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The share buybacks by Apple, Alphabet, Cisco, Microsoft and Oracle since Donald Trump’s tax change came into force at the end of 2017 are nearly double what the companies spent in the whole of last year.  File photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The five US tech companies with the largest cash piles took advantage of US president Donald Trump’s tax reforms to spend more than $115 billion in th(...)

Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

German business software company SAP has agreed to buy Qualtrics International for $8 billion (€7.1 billion) in cash, pre-empting a planned stock mark(...)

Brad Smith, chief legal officer of Microsoft, with Ciarán Conlon

Tech giant Microsoft Ireland has appointed former ministerial adviser Ciarán Conlon as director of public policy. Mr Conlon will work with both Micro(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Child poverty was the “crisis of our times” and the Taoiseach should lead a drive to end it, a high-level conference on the issue heard on Friday. I(...)

Bill Gates uses a jar of human faeces as a prop at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing: poor sanitation kills half a million children under the age of five annually. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The week in numbers: Amazonian affairs 240 US cities that initially responded, with much enthusiasm, to Amazon’s 2017 call for pitches for the honou(...)

Worldwide web founder Tim Berners-Lee. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

This week, at the launch of the Web Summit in Lisbon, creator of the worldwide web, Tim Berners-Lee, cautioned that the internet was now at a “tipping(...)

Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie speaks on the centre stage of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tech companies are colonising society and Facebook in particular is our generation’s East India Company, one of the world’s best known whistleblowers (...)

One Microsoft Place

The Ireland-based headquarters of Microsoft and LinkedIn have both scooped prizes in the European edition of the International Property Awards. Both (...)

Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks as a jar of human feces sits on a podium at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has kicked off a Reinvented Toilet Expo in China by using a jar of human faeces as a sidekick. The former chief(...)

Tim Berners-Lee called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new “Contract for the Web” that would have “clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better.”

Online users are seeing their rights and freedoms threatened by big tech, according to the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee. With half (...)

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