Overload: it’s no coincidence that the Radio feature, which chooses music for you, is so popular. Photograph: Thinkstock

There are a disconcerting number of psychological studies showing that humans aren’t very good at making choices. Give us a few options and we can (...)

Volkswagen slid 2.7 per cent, pacing losses among carmakers, after ‘Manager Magazin’ said a drop in its Chinese deliveries could hurt earnings by more than €1 billion. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

European stocks fell with miners and auto-related shares leading the plunge, extending their first weekly drop in three, as data around the world s(...)

A Starbucks cafe  in Los Angeles, California. The chain has  reported higher quarterly profit  due to new drinks like the “flat white”

Starbucks has reported higher quarterly profit as new food, drinks and technology helped the world’s biggest coffee chain attract more customers. Sale(...)

Qualcomm agreed this year to pay a fine of $975 million to end a 14-month Chinese government investigation into anti-competitive practices.  Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

The European Commission is looking into possible abuse of market dominance by chipmaker Qualcomm, opening two investigations into the matter. The act(...)

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos: Twenty years ago, he started the tech giant in his basement.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It’s hard to imagine a time when buying online was not only possible but a perfectly acceptable way of shopping. These days, it’s commonplace to downl(...)

Apple’s logo outside its Irish campus. The company’s tax arrangementsin Ireland are the subject of an EU investigation. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into (...)

Airside South Quarter near Swords in north Dublin: Two four-storey multi-let adjoining buildings are for sale with a guide price of €12 million

A mixed development of mainly leisure and dining facilities on the edge of the Airside Business Park near Swords in north Dublin is to be offered for(...)

According to ‘coffee philosopher’ Prof David Berman, above, the drink is a window to understanding your tastes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Esteemed philosopher Prof David Berman is on his second cup of coffee at hip Rathmines outlet Two Fifty Square, and he is not impressed. “It’s (...)

Commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici gives a press conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels.  The Commission presented an Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU

The European Commission unveiled a new plan to make companies pay their “fair share” of taxes by aligning tax rules and increasing disclosure requirem(...)

Agriculture is the number one consumer of water in California. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

In April, the governor of California Jerry Brown imposed the state’s first obligatory water restrictions. The world’s fifth-largest economy is experie(...)