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February 21, 2019

Microsoft is placing a HoloLens app on Android this spring

Microsoft is pushing its Windows Mixed Reality platform, which has so far been limited to virtual reality and HoloLens headsets, onto mobile phones. The company is launching an Android-based version of its HoloLens remote assistance app this spring, as well as an iOS-only tool for previewing products. Unlike lots of phone-based augmented reality, neither tool is aimed at consumers. And there’s no sign that Microsoft is backing away from its HoloLens headset. But this move signals that less futuristic mobile AR is increasingly important to the company.
February 21, 2019

GE to downsize Boston headquarters, reimburse state $87 million

BOSTON (AP) — General Electric announced Thursday it will downsize its world headquarters in Boston and will return $87 million that Massachusetts spent as part of an incentives package to lure the company from Connecticut three years ago.
February 21, 2019

Boston may very well be getting one other Trader Joe’s

Thomson Place could soon be quite a hot destination.Trader Joe’s is looking to open the Seaport’s first supermarket, just around the corner from Trillium’s new Fort Point brewpub and down the street from the first Massachusetts location of the Mexican food chain Bartaco. According to The Boston Globe, the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission approved the cult-favorite grocery chain’s petition to renovate the large brick building at 44 Thomson Place during a meeting Thursday night.
February 21, 2019

AP evaluation: Hundreds of corporations excused from metal tariff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, according to an Associated Press analysis.
February 21, 2019

On immigration, Mideast and extra, Kushner retains pushing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn’t dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge.
February 21, 2019

Payless recordsdata for chapter, closing North American shops

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America.
February 21, 2019

Return to sender: High courtroom to listen to undeliverable mail case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters.
February 21, 2019

Warren returns to Nevada, coronary heart of 2008 financial disaster

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who made her name as a consumer advocate following the 2008 financial crisis, will make her first appearance Sunday as a presidential candidate in Las Vegas, the boom-and-bust town that made Nevada the epicenter of the country’s foreclosure crisis.
February 21, 2019

Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration.
February 21, 2019

US, China resume commerce talks in Washington forward of deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.