Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, based on a smartphone app, recently abandoned its United States ambitions and is trying to protect its strength in places like London, where the app has established itself with the city’s taxi drivers. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

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The marquee of United Artists theater is seen during Amazon’s premiere screening of the TV series “Transparent” at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California, in September 2014. Amazon Studios’ foray into filmmaking and the promise of a dozen $15 million movies per year amounts to the creation of a new art-house size studio in Hollywood - a new Fox Searchlight or Focus Features. (Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

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Transparent creator Jill Soloway (centre) with cast from the Amazon-funded series

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Apple’s iTunes division set up its European home in Luxembourg and was then joined by Microsoft, Cisco and eBay, a veritable tech surge. Photo: Getty Images

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Sharon Black: “I am grateful for the advent of digital publishing. Without it, my debut novel might be gathering dust

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Mark Zuckerberg:  one of the most generous of American donors when generosity is measured not solely by amounts donated, but as the proportion of total wealth of an individual or company. Photograph: Norbert von der Groeben/Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gave $25 million to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. It’s an impressive and much-needed donation, coming from(...)

Denis O’Brien: “In Ireland there might eventually be only one or two newspapers.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

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Oliver Samwer, CEO of Rocket Internet, a German venture capital group. Photo: Reuters

Rocket Internet shares fell on their first day of trading in Frankfurt, failing to replicate in Europe the investor hype over e-commerce stocks sparke(...)

New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablets are displayed during a launch event in New York. Photograph: Reuters

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