Paypal’s lending programme could prove critical as the company spins off next year from parent eBay, to compete in an increasingly crowded payments-processing industry.  (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

PayPal is pushing to expand into the alternative lending market popularised by faster growing start-ups such as Lending Club, after already advancing(...)

Jia Yueting, Leshi Internet Information and Technology founder aims to venture into electric cars as China attempts to cut air pollution

A Chinese IT billionaire is following in the footsteps of Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk in seeking to build electric cars in the world’s largest aut(...)

Simply having a frugal Christmas time

  Total savings so far: €4,660 Can we help you save €5,000 a year without draining the colour from your life? We think so. Austeri(...)

Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm in  Roscrea: The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and it warned against pr(...)

We wish you a merry clickmas

It was believed that email would kill the postal service, but, ultimately, it’s the internet that is proving to be the saviour of all things stamp-(...)

John Dennehy (left) chief executive of Zartis, which has  teamed up with Russian technology human resources veteran Artem Zurukin

Zartis. com, a recruitment software firm backed by Enterprise Ireland, AIB and Seán O’Sullivan’s SOSventures, has formed a joint venture to target the(...)

Author Steven Johnson discusses his new book and TV series ‘How We Got To Now’. Photograph: Frederick M Brown/Getty Images

Disruption is a term that gets used a great deal these days, to the extent that it’s losing its meaning. Disruption is now a marketing fad, a fashiona(...)

Margot Slattery, managing director of Sodexo Ireland

Margot Slattery remembers a time when she was expert at carrying on a whole conversation at work about the weekend just past without mentioning the se(...)

Cheques are an anachronism in the public sector following “E-day” in September since which it will not accept cheques from or write cheques for busine(...)

‘We noticed that we had no hot water’

In June, a reader called Liam was cold-called by Bord Gáis with an offer to service his boiler for €99. “I accepted, and an engineer duly called to(...)