduled to open Aug. 24.

MGM Springfield says casino’s art will draw on area’s history

MGM said it will commission works influenced by the area’s industrial roots and famed locals.

Google and other tech giants have the resources to comply with California’s new legislation, but small companies could face difficult challenges.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Calif.’s Net privacy law gives consumers more clout, and Big Tech may be just fine with that

Costly new rules on data privacy may hurt smaller Internet upstarts more than the tech giants.

Rocket developed by Japan startup in flames after liftoff

The 33-foot pencil rocket lifted only slightly from its launch pad before dropping to the ground.


Businesses court Chinese tourists with WeChat, AliPay  

Popular mobile payment apps make it easier for them to shop for products and services in and around Boston. 

The company, which has its headquarters near Downtown Crossing, said it would sell a controlling stake to the investment firm Hellman & Friedman.

Private equity deal makes SimpliSafe Boston’s latest billion-dollar startup

The Boston-based home security technology maker said Friday it has agreed to be acquired by a California private equity firm.


Rubius Therapeutics to build manufacturing facility in R.I.

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

PillPack delivers medications in presorted dose packages and employs more than 700 people.

Amazon to buy Somerville online pharmacy startup PillPack

The move expands the tech giant’s reach in the world of home delivery for prescriptions.

Stocks inch higher a day after sharp losses; GE gains 7.8% on latest asset sales

US stocks bobbed higher Tuesday as technology and consumer-focused companies regained a sliver of their losses from the day before.

Uber has been criticized in London over poor treatment of drivers, inadequate passenger safety, and harm to taxi industries.

Uber wins back London license after appeal

It was crucial victory for efforts by its new chief executive to revamp the company’s grow-at-all-costs culture.

 Devin Leake, Chief Science Officer, Hyunjun Park, Co-founder and CEO; and Milena Lazova, Scientist work in lab (Catalog)

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

The next big thing in data storage is actually microscopic

A Boston startup wants to use synthetic DNA as a code to store digital data, lots of digital data.

Cambridge, MA -- 12/15/2016 - The Curious George Store is seen in Harvard Square. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 15square Reporter:

Online tax bills are hugely complicated — more than you ever knew — and small firms are finding that out

A recent Supreme Court decision has many online small businesses worried.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2018 a woman works on socks that will be exported at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province. Wall Street stocks tumbled early June 25, 2018, joining a global selloff amid expectation President Donald Trump plans new measures to limit Chinese investments in US companies. About 25 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost 1.0 percent to 24,335.94.The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 0.9 percent to 2,731.18, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index slumped 1.3 percent to 7,596.95.The US administration, already locked in a trade confrontation with Beijing, is expected to announce plans this week to restrict Chinese investment in US firms and curtail access to sensitive technologies. / AFP PHOTO / - / China OUT-/AFP/Getty Images

Dow closes 300 points down on fresh trade worries

The Dow Jones industrials slid 328 points or 1.3 percent to 24,253, its lowest close since early May.

US stocks finish mostly higher as energy companies climb

Oil prices and energy companies rallied Friday after OPEC said it will produce more oil, but not as much as investors feared. While trade tensions remained in the headlines, U.S. stocks finished slightly higher at the end of a bumpy week.

FILE - JUNE 21, 2018: It was reported that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was forced out after he violated the company's non-fraternization policy when it was revealed he had a consensual relationship with an employee. LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich displays a 49-qubit chip as he delivers a keynote address at CES 2018 at Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9-12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called a past, consensual relationship with an employee.

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Saddleback Mountain buyer accused of bilking investor

The Australian developer who’s buying Maine’s Saddleback Mountain ski resort was arrested Thursday after a raid on his offices in his home country.

Guests chatted during a weekly “drinkup” at the Venture Café in Cambridge’s Kendall Square.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

How a failed restaurant became Cambridge’s hottest Thursday spot

Plans for a Kendall Square restaurant eventually became the amazingly popular Venture Café.

Hitchbot, seen here hitch-hiking in Marblehead in 2015 after its tour of Germany and Canada, ended up being destroyed by vandals in Philadelphia.


Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual

Robots are turning up in everyday situations — sometimes as victims.

Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead

US stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically focused firms will continue to do well even if the US-China trade dispute worsens.

NuTonomy’s self-driving cars are about to roll out of the Seaport District and into the rest of Boston’s busy streets.

Boston driverless car company will expand testing citywide

After operating in the Seaport since early 2017 with no safety issues, NuTonomy Inc. received approval to send its vehicles into the rest of Boston.

Merkel says climate change is ‘a fact,’ laments US stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord, calling the move “very regrettable” at a time when the overwhelming majority of countries worldwide are trying to limit global warming.

Above: Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters.

Trump signs 10,000,000th patent for Raytheon employee

A Raytheon Co. employee from California who found a new way to get real-time readings from large laser radars now holds the nation’s 10 millionth patent.

Dow posts 6th loss in a row as trade fight heats up

Big industrial and technology companies skidded Tuesday as the US-China trade dispute threatened to come to a boil.

EzCater connects restaurants with businesses in need of food for a company gathering.

Boston catering marketplace ezCater takes on international expansion

The company announced early Tuesday that it had taken in $100 million in new investment from venture capitalists.


Trans fats are officially banished

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

Trump tells Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’

At a meeting of his National Space Council, Trump said the new force would be an equal branch of the military.

Senate bill would block deal with Chinese telecom company

The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran

Wray says FBI won’t repeat errors noted in watchdog report

The FBI director and the Justice Department’s inspector general testified about the report on the Clinton e-mail investigation