Generation smartphone: to manage their identities in and obligations to this world in their pockets, they adhere to rules absorbed and adopted by their peers. One girl said she showed Instagram ideas to at least three people before posting. Another said she deleted posts that did not garner enough likes.

Over the past decade, advertisers have spent untold millions trying to turn Talia Kocar and her peers in the millennial generation into loyal customer(...)

As Howard Schultz of Starbucks, a superb peddler of drivel, put it: “Innovation is the force that will . . . enable us to expand and increase revenues and profits – always through  the lens of humanity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last year was a ripping one for flannel. I know I say that every year, but 2015 broke all records for obfuscation, euphemism and ugliness. Sifting thr(...)

A specialist trader looks at his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Merger record signals maturing bull run This year has been a record year for global mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity. Might this indicate ma(...)

Next time you hear someone say: “This deal, we feel, is the right deal to go forward. In the go-forward scenario, we plan on doing the deal”, which was precisely the bull AOL’s Tim Armstrong spouted when it was bought by Verizon this year, don’t swallow it. Photograph: the New York Times

At this time of year, my mind naturally turns to guff. Every December I open the cupboard in which I store the worst examples of the year’s jargon and(...)

Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway: “You’re hired to hit the ground running. That’s the thrill of the job.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

They’re starting to build houses again, which is good news for Virgin Media Ireland and its newly installed boss Tony Hanway, because “it is, excuse (...)

Tony Hanway, is a former chairman of the Irish Telecom and Internet Federation and was also chief executive of O2 Ireland

Virgin Media has appointed former O2 Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway to lead its Irish operations . He replaces Magnus Ternsjo, who is movi(...)

Bebo founder Michael Birch: His current projects include start-up incubator Monkey Inferno.  photograph: dave meehan

“It’s suicide to try and be a better Facebook, ” Michael Birch says. And he should know. Along with his wife Xochi, he co-founded social networking si(...)

HSQ also includes 3.6 acres of land for future development which a feasibility study shows could accommodate about 18,166sq m (195,537sq ft) of commercial accommodation and 115  apartments

An international gym franchise and a leading Irish coffee chain are to join the retail mix at Heuston South Quarter (HSQ) beside Heuston Station in Du(...)

Revenue from Verizon’s FiOS high-speed internet, TV and phone service rose 10 per cent to $3.4 billion. Photograph: Justin Lane

Verizon Communications reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit as more users signed up for its post-paid wireless services and subscr(...)

Tim Armstrong: see him on YouTube for a masterclass in how not to talk to staff, how not to motivate and not to lead.  Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Tim Armstrong is my favourite chief executive. I can’t think of anyone else who has provided me with such rich and varied copy over the years. Since h(...)