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In Dublin this week for the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval conference, Lorenzo Torresani set out to see whether there might be a way that the contents of an image could also be understood by search engines, improving search results for both documents and images.

Anyone who has ever gone looking for an image on a search engine such as Bing or Google knows how hit-and-miss such an endeavour can be. Type in a sea(...)

A pie-chart of the research results found by social media consultancy MyCleverAgency and “rewarded search” business Qmee into the huge amounts of data transactions taking place every minute on the internet

An average minute online includes 204 million emails being sent, two million Google searches, €62,548 in Amazon sales, 11,000 professional searches on(...)

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive speaks during a Facebook press event. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Social network Facebook is planing to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter sai(...)

For anyone who works in newspapers, Hamburg’s red-brick Pressehaus, home to Die Zeit newspaper, is a harbour of calm from the storm battering the indu(...)

Publicis chief executive  Maurice Levy and Omnicom chief executive John Wren  shake hands yesterday after signing the companies’ merger,  on the rooftop of the Publicis headquarters in Paris. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

The merger between Publicis and Omnicom, which will create the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group by revenues, is a bold bet tha(...)

Five years ago, in July 2008, who would have predicted the precipitous decline of the PC business? For the previous year, industry analyst Gartner rep(...)

John Dillon: "Companies are much more interested in looking at Ireland than they probably were 10 years ago. I think this is the beginning of a landslide."

Ireland has the potential to develop its tech community in a similar manner to San Francisco. That’s the opinion of Engine Yard chief executive John D(...)

SIGIR 2013 conference co-chairs, Dr Páraic Sheridan (left) and Dr Gareth Jones

More than 500 web-search and internet-search experts from around the world will gather in Dublin this week for the ACM SIGIR 2013 conference which wil(...)

Europe v Facebook lobby group described as “unbelievable” the fact that Facebook and Apple may transfer data to the National Security Agency in the US under EU law. Photograph: Martin Keene/PA Wire

Apple in Ireland has not broken EU law by transferring to the US the personal data of customers, which may have been accessed as part of the Prism spy(...)

The new Google ChromeCast  connected to the the back of a television. Photograph: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Google upped the ante in the battle for dominance of the livingroom entertainment stakes with the launch yesterday of a device that will allow user(...)

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