As Howard Schultz of Starbucks, a superb peddler of drivel, put it: “Innovation is the force that will . . . enable us to expand and increase revenues and profits – always through  the lens of humanity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last year was a ripping one for flannel. I know I say that every year, but 2015 broke all records for obfuscation, euphemism and ugliness. Sifting thr(...)

Next time you hear someone say: “This deal, we feel, is the right deal to go forward. In the go-forward scenario, we plan on doing the deal”, which was precisely the bull AOL’s Tim Armstrong spouted when it was bought by Verizon this year, don’t swallow it. Photograph: the New York Times

At this time of year, my mind naturally turns to guff. Every December I open the cupboard in which I store the worst examples of the year’s jargon and(...)

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
Planet Business

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 (...)

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(...)

Verizon is understood to be interested in AOL’s programmatic advertising technology -- the automated buying and selling of ads online --as well as internet properties including The Huffington Post. (Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Verizon Communications has approached AOL about a potential acquisition or joint venture with the internet company to expand its mobile-video offering(...)

AOL chief Tim Armstrong, who has instructed his underlings at AOL to spend one-tenth of each working week deploying their grey matter.  Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

How much of their time should managers spend thinking? Tim Armstrong believes the correct answer is 10 per cent - and has instructed all his underling(...)

AOL   chief executive  Tim Armstrong has been credited with reviving a dying brand. Photograph: Reuters

At least two top-10 Yahoo shareholders are so unhappy with chief executive Marissa Mayer’s turnaround efforts that they are making a plea to AOL chie(...)

Attendees take notes on their laptop computers while attending a panel session at the Disrupt Europe 2014 conference in London. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

AOL is considering spinning off technology-company CrunchBase to reflect its value, chief executive officer Tim Armstrong said. AOL, which acquired Cr(...)

Dermot Mr McCormack:  a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology

Dubliner Dermot McCormack has joined AOL in the US from Viacom as president of video and studios. He succeeds Ran Harnevo, who has left to pursue “oth(...)