Amazon.com will launch its Amazon Lending loan programme to small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China. Photograph: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Amazon. com will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming (...)

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on Tuesday  at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Photograph:  Whitney Curtis/Getty Images. 1:40

As politicians across the southern US spoke out against the Confederate battle flag and the nation’s largest retailers pulled items with its image (...)

 Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, at his office in Palo Alto in May, 2005. Facebook and several other technology giants have been swept up in the antitrust fervor in Europe that seems to have hit fever pitch. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

With this month’s announcement that the European Union is investigating Amazon for possible anti-competitive behaviour in the sale of ebooks, antitrus(...)

Humanities and social science building, NUI Galway

Languages, history, politics, social work, information studies, psychology, maths: humanities and social science is a very broad church, encompassing (...)

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Chinese company that develops online games bid more than €2 million for what must be the most expensive Buffet lunch in history. Zhu Ye, head of Be(...)

Aer Lingus inched up 0.6 per cent to €2.44 as markets digested the news that Etihad planned to sell its near 5 per cent stake in the airline

US and European stocks declined as investors fretted about Greece and the timing of a US interest rate hike. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index(...)

The Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-en-Burly, France. The French power utility is the world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ Reuters
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Image of the week: Nuclear option Steam rises at night from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-(...)

 A worker of Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal.com scans barcode on a box after it was packed at the company’s warehouse in New Delhi – after losing top talent to Silicon Valley, an e-commerce boom is sparking a thriving start-up culture in India. Photograph: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Intense interest from prominent investors is helping drive eye-popping valuations among Indian tech startups.Venture capital firms, hedge funds and th(...)

The algorithm change will not affect search on tablets or desktop computers. But as mobile now accounts for half of all searches on Google, companies will notice the consequences.

Google will this week overhaul the way its search engine recommends websites on mobiles, an algorithmic shift that is likely to penalise many sites, i(...)