Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive resigns suddenly

The automaker said Sergio Marchionne had become gravely ill since having shoulder surgery on July 5.

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SEAN P. MURPHY | The Fine Print

A few extra zeroes cause a big headache

Somehow, instead of paying $182.36 and $92.60 via her online account to Comcast and T-Mobile, Jackie Moquin-Vaudo paid $18,236 and $9,260.

Jibo’s Financial District office was empty on a recent weekday, with packing supplies in evidence and furniture bearing “sold” labels.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Here’s what happens when startups go wrong

Not long ago, Boston companies Jibo and Jana showed a lot of promise, but now their survival is in doubt.

A rendering of the 150 Seaport building on the waterfront.

Luxury condos in Seaport will feature St. Regis hotel services

A partnership with one of the city’s fanciest new condo projects will bring luxury hotel services — think concierge desk and butlers — to a residential building.

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ON THE JOB

Sending his students on the road to safe driving

At Teachers Driving Academy, Tom Murray deals with technology, stressed-out parents, and other drivers who confuse the student driver car for a delivery mobile.

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Should you solicit contributions to your child’s 529 plan?

Instead of buying a toy that may soon be broken or clothes they will eventually outgrow, contributions to a college fund can have a long-term impact.

TALKING SHOP

Retail getting a foothold in Seaport

How far away is the Seaport from becoming a retail destination? 

State employers add 21,400 jobs in June

Wondering why the roads and trains seemed crowded in June? Well, it may be because the state’s empoyers added an estimated 21,400 jobs that month, compared to May.

JOB DOC

How to stand out as a job candidate

Being well-prepared for a telephone interview and sending a thank you note helped one job seeker win several interviews.

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In a revolutionary place like Boston, innovators and innovations are as common as bad drivers. See who made our annual list.

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He’ll travel across the country to meet employees he will serve through an Amazon-backed health care venture.

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Peet’s on Beacon Hill will reopen once permitting is completed

Four Peet’s Coffee shops in Massachusetts closed this month, but the company says one location will reopen soon.

TECH LAB

For US cybersecurity, it’s Code Red

The director of national intelligence is warning that weaknesses in US cybersecurity could be setting us up for a high-tech replay of Sept. 11, 2001.

Nick Keefer (left) packed lobsters bound for China with a co-worker at Maine Coast in York, Maine, in 2015.

Lobster prices plummet after tariffs take effect

Shore prices — what dealers pay lobstermen for their catch — have dropped to about $3.75 a pound, compared with $5 about two weeks ago.

Cambridge biotech Agios wins FDA approval for leukemia drug

The once-daily pill might replace chemotherapy for some people with a type of blood cancer that forms in the bone marrow.

Facebook says it has suspended Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram’s user data.

Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Facebook says it has suspended Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram’s user data.

Boston Scientific buying California device maker

Deal could be worth as much as $270 million.

President Donald Trump.

Trump again slams Fed, trading partners

The tweet comes a day after President Trump cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve’s independence to say he was unhappy with the central bank’s recent actions.

General Electric Co. reported a sharp drop in second-quarter profit.

GE profit drops 30 percent as it continues trimming units

General Electric reported a sharp drop in second-quarter profit as the industrial giant continues its transformation into a slimmer company.

State Street to acquire Charles River Development for $2.6 billion

The pending purchase of Charles River Development reflects State Street chief executive Jay Hooley’s ongoing effort to transform the 225-year-old bank into more of a technology firm.

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Business groups raise alarm over bills to bolster community hospitals

Health care industry groups warn that proposals by state lawmakers to raise millions of dollars for struggling community hospitals would send costs soaring.

More than 60 percent of CVS’s revenue comes from its pharmacy benefit manager.

Drug-price push could affect two megadeals

President Trump’s drug-price push is steering right into health megadeals.

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.

About 280 people attended events ranging from speeches by women entrepreneurs to networking spin classes.

Influenceher event is all about workplace change

Amy Quigley, president of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, has spearheaded planning for the nonprofit’s first day Influenceher Week.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  (right, with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid Thursday) said he was ‘‘surprised’’ to hear President Trump describe the EU as a “foe.”

EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the United States if President Trump puts tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.

Sinclair accused of misleading FCC as deal goes to a hearing

Regulators accused Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of misleading them as it sought approval to buy Tribune Media Co. -- and sent their companies’ proposed $3.9 billion merger to the uncertain future of a hearing.

Weekend agenda

A cryptocurrency meetup, pop-up market, and other events and things to know.

Trump takes a rare presidential swipe at Fed, criticizes interest rate hikes

President Trump criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, upending longstanding executive branch protocol to avoid commenting on monetary policy.

Bank stocks weaken, but small-company shares hold up well

Stocks of banks and other large US companies fell Thursday, but those of smaller companies climbed, making for a mixed finish on Wall Street.

John Moses, 39, of Chelmsford, was looking for a way to free up about $50,000 to invest in a health care startup without going into debt. After a series of discussions with his wife, the two decided to sell a piece of their home to a firm called Unison.

These startups want to buy a share of your house. Is that a good idea?

Home equity investors are offering cash now in exchange for a cut of the growth (or loss) of a home’s value. Consumer protection advocates warn that it raises complex questions.

Comcast drops out of Twenty-First Century Fox bidding war

The announcement leaves the path open for Disney to buy the Twenty-First Century Fox assets with its $71 billion offer.

Chris Lehane, head of global policy at Airbnb, said the policy will violate the privacy of hosts.

New York City will force Airbnb to disclose information on hosts

Airbnb Inc. will need to share the names and addresses of hosts in New York City with officials thanks to a new law, the latest setback for the home-rental company in one of the world’s largest tourism destinations.

Boston Chamber to host weeklong events to recruit minority professionals

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will host a five-day festival in September for millennials of color.

EU fines Google $5b for abusing its market dominance

European authorities increased their efforts to rein in Silicon Valley by fining Google a record $5 billion for abusing its power in the mobile phone market.

The chairman of the FTC said he is “very interested” in the EU case against Google, so we may see an attack on Android on home soil. Above, Google’s offices at Pancras Square in London.

TECH LAB

Will the EU’s get-tough policy on Google end up making Android phones more expensive?

The European Union hit Google with a $5 billion fine because of its Android market dominance. So what does that mean for consumers?

Business agenda

Earnings reports, workshops, and other events and things to know.

US stocks edge higher as airlines, railroads, and banks jump

Big gains for banks and transportation companies took US stock indexes slightly higher Wednesday. Other parts of the market didn’t move much.

Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says

The consolidation would boost medical spending by as much as $191.3 million a year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services.

Ye Qing Wei, a housekeeper at Sheraton Boston, has seen her schedule disrupted by green programs that encourage people to opt out of housekeeping service in exchange for points and meal coupons.

Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods

Programs that encourage guests to skip housekeeping, and save energy, are wreaking havoc on workers’ schedules, a union says.

The recall covers certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion sedans and some 2013 and 2014 Escape small SUVs. Owners will be notified by July 30.

Ford recalls 550,000 vehicles that can roll away unexpectedly

Ford is recalling the cars and SUVs in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them to roll away.

Google hit with record $5 billion fine by EU over Android

The blockbuster fine comes with an accompanying EU order freeing up phone manufacturers to choose non-Google apps to install on Android phones.

(From left) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and European Council President Donald Tusk at Tuesday’s signing event.

As tensions with US worsen, Europe courts new partners

On Tuesday in Tokyo, the EU signed its largest trade deal ever, a pact with Japan that will slash customs duties on products like European wine and cheese, while gradually reducing tariffs on cars.

Lloyd C. Blankfein (left) will hand over the chief executive role at Goldman Sachs on Oct. 1 to veteran investment banker David M. Solomon.

Goldman president Solomon to become CEO on Oct. 1

Goldman Sachs on Tuesday named David M. Solomon as its next chief executive officer, putting a veteran investment banker in charge of a Wall Street giant that faces mounting challenges.

Senator Will Brownsberger said the House version of a noncompete compromise “moves the ball forward.”

Legislative session comes to a close without action on noncompete reforms

With two weeks of formal legislative sessions remaining for the year, time has apparently run out on efforts to limit noncompete agreements in Massachusetts.

FDA aims to make it easier to get some common drugs without a prescription

The Food and Drug Administration is evaluating ways to make sure patients don’t take an inappropriate over-the-counter drug.

Stocks rebound as tech and household goods companies rise

Stocks rallied Tuesday as retailers and technology and household goods companies all made solid gains and helped the market shake off a weak start.

Business agenda

A barbecue benefit, panels, and other events and things to know.

The lawsuit over Harvard’s admission practices was not filed by Asian Americans, but by a white guy, Ed Blum, who lost a court challenge to race-based admissions at the University of Texas involving a white student, Abigail Fisher. Blum (center) and Fisher (left) are pictured above in 2013.

Shirley Leung

Harvard lawsuit is about affirmative action, not Asian Americans

The case has divided Asian Americans. Some of us want to keep affirmative action to ensure diverse campuses. Others say race-blind policies ensure Asian American applicants don’t experience bias.

Shane Steffens

BOLD TYPES

A lot’s riding on an EF executive who’s shifting gears

Bold Types: A longtime executive at EF Education First has found himself steeped in a world of wheels in his new job, overseeing EF Education First’s cycling team.

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.

Business agenda

LinkedIn workshop, self preservation webinar, and other events and things to know.

US challenges China, EU, and others over steel tariffs

The Trump administration brought cases at World Trade Organization over retaliation against American tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray

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Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.