Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal:  is an investor in companies including Airbnb, the big-data company Palantir, the spaceflight provider SpaceX and payments company Stripe, four of the most valuable tech companies in Silicon Valley today. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

The ride-hailing app Uber, the Irish-founded payment start-up Stripe, the apartment rental site Airbnb, and other darlings of the next generation of S(...)

Uber has faced criticism for how it handles user and driver data

Uber and Snapchat are both trying to improve the security of their products, as the tech groups attempt to counter criticism they are not doing enough(...)

UberPOP was deemed illegal in The Netherlands in December Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of taxi hailing service Uber on Thursday in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deem(...)

The case brought by German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland against Uber is one of more than a dozen lawsuits filed across Europe in recent months by taxi industry associations against the San Francisco-based company.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Files/Reuters

A German regional court on Wednesday issued a nationwide ban on online taxi service Uber, barring it from operating commercial services and levelling (...)

Watch apps showcased by Apple so far are mostly extensions of services like Uber, American Airlines and Twitter. 2:39

Software developers say it will not be easy to come up with a “killer app” for Apple’s Watch - few have seen the product and the software is still in (...)

Uber screens drivers, including using background checks that vary from country to country, but doesn’t hire them as full employees 3:46

Ride-hailing app Uber, under the microscope due to a handful of driver assaults on passengers in some cities, pledged in a blog post to sign up one mi(...)

 Enterprise Ireland named Jobbio as one of their high-potential start-ups and provided part of the €1m funding. Photograph: Frank Miller

Online jobs marketplace Jobbio is planning to ramp up its international expansion in the wake of a €1 million funding round. The company, established(...)

The big one: Snapchat  is now raising money that could value the company at as much as $19 billion. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

What a difference a year makes. Less than 12 months after investors valued Snapchat, the red-hot messaging app, at about $10 billion, the startup is a(...)

Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, based on a smartphone app, recently abandoned its United States ambitions and is trying to protect its strength in places like London, where the app has established itself with the city’s taxi drivers. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

When Arnaud Bertrand helped found HouseTrip, a vacation rental website, in 2009, his goal was to build a rival in Europe to Airbnb, which was then a y(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen:  confirmed last October that the central bank would conclude its quantitative easing programme. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Every month from November 2008 until this month, the US Federal Reserve has been generating substantial sums of electronic cash during its various qua(...)