Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. Photograph: Ron Phillips

SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms company founded by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has agreed to buy a stake in Legendary Entertainment, a US movie produce(...)

 Pro-democracy protesters gather outside the Hong Kong government headquarters. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

After the worst week in almost two months for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, US stocks fell as Hong Kong protests added to geopolitical concern(...)

The 1.2m humanoid robot called Pepper dances, makes jokes and estimates human emotions based on expressions. Photograph: EPA/Franck Robichon

Billionaire Masayoshi Son will start selling his humanoid robots named “Pepper” at Sprint stores in the US by next summer. SoftBank has received 300 t(...)

Google shares climbed as much as 3 per cent in extended trading. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Google sales exceeded estimates in the second quarter as the company sold more advertising alongside web-search results. Revenue, excluding sales pass(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: Go to gate Soon there will be no more Heathrow Terminal 1 circle of hell for Aer Lingus passengers flying to Ireland. The airl(...)

Alibaba’s revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares to file a prosp(...)

US stocks fell again today, with the S&P 500 on track for its third straight decline, as weakness in some of the market’s recent high-flyin(...)

 Billionaire Denis O’Brien has said the biggest hurdle facing the global economy is politicans. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Telecoms entrepreneur Denis O’Brien has said the biggest hurdle facing the global economy is politicians. Speaking in advance of the World Econo(...)

Toyota Motor, the world’s biggest carmaker, fell 1.9 per cent to 6,300 yen overnight, as Asian markets declined on the back of Chinese growth fears. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index headed for its biggest loss in more than three weeks, as a gauge of China’s services industries d(...)

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive officer of SoftBank. the deal shows  his appetite for  for foreign M&A has not dimmed since his $21.6 billion acquisition of US mobile carrier Sprint this year. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Japanese tech and telecoms group SoftBank is to buy into Finnish mobile gaming company Supercell in a deal that values the three-year-old maker of hit(...)