Storefronts go from empty to artistic

Cities across the country are trying to figure out what to do with the empty storefronts. Cambridge has turned to something popular elsewhere: ad-hoc art galleries.

Boston, MA--11/2/2015--Incumbent City Councilor Michelle Wu (cq) campaigns for re-election at the Victoria's Diner (cq), on Monday, November 2, 2015. She speaks with Brian Curr (cq) of the South End. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 03council Reporter: Andrew Ryan

Boston makes its move into electricity purchasing for its residents and businesses

The city of Boston has proven to be an elusive grand prize among electricity brokers, but a Marlborough firm finally won the jackpot.

Utility safety becomes Ray LaHood’s top priority

As a longtime D.C. denizen, Ray LaHood knows all about Beltway politics. Massachusetts politics? That’s another story, although he is about to get a bit of a crash course.

Izaz and Irum Haque.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

A single inch results in an $850 shipping penalty from UPS

UPS informed Irum Haque that the length of the box she shipped wasn’t 48 inches, as she had measured; it was 49. How much more for one extra inch? $850.

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Wells Fargo agrees to $800,000 penalty in 38 Studios case

Wells Fargo Securities agreed to pay the civil penalty to settle a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed $75 million deal with Curt Schilling’s video game company.

National Enquirer reportedly paid $200,000 for private Bezos texts

The Wall Street Journal reported the tabloid’s publisher paid that sum to the brother of Jeff Bezos’s lover for the intimate texts.

Trump rebukes General Motors and union over idling of Lordstown plant

In a Twitter barrage, the president called on the carmaker and the United Auto Workers to start talks that would put an Ohio factory back to work.

Probe of FAA’s oversight of Boeing 737 began before second crash

Probe of FAA’s oversight of Boeing 737 began before second crash

Energy companies lead modest gains for US stock indexes

Stock indexes finished modestly higher Monday, extending the market’s solid gains from a rally last week.


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The ride-hailing company is based in San Francisco.

Lyft begins IPO road show, offers 30 million shares to public

Lyft kicked off the road show for its initial public offering, putting 30 million shares up for sale Monday with an anticipated price of $62 to $68 per share.

Kevin Tsujihara, former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Warner Bros.’ Tsujihara steps down following scandal

Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara is one of the highest ranking executives to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations.

Dr. Steve Paul, chief executive of Karuna.

Boston biotech working on schizophrenia treatment raises $68 million

Karuna Therapeutics says its drug would minimize side effects.

Akamai Technologies says most of the jobs cut were from offices outside Massachusetts.

Akamai cuts 140 jobs as it seeks to boost security business

Akamai said less than 30 of the positions were in Massachusetts, where it has offices in Cambridge and Westford.

Arun Buduri is building a cybersecurity startup called Pixm, with offices in New York and Waltham.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Anti-phishing startup is looking to reel in corporate clients

Pixm hopes to capitalize on the need for better cybersecurity.

Roxbury 02/27/19- The show, Seniors on the Move was recording one of their programs in the studios at BNN. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(business)

Cable access stations are facing a financial reckoning

Community television stations are contending with industry trends and regulatory changes that are threatening their financial support.

Harvard Pilgrim’s new CEO seeks to improve insurer’s health

Michael Carson has helped to engineer a financial turnaround, but big challenges remain.


How college-admissions scheme exploited tax code to hide bribes

The families involved are accused of getting a tax deduction for their illicit payments.

This apartment building, Nova at 1500 Hancock St., is under construction in Quincy Center.

Compared to other states, Mass. lags in move for more housing

Even incremental legislation that aims to make it easier for towns to change their own zoning has proved to be a challenge.

Mourners paid their respects Saturday at a makeshift memorial in Christchurch, New Zealand, near one of the mosques attacked on Friday.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

New Zealand shooting video underscores Facebook’s problems

It’s far from the first act of violence transmitted over Facebook Live. How is it that a company as smart and as rich as Facebook wasn’t ready for the next one?

CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Model Y Thursday.

Tesla Model Y, a new SUV, unveiled amid mounting challenges

Tesla has unveiled a seven-seat compact sport-utility vehicle called the Model Y, in its latest effort to broaden its product range while contending with problems on a number of fronts.

This photo taken on March 12, 2019 shows a worker transporting bottles of soymilk at a factory in Nanning in China's southern Guangxi region. - China's industrial output slowed during the first two months of the year as unemployment rose, official data showed on March 14, while some indicators showed a slowdown in the world's second largest economy stabilising. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

China’s premier acknowledges economic slowdown, promises tax cuts

China’s second highest official addressed the “downward economic pressure” the country has been facing and tried to quell concerns that Chinese techonology companies are spying on other countries.

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

Chesto Means Business

Karen Spilka seeks business help on ambitious agenda

The Senate president told the state’s largest employer group that she wants input as her team tackles the big issues.

Bono (second from right) and TPG’s Bill McGlashan (far right) appeared at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Larry Edelman | Commentary

Bono’s partner in ethical investing falls from grace in admissions scandal

Bill McGlashan took socially responsible impact investing to the next level with the $2 billion Rise Fund. Now he’s lost his job for allegedly paying $300,000 in bribes to get his son into college.

Then Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in 2014.

SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO, with defrauding investors during emissions scandal

US Regulators are charging the company and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during its emissions scandal.

Office tower OK’d for Hood Milk plant site in Charlestown

It’s a major step toward redevelopment of the large tract between Rutherford Avenue and Interstate 93.

Tufts dining hall workers authorize strike

If a strike is called, 175 cashiers, dishwashers, grill cooks, bakers, and sous chefs will walk off the job in a fight for higher wages, lower healthcare costs, and better job protections.

Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook, holds a Mevo camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Facebook’s top product executive, Chris Cox, is leaving, the highest-level departure in years

Cox is a longtime confidant of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. His departure comes months after he was promoted in a major reorganization.

With the SpotOn collar, wherever the dog goes, so goes the ability to set up a virtual barrier.

With SpotOn, dogs are fenced in invisibly — anywhere

OnPoint Systems says that because its SpotOn device is built into a dog’s collar, wherever the dog goes, so does its invisible electronic fence.

Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire has asked for a task force that would study offshore leasing proposals.

Chesto Means Business | Jon Chesto

Offshore wind industry could come to Gulf of Maine

EnBW becomes the first offshore wind developer to publicly show an interest in developing waters near the New Hampshire coastline.

The Hudson Yards complex in Manhattan opens Friday.

The stakes are high for Chris Himmel’s new venture in NYC’s Hudson Yards project

Grill 23’s Himmel is about to open a risky venture in New York’s Hudson Yards megaproject. He’s the developer’s son, but he’s trying to make a name for himself.

Question 1 on last fall’s statewide ballot would have set strict limits on the numbers of patients assigned to nurses working in Massachusetts hospitals. The nurses union has long supported such limits and argues that they’re necessary for patients to receive safe care.

Labor board cites hospital for infringing on nurses’ rights during ballot campaign

The National Labor Relations Board settled allegations of unfair labor practices with Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Boeing 737 Max jets could be grounded into April, lawmakers said Thursday.

US may keep Boeing 737 Max jets grounded for weeks

The passenger jets could remain grounded in the United States at least through April, House lawmakers said.

Stock indexes close mostly lower, ending 3-day winning streak

The benchmark S&P 500 finished essentially flat as losses in communications, industrial, and health care stocks outweighed gains in financial and technology companies.

Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan testified before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday.

Wells Fargo CEO gets raise to $18.4 million the day after being scolded by Congress

The bank is still weathering a sustained backlash from its admission two years ago it opened millions of sham accounts customers didn’t want.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Isabella Rose Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend WCRF's

Sephora drops YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli over college bribery

Cosmetics company Sephora says it’s dropping its social-media relationship with actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, after her parents were charged.

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in New York. Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

It’s official: Facebook and Instagram are working again

Users reported having issues accessing both sites starting Wednesday afternoon and the platforms were working again just before 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Increase in consumer use of mobile person-to-person payment methods between 2014 and 2017, according to Boston-based research firm

What’s in your phone?

Armed with digital devices, younger people are leading the way to a cashless future.

A logo is seen on a Zipcar in San Francisco, California in 2015.

Zipcar disruption reveals vagaries of tech connectivity

Zipcar said an outage experienced by a third party telecommunications vendor disrupted connections between the company’s vehicles and its reservation software.

Airbnb loses major fight over California city’s rental law

Airbnb Inc. and Expedia Group Inc.’s HomeAway failed to persuade a US appeals court to strike down a Santa Monica law that makes the companies liable for illicit rentals in the Southern California beach city.

Facebook’s logo displayed on a smartphone in France.

US conducts criminal inquiry into Facebook’s data-sharing deals

The probe is intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

US grounding of Boeing jet shows limits of company’s clout

Aerospace giant Boeing is a juggernaut in Washington, employing a team of in-house lobbyists and blue chip firms as part of a multimillion dollar influence operation built to shape policy on Capitol Hill and inside the Trump administration.

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Purdue said Monday, March 4, 2019, that it has asked a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Purdue Pharma weighs bankruptcy, announces development of fentanyl antidote

Purdue Pharma chief executive Craig Landau also announced that the company is developing a drug to be a more powerful antidote for fentanyl overdoses, and doing it all pro bono. He also said that the company has considered bankrupcty as it faces opioid lawsuits in the coming fall.

Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

A new report says pills often contain so-called ‘‘inactive’’ ingredients capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal reactions in small numbers of people sensitive to specific compounds.


Who’ll benefit from Mass.’ new hotel taxes?

The people who market the various corners of Massachusetts are watching the millions in new hotel taxes roll in, and they want a piece of the action.

The Boston Landing Station on the commuter rail.

Another big music club is coming to Boston

Boston Landing in Brighton will feature a 3,500-seat concert hall, one of three sizable venues in the works around the city.

Health, tech companies lead US stocks to 3rd straight gain

Health care and technology companies powered stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, giving the market its third straight gain.

MIAMI, - MARCH 13: A sign at the Miami International Airport shows cancelled flights as American Airlines grounds it Boeing 737 Max 8 planes on March 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. American Airlines is reported to say that it will ground its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 Max planes and it plans to rebook passengers after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the entire United States Boeing 737 MAX fleet. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

How the Boeing groundings are affecting US air travelers

US carriers are moving swiftly to comply with federal orders grounding their Boeing Co. 737 Max aircraft and shift passengers to other flights.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo the icons of Facebook and WhatsApp are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Facebook is already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links. It now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. (AP Photo/, File)

Don’t panic: Facebook and Instagram are down for many users

Social media users are reporting problems accessing Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.

A Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Illinois.

Dick’s to halt sales of rifles, ammo at 125 of its stores

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. said on Tuesday that it will stop selling hunting rifles and ammunition at 125 of its stores.

LabShares Newton grows its business

Life Sciences incubator celebrates expansion, says it offers a lower-cost alternative to Kendall Square.

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.