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Google antitrust trial focused on Android app store payments to be handed off to jury to decide

A federal court jury is poised begin its deliberations in an antitrust trial focused on whether Google’s efforts to profit from its app store for Android smartphones have been illegally gouging consumers and stifling innovation.

Holiday crowds at airports and on highways are expected to be even bigger than last year

More Americans are expected to fly or drive far from home over Christmas than did last year, putting a cap on a busy year for travel.

While high-tech agricultural startups wilt, Little Leaf Farms flourishes

Like the vegetable it carefully nurtures in Devens, the company has proven indoor farming can succeed — but only under specific conditions.

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Housing at military bases? Developments proposed for empty properties in Devens and South Weymouth.

Separate efforts are underway to lower the barriers to residential construction at both former military bases.

Elon Musk restores X account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Jones’ reinstatement poses new uncertainty for advertisers, who have fled X over concerns about hate speech appearing alongside their ads.

Agriculture gets its day at COP28, but experts see big barriers to cutting emissions

This year’s global climate summit in Dubai set aside Sunday to spotlight food and agriculture, a sector that accounts for about a third of the world’s emissions.

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Dana-Farber CEO Laurie Glimcher has always been a trailblazer and a risk taker

Glimcher is taking what may be the greatest risk of her career: breaking up a decades-long partnership with Brigham & Women’s Hospital and inking a deal for with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to build a 300-bed Dana-Farber cancer hospital.

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How three Boston women are helping NATO scout for defense startups

The alliance’s 31 member countries found that relying only on established defense contractors and tech companies — “the military-industrial complex” — wouldn’t be sufficient to solve strategic problems.


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Amid housing crisis, advocates celebrate innovation in N.H.

New analysis from the NH Zoning Atlas found that acreage available to build some types of housing decreased from 2022 to 2023. Most categories remained the same, and a few made modest gains.

Targeting online gambling, Northeastern lawyer who fought Big Tobacco sues DraftKings

Law professor Richard Daynard, who helped uncover evidence that tobacco companies knew about the cancer risks of smoking, said he sees online gambling as a looming crisis for society.

Mass General Brigham reports strong year, but headwinds foreboding for the market

While the system is in the black by $95 million — a welcome return following last year’s record-breaking losses — it is treating fewer people than it would like to, largely because it has few places to discharge patients recovering from hospitalization.

Starbucks lost $11 billion in market value in two weeks. Did pro-Palestinian boycotts play a role?

There are many economic factors that influence a company’s market value, but experts say Starbucks' recent losses appear more significant than what is normal.

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A soft landing for the economy looks more likely after new jobs report

Growth is expanding at a moderated pace that should allow the Federal Reserve to cut borrowing costs next year, though probably not as soon as the most optimistic forecasters had predicted.

What to know about CRISPR gene-editing technology

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug that uses this technology to treat an illness, sickle cell disease.

‘Monumental’: FDA approves first CRISPR-based gene-editing drug, marking breakthrough for sickle cell disease

Casgevy was developed by Boston-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, which is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, but has most of its workforce in Massachusetts.

Robert Kraft matches $100 million donation to Foundation to Combat Antisemitism

The New England Patriots owner said the Rales Foundation donated $100 million to FCAS, and he chose to provide a matching donation of $100 million that together will help sustain the organization's work for years to come.