Want to help your colleagues? Try logging off for a while

A group of Boston academics found that workers who are in constant contact with each other may actually be less effective.

The company’s rebound has accelerated under the current chief executive, Antonio Pietri.

Its stock rising, Aspen Tech enjoys a quiet revival after a two-year exile from Nasdaq

Not every company can bounce back from a stock market delisting, but Aspen Technology has quietly pulled it off.

For its power, Vineyard Wind plans to charge about one-fourth what Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project (above) charges.

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices

Many energy experts expected low prices, but they were surprised by just how low the numbers were.

Sheet metal workers picketed in Hingham last week.

1,400 sheet metal workers end 12-day strike

Boston-based Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, which had pushed for higher wages, ratified a new contract Sunday.

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Tinder founders, employees sue IAC, Match Group over options

They claim IAC and Match created an artificially low valuation of Tinder to avoid paying the group money they’re due under options agreements.

Royal Bank of Scotland fined $4.9B for housing bubble role

The Royal Bank of Scotland will pay the largest fine arising out of the mortgage crisis to settle allegations it misled investors about risky home loans made during the housing bubble that ultimately led to the 2008 financial collapse.

New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

It was the first full month of legal sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks.

Stock market recovers most of Monday-Tuesday losses

Stocks rallied Tuesday as banks, retailers, and smaller companies jumped. That helped the market recover most of its losses from the previous two days.

Elon Musk’s effort to take Tesla private will be reviewed by company’s board

The board has created a special committee to review Musk’s proposal.


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Many students feel there’s a mismatch between what they’re taught in class and what they’re expected to know on licensing exams.

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Tinder founders, execs file suit against IAC and Match Group

The founders of the dating app Tinder claim IAC/InterActiveCorp and its Match Group subsidiary manipulated financial information, hurting the company’s valuation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country will boycott US electronic goods.

Turkey says it will boycott US electronic goods

It was unclear how the country intended to enforce the boycott.

K. Shankari (right), with her husband Thomas Raffill, noticed that her Android phone tracked her shopping trip.

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.

Elon Musk says meetings with Saudis preceded tweet on taking Tesla private

Tesla’s boss said that he’s held meetings with a Saudi fund that expressed an eagerness to help him take the company private.

Learn how to minimize your business’s legal expenses at an interactive workshop on Tuesday.

Business agenda

A legal workshop, a talk on transportation, and other events and things to know.

More than 17 million fax machines are still in use in the United States alone, providing hackers with a point of entry if the machines are connected to a company’s computer network.

Fax machines may be vulnerable to hackers, report finds

The fax machine may present a vulnerable point where hackers can infiltrate an organization’s network.

US stocks take further losses as worries continue about Turkey’s economy

US stocks fell further Monday as Turkey’s central bank was unable to stop a steep plunge in the nation’s currency.

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Beyond the malls: Wetzel’s Pretzels is seeking creative new twists

Wetzel’s Pretzels CEO Bill Phelps moved to the West Coast in 1990, but he’s still excited by the idea of Boston sports fans munching on his pretzels.

The battery boom could end up burning some investors

Upheaval in the way energy storage devices are made mean that investments in batteries can turn unprofitable even though they’re at the heart of transforming the way the energy system works.

The tweet followed President Trump’s meeting on Saturday with about 180 bikers who are part of a ‘‘Bikers for Trump’’ group.

Trump says he’d back a boycott of Harley-Davidson

The motorcycle manufacturer says it will move some manufacturing overseas in the wake of the Trump administration’s tariffs.

AT&T bought the online ad exchange company AppNexus in June, a deal that could help make AT&T a rival to Google and Facebook.

Venture capital for online ad firms falls as they struggle against Google, Facebook

Online advertising companies have struggled for several years as Google and Facebook solidified their grip on digital dollars, slowing revenue for others.

Can artificial intelligence take the bias out of hiring?

Artificial intelligence is coming for hiring, and it might not be that bad.

Traders Eric Schumacher, left, and Robert Charmak work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as technology companies and banks put up some solid gains. (AP Photo/)

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How can you tell there’s a recession coming?

There are two kinds of indicators to watch: Worrisome economic trends and excessive optimism. It’s not hard to spot both right now.

The Revolution will open at 40 Berkeley St., a former YWCA.

Boutique hotel to open soon at former South End YWCA and hostel

Mount Vernon Co. said it will open the Revolution Hotel later this year, turning the former YWCA at 40 Berkeley St. into a 164-room hotel.

The week ahead in business

Startup demonstrations, a mixer on the Charles, and other events and things to know.

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Don Yee, Tom Brady’s agent, talks about being mocked by WEEI host in an Asian accent

Yee has been experiencing racism in the sports industry since he began his career but said he felt “very sad that in 2018 we hadn’t made much progress since the ’70s.”

A couple looked at televisions at the CambridgeSide mall on Saturday.

Sales tax holiday returns after two-year hiatus

Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation on Friday that established the weekend break on the 6.25 percent sales tax for goods costing up to $2,500.

A variety of native California animal statues populate the Dunlevie Garden at the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

In California, a glimpse at the future of elite children’s hospitals

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is billed as the hospital of the future, but it doesn’t look much like a hospital at all.

Fortnite ploy highlights Google’s Android weakness versus Apple

Fortnite amassed an unrivaled following with kid-friendly, multiplayer action that can be enjoyed on most modern devices.

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, voters cast their votes through absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election at the town hall in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Ranked-choice voting will be put to its biggest test when Maine uses the system in a statewide primary election on June 12. The system works like this: Voters rank candidates from first to last on their ballot, and the election is over if one candidate wins a majority. If not, candidates are eliminated one by one and their remaining votes reallocated in what amounts to a mathematical game of survival. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A Boston-based voting app is facing its first test

The state of West Virginia this week said it would use the mobile phone balloting system developed by Boston-based Voatz for military personnel deployed overseas to vote in November.


Why the future of America’s middle class is so financially fragile

The high price of housing, wage stagnation, job insecurity, crushing childcare expenses, rising health care premiums, and college costs the size of a mortgage are pushing the middle down several ladder rungs.

Catherine D’Amato oversees 110 employees and a $40 million annual budget at the Greater Boston Food Bank.


Looking out at a gritty neighborhood, and the people she serves

Catherine D’Amato, chief executive of the Greater Boston Food Bank, says her office is exactly where it needs to be.

Parts of this Deathstroke costume were made on a 3-D printer.

For true costume fans, money, time are no object

At Fan Expo Boston this weekend, the costumes are elaborate — and costly.

David Manfredi is founding principal of Elkus Manfredi.

Downtown skyscrapers and sandwiches in the Seaport: A conversation with David Manfredi

The renowned Boston architect says he cares about “making social spaces.”

Gov. Charlie Baker addresses reporters after signing the 2019 budget at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Charlie Baker signs economic bill, but vetoes patent troll crackdown

The governor said it was not tailored narrowly enough to avoid landing legitimate patent holders in court.

Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks

The Boston Globe is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the United States to President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media.

The offices of the Boston Globe at 53 State Street in downtown Boston.

Globe rallies newspapers to protect free press from Trump attacks

The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a rally of his supporters in Bayburt, Turkey, Friday.

Turkey’s currency plunges as Trump tweets about increasing tariffs

Turkey’s dire financial situation — accelerated by a hostile tweet from President Trump — caused financial markets to tremble.


FDA approves first-ever RNAi-based therapy

The treatment is the first to rely on a Nobel-prize-winning technique known as RNA interference, which silences disease-causing genes.

A driver with placards for both Lyft and Uber waited for a traffic light outside South Station.

New York is limiting Uber. Boston won’t. Here’s why

Don’t expect Boston to follow New York City’s aggressive clamp-down on Uber and Lyft.

True Rowing, based in Cambridge, is developing a rowing exercise system that incorporates visuals shot on rivers, including the Charles.  It’s planning to eventually also use live video.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

These exercise startups are sweating it out

Three local companies are using technology to make working out more appealing.

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Now hiring: teenagers (and anyone else willing to work)

After years of falling employment rates, the share of teens with jobs has been rising in a historically tight labor market where the number of job openings exceeded the number of job seekers for the first time on record this year.

FILE - This Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo shows the Wayfair website on a computer in New York. The company said it its first brick-and-mortar location will open by early 2019 in Florence, Ky., a suburb about 12 miles from Cincinnati. A Wayfair spokeswoman says the 20,000-square-foot outlet store will sell items that have been returned but are in good condition. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Capitalizing on Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision could be tricky for Mass. tax collectors

The US Supreme Court ruled in June that states could tax online sellers that do not have brick-and-mortar stores within their borders. But that’s not the end of the story.

The former Massachusetts governor wants international artificial intelligence standards so “we don’t have more hacking of elections and a few thousand other things that seem to be cropping up.”

Michael Dukakis seeks global accord for use of AI by governments

The former Massachusetts governor wants to set standards for the use of artificial intelligence.

Mike Moon on strike sat on the line. Sheet metal workers picketed on Wednesday at McCusker-Gill in Hingham. They’re seeking a contract that helps make up for concessions they made in the last recession.

Striking sheet metal workers want bigger piece of the building boom

After making concessions during the recession, Local 17 members look to share in the wealth.

Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, said he had “serious concerns” about Sinclair’s purchase of Tribune’s local TV stations. It would have created a broadcaster that could reach 7 out of 10 US households.

Tribune ends deal with Sinclair, dashing plan for conservative TV behemoth

The Sinclair Broadcast Group’s plan to create a rival to Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News died Thursday with the announcement by Tribune Media that it was ending its merger agreement with Sinclair and would sue for breach of contract.

A Rite Aid location in Philadelphia. Drugstore chain Rite Aid and grocer Albertsons say they have called off their merger deal.

Rite Aid and Albertsons end merger in face of opposition

The Rite Aid pharmacy chain announced Wednesday that it had called off its proposed merger with Albertsons, the grocery retailer, after the deal appeared to lose the support of its shareholders.

Weekend agenda

Coding bootcamp, a cryptocurrency talk, and other events and things to know.

US stocks little changed for a third straight day

Major US indexes stood stock-still for the third consecutive day Thursday as gains for retailers were canceled out by losses for banks and other companies.

BU taps new business school dean

Susan Fournier is a brand marketing expert, with a long career in academia, too.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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Shirley Leung


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