News filter? The latest scandal about bias reveals a gnawing fear of the unprecedented power Facebook wields as it becomes the world’s pre-eminent publisher. photograph: stuart goldenberg/the new york times

Innovation Talk: latest furore reveals fear of the company’s unprecedented power

Overhead: Cmdr Lucy D’Orsi with Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: UK TV pool/PA

Queen Elizabeth was overheard saying Chinese officials were hard to deal with when President Xi Jinping visited the UK. It seems (...)

The exceptional sales in the year-ago quarter was because of pent-up demand for large-screen iPhones. Photograph:  Vincent Jannink/EPA

Apple’s quarterly results show profits and revenue down for the first time in 13 years

Master Xianfan looks at robot monk Xian’er as he demonstrates the robot’s conversation function during a photo opportunity in Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing recently. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

‘Mark Zuckerberg, for one, has promised/threatened a new generation of chatbots operating inside the Facebook Messenger app’

Antitrust?: the Android home screen gives too much advantage to Google apps, according to the European Union

Google’s free smartphone software ‘restricts competition’ – ironically for an operating system designed as a defence against Micro(...)

System creators developed an algorithm to randomly allocate three-word combinations for every 3m square piece of the planet, down to a very high resolution

Start-up aims to eliminate problems across globe caused by poor addressing

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: slow-motion punches, crunching headbutts and bone-snapping kicks

Mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho died after fighting Charlie Ward. Watch the likes of ‘Batman v Superman’ and you see that rele(...)

 Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum in Prison in Peru: Michaella’s First Interview

RTÉ’s soft Michaella McCollum interview has raised more than a few ethical issues

The story of Apple and Steve Jobs functions as a convenient narrative shorthand for the wider understanding of the history of modern technology. That narrative is an important one, of course, but it is misleading in many crucial ways.

History of the IT giant often affords too much significance to Jobs - and plays down the multiple missteps along the way

Novak Djokovic: talked himself into a world of pain.  Photograph: Daniel Murphy/EPA

As Indian Wells tournament boss Raymond Moore resigns, what of his comments?

Shellshocked: Lee Sedol reviews the match after losing the Google DeepMind Challenge series 4-1

AlphaGo’s board-game victory should serve as a warning about artificial intelligence

Concerns over concentrated media ownership will be nothing compared to the anxiety over the power wielded by Zuckerberg and Facebook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With traditional media disrupted, Facebook is setting the agenda for political discourse

The first recorded use of the exclamation mark was in 14th-century Florentine leader Coluccio Salutati’s 1399 manuscript “De nobilitate legum et medicine”. Photograph: Evgeny Sergeev/Getty

UK department of education move curbs use of exclamation marks by students

Lofty perch: Vienna, with its Riesenrad Ferris wheel, was followed by clean, efficient and user-friendly Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty

The Austrian capital has the best quality of life of any city, according to Mercer’s annual survey. But you can’t help loving our (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: says the FBI, by asking Apple for help to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone, is trying to ‘build a back door to the iPhone’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Chief executive Tim Cook says US government is seeking ‘a back door to the iPhone’

Convenient for criminals? €500 notes, aka ‘Bin Ladens’

Large-denomination notes may help criminals but a war on cash raises other issues too

Repellant: Roosh V’s views reflect real attitudes

Daryush Valizadeh, aka Roosh V, could be called a professional online misogynist. Most of us wish we had never heard of him

Terry Wogan during his final breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. Photograph: BBC

The media landscape means it will be impossible for anybody to follow in his footsteps

A police officer stands in front of French taxis blockading a Parisian street during a protest against Uber this week. Photograph: EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Ride-hailing service has sparked global opposition to its on-demand business model

 Lavoy Finicum who was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon: he was shot dead. Photograph: by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What has the Oregon stand-off got to do with previous armed sieges?

People take a selfie by floral tributes in front of James Cochran’s mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London,  two days after the announcement of Bowie’s death. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The outpouring of grief on Twitter and Facebook generates a good deal of cynicism

It is clearly not just the likes of Donald Trump (above) and Paul Graham who are never told they are completely wrong; the same could also be said of entire industries, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

‘Paul Graham’s essay stands exposed as a rather flimsy defence of the sort of money-obsessed start-up culture that he represents’ (...)

Twitter 140-character constraint. Photograph: Getty Images

As a publicly traded company, the social media needs growth to bolster share value

A so-called ‘hoverboard’ - or self-balancing electric scooter - the must-have gadget this Christmas. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The scooter’s mysterious origins have led to concerns over safety and standards

The Oculus Rift:  Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says virtual reality will “change the way that we look at what’s real and what isn’t”. Photograph: Daniel Naupold/EPA

Until you try it, it is hard to imagine just how much it can alter your perception

A refugee camp at Calais in France: there has been a shift in European policy in the wake of the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris: Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The country is resisting more refugees, so was the terrorist attack a success for Isis?

Charlie Sheen waits on the set of the Today Show before formally announcing that he is HIV positive in an interview.  Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Actor’s reluctant chat show revelation shows that Aids still carries disturbing social stigma

Mobile phones will come to dominate and overwhelm other industries and precipitate a lot of very visible disruptions in how the world operates on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Web Summit talk by Benedict Evans showed just how revolutionary the smartphone is

Within weeks of our buying a Sony, VHS-only video libraries sprouted up around the country offering all those Schwarzenegger and Stallone films.

VHS won the video format war, but its less favoured cousin is a trove of 1980s nostalgia

Eric Migicovsky at  the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Smartwatch company made shrewd use of crowdfunding to raise finance

Blendle has been  described as an “iTunes for the press” and a “radical experiment in micropayments for journalism”

Blendle’s model of micropayments for articles makes it “iTunes for the press”

Paddy Cosgrave said he hoped the Summit would return to Dublin Photograph: Sportsfile

Web Summit founder invites Portuguese dignitaries into spotlight as event quits Dublin

The Marketing Stage during Day 3 of the Web Summit Photograph: Sportsfile

The opportunity lies in ‘finding new ways of finding new audiences’

New BFFs Paddy Cosgrave, left, chief executive of the  Web Summit, with deputy Prime Minister of Portugal Paulo Portas

Lunchtime wrap: Final morning brings fashion, music and health tech into the spotlight

David Schneider, co-founder of That Lot, speaks during Day 3 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS. Photograph: Sportsfile

Digital platforms have transformed delivery of satire, opening it to all

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive, Web Summit, in the company of Miguel Frasquilho, left, Chairman & CEO of AICEP Portugal, and members of the WebSummit 2016 delegation on the Centre Stage during Day 3 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Portuguese deputy prime minister says move ‘will help the Web Summit grow more internationally’

 Former Apple chief executive   John Sculley at the  Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Co-founder of Obi Worldphone not offended by ‘creative liberties’ taken in new film

John Collison, co-founder and president of Strip: “Do not be afraid to start a business that feels like it has no precedent.”

John Collison one of the highlights of the second day sessions

 Michael Dell: ‘My little start-up has had revenues of more than $900 billion’.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Dell on growing the PC maker from college dorm room to billion dollar company

Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler at the  2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Crowdfunding platform has forgone potential fortune from going public or selling

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, a virtual reality company acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, speaking at the Web Summit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Oculus VR founder sees ‘perfect virtual reality’ in his lifetime

 Jamie Heaslip, right, Leinster Rugby, is interviewed by Ian Prior on the Centre Stage: “The France game with all that support was the most mental scene I’ve ever been involved in.”

Irish international talks of his World Cup disappointment

“Ireland has produced 2.5 billion one cent and two cent coins since the introduction of the euro, enough to go around the island of Ireland seven times, or stacked on top of each other 4,000km into space.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Central Bank hopes to reduce number of one and two cent coins in use by 85-90 per cent

Screengrab from Business Insider homepage

It’s all bad – advertisers get duped, publishers get their websites polluted and readers endure privacy-trammelling trackers

Dark streaks on the slopes of Hale Crater on Mars are believed to have been formed by seasonal flow of water. Photograph: EPA/Nasa/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

UN treaty forbids exploration that could contaminate environment on other planets

There is some concern  that   a dislike button would be a baton in the hand of the bullies, a tool of snide derision rather than an expression of empathy.   Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

What’s not to ‘dislike’ about Facebook’s proposed button?

Apple CEO Tim Cook  in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

As the new Apple TV enters the market, are we ready to give up on channel-browsing?

Did Jeff Bezos have to endure a dreaded “performance improvement plan” after the Fire Phone fiasco?Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos’s company sells its notorious corporate culture as beneficial to investors

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said the ‘New York Times’ article “doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day”. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

‘New York Times’ piece followed ‘Lancet’ findings on the harmful effects of long hours

From an Irish perspective, the primary interest will be in how the creation of Alphabet affects the company’s global tax operation(...)

TV is undergoing a profound change in viewing patterns. Photograph:  EPA/JOERG CARSTENSEN

Television has been remarkably resistant to disruption from the internet and only now are we beginning to clearly see what the dis(...)

Energy Elephant CEO Joe Borza (left) with co-founder Eoin Ó Fearghail

EnergyElephant aims to saves firms money by remembering the power data they ignore

An artist’s impression issued  of the New Horizons spacecraft. Image: Johns Hopkins University/Southwest Research Institute/PA

The Nasa voyage to the edges of the solar system is an expression of human curiosity

Every time you use the  automatic checkout machine at the supermarket, you are essentially getting a flavour of how the future is going to look in a whole variety of industries. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Perhaps more than any other technology, robotisation and automation threaten to reshape society, and we better have some ideas as (...)

An ‘internal technical issue’ knocked the New York Stock Exchange, the cathedral of US capitalism, out of action for hours on Wednesday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Catastrophic failure of complex systems is something we should be more worried about

Taylor Swift performs  in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month. Photograph Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS

In speaking out over artists’ rights, singer has opened herself to criticism

Tony Fadell, co-founder of Nest Labs. Photograph: EPA/PAUL MCERLANE

‘Our vision was to create a thoughtful home,’ says chief executive Tony Fadell

Apple chief Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC last Monday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Smartphones are reducing other businesses to icons on the homescreen

An illustration of proposed changes to Suffolk Street in Dublin. Cars would be banned from key streets in the city centre. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire.

A major redesign of city centre traffic aims to make it less hostile and more walkable

Facebook’s app is still, technically, a web browser

Wired’s warning about the state of the web is being debated all over again

Google’s new self-driving prototype car. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Like it or not, self-drive is the future of transport

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive  of Tesla Motors, speaks during the unveiling of the company’s “Powerwall’ in Hawthorne, California. Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Elon Musk’s battery power could be a game-changer in renewables market

Lead levels in water in some Dublin homes are up to 80 times more than the European safety limit

Question: Lead levels in our water pipes – should we be concerned?

A student volunteer in a Captain America costume sweeps the ground during a campaign to clean the streets to mark Earth Day 2015, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Event highlights issues of global conservation and climate change around the world

EU commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference discussing the antitrust charges against Google. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Why is the competition commissioner taking on the search engine giant?

Last year, Facebook launched a mobile ad network, the Facebook Audience Network, designed to target users across different mobile apps using information Facebook has gleaned from the users’ Facebook usage

Saying goodbye to ubiquitous social network can prompt delight and anguish

The image of the self-replenishing fridge has come a step closer courtesy of Amazon’s new “shopping solution”. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Future of computing looks like this when about consumption and little else

The Irish marriage rate last year of 4.8 per thousand is exactly the same as that of 1864, the first year the marriage rate was recorded

There is a hollow ring to claims about marriage patterns

Airbus aircraft: Germanwings parent company Lufthansa is taking relatives of the victims to the crash site in France. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Intentional crashing of passenger aircraft ‘goers beyond what we can imagine’

Anil Dash: the renowned blogger and entrepreneur will be just one of the many speakers addressing the conference in Killarney

The boutique ‘festival’ event for Apple-centric designers is ready for its fourth year, this time in Killarney

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, speaks about the Apple Watch. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Smart wearable devices are becoming increasingly popular but has Apple’s watch missed the mark

 Apple: planning a giant €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.

Giant buildings that store the internet’s cloud are springing up all over the country

Tom Kelley finds IDEO’s move to social innovation “so rewarding”. The firm has already built 23 schools based on design thinking as it changes education in Peru.

Tom Kelley, of IDEO, is pleased to see design central to the creative process

Last month, however, Google announced it was effectively shuttering the Glass “open beta” project, and withdrawing Glass from sale

Tech firms pay a high reputational cost by overpromising on ambitious devices

Jason Mayden: “I was rejected by Nike three times, I wrote letters, I sent my portfolio, and on the next time, I figured instead of just sending queries through the mail, I would actually send a portion of who I am, and I just told my story rather than just show them my work”

Jason Mayden left Nike to look after his son’s dietary issues and it is now a professional passion

Annie West: to speak at Sligo Swell

Free event to cater for tech-minded creative communities in the northwest

Apple Watch:its success will stand or fall on the quality of its software

The arrival of the Apple Watch will be the acid test for the company’s developers

iTunes store: value proposition for consumers was actually the greater convenience of the iTunes/iPod ecosystem over illegal downloading sites rather than the music itself

Abundance of the web has shaken up traditional ways of selling

Serial host Sarah Koenig told the story of the  1999 murder in Baltimore of student Hae Min Lee and  conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed

Sarah Koenig and her team produced a feat of experimental journalism about a murder

The abuse of the hooded men of Northern Ireland ultimately led to the abuse of the hooded man of Abu Ghraib. Photograph: AP

US grotesquely compromised its stated values

Clayton Christensen came under scathing criticism over  his views on Apple and Samsung. Phoitograph: Sascha Schuermann/AP Photo

Clayton Christensen’s ideas, a cornerstone of business thinking, are under challenge

Anna Haynes, a homeless encampment occupant, collects her belongings as authorities break down a massive homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” in San Jose, California,  this week.  Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Question: How do other cities deal with homelessness?

Lee Rigby’s killers Michael Adebolajo  and Michael Adebowale. Five months before the murder, Adebowale discussed killing a soldier in a Facebook conversation with an Islamist militant. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

British state conveniently lays blame at door of tech giant as such firms move to protect users’ privacy

Marc Andreessen: coined  phrase “software is eating the world”

Computers in our pockets have just started their revolutionary impact

Even the star-wattage of Bono on the final discussion panel was not quite enough to deliver an exciting climax to proceedings.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

For the tech crowd, Bono’s star doesn’t burn as brightly as Mark Zuckerberg’s

Paddy Cosgrave: “Most tech conferences can be a bit stale, but we try to inject a bit of fun into the technology conference.”

“I think it can become much bigger, and as it becomes bigger the network effects get better"

Footballer Rio Ferdinand: “People have a perception of who you are through the image that’s painted of you through the media . . . so Twitter allows me to present a real version of myself.” Photograph: Reuters

Web Summit reveals unexpected football visionary

Rio Ferdinand, QPR footballer on the sport stage of Web Summit. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Rio admits his online offence but tells Web Summit social media is the best way to present a real vision of himself

 Tony Fadell of Nest  on the centre stage at today’s Web Summit

Customers of Electric Ireland to get free thermostats from Google-owned connected-home device firm

Actor and businesswoman Eva Longoria in conversation with Jemima Khan of Vanity Fair at the Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfilet

The message from successful entrepreneurs: dream big, fail fast, sell your vision

Eva Longoria at the Web Summit, where she was interviewed by Jemima Khan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Notorious Wifi issues are yet again a problem but event is more polished than before

Stripe’s John Collison predicts momentum for spending is moving online

Paperback review

Multinational folk act Mutefish busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Making a song and dance about vibrant street life

The  unmanned  Antares rocket lifts off towards the International Space Station shortly before exploding on Tuesday evening. Photograph: AP

From fireworks to Hollywood, our fascination with big bangs appears innate

Kevin Vickers, sergeant at arms for the House of Commons  in Ottawa,  reacts to a long-standing ovation  on Thursday Photograph:  Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld/AP

Keeping cool heads as parliament stormed by gunman

Crisis: an International Medical Corps clinic in Liberia. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

A litany of dangers pose much greater long-term risks than the virus, from road deaths to antibiotic-resistant bugs, from air poll(...)

Jean Tirole:  won the 2014 Nobel prize in economic science. Photograph: Toulouse School of Economics via The New York Times

Nobel prize announcement prompts flurry of discussion on topic of regulation

News broke this week that David Lynch’s cult TV show will return in 2016 after 25 years

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen introduces the Passport smartphone. Photograph: Aaron Harris/Reuters

Company’s fate after arrival of iPhone a cautionary tale

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