Aer Lingus: results out tomorrow.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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TODAY Meetings: Global Law Summit (London, to Wed). Indicators: US existing home sales (Jan); UK CBI distributive trades survey (Jan); German IFO (Fe(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurance companies and representatives of the financial and technology sector were among the companies that attended events organised by the IDA l(...)

Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo: would be a welcome guest when Enda Kenny hosts a dinner with the IDA in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Quantitative easing will dominate the news emanating from the World Economic Forum in Davos today; German chancellor Angela Merkel is due to take the (...)

The Atrium in Sandyford, Dublin is home to Mircosoft and Salesforce . (Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography)

US investment group Blackstone has acquired The Atrium building, home to Microsoft and Salesforce, in Sandyford, south Dublin, from a group of private(...)

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella: the company has argued that access to the certain data requires a petition to an Irish District Court. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty

Microsoft’s rivals and other US technology companies have supported the software giant in a legal bid to stop the US government obtaining customer in(...)

Job fair at Donghua University in Shanghai: China has a roaring domestic market in technology.  Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

In the year-end predictions game most technology forecasts tend to be either blue-sky or boring, flights of imagination or a firm grasp of the obvious(...)

Salesforce. com, the cloud computing company, is due to report quarterly results next Wednesday. Analysts predict earnings per share of $0.13 (€0.10)(...)

Ciarán O’Leary, partner at Earlybird Venture Capital in Berlin

If the Web Summit is an X Factor for start-ups, then the venture capitalists are its Simon Cowells and Louis Walshes. More than 700 investors –(...)

 Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is seen projected on a video screen as she delivers a keynote address during the 2014 DreamForce conference  in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Traffic has ground to a halt on San Francisco’s Howard Street in the Mission District. Funk music pumps onto the sidewalk. Young men – and they are mo(...)

Executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to “cloud” software would shave about €200m off a previous forecast

German software maker Sap cut its 2014 operating profit forecast as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the internet, de(...)