Disrupting the Dishes

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Of all the rooms in the actress Mandy Moore’s midcentury modern house in Pasadena, Calif., whose recent renovation has been meticulously documented on Instagram Stories to her 2.5 million followers, the kitchen is the crown jewel. It features cabinets painted a subtle shade of sage green with brass fixtures, an expansive white marble island with pronounced gray veining and, on full display in her open shelving, stacks of pink plates and bowls.

Emily Farnham, Ms. Moore’s architect, is the one who suggested the dinnerware, as well as matte gold flatware, from Year & Day, a new company in San Francisco. “Typically architects don’t get that involved in selecting dishes,” Ms. Farnham said. But the kitchen is meant for entertaining, and so the plates are practically part of the furniture. “This little pop of blush, and the gold that works so well with all the brass, it was an obvious choice,” she said.

As thousands of amateur Martha Stewarts document their home entertaining online, tableware is being … dishrupted, if you will. Once the domain of wedding registries, it is now more commonly purchased after moving to a new home, or after a renovation. Fine porcelain china — whether from China or Europe — used to be the ne plus ultra for American hosts and hostesses, but now rough-hewed materials and unexpected places of origin are also prized.

Many shoppers are no longer buying one set for everyday use and another for special occasions, instead placing orders for a single look that is both casual and elevated, like the crockery version of athleisure. New brands encourage mixing and matching.

Kathryn Duryea, the founder of Year & Day, says that the current options are a stale buffet of bland white basics and too-expensive formal dinnerware, sold en masse in dusty department stores. Ms. Duryea, who previously worked in brand management at Tiffany & Company, wants to do for tableware what Warby Parker has done for eyewear or Parachute Home has done for bedding: offer a defined aesthetic at reasonable prices.

Year & Day arrived online in October, selling dishes, serving pieces, glasses and utensils. Its ceramics come in four colors inspired by the California coastline: Daybreak (pink), Midnight (deep navy), Fog (light gray) and Moon (off-white).

Made in Portugal, the pieces have a semi-matte glaze, intended as an antidote to shiny phone and laptop screens. It also photographs better — because, Instagram. Open shelves like Ms. Moore’s were top of mind, too; the plates have a slight curve at the edge so they look more attractive when stacked.

“I wanted something I would be proud to use at a dinner party and equally delighted to eat off of for my morning breakfast,” Ms. Duryea said

There are just three finishes of flatware (polished steel, matte black and matte gold) and three styles of glassware (wine, tall, short). “We don’t want to overwhelm our customers with choices,” Ms. Duryea said.

Dishes and glasses are sold in sets of four, running $44 for a set of small bowls to $60 for a set of wineglasses. Orders have far exceeded expectations, Ms. Duryea said; most of the ceramics and flatware have been sold out for over a month but will be back in stock soon.

Pinterest Over Emily Post

This is a booming time for the $2.25 billion tabletop industry, according to Joe Derochowski, a home-industry adviser for NPD Group, a market-research firm. Sales are down slightly in dollars but up in units, suggesting shoppers are gravitating toward more-casual pieces.

More than four out of five meals were prepared and eaten at, or carried from, home in 2016, while Americans ate in another person’s house 38 times, six more than in 2015, according to NPD. Purchases made surrounding a housewarming or kitchen remodel were 50 percent higher than all wedding-related occasions, including showers, for the 12 months ending February 2017. Three or more months after someone buys new appliances, they often shop for tabletop pieces. “It’s the dessert to the meal,” Mr. Derochowski said.

Moreover, when people between the ages of 25 and 35 graduate from their Ikea bargain-priced box sets, they don’t feel beholden to the same etiquette standards as their parents, said Andrew Corrie, the founder of Canvas Home, a New York-based home goods retailer. Today’s shoppers are getting their inspiration from Pinterest, not from Emily Post.

“No one really wants to have dinnerware in the cupboard that comes out on the High Holy Days only,” Mr. Corrie said. “The world has become a lot less formal.” Eight is the magic number for place settings at Canvas Home, rather than 12.

These shoppers are not casual, however, about eating or entertaining. They care about where their food is sourced and would rather compile a meal from HelloFresh than resort to Chinese takeout, Mr. Corrie said. They don’t have any reservations about shopping for dishes online. Rather, they welcome the convenience instead of having to lug the heavy products home themselves.

So-called influencers have invaded this world, too, with many adding tablescapes to their outfit-of-the-day post rotation. And just as wearing a single brand head to toe has fallen out of fashion, so has a table set precisely with the same cookie-cutter pattern. Canvas Home’s handmade goods are sold in prescribed sets on wedding registries (say, a dinner plate, a salad plate, a bowl and a mug).

But pieces are offered on their own or in sets of four on the Canvas Home site to allow for creative combinations. The brand has shined a spotlight on “blates” — the bowl-plate hybrid that caters to America’s salad-obsessed, quinoa-loving, pasta-indulging culture.

On Zola, a wedding registry and planning site, Canvas Home’s gold Dauville line is the most popular dinnerware collection of the approximately 200 options. The white dishes with a gold rim are hand thrown and “feel elevated without being fussy or prissy,” said Jennifer Spector, Zola’s director of brand. The collection includes additional charcoal-colored bowls, including a snack bowl and a pinch bowl.

Ms. Spector herself registered for the Dauville line. “You can use it every night for dinner, and throw pizza on it, but you can also use it for a holiday meal,” she said. New dishes have a way of affirming a new life stage: “You’re married now, you’re a little bit more mature, it feels a little bit more settled.”

Who Made That Plate?

Add to the long list of what dishes must do: tell a story. Diners who care about what farm grew their arugula or raised their free-range chicken now want to know more about where their dishes were made. “People want a slightly different, deeper connection with the rest of that dining experience,” said Carly Nance, a founder of the Citizenry, a home-goods website in Dallas.

The Citizenry teams up with artisans in a dozen countries, including weavers in Morocco and glass blowers in Mexico. Like menus at some farm-to-table restaurants, the site offers a “story” section for each of its products to describe where and how it was made. So while sipping free-trade coffee from a Dublin-made Halston ceramic mug, you can think about how it took several days to throw, fire and glaze that mug.

Hey, that’s one way to break the ice at a dinner party!

Ms. Duryea started her company in part because she likes to entertain, but wanted to do so in a way that didn’t require “polishing silver or bringing out family heirlooms,” she said.

On a recent Tuesday evening, she hosted five friends in her home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Four peacock-blue tapered candles encircled a bouquet of white anemones, the centerpiece in a table set with Year & Day Midnight-colored plates.

At her marble island, on an array of Year & Day serving pieces, Ms. Duryea plated the food — Vietnamese takeout. Crab noodles were freed from their modest cardboard container and ensconced in a pink Daybreak serving bowl; bok choy was dished with a matte black serving spoon.

“There’s so much less pressure,” Ms. Duryea said, as her guests helped themselves. The soundtrack to “Big Little Lies” played softly in the background. “Sit wherever!” she said.

Year & Day recently raised $2.4 million in its first round of funding, led by the San Francisco venture capital firm Founders Fund. Over dinner, Ms. Duryea told the stories behind the pieces her guests were using: how she mastered the weight of a knife so it was heavy enough to feel substantial but not so heavy that it would fall off the plate, as well as how difficult it was to perfect the deep navy of the Midnight glaze.

During a dessert of fresh berries and a communal chocolate bar, she exhaled with satisfaction. “I wanted people to start caring about their plates again,” she said.

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You Love Venezuelan Rum. But Is It Time to Boycott?

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Boycotts, of course, are popular right now. We are in the midst of a run of them, with targets ranging from Fox News host Laura Ingraham to Keurig coffee makers.

Deciding how you spend your own money seems like a fundamental right in a democracy. But Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, writing in The Guardian, warned of “boycott fatigue” related to fresh campaigns against Starbucks from the left and the San Antonio Spurs from the right.

My first call on Venezuelan rum was to Thor Halvorssen, an activist who runs the Human Rights Foundation, which puts on the Oslo Freedom Forum, a conference that honors dissidents from around the world.

Mr. Halvorssen is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Norway, with deep roots in both countries. He thinks boycotts should be focused on repressive governments.

“Engaging in boycotts that dampen someone’s freedom of expression is probably not a good idea, because those winds can turn on you,” he said. He brought up calls to boycott the Coachella music festival because of its owner’s views on gay rights, noting that “the owner of Coachella can’t have you tortured and taken away.”

He also said there is “not a one-size-fits-all solution or prescription with regards to ethics, boycotts and authoritarianism.” He believes proceeds from purchases of goods from places like Cuba end up helping a repressive government.

He had a more nuanced take on Venezuela, and said the question was more situational, depending on the company. But he was vociferous about one rum in particular — Santa Teresa, and its owner, Mr. Vollmer.

“He acts as an ambassador for the regime,” said Mr. Halvorssen. “Nobody should buy Santa Teresa.”

That might sound like a tough stance. Mr. Vollmer, 49, has worked to rehabilitate gang members in his region by creating an ambitious work training program called Project Alcatraz, and also organizes rugby matches for gang members and prison inmates.

But Mr. Vollmer has also long courted controversy for his accommodations to Mr. Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chávez. He also has a warm relationship with Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s vice president, who has been sanctioned by the United States as a drug trafficker.

Mr. Vollmer particularly fanned resentments when he appeared with Mr. Maduro last year, gave a speech, shook his hand enthusiastically and accepted government aid amid economic turmoil.

“He received the subsidies from the government and then he went on television to praise the government, in Venezuela and elsewhere,” said Mr. Halvorssen, calling such executives “key enablers of the regime.”

I met Mr. Vollmer last week in New York to hear his side of the story. He is a charismatic executive whose great-grandfather was a merchant from Hamburg who married a first cousin of the Venezuelan independence hero Simón Bolívar. (Mr. Halvorssen is also a descendant of Bolívar.)

He expressed a measure of regret, though he chose his words carefully, as one might expect, given his situation.

“For me, the main ethical dilemma that I have every single day is basically thinking, is it right to stay here?” he said of his country. “Putting my three kids in danger, I’ve got a 6-month-old baby, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, and of course my wife. Every single day they are there, their lives are at risk.”

“But then you think, if we leave, then what are you leaving unprotected?” he added. “And so you’re talking about 7,500 families that depend on you, you’ve got the development of the country, you’ve got all that responsibility that’s somehow on your shoulders, that you’re basically leaving behind.”

Regarding his appearance last year with Mr. Maduro, he said “I spoke with bad timing and probably the wrong body language. Not probably, surely. You know I’ve heard the speech several times, and when you see the content of the speech, the content wasn’t bad. The body language was bad, the timing was bad.”

He said his company was extended a line of credit by the government, and ultimately used $1 million to buy barrels for aging rum. When I asked him what he thought about the government, he paused.

“Wow,” he said. “I’m just thinking what the right answer is.”

“I would say I think we’ve made mistakes, and when I say we, I’m talking as a country. Decisions that have been taken have been wrong decisions that have taken us to a country that is in crisis, that has been isolated. Now I also believe that the biggest challenge we have as a country right now is coming together in having a unifying vision, a common vision.”

His company has survived for 221 years, and he appears determined to continue in what is a very difficult environment for any company. The challenges of operating a business in the country were underscored last month after Chevron evacuated executives when two of its workers were imprisoned amid a contract dispute with a state owned oil company.

“In such a polarized environment, if you try to be neutral, everyone is going to attack you,” Mr. Vollmer said. “If you leave, if the good guys leave, who is going to be there? Who is going to help steer things in the right direction? And when things somehow open up, who is going to be there to be build?”

Other rum companies have taken a lower profile. Victoria Cooper, a spokeswoman for Diplomático, issued a statement that lived up to the company’s name: “We are aware of the difficult situation that our country is facing, and it is our duty to support our local community and employees in the best way we can.”

Mr. Halvorssen, for his part, believes there should be more thought put into the question of the political conditions under which products are made.

“People are smart when it comes to buying their groceries, buying cage-free eggs,” he said. “Why wouldn’t people have an individual commerce policy?”

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Patagonia v. Trump

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“Patagonia has been interested in this area for a long time,” Mr. Ewing said. “More than any company I’ve ever seen, they put their money where their mouth is.”

As Patagonia learned more about Bears Ears, which was a favorite of rock climbers, it came to appreciate the area’s significance. Sacred land to tribal groups and home to Hopi and Navajo ruins and petroglyphs carved into rock walls, it was a largely unspoiled terrain that could be threatened by expanded drilling and mining.

“As we got more involved, we recognized the cultural and spiritual importance of the place,” said Lisa Pike Sheehy, Patagonia’s vice president of environmental activism. “This was a place that should have been protected 50 years ago.”

In total, Patagonia has spent some $2 million on efforts to protect Bears Ears, including making grants to nonprofit groups, producing films and other marketing materials, and buying television ads. And at least for a brief moment, they worked.

In December 2016, with less than a month left in his administration, Mr. Obama designated two new national monuments, including Bears Ears. It was a last-ditch effort by Mr. Obama to secure as much of his environmental legacy as possible. But with Mr. Trump’s inauguration looming, supporters of the monuments knew the victory might be fleeting.

“We never got the chance to celebrate the monument being created,” Mr. Ewing said. “The writing was on the wall. There wasn’t ever a moment when we thought the monument was safe.”

Inside Patagonia, Ms. Marcario and her staff knew their resolve would soon be tested. On the morning after Mr. Trump’s election, Ms. Marcario sent out an all-staff email. “Defending our air, soil and water has never been more important,” she wrote. “In the last few years, our voice and reach has grown louder and stronger … we won’t stop.”

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Who Strikes Fear Into Silicon Valley? Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s Antitrust Enforcer

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“Europe is acting to enforce antitrust laws where the U.S. is not,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, the chief executive of Yelp, who feels that American regulators dropped the ball when they decided not to pursue a case against Google in 2013 (Yelp is a longtime Google antagonist). “Ironically, many of the complainants in the E.U. antitrust case against Google are U.S. companies, pursuing justice in Europe precisely because the U.S., has not acted,” he said in an email.

While Ms. Vestager’s global influence is ascendant, her political fate is murky. She has made it clear that she would like a second term as competition commissioner, but there is no guarantee that the Danish government will reappoint her to the commission next year. In fact, the new prime minister, who comes from a rival party, has said he will not do so.

Though a long shot, Ms. Vestager is among the potential contenders for president of the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union. It is the most powerful job in the bloc — one never held by a woman, or by someone with her public profile.

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Facebook’s C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, spent two days being interrogated by lawmakers in Washington in April. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Her appeal partly speaks to a populist impulse from the political left, a David-versus-Goliath belief that it is high time someone stood up to giant corporations, particularly those that exert so much power. But not everyone views her as a heroic regulatory warrior.

Critics of Ms. Vestager include leaders of American tech companies who have crossed her and who take issue with both her approach and her facts; Republicans in Congress; some members of the Trump administration; the Wall Street Journal editorial board; and groups like the Business Roundtable, a conservative-leaning, pro-business collection of American chief executives.

Apple is especially aggrieved. In 2016, Ms. Vestager ordered Ireland to reclaim 13 billion euros in back taxes, or about $15.5 billion, saying that the company had illegally received a tax break that was not available to others. Apple has begun paying the money into an escrow account, but both the company and Ireland have appealed the decision. They say it ignores how much tax Apple has already paid to Ireland, misrepresents the tax rate the company is subject to there, and reflects either a willful misreading or an ignorance of tax law.

Critics also accuse her of grandstanding, and of displaying bias against American companies.

“I think she has this vision of what the law should be, and it seems to me that when this radically affects major companies that are headquartered in the U.S., you might want to have more of a dialogue with the U.S. regulators and the U.S. government about it,” said Joe Kennedy, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington.

Both Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, and Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief, have traveled to Brussels to argue their cases in person, apparently in vain. Last June, Ms. Vestager fined Google €2.4 billion, or about $2.8 billion, after concluding that it had unfairly used its search engine to favor its services over those of its rivals. It was the largest such penalty in the European Commission’s history, and more than double similar fines levied by the United States.

Last May, she fined Facebook €110 million, or about $131 million, after concluding that it had misled the European authorities about its acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp. And in January, she fined the American chip maker Qualcomm €997 million, or about $1.2 billion, saying it had abused its market dominance to shut out competitors.

For the moment, the attention is on data privacy, and whether it is possible to regulate how technology companies share and profit from users’ personal information.

As the top European official enforcing competition laws, Ms. Vestager has primarily concentrated on how a range of companies use, or abuse, their market dominance. But she has also emerged as a major voice of warning about the effect of tech firms on our habits, our privacy, our ability to make human connections and even democracy itself. (Europe has a new data privacy law that is to take effect May 25.)

“What’s fascinating about her role is that in her mind, the new antitrust is about data, not about market power,” said Randy Komisar, a veteran Silicon Valley executive and now a general partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

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Apple’s headquarters in Cork, Ireland. In 2016, Ms. Vestager ordered Ireland to reclaim 13 billion euros in back taxes from the company. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

He added: “I believe the European approach is more appropriate than the U.S. laissez-faire approach. The U.S. economy sort of lives or dies by the notion of free markets, and I think what we’re seeing is a perversion of free market economics that is very difficult to counter without regulation.”

Appearing last November at a tech summit meeting in Lisbon, Ms. Vestager was interviewed onstage by Kara Swisher, host of the Recode Decode podcast, as about 15,000 people looked on. Many in the audience were young techies who greeted the commissioner with something like euphoria, particularly when she declared that “we need to take our democracy back” from social media.

“She’s what my generation looks for in a politician,” said Corina Stoenescu, a Harvard Business School student who helped organize a conference in March where Ms. Vestager was the keynote speaker. She added: “The moment tech giants come into question, then Vestager comes into question. She’s the only person on the planet who has a voice about it.”

Other jurisdictions are following Europe’s regulatory lead. Brazil, among other countries, has begun an antitrust case against Google, and one of the search giant’s Brazilian competitors said last summer that it would use the European arguments in its own lawsuit. And in November, the state of Missouri opened an investigation into whether Google violated the state’s antitrust and consumer protection laws.

“It’s good if we can inspire each other globally,” Ms. Vestager said in a recent interview in Copenhagen.

She was juggling interviews and preparing for a speech, as a bag of knitting rested nearby. She likes to knit in meetings, and has recently been making elephants, after moving on from socks. (She also sometimes sews her own clothes.)

Trained as an economist, she grew up in Glostrup, a suburb of Copenhagen, the daughter of two Lutheran ministers. (She’s not a fan of organized religion, she said, and follows a “Believe in God, fear the church” philosophy.)

She entered politics at 21, joining the tiny centrist Danish Social Liberal Party, which was founded by her great-grandfather. Elected to Parliament in 2001, she rose to become the party’s parliamentary leader six years later — she was already national chairwoman — and was blamed as being too young, too boring and female when the Social Liberals lost half their seats in the subsequent election.

“She was very, very young, but if she had been a man, people would not have complained in the same way,” said her biographer, Elisabet Svane.

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Ms. Vestager in Copenhagen during a European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting in 2012. As Danish economics and interior minister, Ms. Vestager pushed through deeply unpopular cuts in retirement and unemployment benefits. Credit Keld Navntoft/Scanpix, via Getty Images

As for the boring part: “She has a lot of humor, but she is a little boring sometimes,” Ms. Svane said in an interview. “The party is boring. They are technocrats and teachers, and they always know what is best for society.”

Ms. Vestager brought in a media consultant, Henrik Kjerrumgaard, who advised her to drop the dull platitudes, simplify her message and stick to her beliefs — even if they made her unpopular. She rethought how to present herself.

“All of us have multiple selves,” she said. “Being a public figure is not about changing yourself, but maybe bringing out some other side of yourself.” She learned to smile more, she said, “to be more direct, less detailed, not like an economist lecturing.”

Her party rebounded in the 2011 elections and joined a three-party governing coalition led by the Social Democrats under Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Appointed to the new post of economics and interior minister, Ms. Vestager pushed through deeply unpopular cuts in retirement and unemployment benefits — forcing Ms. Thorning-Schmidt to renege on her own campaign promises — while helping enact more liberal immigration policies.

She made a fair share of enemies, among them a group of long-term unemployed workers angry about reductions in their benefits. She still keeps the sculpture they gave her, of a middle-finger-brandishing hand, in her office in Brussels, saying it was “a reminder that you will make mistakes, and people will have a different point of view, and that should be part of your understanding of yourself.”

In 2014, Denmark made her the country’s appointee to the European Commission, and she took charge of the competition portfolio.

Ms. Vestager appears to have found that rare thing, a decent work-life balance. (By comparison, the fictional character she and Ms. Thorning-Schmidt are collectively said to have inspired, Birgitte Nyborg, the central figure of the Danish political drama “Borgen,” struggles unsuccessfully to hang onto her marriage.) Ms. Vestager’s husband, Thomas Jensen, a math and philosophy teacher, lives in Copenhagen with their youngest daughter, 15. Their two older daughters are in college.

“Here, it’s more the rule than the exception to be a working mother,” she said. “I have sometimes been asked if I’m a bad mother to my daughters, and I say, ‘They don’t know any different — this is the mother they’ve got.’”

Lately she has been thinking about power — what it is, who has it, how it is used — after reading the historian Mary Beard’s latest book, “Women and Power.” “The #MeToo movement can be maybe the most important catalyst for decades in doing that,” Ms. Vestager said. “It tears down our understanding of power.

“Power is not something you own,” she continued. “It’s only something you’re borrowing.”

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Strategies: Who Runs Mutual Funds? Very Few Women

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Marie Chandoha, chief executive of Charles Schwab Investment Management, said: “I think it is clear that our industry is in great need of a makeover. While progress has been made in recent years, we need a serious and concerted effort to bring more women and greater diversity into the asset management industry.”

Ms. Chandoha pointed out that Schwab has made progress in metrics aside from the percentage of female portfolio mangers. “While 28 percent of our portfolio managers are women, I am proud that they are managing 64 percent of our funds,” she said. And, she added, “Looking at it another way, 53 percent of our mutual fund and E.T.F. assets are managed by a woman.”

MFS, which stood at the bottom of the list, with a mere 6 percent of female portfolio managers in its American-registered funds, said that it, too, was committed to improving that record.

Daniel Flaherty, an MFS spokesman, said in an email: “Beginning in 2010, MFS put in place a program to improve the diversity within its investment division, focused on recruitment, engagement and professional development. We believe we are making progress, as 25 percent of the investment division today are women, up from 12 percent in 2010; 50 percent of new hires in 2017 were women; and one-third of new hires over the last five years have been women.”

With women making up 10 percent of its portfolio managers, Fidelity falls right at the industry average, though it ranks in the bottom half of the biggest managers’ list. For the last six months, the company, headed by Abigail Johnson, a granddaughter of Fidelity’s founder, has been responding to allegations of sexual harassment, originally reported in The Wall Street Journal.

Fidelity “is very committed to gender diversity, not only among its portfolio managers, but across the entire business,” Vincent G. Loporchio, a Fidelity spokesman, said in an email. He added, “We continue building our female talent pipeline with hiring programs through undergraduate and graduate school.”

In addition to Ms. Johnson, he said, “women leaders include Kathy Murphy, who heads our personal investing business, which serves individual investors, and oversees $2 trillion in customer assets under administration, and a range of other senior-level executives.”

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Caught in the Theranos Wreckage: Betsy DeVos, Rupert Murdoch and Walmart’s Waltons

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Even some of the world’s richest people may get duped, according to newly unsealed documents in a lawsuit filed on behalf of investors in the failing blood-testing company Theranos.

High-profile investors who collectively lost hundreds of millions of dollars included Walmart’s Walton family, the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, as well as Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education and her relatives.

The list of investors, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, came to light as part of a class-action lawsuit brought in 2016 by Robert Colman, a retired Silicon Valley investment banker, who claims that Theranos misled investors about its business and technology.

Theranos, founded by Elizabeth Holmes when she was a 19-year-old Stanford University dropout, promised to revolutionize the lab industry using a few drops of blood from a simple finger-prick to look for everything from diabetes to cancer, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional blood test.

The company became a Silicon Valley fairy tale, with investors awarding the privately held company a valuation of around $9 billion. But the story began to unravel in October 2015 after The Wall Street Journal, owned by Mr. Murdoch’s News Corp., began questioning whether the tests worked. Theranos became the subject of federal investigations into its testing and claims of proprietary technology, which were called “nanotainers.” Much of the time the company had to resort to using conventional blood testing methods, unable to get federal approval for any test but one for Herpes.

Theranos and its founder also became embroiled in a series of lawsuits, involving investors as well as one of its key partners, Walgreens, a large drugstore chain, where it offered its tests. The company reached a settlement with Walgreens last August.

In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Ms. Holmes with fraud, accusing her of exaggerating and lying about her technology to attract investors. As part of the S.E.C. action, Ms. Holmes agreed to pay $500,000, give up control of her company, and is barred from serving as an officer or director of any public company for 10 years. She and Theranos did not admit nor deny the allegations.

Theranos still faces the class-action lawsuit, and may still be subject to a criminal investigation by the United States attorney in San Francisco. The company’s future is unclear. The company did not respond to requests for comment.

Theranos had always boasted a star-studded list of investors and directors — its board included the former secretaries of state George P. Shultz and Henry A. Kissinger, two former United States senators, and Gen. Jim Mattis, the current secretary of defense. But while some high-profile investors’ links to Theranos had been previously known, the new documents provide a detailed list of financial amounts.

The Walton family invested about $150 million in 2014 through two separate entities, according to the investor list. Mr. Murdoch put in about $125 million, and the extended family of Ms. DeVos invested about $100 million.

“It’s obvious that they are highly disappointed in them as a company and as an investment,” said Greg McNeilly, the chief operating officer of The Windquest Group, the holding company of Ms. DeVos and her husband. Mr. McNeilly said the $100 million was a joint investment across multiple generations and branches of her family, and described the share held by Ms. DeVos and her husband as “minor.”

Other prominent investors, according to the list, included the Cox family; the Atlanta billionaires who own the media conglomerate Cox Enterprises and who invested $100 million; and a company affiliated with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim that put in about $30 million. Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, invested $1 million.

Representatives for Mr. Kraft, the Walton family, Cox Enterprises and News Corp. declined to comment.

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Wells Fargo Agrees to Settle With Shareholders for $480 Million

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Wells Fargo’s tab for its sham accounts scandal shot up again on Friday, when the bank agreed to pay $480 million to settle a class-action claim from shareholders who said they were harmed by the bank’s false statements about its misdeeds.

The deal, which still needs approval from a federal court in San Francisco, would compensate investors who bought Wells Fargo stock from February 2014 to September 2016 — the month that regulators and law enforcement officials brought the bank’s illegal actions to light and fined it $185 million.

The bank said it denied the shareholders’ accusations but chose to settle the case to avoid the cost and distraction of fighting the claims.

“Moving to put this case behind us is in the best interest of our team members, customers, investors and other stakeholders,” Timothy J. Sloan, Wells Fargo’s chief executive, said in a written statement.

Union Investment, a European asset management firm that was one of the lawsuit’s lead plaintiffs, called the proposed deal an “important step” for Wells Fargo “towards reckoning with its prior mistakes and focusing on creating value for its investors.”

The federal government revealed in September 2016 that the bank had been opening accounts and new credit cards in its customers’ names without telling them. As many as 3.5 million fraudulent accounts were created.

Investors are poised to collect significantly more from Wells Fargo than its customers are. Wells Fargo has refunded about $12.5 million to customers who said they were harmed and agreed to pay $142 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

Wells Fargo is still in the cross hairs of regulators and prosectors. The Federal Reserve has forbidden the bank to grow until it fixes its problems, and last month, two federal overseers imposed on it a record $1 billion fine for charging mortgage and auto loan customers millions in fees that regulators said were improper.

The bank also remains under investigation by the Justice Department, the Labor Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and multiple state attorneys general.

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Report on Airbnb in New York Made ‘Crucial Errors,’ Data Provider Says

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The comptroller’s report said that Airbnb made it easy to rent apartments to tourists, taking units off the market for full-time residents and driving up rents by an additional $616 million in 2016. The report used regression analysis to compare what rents would have been across 55 neighborhoods if thousands of units had not been listed on Airbnb between 2009 and 2016.

But Ms. Long said the report mistook every apartment uploaded to the website as an active listing, when many units actually remain inactive. She also said the report did not differentiate between people renting out their entire apartments and those renting out a spare bedroom.

“When a host lists their private room or a shared room on Airbnb, they are not removing a home from the residential housing market,” Ms. Long said.

She said the report “mistakenly assumes that if an Airbnb rental is merely listed on the site — even if it is only available for one night in a year — it has the same effect on the residential housing market as a full-time, professionally managed listing.”

AirDNA officials also said the comptroller’s office improperly obtained the data, arguing that the sort of data in the report is obtainable only by paying, but that AirDNA received no payments from the comptroller’s office.

“We did not sell them this data,” Scott Shatford, AirDNA’s chief executive, said in a phone interview. “As a data company, the whole value of your data is the scarcity of your data. But the bigger thing for us is people manipulating our data, putting their stamp of approval and making bad conclusions with our information.”

In response, Ms. Owen, the spokeswoman for the comptroller, said that the data in their report “was solely based on publicly available data on AirDNA’s website.”

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Jeffrey Tambor Will Return to ‘Arrested Development’

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Jeffrey Tambor, who left the Amazon series “Transparent” amid sexual harassment allegations, will appear regularly on the coming season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix. Credit Richard Shotwell/Invision, via Associated Press

Three months after departing the Amazon series “Transparent” amid accusations of sexual harassment, the actor Jeffrey Tambor is poised to return to television.

Mr. Tambor, who left his Emmy-winning role on “Transparent” after being accused of harassment by a fellow cast member and a former assistant, will appear regularly during the forthcoming season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, according to a spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the show. The season, the show’s fifth, was filmed last year, before the allegations were made against Mr. Tambor, the spokesman said.

It is not clear if there were any discussions about pulling Mr. Tambor from the show or not using the scenes in which he appeared. A Netflix spokeswoman did not immediately respond to inquiries. Mr. Tambor plays the patriarch of the Bluth family, the dysfunctional clan at the center of the show.

Last year, Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from “House of Cards” after he faced numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. The next and final season of “House of Cards” will appear later this year, without Mr. Spacey.

A premiere date for the new season of “Arrested Development” has not been announced. But Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of the show, said this week that the return would be “real soon.”

The first three seasons of the series, which was a critical hit and beloved by its fans but struggled to find an audience, aired on Fox between 2003 and 2006. The fourth season appeared on Netflix in 2013.

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