CRH closed up 2.8 per cent at €26.55, following the announcement that regulators had cleared its planned €6.5bn purchase of assets from Holcim and Lafarge. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons)

World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post- dot.com-boom peak for the US Nasdaq stoked investor optimism. Eur(...)

A just-delivered Amazon box is seen on a counter in Golden, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/

Amazon’s first-quarter revenue grew more than expected as rising sales in North America and its burgeoning cloud-computing services unit offset new bu(...)

Microsoft has reported revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, as sales of its hardware and cloud-computing services helped to offset a de(...)

MEP Brian Hayes said the European Commission should not use its new Digital Single Market strategy, due to be announced on May 6th, for political ends. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The European Union should not use its Digital Single Market proposal to target large US tech firms for “political means”, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes sa(...)

Profits at the online auction company rose beyond expectations thanks in part to anticipated smooth split from PayPal. Photograph: Bloomberg

Shares at EBay rose the most in four months after the company said it was on track for a “smooth separation” of its PayPal business and that profit(...)

Data privacy: many of the technology tools we use today are showing themselves to be insufficient for protecting our information

Debates about privacy frequently are debates about the role of technology in our lives, according to Trevor Hughes, the president and chief executive (...)

Carluccio’s, one of the restaurants that has signed up with Deliveroo, which will  bring food from more than 40 Dublin restaurants direct to customers.

Delivery service Deliveroo has officially launched in Dublin, bringing food from more than 40 of the city’s restaurants direct to your doorstep. The m(...)

The inquiry will seek to address concerns of European business and politicians about the dominance of US tech giants and whether there is a level playing field for European firms

Internet platforms such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! will be the subject of a widespread inquiry by European regulators to determine whether they a(...)

Walk this way: allow for walking progress of about 20km per day

1. Just do it: no more dithering You’ve been thinking about it for yonks, telling friends you’re deffo going to do it. . . one day. “Just can’t see(...)

Netflix added 2.6 million customers in its nearly 50 international markets in the quarter ended March 31st, bringing the total to 62.27 million users worldwide

Video streaming pioneer Netflix added more subscribers than projected in the United States and abroad during the first quarter, .Net subscriber additi(...)