A worker assembles a Medtronic  Capsure Sense Lead, a device that is inserted into a heart pacemaker. US antitrust regulators have approved  Medtronic’s purchase of Covidien. Photo: Bloomberg

US antitrust regulators have approved a pair of major deals in the medical field, including Medtronic’s purchase of Covidien, which will allow it to (...)

Ben Wizner: detects a greater political sophistication and awareness in Silicon Valley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s speech, privacy and technology project, was in town this week.I (...)

Google  must pay back customers whose children made in-app purchases without their permission.

Here are some reasons why people might not want children to play with their phone: They don’t want them to accidentally call their boss. They don’t w(...)

Google has agreed to refund at least $19 million to settle charges that it unfairly billed parents for purchases that their children made while pla(...)

A pedestrian uses an  iPhone as she walks along a street in Chieti, Italy. Investors are growing impatient about the fact it has been nearly four years since the iPad’s debut, the last real new product launch from the tech giant.

Will we see the long-awaited Apple iWatch on September 9th? Will it guide us all to a healthier lifestyle? Will it even be worn on the wrist? Will it (...)

Brainstorming session at Facebook’s New York  offices. The company’s “data expansion plan” has been criticised by consumer groups.

Data-protection authorities have been urged to tell Facebook to halt what consumer organisations believe is a privacy- intrusive plan to track user(...)

Increasingly, the costs of some generic drugs are on the rise

The first sign of trouble came when cardiologist Dr Barry Lindenberg received a three-page insurance form in January, demanding he get preapproval to (...)

Ardagh Group revealed in April that it was to sell six US glass-manufacturing plants to private equity fund KPS Capital Partners. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The disposal of six glass plants in the US by Ardagh Packaging Group earlier this year is credit positive for the packaging group, Moody’s said thi(...)

The proceeds of the debt issuance, along with the proceeds from the sale of the six glass plants, will be used to repay senior notes due 2017

CHARLIE TAYLORThe Ardagh Group, the Luxembourg-based packaging giant run by Paul Coulson, has announced plans to sell €1.8 billion of debt.The moves c(...)

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is under-resourced and lacking the power needed to deal with increasingly complex issues aroun(...)