PayPal and eBay flags fly in front of the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

So, eBay will spin off PayPal, the precocious child it acquired in 2002 for $1.5 billion and which has since eclipsed its parent in profitability a(...)

Steve Jobs: At his insistence Google backed off hiring three engineers who had already left Apple, according to the judge. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A US judge has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the force of will with which Steve Jobs once held sway over Silicon Valley, as she threw out a prop(...)

Start-up Soundings

Over the past few months I have written in this column about young Irish companies who have made the move to Silicon Valley to realise their dreams of(...)

Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label has become a five-star lodging for maverick musicians. So it makes sense for Brooklyn producer Taylor McFerrin to (...)

Bin Ennakhil, Marrakech, Morocco €55m This palace is the result of a dream by two builders enamoured with the Alhambra in Grenada. While b(...)

Still the Water **** Directed by Naomi Kawase. Starring Makiko Watanabe, Hideo Sakaki, Jun Murakami, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetta Sugimoto. 110 min, in compe(...)

A shake map released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows the location and intensity of a magnitude 5.1 earthquake which occurred north-west of Brea in Orange County, California. Image: EPA/USGS Handout.

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide swath of Southern California, breaking water mains i(...)

Late actor Ralph Waite as Reverend Norman Balthus in the TV series Carnivale. Photograph: HBO

Stars of 1970s TV series The Waltons have paid tribute to Ralph Waite, the actor who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of the tight-knit rur(...)

A woman registers her palm on a PulseWallet, a point-of-purchase device, during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Using your biometric data as a method of identification is commonplace these days. Once the territory of high-security facilities in movies, now it’s (...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Chinese president Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, yesterday. Mr Obama said  he welcomed the “peaceful rise” of China and that, despite inevitable areas of tension, both countries want a cooperative relationship, as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off two days of meetings. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have begun a two-day informal summit in California. It is the first meeting between t(...)