Alibaba founder Jack Ma gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to speak to investors at an initial public offering roadshow in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Jack Ma isn’t the only billionaire winner of Alibaba’s initial public offering. The record-setting stock sale also gave a jolt to the fortunes of the (...)

Commuting: Loosening belts

The commuter belt counties of Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth have not only seen an increase in the number of houses being sold in the first half of(...)

Desperate Housewives actress and angel investor Eva Longoria, who has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s Web Summit. Photo: Bloomberg

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, supermodel Lily Cole and Oscar winning visual effects specialist Tim Webber have been confirmed as speak(...)

EBay, as the world’s biggest web marketplace and operator of a global payments service, is the most significant business to date that’s embraced bitcoin. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

EBay ’s PayPal service will start accepting bitcoins, opening up the world’s second-biggest internet payment network to virtual currency transactions(...)

Twitter has not yet decided how to charge advertisers for its commercial service but it is experimenting with a tiered pricing system like that for its promoted tweets or affiliate partnerships.

Twitter is entering e-commerce by encouraging users to make purchases on the messaging platform in a new tactic to win over advertisers.The home of th(...)

Apple is uniquely positioned to deal with all those incumbents who previously stymied the widespread adoption of mobile payments. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

The age-old process of paying for things has had an appealing simplicity throughout human history, marked by relatively few fundamental changes – the (...)

Little girls playing on a tablet device

It is oft-lamented in parenting circles how the all-pervasive grasp of modern technology is changing not only the lives our children lead, but even th(...)

Manufacturers are rolling out internet-connected burglar alarms, televisions and light switches. Google’s Nest (pictured) has also partnered with companies including Whirlpool Corp and light bulb maker LIFX to integrate their products with its thermostats and smoke detectors. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Samsung Electronics is to buy SmartThings, a startup backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that helps connect household devices, one of its largest (...)

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com. The world’s largest online retailer today unveiled Amazon Local Register, a free smartphone and tablet application and $10 card reader that plugs into a handheld device. Photo: Bloomberg

Amazon. com is making an entrance in the mobile-checkout market, taking on start-ups such as Square as more local businesses seek to ease the process (...)

John and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe, outside their offices in Palo Alto, California. Their digital currency will, unlike bitcoin, support traditional currencies such as dollars, sterling and the euro.

Irish-founded payments company Stripe has upped the ante in the battle to bring digital currency into mainstream use, investing $3 million in the laun(...)