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(...)

The Brewbot: its specially-designed app includes a recipe platform that allows anyone to download or create a recipe so that they can brew a beer of any style

Homebrewing is back in fashion, but anyone who has tried to do it can tell you it’s a cumbersome and complicated process. One company planning to make(...)

Bebo founder Michael Birch in Dublin in October 2011 for the Dublin Web Summit. He is reportedly buying back the social networking site he created for $1 million. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Michael Birch is buying back social networking site Bebo for the rock-bottom price of $1 million (€767,000) in yet another attempt to turn it into a p(...)