Vodafone: return of value payments still an issue.  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

I, like others, got my Vodafone [return of value] payment as income, although I have plenty of “prior losses” which any capital payment could have bee(...)

The Dow Jones electronic ticker at Times Square in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

Thousands of Irish shareholders in US telecoms group Verizon are being advised to consider selling their shares. More than 200,000 Irish people who ac(...)

Microsoft is appealing the ruling of a US District Court order forcing the company to comply with a December 2013 search warrant seeking the msn.com emails of a suspected drug trafficker whose nationality has not been identified.

A US appeals court was warned that it could start an “international firestorm” permitting other countries to plunder personal emails in the US if it f(...)

Traders outside the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets plunged again on Monday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A tumultuous fall in Chinese equities dubbed “Black Monday” by Xinhua, the official state news agency, triggered a ferocious sell-off in international(...)

Revenue from Verizon’s FiOS high-speed internet, TV and phone service rose 10 per cent to $3.4 billion. Photograph: Justin Lane

Verizon Communications reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit as more users signed up for its post-paid wireless services and subscr(...)

Optical fibre: researchers at San Diego received data after it voyaged 12,000km through cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.

Over two billion kilometres of optical fibres have been installed worldwide, a string of glass that could be wrapped around the globe 50,000 times. I(...)

Tim Armstrong: see him on YouTube for a masterclass in how not to talk to staff, how not to motivate and not to lead.  Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Tim Armstrong is my favourite chief executive. I can’t think of anyone else who has provided me with such rich and varied copy over the years. Since h(...)

Flour power: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with presenter Alan Hughes and baker Catherine Leyden on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’. Photgraph: Brian McEvoy
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Image of the week: Breakfast with Enda It was off to Ballymount this week for Enda Kenny, who dropped into TV3’s Ireland AM for the first time (...)

AOL’s  Graham Moysey “There will be a consolidation of players over the next few years, so this is a good strategic move for us.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

AOL, the company that made famous the phrase “you’ve got mail”, was the subject of a $4.4 billion bid by telecoms giant Verizon this week, and the pro(...)

Verizon has been spending aggressively to expand its business. In February it bought licenses worth $10.4 billion in a government sale of wireless airwaves for mobile data

Verizon Communications said it would buy AOL in a $4.4 billion deal that gives the biggest US wireless carrier access to AOL’s successful digital a(...)