Trying out  Samsung Gear VR devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ninety thousand executives, marketers and reporters gather in Barcelona this week for the event. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook founder tells Mobile World Congress it’s not social media connecting the planet

Visitors use mobiles to photograph a banner advert for the new Samsung Galaxy smart phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Almost 90,000 people are expected to attend Mobile World Congress

 Carphone Warehouse Ireland managing director Peter Scott said the retailer’s performance represented a “sizeable turnaround in its Irish operations”. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish arm of retailer reports 13.3% increase in revenues for 2014

Chief executive Albert Manifold said 2014 was a year of strong strategic, operational and financial progress for CRH.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Improving economic conditions helps building materials giant overturn 2013 loss

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley announcing details of Ireland’s involvement in the SXSWi festival, which  start on March 13th in Austin, Texas

Enda Kenny will address session as part of Entreprise Ireland’s partnership of next month’s Interactive event in Texas

Google hosted a Youtube Irish Creators Day at its offices in Dublin recently. Pictured (from left) are YouTubers Melanie Murphy, David Nagle, Sean McLoughlin and Youtube partner manager Marco Danesi. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán McLoughlin aka JackSepticEye, Sinéad Cady aka the Makeup Chair and David Nagle aka Daithi De Nogla did it and so could you.(...)

Ged Nash: said access to credit is vital for SMEs to invest and grow and ultimately create more jobs

Investment will be used to double staff numbers to 16 and expand operations

Bitcoin: Richard Hanlon, co-owner of Busyfeet & CoCo Cafe in Dublin, said 1-1.5 per cent of the cafe’s overall sales were paid for in bitcoin. He added that, from a retailer point of view, bitcoin was cheaper to accept than credit cards. Photograph: Stephen Lam

SNC Pilates and cafe joins firms accepting virtual currency as payment

Providence Resources chief executive Tony O’Reilly addressing shareholders at the explorer’s AGM last year. Providence hopes to raise $25.75 million in a share placing. Photo: Eric LukeThe Irish Times

Explorer is seeking funding to move forward with its multi-well drilling campaign

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