Mark Hurd, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With typical bombast, technology behemoth Oracle has announced a plethora of product and strategy announcements at the start of its annual user event,(...)

Multibillionaire Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

‘When the team is all a bunch of scientists, it is best to have a peasant lead the way”. How did an English-language teacher – and self-confessed peas(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Specialist traders work at the post that trades Alibaba  during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker “BABA” at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In the market for a pregnant cow or an anti-riot water cannon vehicle? How about a donut-shaped barbecue boat or a tonne of chicken claws ? Maybe some(...)

The modern market: brand names that now permeate our daily lives

We were promised jet packs and robot cleaners by Tomorrow’s World in the 1970s and assured that the march of technology would see us passing our da(...)

Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma attends the company’s initial price offering (IPO) at the New York Stock Exchange.

Alibaba ’s shares surged in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance to get in on what looks likely to be the largest i(...)

Alibaba is responsible for 80 per cent of online sales in the world’s second-largest economy, and works with a number of businesses there including consumer online marketplace Taobao and payment service Alipay.

Alibaba’s shares have been priced at $68, giving the company a market value of $168 billion. Major institutional investors such as BlackRock will like(...)

New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablets are displayed during a launch event in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Amazon. com has ramped up its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 (€154) e-reader called the (...)

‘A Nightingale Falling’: a film set during the War of Independence, featuring Tara Breathnach, Gerard McCarthy and Muireann Bird.

A Nightingale Falling, a new movie about the Irish War of Independence co-financed by veteran aviation businessman Gerry Burke, has signed up 7&(...)

 Alibaba’s HQ in Hangzhou: , the Chinese e-commerce company  said its expects to price its initial public offering at between $60 and $66 per American Depository share. Photograph: Reuters/Chance Chan

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet has unveiled plans for a stock market listing that could value the company at $6.5 billion (€5bn).Rocket’s(...)