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Apple has recruited Sandy Parakilas to work in its privacy team as a product manager. Photograph: Reuters

A former Facebook employee who became one of the social network’s most prominent critics has been recruited by Apple. Sandy Parakilas monitored soft(...)

Amazon. com reported a profit near $2 billion, the largest in its history, as the online retailer drew millions of new customers to its Prime fast-shi(...)

Smart home: An Amazon Echo device.

All Irish radio stations are now accessible through Amazon’s voice-activated speaker range and its digital assistant Alexa, as they bid to maintain th(...)

Roomba: a beachhead for all sorts of intrusion?

Between the effect of automation causing mass unemployment to the risk of artificial intelligence causing mass social upheaval, we are being increasin(...)

Ford drivers will be able to ask Alexa to do things such as read the weather forecast or play music, and they can turn on engines from inside their homes. Photograph: Reuters

Ford has become the first car company to embed Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant in its cars, as hardware makers of all types rush to make th(...)

Achill is to benefit from Dublin Web Summit spinoff tourism, as around 60 entrepreneurs and venture capitalists travel west to the Mayo island for a k(...)

The acquisition of Expocrete, a major concrete products business in the attractive western Canada market, represents “a significant expansion of CRH’s Canadian operations” chief executive Myles Lee said. IPhotograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Construction group CRH completed 17 acquisition and investment initiatives during the first half of 2013. Together with its acquisition of Cementos Le(...)

Emergency services on the scene as an amphibious tour bus sank in Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Over 30 people were rescued or had to swim to safety when an amphibious tour bus sank in Liverpool’s Albert Dock yesterday. A number of people were ta(...)