Activists are aghast at Amazon’s June announcement  it is to acquire entertainment giant MGM. 

Will they, or won’t they?  While a number of efforts to tame Big Tech are under way in the Unites States – and June and July have been bumper mo(...)

House builders stood out as a bright spot in Dublin on the back of an upbeat trading update from Cairn Homes. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

European shares ended higher on Thursday as a rally in crude prices saw energy stocks surge ahead, with house builders standing out as a bright spot i(...)

Once the transition of power takes place, Bezos will become executive chair – away from the day-to-day running of the company, but still providing input on the most pivotal decisions. Photograph: Bloomberg

When Ann Hiatt received the call that a helicopter carrying Jeff Bezos had crashed in the West Texas desert, her first thought was: what have I done? (...)

Steven Spielberg at the Five Came Back world premiere in New York in 2017. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty

Before making an argument about a beautiful circularity in the film business, we should dampen down some of the overheated chatter about Steven Spielb(...)

The MGM deal is Amazon’s largest since the $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods in 2017. Photograph: Bloomberg

Amazon has agreed to buy MGM, the storied film studio behind James Bond and Rocky, for $8.45 billion (€6.9 billion), propelling media dealmaking so fa(...)

A climate activist is covered in black paint as she takes part in a protest at a Shell gas station in The Hague. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP

Image of the week: Oily protest Environmental campaigners zeroed in on Royal Dutch Shell this week as the Anglo-Dutch company held its annual meeting(...)

The status of Amazon’s discussions with MGM aren’t clear. Photograph: iStock

Amazon. com is in discussions to acquire the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in what would be its biggest push into entertainment yet, tech-news outl(...)

The contents of Killoughter House in Ashford, Co Wicklow will be offered in a live online Fonsie Mealy sale

The contents of Killoughter House in Ashford, Co Wicklow will be offered in a live online Fonsie Mealy sale on Tuesday May 18th, with the additional f(...)

AIB was ahead by more than 1.3%  to €2.29, while Bank of Ireland rose almost 0.6%  to €4.26 per share

European stocks bounced back on Wednesday after their worst selloff this year as optimism about a strong earnings season countered worries about a rap(...)

Harlan Coben: ‘Every book I write I say, this book sucks and the one I did before was great. How did I lose it? And then five minutes later I’m, like, this book is great!’ Photograph: Vincent Tullo/New York Times

The thriller writer Harlan Coben has some free advice for anyone who cares to ask: “If it produces pages: good. If it doesn’t produce pages: bad.” Wit(...)

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