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U.S. stock indexes advanced on Monday, as investors eyed progress on an infrastructure bill, merger activity and a sign that central-bank stimulus may continue. See full story.

‘I don’t want to lose you’: How families approached their loved ones about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccination

‘Republicans, rural residents, and White Evangelical Christians continue to be disproportionately more likely to say they will definitely not get vaccinated.’ See full story.

Square to buy Australia’s Afterpay in $29 billion deal

Square Inc. has agreed an all-stock deal worth around $29 billion to acquire Australia’s Afterpay Ltd., an installment-payment company that positions its service as a cheaper and more responsible alternative to a credit card. See full story.

Videogames entered the mainstream in the pandemic, but the industry faces a rough transition

For decades, Wall Street has viewed videogames like most Americans: A fun little diversion from everyday life, but not something to take too seriously. But that changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. See full story.

It could be a big week for bitcoin. Here’s what could decide it, says strategist.

August is starting out promising for some investors, with global stocks on the rise. Bitcoin has also stirred to life. Here’s what our call of the day sees ahead for the crypto. See full story.

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‘Since this gear is expensive, it can generate big credits.’ See full story.

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