Love/Hate: Shopping online is fast and easy (although sometimes, perhaps, too fast and too easy). Illustrations:  Getty, Thinkstock

Online shopping turns 21 this year. According to the New York Times, Phil Brandenberger of Philadelphia was the man who made retail history on Augu(...)

Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pa(...)

Allsop’s new online auction will allow buyers to bid for properties via the internet where the winning bid will be binding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Property auction specialist Allsop Space will this week launch an online auction that will allow buyers bid for properties via the internet where the (...)

Alibaba handles more e-commerce than Amazon and eBay combined

Alibaba’s quarterly revenue fell short of analysts’ expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company’s scorching growth.Ali(...)

eBay said in September it would spin off PayPal this year. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Online retailer eBay said it plans to cut about 2,400 positions, or 7 per cent of its workforce across eBay marketplaces, PayPal, and eBay enterprise(...)

Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo: would be a welcome guest when Enda Kenny hosts a dinner with the IDA in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Quantitative easing will dominate the news emanating from the World Economic Forum in Davos today; German chancellor Angela Merkel is due to take the (...)

Last week Jamie Dimon told Fox Business: “JPMorgan is the best thing I can do for country and humanity”,  which is even richer than Lloyd Blankfein saying Goldman Sachs did “God’s work” as the latter remark was arguably ironic. Photograph: Reuters

Last week I had lunch with a man who used to be one of the most senior bankers in the UK. The trouble with business today, he complained over coffee, (...)

Marc Andreesen, founder of Netscape and subsequently co-founder and general partner of $4bn venture capital group Andreessen Horowitz. His investments include Facebook, Skype, Airbnb and Twitter. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg

Keen to avoid the San Francisco traffic, I arrive half an hour early at Tamarine, a sophisticated modern Vietnamese restaurant in Palo Alto. At 12.27p(...)

A woman reads the last issue of French satirical weekly Charlie on Wednesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty/Bertrand Guaybertrand

Charlie Hebdo has increased the print run of its latest issue to five million in order to meet demand after the first 700,000 copies sold out in newsa(...)

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So the tree is heading for recycling and what’s left of the turkey has been confined to the bin. Most people will have been paid two week ago and w(...)