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Image of the week: Flying carpets Call it a side-effect of watching the The Night Manager, but on first sight, this circle of red seeping out from (...)

The new directors join as Twitter seeks new routes to growth. Photograph: Reuters

Twitter has appointed UK internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox and Pepsi’s chief financial officer Hugh Johnston as directors, as the messaging platfo(...)

AOL chief executiveTim Armstrong: “It is probably going to take a long time, it might take a couple of decades . . .” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

AOL’s bid to ramp up its share of a still nascent mobile media market is the big focus at the moment for its chief executive Tim Armstrong, who combin(...)

Chief executive Tim Armstrong at AOL’s offices in Dublin: he wants the company to reach 2 billion users, up from about 700 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong wants to be “really clear” about his company’s “very audacious goals”. Following its $4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) a(...)

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(...)