Apple, Microsoft, Google and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.1 trillion in profits that US companies are holding overseas

Eight of the biggest US technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corpo(...)

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been deemed the world’s richest man by Forbes magazine, which said he had a net worth of $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion) in 2015. Photograph: Cole Burston/EPA.

Bill Gates’s net worth has increased by $3 billion over the last year to $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion), Forbes magazine said.That figure puts him at t(...)

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway:  his critique of benchmark-huggers remains relevant today. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

The arrival of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual letter, the latest of which landed over the weekend, is eagerly anticipated by mutual fund managers for War(...)

As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Apple’s decision to place a major new data European centre in Athenry, announced Monday, further cements Ireland’s international reputation as a data (...)

IBM posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts’ estimates. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

IBM posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts’ estimates, as the one-time world technology leader continues to (...)

Qstream chief executive Duncan Lennox says the company was pleased to add Excel Venture Management to its investor group. Photograph: Andrea Joliat

Software company Qstream has raised $4 million (€3.3 million) in venture capital funding to accelerate its expansion in the predictive analytics sect(...)

David Richards of WANdisco. He said he was convinced to invest in the North because of its excellent talent pool

There is a big billboard on the wall of one of David Richards’s many offices around the globe which proclaims that “imagination is more important than(...)

 Apple:  alleged conspiracy not to recruit.   Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Evidence produced against Apple, Google and some Silicon Valley cohorts about an alleged conspiracy not to recruit each other’s employees has sparked (...)

Qstream, an Irish-backed mobile sales enablement and analytics solution spin-out from Harvard has signed up eight of the world’s top ten pharmaceutica(...)

Dunnhumby describes itself as a “customer science company”, which is a handy way of describing what you get when you cross big data and fine-tuned dat(...)