Your robot will serve you now — and it might make deliveries, too

But do you still need to leave a tip?

Arendering of the proposed Seaport Square project.

Is this the last chance to create open space in booming Seaport?

The plan for the last big chunk of developable land in the Seaport needs more work to add public space, Boston officials said.

Senate Republicans’ health care bill would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured by the end of the coming decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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CBO says Senate health bill picks your pocket

The legislation would save the government $321 billion over 10 years, but many would spend much more on health insurance.

epa06052417 Google Shopping logos on a phone as European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (R) speaks during a press conference on an Antitrust case against Google Shopping in Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2017. The European Commission said it would fine Google with 2.4 billion euros for abusing its dominance as a search engine. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

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Developers buy Boston Cab properties in Fenway for $50 million

The sale is the first step a process that will likely lead to a major new residential development in the booming neighborhood.

Boston doesn’t make the cut on Fortune’s best workplaces for millennials

Despite the city’s high percentage of young workers, no Boston-headquartered company made this year’s top 100 list.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

The seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

German Chancellor Merkel’s pivot boosts hopes for gay marriage in Germany

The chancellor said Monday that she would like to see lawmakers vote according to their personal convictions.

Galvin asks for pause on shadow law vote

The secretary of state heads the Massachusetts Historic Commission, which would like to review impact studies before legislators vote on changing state law to allow construction of the Winthrop Square tower.


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Allison Lee of Taiwan, walked from Ivanka Trump with her award during an event about the 2017 Human Trafficking Report at the US State Department Tuesday. President Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, listing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

China is among worst human trafficking offenders, State Dept. says

China is among the worst offenders for its failure to crack down on human trafficking within its borders, according to a strongly worded State Department report released Tuesday.

Merck says new type of cholesterol drug worked in big study

The result was a welcome surprise after three previous experimental drugs of the same type had failed.

Catalant raises $41m to connect companies to experts

The Boston company has now raised $73 million.

Roche to cut about 75 jobs in Marlborough

Swiss drug giant says it’s part of the consolidation of its research and development operations.

10/14/11 Cambridge, MA -- Advance for Business. A drug called Ponatinib (potentially used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia) is diplayed on a computer screen at Ariad Pharmaceuticals October 14, 2011. After a long drought, several Massachusetts biotechnology companies, including Vertex, Ariad, and Ironwood, have filed, or are about to file new drug applications with the Food and Drug Administration. Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

SEC charges three with insider trading of Ariad stock

The former Cambridge biotech company was acquired earlier this year by Japan’s Takeda.

Facebook says it has reached 2 billion users

Facebook says more than 175 million people declare they ‘‘love’’ something on the site daily and an average of more than 800 million people hit Facebook’s like button.

Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can ‘‘feel like censorship,’’ but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

The social media giant said in a blog post that deleting posts can ‘‘feel like censorship,’’ but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Mike Salazar and wife Stephanie played “Double Dragon II: The Revenge” on their NES Classic Edition last year. Nintendo announced a follow-up to the successful plug-and-play console Monday.

Nintendo releasing another mini console that you probably won’t be able to find in stores

The Super NES Classic Edition will contain 21 built-in games from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System era and include two controllers.

Timeline: European Union-Google legal battles

A look at key dates in the bloc’s legal tussle with the Internet giant.

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google said Wednesday, May 11, 2016, that it will ban ads from payday lenders, calling the industry “deceptive” and “harmful.” Google said it will no longer allow ads for loans due within 60 days and will also ban ads for loans where the interest rate is 36 percent or higher. The ban is effective July 13. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

EU fines Google a record $2.72 billion

The European Commission says the Internet giant breached EU antitrust rules.

New numbers for the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

Mass. home prices set another record in May

Median cost of a single-family house rose 9.2 percent year-over-year, to $385,000.

Sprint is in talks with Comcast, Charter

The cable companies are focused on a deal to resell wireless services, although they also could jointly purchase Sprint, sources say.

People observed the Seattle skyline.

New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

The study released Monday contradicted another new study published last week.

Google said to face $1.2 billion antitrust fine, but battle with Europe looms

European Union officials are expected to issue a record fine of at least 1.1 billion euros, or $1.2 billion, against Google as soon as Tuesday for breaking the region’s tough competition rules.

In this June 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they’re not. So it was when he told Iowans he’s put farmers back at their plows, secured a historic increase in military spending and empowered homebuilders to swing their hammers again. Those all remain aspirations, not achievements. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file)

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Trump is unpopular in six continents, new poll finds

On average, just 22 percent of those polled in 37 countries worldwide trust him on foreign affairs.

Your credit score may soon look better

National credit reporting agencies will wipe from their records two major sources of negative information about borrowers: tax liens and civil judgments.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Networking, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager, headed into federal court in New York on Monday for the start of his securities fraud trial.

Martin Shkreli’s reputation precedes him, and it affects jury selection

Several potential jurors told the judge they couldn’t be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO.

New ELM leader Henry makes green advocacy her business

Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, who most recently worked at Adidas in Canton, will become president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts next month.

Mark Madoff, in an undated photo. Madoff committed suicide in 2010.

Estates of Bernard Madoff’s dead sons reach $23 million deal with feds

The estates will hand over the money to victims of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, resolving an eight-year legal battle.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has taken a 9.8 percent stake in Store Capital Corp.

Warren Buffett’s bet on Store Capital suggests some retail bricks and mortar are worth owning

Store Capital focuses on what it calls service properties: preschool facilities, health clubs, dine-in movie theaters, and pet-care sites.

Stock indexes close mostly higher

US stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on a day of largely listless trading.


Building a better antibiotic

There’s no documented resistance to either the animal or human antibiotics derived from pleuromutilin — but it is especially difficult to produce.

Diners ate at a street cafe last summer on a section of Newbury Street closed to vehicle traffic.

Stroll car-free Newbury Street this summer

Get out your walking shoes, sunglasses, and if you’re Mayor Martin Walsh, your cargo shorts. Open Newbury Street will return this summer.

Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy.

Takata, overwhelmed by air bag recalls, files for bankruptcy

The troubled Japanese company filed for bankruptcy in the US and Japan.

The T’s Green Line at Park Street Station.

MBTA wants to take an ax to retirement benefits

With contract negotiations looming, the T has repeatedly said the pension fund is on unstable footing.

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, a McDonald's Big Mac sandwich is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in Robinson Township, Pa. McDonald's told the AP on May 17, 2017, that a story circulating online that McDonald's hamburgers uses earthworms as filler for its burgers is untrue. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

You can have an Uber driver make a McDonald’s run

Sixteen of the chain’s Boston-area restaurants will now accept orders through UberEATS.

Local venture capitalists pledge to fight sexual harassment, discrimination

It comes days after Binary Capital’s cofounder announced that he would take an indefinite leave.

A window was being renovated at the Monson General Store earlier this month.

Could artists revive a fading Maine town?

The bitter divorce of a microchip millionaire decades ago may be the best thing that ever happened to Monson.

Mold grows in a former shop in Johnstown, Pa., where the rise of e-commerce has hurt the retail landscape.

In towns already hit by factory closings, a new casualty: retail jobs

Just as the jobs making automobile springs and rail anchors disappeared, local retail jobs are now vanishing in Johnstown, Pa.


Contrary to popular belief, the human genome has yet to be fully figured out

Sequencing the unsequenced, said a scientist, “is the last frontier for human genetics and genomics.”

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. was expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday.

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This and another building at the Brighton Marine Health Center will be demolished if buyers who will move the structures are not found.

Two Brighton homes, listed for $1 apiece but lacking buyers, face demolition

There’s a pretty big catch to the deal, though.

The Serenity complex on South Huntington Avenue has 24 units for short-term leases.

Corporate rentals are complicating Boston’s housing market

The growing demand for short-term units is raising concerns that every-day renters are getting crowded out.

Six of the top business stories from the past week

Fantasy sports merger, a boost for life sciences, and other top headlines.


Want better pay? Get on a bigger boat

A rising tide of “superfirms” is creating more income inequality.


Check your medicine cabinet: It probably needs to be cleaned out (safely)

Having a medicine cabinet packed with unsecured pills is a big risk.

David S. Chang.

Five things you should know about David S. Chang

Chang shows up just about everywhere in Boston’s startup landscape.


Confused by the new rule safeguarding your best interest on retirement advice? You’re not alone.

Despite a lot of pushback from some financial-services companies, a new rule should cut down on conflicts of interest in the advice given to investors about their retirement accounts.


Drones rising as valuable tool in commercial film industry

A veteran pilot has taken to the skies in a new way: flying commercial drones capable of carrying cinema cameras that shoot amazing shots at low altitudes.

Asics signs 10-year lease near South Station

The Japan-based apparel and shoemaker will run its new product creation and design lab from 125 Summer St.

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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.