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Image of the week: Brain stimulants The ‘Economist’ magazine is “stimulating and challenging”, just like the free kopi luwak coffee that it was givin(...)

Uber will employ up to 300 people at the Limerick centre, which will support Uber’s operations outside the US. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taxi and ride-sharing company Uber is to create 150 jobs in Limerick before the end of the year in a new customer service operation in the city. (...)

Project aims to speed up time spent at airports

Car hire firms aggree higher standards Five major car hire firms have agreed to improve practices following a Europe-wide review by the UK’s Comp(...)

Londoners queue for buses during a Tube drivers strike. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sometimes, companies are given an open door and, yet, they can fail to walk through it, judging by the different attitudes adopted by Uber and a small(...)

The manager of Uber France and the general manager for western Europe were detained as part of an investigation that earlier led to Uber’s offices being raided by police in March. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

French police have detained two executives from Uber for questioning as a government clampdown intensifies on the US-based taxi and ride-sharing servi(...)

Morgan Stanley is leading the group of banks said to be ready to supply Uber with $2bn in credit.

Uber is negotiating a $2 billion credit line from a group of Wall Street banks, according to a source. Uber, the car-booking company that has disrup(...)

A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber Technologies Inc.’s app on an Apple iPhone 6 smartphone. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A California ruling requiring Uber to classify a San Francisco-based driver as an employee instead of an independent contractor could potentially chan(...)

Bruce Schneier: “We’re all open books to both governments and corporations; their ability to peer into our collective personal lives is greater than it has ever been before”

A decade ago, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties cautioned that the mobile phone was in essence, the equivalent of a personal tracking device, reco(...)

Lufthansa to charge GDS users Lufthansa Airline Group intends to change the cost of booking travel by charging the end-user for the cost of distributi(...)

People see shades of 2000 and the dotcom crash in the eye-popping valuations assigned to some tech companies

It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the(...)