The robots have taken over at this downtown garage

A new garage on Broad Street moves vehicles around — without a person driving.

Boston-based home furnishings online retailer Wayfair saw its stock rise 28 percent Friday, despite posting a $500 million loss over a year.

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Wayfair stock reaches new heights, even as retailer posts more losses

Bostonians don’t have to go far to find a company whose stock can soar nearly 30 percent after it posts a loss of more than $500 million in one year.

Mark Stepakoff was stymied by a closed website when he tried to renew his real estate license.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Downed website and a botched response from the state

Mark Stepakoff figured it would take only a few minutes to renew his real estate license with the state.

Prosecutors have accused Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor (above) of funneling millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to practitioners so they would prescribe Subsys to patients who often did not need the powerful, highly addictive drug.

Here’s how Insys schemed to deceive insurance companies

Employees quickly learned the best tactics for tricking insurers into approving payments for the company’s powerful Fentanyl spray, a former company manager said in court Friday.

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Boston buyout pioneer John Childs charged in Florida solicitation case

Childs was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a six-month-long investigation, according to police.

Juul expects skyrocketing sales of $3.4 billion despite flavored vape ban

Juul expects skyrocketing sales of $3.4 billion despite flavored vape ban

Voyager Therapeutics strikes deal with Illinois drug giant AbbVie

The Cambridge biotech is working on a potential treatment for Parkinson’s.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Taking a group approach to lowering the cost of college loans

A local startup, LeverEdge, aims to use critical mass to negotiate better rates.


Investors choke as Kraft Heinz takes cost cutting too far

The food company’s stock tumbled 27 percent after the CEO conceded that its vaunted zero-based budgeting strategy damaged the value of brands like Oscar Mayer.


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A rendering of the “City of the Future” that was planned by LStar Ventures at Union Point, Weymouth.

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South Weymouth base redevelopment enters new era of uncertainty

If it’s always darkest before the dawn, you have to wonder when the massive Union Point redevelopment on the South Shore will finally see the sunrise.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

License to kill: robocalls. The pressure’s on for phone carriers to target spammers

Federal authorities are gearing up to require new defenses against unwanted calls.

California Governor Gavin Newsom lashed out at the White House decision to break off talks on a national mileage standard, calling the move, in a tweet, “a reckless political stunt.”

White House ends California talks on mileage dispute

The Trump administration on Thursday broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry.

Facebook accused of tricking children

A group of children’s advocacy groups accused Facebook of purposefully duping children into making in-app purchases on games they feature on their website.

An aerial view of Newbury College.

Newbury College’s 7.8-acre campus hits the market

No price has been set, but the soon-to-close college’s prime parcel in Brookline is generating plenty of interest.

Negotiators from the United States and China met in Washington this week to hammer out a trade deal.

US wrangles China for firm commitments as trade talks continue

Negotiators from both countries, who are meeting in Washington over the next two days, are expected to trade memos and haggle over phrasing as they try to make progress toward a deal.

Stocks decline, ending S&P 500’s 3 days of wins

Health care and energy companies led US stocks lower Thursday, ending a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500.

Discuss the way information is displayed and organized online at an event hosted by MassArt on Saturday.

Weekend agenda

A talk for women in business, personal finance workshop, and other events and things to know.

Tahir Imin, a 38-year-old Uighur, had his blood drawn, his face scanned and his voice recorded by the authorities in China’s Xinjiang region.

China uses DNA to track its people, and a Waltham company is helping

Scientists affiliated with China’s police have used equipment made by Thermo Fisher. The company says that it’s working with US officials to figure out how its technology was being used.

Purdue’s Richard Sackler embraced plan to conceal OxyContin’s strength from doctors, sealed deposition shows

It’s believed to be the only time a Sackler family member has been questioned under oath about OxyContin’s illegal marketing and what family members knew about it.

Saugus, MA - 2/13/19 Head baker Rigoberto Cartagena (cq) flours dough on the sheeter. Kane's Donuts (cq) is opening a new location in Saugus, near the orange dinosaur. (The shop and the dinosaur date from the 1950s.) Co-owner and president Paul Delios (cq) said the expected hard opening will be by March 1. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Kane's Reporter: Jon Chesto

Kane’s starts making doughnuts off Route 1 — next to the Orange Dinosaur

Doors open to the public next week. But the road here began back in the summer of 2016, at a fund-raiser that auto mogul Ernie Boch was holding for his Music Drives Us charity.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell said he would need to see rising inflation before backing another hike in interest rates.

Threats to economy spurred Fed to hit pause on rate hikes, minutes show

Federal Reserve policymakers last month were concerned about the adverse effects of the government shutdown as well as rising trade tensions.

The European Parliament in Brussels. Russian hackers targeted think tanks in Europe in late 2018, months before the upcoming European parliamentary elections, Microsoft said.

Microsoft says it has found another Russian operation targeting prominent think tanks

Russian hackers targeted think tanks in Europe in late 2018, months before the upcoming European parliamentary elections, Microsoft said.

Cybersecurity officials in Britain claim Chinese telecom firm Huawei has yet to address network vulnerabilities.

Britain says Huawei has not fixed ‘serious’ problems affecting network security

Britain says Huawei has not fixed ‘serious’ problems affecting network security

Hydro-Quebec aims to deliver power to Massachusetts. Above, its Manicouagan-2 dam.


Settlement may be near for Quebec-to-Mass. power line

If you want to build a massive power line through northern New England, it sure helps to get the Conservation Law Foundation on board.

Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily

CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores.

Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration announced Wednesday more than $26 million in funds to support affordable housing projects, including 459 new units across seven neighborhoods.

Walsh announces 459 new affordable housing units across Boston

A lion’s share of the funding for the city’s new units — $18 million — comes from the Community Preservation Fund, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday.

President Trump spoke at the Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami in 2016. Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization a total of more than $100 million to finance the resort.

Deutsche Bank weighed restructuring Trump loans on default risk

Deutsche Bank considered extending repayment dates for loans taken out by the Trump Organization, and ultimately, despite being one of the only banks to work with the group after multiple bankruptcies, halted business with them in 2016.

US stocks cap a day of listless trading with modest gains

Wall Street ended Wednesday with a slight gain, extending the market’s winning streak to a third day.


Mortgage rates, a health care conference, and other things and events to know.


The day AARP lost me forever

I clearly remember when AARP, the warm, smiling face of the trillion-dollar senior-industrial complex, made a marketing miscalculation that soured me on the group for good.

Siobhan Dullea is the new chief executive of MassChallenge.

MassChallenge gets first new CEO in its 9-year history

Siobhan Dullea will take the reins of the organization from founder John Harthorne.

Report for America fellows Molly Born and Caity Coyne conducted an interview in Holden, W.Va.

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A big boost for local journalism

The Knight Foundation has announced $300 million in grants to support local newsgathering.

The Boston Flower Exchange building and parking lot on Albany Street.

Developers are scrambling for the next Kendall Square. Where will it be?

Kendall Square may be unique in the world for its combination of innovative companies and academic prowess. And developers are using that location as a model as they try to replicate its success elsewhere in the Boston area.

Amazon gives financial boost to St. Patrick’s Day parade

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is marching into a new era with a spring in its steps thanks to a financial boost from Amazon, the e-commerce king.

Boston, MA, 11/13/2018 -- Patrick Wardell, chief executive officer, pauses during a meeting with Pete DeMarco about the death of his wife, Laura Levis. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14somerville Reporter:

Cambridge Health Alliance CEO will retire after 4 decades in health care

Patrick Wardell will step down in June but continue leading the investigation into the death of Laura Levis, who had an asthma attack outside CHA’s hospital in Somerville.


A startup talk, a sales hiring event, and other events and things to know.

Stocks bounce back from a wobbly start to extend their gains

Stocks shook off an early wobble on Wall Street Tuesday, finishing modestly higher and extending the market’s gains into a fourth week.

A car transporter loaded with new Honda vehicles is driven out of the Honda manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England on February 19, 2019. - Honda announced Tuesday it would shut a major plant in Britain, putting 3,500 jobs at risk as the auto manufacturer became the latest Japanese firm to downsize operations as Brexit looms. The factory in Swindon, southwest England, is Honda's only EU plant and has produced the manufacturer's

Honda to close plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

The Japanese carmaker plans to shut down its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month.

Broad Institute targets blood-draw diagnostics

The Gerstner Center will focus on developing a blood biopsy that would monitor a patient’s response to chemotherapy, radiation, or immunotherapy with molecular precision.

Patrick Moscaritolo, in a London cab specially painted for a Boston promotion in the UK in 1998.


Tourism de force: How one man helped make Boston a top travel destination

Patrick Moscaritolo played a pivotal part in expanding Boston’s image beyond Paul Revere and “Cheers,” making it a place where people from around the world come to visit.

China plans to tie Hong Kong, Macau closer to mainland in bid to challenge Silicon Valley

China unveiled a sweeping plan to link Hong Kong and Macau with cities in southern China to create a so-called Greater Bay Area, aiming to make it a high-tech megalopolis.

Pamela Messenger is general manager of Friends of Post Office Square.


Park chief’s bird’s-eye view frames the job

The Friends of Post Office Square’s general manager, Pam Messenger, keeps a close watch on a downtown oasis.

Altaeros, a Somerville startup, tested its blimp, which carries cellular antennas and can be tethered by cables 800 feet above ground, in lieu of traditional cell towers.

Altaeros takes cell service to new heights

Altaeros says strong radio signals from its blimps could help slash the cost of wireless service.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke at a press conference in Washington about Chinese hacking on Dec. 20.

Spike in hacking of US networks is said to be tied to China and Iran

Security experts believe hackers have been energized by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year and his trade conflicts with China.

Here’s what’s on Boston’s business agenda

A speaker series focused on women in business and tech, a startup mixer, and other events and things to know.

A next-generation 4K television at a demonstration in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

What’s wrong with this picture? Many consumers have 4K gear, but TV services lag

The technology is in tens of millions of homes, but TV networks have yet to make major investments in the format.

A panel of entrepreneurs at HUBWeek 2018. In a new survey, Massachusetts entreprenuers weighed in on the details of the state’s venture capital ecosystem.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

For local entrepreneurs, it’s often about getting the VC money

Boston remains a very conservative investment community, say many respondents in a recent survey.

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Lacrosse standout is benched because his head is too big

A former high school all-star, Alex Chu was recruited for lacrosse at Wheaton College. But now he can’t join his team on the field because they can’t find a helmet large enough for him.

Boston’s famed Durgin-Park restaurant closed last month.

Durgin-Park memorabilia is on the auction block

The items can be previewed at the former restaurant Saturday and Sunday, and online bidding ends Wednesday.

Rapid7 chief executive Corey Thomas will be among the instructors at the April 11 “boot camp.”

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Mass. tech council makes a diversity push for boardrooms

Many of the older white guys who typically fill local boardrooms appear to be growing tired of looking across the table and seeing others who look like them.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.