Elizabeth Warren’s recession warning isn’t up to her usual standards

In her latest political post, the presidential candidate relies on some fear-mongering and a few debatable assertions.

Passengers waited on the platform as an MBTA Blue Line subway train arrived at the Suffolk Downs stop in East Boston.

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Lawmakers revive Blue Line extension idea

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: State officials will soon be studying the possibility of extending the line to Lynn.

Governor Charlie Baker made his initial proposal in January.

Lawmakers largely followed Baker’s lead to reach compromise to curb drug costs

Governor Charlie Baker initially laid out the plan in January. Legislators softened some of the original language, but generally followed Baker’s blueprint.

Eversource’s Northern Pass power line plan has never been popular in New Hampshire. Last week the state’s Supreme Court ruled against it.

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Wind victory comes at just the right time for Eversource

Ever have one of those weeks when it feels like you win some, and you lose some. The executives at Eversource Energy sure know the feeling.

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Equifax to pay up to $700m in data breach settlement

The 2017 breach exposed the Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people, roughly half of the US population.

Macy’s pulls plates that say a meal is ‘skinny jeans’ or ‘mom jeans’ size

Amid much criticism, including from “The Good Place” star and body positivity activist Jameela Jamil, the store apologized for “missing the mark” on a touchy subject.

Boston Beer’s spiked seltzer drives latest sales boom

Distribution of Boston Beer Co.’s Truly Hard Seltzer, not its flagship Sam Adams offerings, have helped send the company’s shares to record highs this month, analysts said.

United Kingdom defers Huawei 5G decision, seeks clarity on US export ban

The UK government postponed making a decision about Huawei Technologies Co.’s involvement in the country’s fifth-generation mobile networks, citing a lack of clarity over the impact of a U.S. export ban affecting the Chinese company.


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Vystar acquires Worcester’s Rotmans furniture store

The largest furniture and flooring store in New England, Rotmans Furniture and Carpet, has been acquired by Vystar Corp.

Equifax to pay up to $700 million in data breach settlement

The company will pay up to $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.

An investment chill could hurt the American real estate market particularly hard. A May report noted a “frenzy of disposal activity” among Chinese commercial real estate investors in the United States.

Chinese money in the US dries up as trade war drags on

Chinese investment has plummeted by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office.

For months, Phyllis Kravetz of Swampscott wrestled with an unreliable security system, getting little satisfaction from her pleas to the company charged with maintaining it.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

Home security system proved anything but

The peace of mind of having the system was replaced with stress and frustration for a Swampscott couple dealing with ADT and its business partner.

Rupal Patel (center) with employees at VocaliD, a Belmont company that designs synthetic digital voices.

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A pitch for ‘reality-based’ startups

A growing number of local startups are bypassing venture capital dollars.

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A startup pitch competition, salary negotiation training and other events and things to know.

Participants of a Wayfair walkout gathered in June in Copley Square in Boston.

Activists pledging to organize a boycott of Wayfair

The activists have organized a petition signed by several hundred customers pledging a boycott in a show of support for Wayfair employees who had staged their own protest in June.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference Wednesday amid debt limit talks with the White House. On Friday, Pelosi rejected a White House demand for $150 billion in spending cuts.

Trump says debt limit talks in ‘good shape’ after Pelosi rebuff

Staff-level talks are likely to continue through next week, but lawmakers are working under a tight deadline as the House’s August recess approaches.

When Bayer acquired Monsanto, maker of Roundup, it inherited a mountain of lawsuits.

Judge to slash $2 billion award for couple with cancer in Roundup lawsuit

Judge to slash $2 billion award for couple with cancer in Roundup lawsuit

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Boston Fed president tells Trump to back off. Politely, of course

Eric Rosengren used a speech in New York to make the case for an independent Federal Reserve.

British firm’s plans to build private dorms in Boston hit a snag

City planners aren’t keen on Scape’s student-only housing model.

Employees at ezCater get comfy in their new work space on Water Street.

Another cool new office, this one for business catering company ezCater

Nearly 500 employees of business caterer ezCater this week were settling into their new digs on Water Street, the latest tech firm to plant its flag in the Financial District. The twist? The whole place is a WeWork.

Alistair Erskine checks his locker number via the phone app created by Tide Cleaners, the new service that cleans your clothes for you.

Tide wants to do your laundry for you — so I let them do mine

With the pithy slogan “Life, Not Laundry,” Tide now operates 140 dry cleaning stores in 19 states, and Tide University is cleaning students’ clothes at 23 colleges, including MIT.

A model of the moon hovers over an exhibit on the Apollo 11 mission at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge.

Draper dusts off treasures of the Apollo era

A new exhibit shines a light on the Cambridge company’s crucial role in putting men on the moon.

Specialist Gennaro Saporito, left, and trader Robert Moran work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 18, 2019. U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading on Wall Street Thursday after Netflix reported a slump in new subscribers and dragged down communications companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Trade issues prompt local manufacturers to paint a gloomy picture

Manufacturers are not pleased with this country’s trade policy, and many are lowering their outlooks for the year as a result.

Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London

A passenger accused of severe misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London’s Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline.

US stock indexes shake off an early loss and close higher

U.S. stocks reversed course from an early slump and closed higher Thursday to break a two-day losing streak after technology and bank stocks rallied.

Red Line service has suffered since a June 11 derailment near JFK/UMass Station.

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Red Line’s slow service, explained

Believe it or not beleaguered riders, the MBTA is making progress on getting the Red Line back to normal. Now don’t get too excited.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts program has been successful, according to Haarvard Medical School researchers.

Blue Cross’s approach to paying doctors based on quality of care shows results, Harvard study finds

Researchers find that the payment plan is linked to smaller increases in health care spending — and better quality care.

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Boston Medical Center, nurses’ union reach contract agreement

The four-year deal includes wage increases, safety initiatives, and payment for professional development.

A rendering of the new Target store in Dorchester's Fields Corner neighborhood. The retailer also will initiate its Drive Up service in the Boston area — as well as stores in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and several other states — next week.

Target will open a small-format store in the Fields Corner shopping plaza in 2020

The company will also soon offer its drive up “click and collect” service in the Boston area.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Netflix logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. - Netflix shares plunged more than 10 percent in after-hours trade on July 17, 2019, after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber growth for the streaming television sector leader. Netflix said it added 2.7 million new subscribers worldwide in the April-June period, well below expectations, as the sector prepared for offerings from rival groups including Walt Disney, Apple and others. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images

Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue

Foundation Medicine will move its headquarters to the Seaport

At 580,000 square feet, it’s the largest office lease signed in Boston since 2014.

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A taste-testing for experimental food, a happy hour for businesswomen, and other events and things to know.

The Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Massachusetts medical board approves rules on simultaneous surgeries

Doctors will have to give patients the names of junior surgeons who will participate in operations and document when the lead surgeon is absent.

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Democracy be damned as long as Wall Street’s happy

Give investors low rates, decent economic growth, and rising corporate earnings, and they are content — even if Trump acts more like a dictator than a president.

Delta will take full control of Logan’s 21-gate Terminal A in September.

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Delta makes Boston one of its hubs, sets aggressive new expansion target

Atlanta-based Delta has added Logan Airport to its list of hubs, and has set an aggressive new growth target for the Boston market.

Tesla’s plan to deliver fully self-driving cars this year worries regulators, experts

Tesla is promising to launch ‘‘full self-driving’’ capabilities to hundreds of thousands of cars through an over-the-air update as soon as this year. But its push to put the features — largely unregulated and unproven on real-world roads — in the hands of American drivers is putting industry executives and regulators on edge.

US objections to French tech tax overshadow G-7 finance meeting

As finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich democracies gathered Wednesday for a two-day meeting, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to take a tough line against France.

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager in Brussels on May 26, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert.

Amazon faces EU inquiry over data from independent sellers

LONDON — Amazon faces a widening inquiry in Europe over whether it unfairly uses data collected from third-party sellers who rely on its platform, the latest move by regulators around the world to curb the growing power of big technology companies.

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She urges a regional approach on watershed

The Mystic River Watershed Association’s Julie Wormser believes nonprofits like hers can fill the void left by nonexistent county government.

Somerville Hospital’s emergency department entrance.

Somerville Hospital to shutter emergency department, open urgent-care center

Hospital officials said they have considered the plan for three years and that it was not related to the 2016 case of Laura Levis. She found a locked door when she arrived at Somerville Hospital, collapsed outside, and later died.

Frequency signs $80m deal with Japan’s Astellas Pharma

Woburn biotech is working on a drug to restore hearing.

Owners of the Zuma Japanese restaurant, which opened in May inside the One Dalton Four Seasons, must change its name, a Superior Court judge has ruled. The ruling favors a Tex-Mex restaurant in Faneuil Hall, which claims the right to use the Zuma name.

Zuma vs. Zuma: In name dispute, court finds in favor of Faneuil Hall Tex-Mex joint

The Four Seasons’ Zuma can no longer use the name Zuma, a Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled.

If Northeastern’s opponents succeed, they could give a new tool to cities and towns to oversee construction projects proposed by nonprofits.

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Bill could limit nonprofits’ power to bypass zoning

The town-gown fight spilled over to the State House on Tuesday. Critics from Nahant packed the Gardner Auditorium to show support for a bill aimed at ending Northeastern’s plans to expand its marine research center in the town.

Business Agenda

A gathering for marijuana entrepreneurs, free legal advice for small businesses and other events and things to know.

What makes you work harder? Strap on a sensor and find out.

Researchers are tracking employees’ brain activity and sleep to measure productivity — and opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

David Marcus, head of Facebook’s cyrptocurrency subsidiary Calibra, testified during a hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The committee held the hearing on

Facebook cryptocurrency Libra skewered on Capitol Hill

Both Democrats and Republicans voiced concerns about Facebook’s proposed global currency, citing previous privacy violations which led to a recent $5 billion settlement with the FTC.

Searches for ‘canceling Amazon Prime’ spike on Prime Day

The data suggest shoppers want to snatch up discounted gadgets and appliances without making a long-term commitment to the world’s biggest online retailer.

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.