By - 4/21/10 - 9:14 am

Bloomberg, via the Times, reports Google could be about to spend $1 billion on ITA Software, a Kendall Square company that sells airline-scheduling applications - of the sort a giant search engine might need if it wanted to begin providing flight information for travelers.

By - 4/8/10 - 11:00 am

If a doctor's patient injures herself on a new curb outside her doctor's office and she sues both the doctor and the landlord, the landlord can't just wash its hands of the matter, even if the lease says it can, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.

At the same time, though, the court also ruled that lease provisions requiring tenants to pay for insurance for such occurrence are legal.

By - 4/6/10 - 8:03 am

Marc Levy reports the council yesterday unanimously passed a measure - which still needs approval from city lawyers - that would prevent the Hyatt Regency and other hotels from renewing their innkeepers' licenses if they attempt to outsource their housekeeping services. At issue: The way the chain fired (then offered jobs back to) housekeepers in the Boston area.

By - 3/29/10 - 7:26 pm

As the store was holding a going-out-of-business sale, somebody came in at the last minute and bought it - and plans to keep it open, A Proper Bostonian reports.

By - 3/27/10 - 11:24 am

@oneforty, building Twitter app store, moving from #brighton to #CentralSq, Boston Business Journal reports

By - 3/27/10 - 1:24 am

In the good old days:

students, instructors, businesspeople, politicans, and the bad 'ole common folk', found they could get a good - clear - reproduction, of their documents, essays, books, legal forms, butts, flyers political propagranda, music events, menues, and un-numerous other items by visiting establishments known as "Copy Shops"

By - 3/25/10 - 10:43 am

The Framingham company yesterday filed trademark-infringement lawsuits against more than 50 people and companies it charges are selling cheapo Chinese knock-offs of its premium headphones online - and against one guy it claims it found selling them at a Connecticut flea market after he signed an agreement to stop selling them.

In the suits, filed in US District Court in Boston, the company is seeking millions of dollars in damages.

By - 3/25/10 - 8:09 am

The Globe reports Caritas Christi, which runs a string of hospitals in the Boston area, is selling itself to Cerberus Capital Management, which took over the sick car company a couple years ago and watched to plunge into bankruptcy. The company will, of course, turn the chain of Catholic hospitals into a health-care company, but promises not to try to take it public for at least three years.

By - 3/24/10 - 2:39 pm


About 100 people, many union members, marched outside the Bank of America building on Federal Street today to call for more bank lending to job-creation efforts in Boston.

That's former union organizer and current City Councilor Felix Arroyo in the background. Yesterday, Arroyo called for a council hearing to discuss which banks the city now uses and to investigate how to give priority for city funds to banks that "invest locally by supporting small business, lending to home buyers, have a foreclosure prevention plan and invest in Boston-based development projects."

Arroyo shared a hug with Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein. Also marching: Former Green Party head and current Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Grace Ross.

By - 3/24/10 - 1:31 pm

In a letter to customers, Marshall Smith said he's selling off the Wellesley Booksmith as part of his move toward retirement. He said he'll continue to own the Brookline Booksmith store in Coolidge Corner.

Smith said he is looking for a buyer who would continue and even strengthen the store's role as a community center as he begins to spend more time on the Cape:

By - 3/24/10 - 10:59 am

Work's already underway on Temple PlaceWork's already underway on Temple Place
A developer hopes to turn vacant space above the Windsor Button Shop, 29 Temple Pl., into 44 housing units marketed to medical residents and film makers in town for short stays.

Joseph Hanley, lawyer for the Suites at Temple Place, told the Boston Licensing Board the button shop would stay where it is. He emphasized the suites would not be marketed to undergraduates.

Nearby merchants and residents generally spoke in favor of the plan as a way to bring more vitality to the neighborhood, although one resident expressed concern about the building turning into an SRO if the economy continues to sour.

By - 3/24/10 - 10:54 am

The owners of a liquor stores in Brookline and Waltham want to open a package store at the site of the former Marty's at Harvard and Commonwealth avenues.

The proposed Allston's Wine and Spirits would take up half the space once occupied by Marty's (the other half will be a Kelly's Roast Beef). The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a license.

The store's attorney, Bernard Shadrawy Jr., explained the public need for a license at a board hearing this morning in part by saying the store would be completely different from the Blanchard's down the street.

By - 3/22/10 - 11:52 am

Banker & Tradesman explains why a Courtyard by Marriott on Boston Street will be auctioned off. Also at issue, besides the cursing: $120,000 in unpaid Boston taxes.

By - 3/21/10 - 5:39 pm

Mike the Mad Biologist alerts us to yesterday's opening of Raven Used Books' Newbury Street outlet:

... Unlike most Boston area used book stores, Raven Used Books' business model isn't to sell really expensive rare books and then stock the rest of the shelves with crap. They actually have lots of books you want to read at very low prices, along with books that you either can't order online or would be really expensive to do so ...

By - 3/21/10 - 2:44 pm


A reminder of a long-gone bank, built into a wall of Center Plaza across from City Hall.

Another reminder of a local bank, now on the side of a Bank of America in West Roxbury.

By - 3/18/10 - 6:01 pm

When a PR person sues another PR person, does he hire a third PR person to flack for him? Maybe we'll find out.

By - 3/18/10 - 11:04 am

Jennie White lists three ways Boston can stop losing The Next Big Startups from decamping for California: More parties and risk taking and fewer secrets:

By - 3/14/10 - 11:15 am

Companies keep tax breaks even as they shed jobs, Globe reports:

Hundreds of the projects delivered fewer jobs than promised, and some companies actually slashed employment. Many firms won subsidies for projects they were set to build without state assistance; in some cases, incentives that were approved long af ter the projects were underway or complete. And many got generous packages though they agreed to create only a handful of low-paying jobs.

By - 3/8/10 - 8:06 am chats with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan about why the company, which helps other companies market themselves online, has no plans of decamping for the Coast. One reason: Massachusetts allows non-compete clauses in contracts, which makes it harder for good workers to leave.