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For years, despite their growing power, tech platforms rarely garnered much scrutiny, and they were often loath to accept how much their systems affected the real world.

This was a terrible year for the tech industry. That’s an odd thing to say at a time of record growth and profits. In 2017, large American tech compa(...)

Westfield chairman Sir Frank Lowy and his son Peter talk via video-link as his other son Steven listens on during a media conference in Sydney on Tuesday. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Westfield, the developer behind shopping centres in London and New York, has agreed to be acquired by France’s Unibail-Rodamco in a $24.7 billion deal(...)

 ‘Athenry for Apple’ badge on supporter outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

The news for Athenry that it has been approved by Enterprise Ireland as the location of a new €4.5 million food innovation hub may well taste more bit(...)

Allan Daly (left), who opposes the proposed Apple data centre in Athenry on grounds of  environmental concerns,  with  campaigners who support the project, in Derrydonnell last Tuesday. Photograph: Nuacht TG4

Allan Daly knows how objectionable the word “objector” can sound. The US-born environmental engineer, who is one of two Co Galway residents seeking a (...)

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

There may be only one way to see The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime, now streaming), the successor to Clarkson-Hammond-May’s mid-life-crisis motoring show T(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Dublin’s Iseq rose 40 points to 6,994 in line with other bourses in Europe. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares edged up on Thursday as financial and tech stocks recovered, while troubled furniture retailer Steinhoff sank further, stung by an acc(...)

CleverGift’s software allows consumers buy a gift whose receiver can then go to the retailer’s website and choose the variant they want. Photograph: iStock

An online gifting technology platform is in the process of raising additional capital as it gears up to roll out its product across a range of online (...)

Fire TV will lose YouTube on New Year’s Day, while the app has already been blocked on Echo Show. Photograph: PA Wire

Google is withdrawing its popular YouTube app from Amazon’s smart speaker and video streaming devices, marking the latest skirmish in a rare public ba(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Sterling recovered somewhat on Tuesday on the back of a softening about the likelihood for a Brexit deal. Dublin Shares in AIB ended the day up almo(...)

Facebook is preparing for a 2018 in which it will mimic the content-producing activities of the broadcasting industry that predates it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a year’s time, or two, or three, what will Facebook look like? What will it be? The media giant is reportedly preparing to spend up to $1 billion (...)

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