Google wanted Android to be open enough to be adopted but closed enough to reward its investments in search, email and other applications. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Matt Brittin, president of Google’s European operations, complained that EU officials “could be better informed than they are”. It might help if Googl(...)

William Campbell (L), who died this week. He is pictured with  investor Allison Butts. Photograph: Bloomberg

Bill Campbell, one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley, who was known as “coach” there for his work advising technology indus(...)

Members of the Economic Club of New York wait at their tables to hear US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speak in New York March. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Image of the week: At the Club It’s a sea of suits, most of them male, and they’ve got food on the table but they’re all distracted by something el(...)

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai received a $100.5 million in pay in 2015, according to a filing from parent company Alphabet

Google Inc chief executive Sundar Pichai received a $100.5 million pay package in 2015, according to a filing from parent company Alphabet Inc. Picha(...)

The main hall in Davos. The great and good of the financial world are gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The great and good of the financial world are gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. Here are five of the top t(...)

The Oxfam report highlights the role that “an ever more elaborate system of tax havens” is playing in the deepening divide, calling for a “global approach to end the era of tax havens”. Photograph: Getty Images

The world’s 62 wealthiest individuals now own the same as the poorest half of the global population, according to a new report on wealth inequality pu(...)

Checking out the latest Microsoft Surface: rather than simple devices dominating the market, we instead have highly sophisticated mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

‘A PC is a ridiculous device.” So Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison raged 20 years ago in September 1995, in a warm-up speech at an analys(...)

In what’s been a closely guarded family secret, the late Walmart heir John Walton gave half of his then-$17 billion estimated fortune to charitable trusts and a third to their only child, Lukas Walton, now 29, an analysis of court documents reveals. His wife Christy got the rest.

Ever since Walmart heir John T Walton died 10 years ago in a plane crash, it has been widely assumed that he passed the bulk of his vast estate to (...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

Google chief executive Larry Page: will the creation of Alphabet really allow him and his colleagues to focus on the group’s productive future? Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Explaining the unboxing of Alphabet, the new parent company of Google, Larry Page, its chief executive, said appointing someone else to run the search(...)