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 Edward Snowden revealed the Prism Programme, which allows the US National Security Agency access to the personal information of non-US persons from databases of tech companies such as Apple and Google

The round white tower in Capenhurst, Cheshire, looked mysterious. Few in the area ever knew what it was for, except that it appeared almost overnight (...)

 Steve Ballmer: not  yet clear whether the decision for him to step down was his lone, or if he was prompted by the board. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

No chief executive wants the company’s shares to jump sharply on the news that he or she is stepping down.Pent-up relief, however, was the reaction to(...)

Microsoft founder Bill Gates (left) and chief executive  Steve Ballmer, who is to  step down  within a year.  Photograph: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

The share price said it all: Microsoft rose as much as 7 per cent on news that chief executive Steve Ballmer will step down within 12 months. During h(...)

Ryanair  was also among the most traded on the Iseq during yesterday’s session: Photograph: Alan Betson

Benchmark stock indexes edged higher but the dollar fell after a US government report showed sales of new single-family homes in July fell to their lo(...)

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft is to step down within the next 12 months. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to retire within 12 months, the tech company confirmed today. Shares in the company rose by around 7 per ce(...)

Pedestrians pass in front of the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, yesterday. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Trading in Nasdaq-listed stocks including Apple, Google and Microsoft ground to a halt just after midday in New York yesterday as the second largest U(...)

Nokia has developed more than one new mobile device and is due to announce them at an event in New York in late September, said the sources familiar with the plan. Photograph:  Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Nokia plans to unveil new, large-screen mobile handsets next month to revamp its Lumia smartphone lineup and challenge rival Samsung’s dominance in in(...)

Sony yesterday showed off the user interface for the PlayStation 4 at the Gamescom exhibition in Germany, and announced a price drop for both PlayStation Vita and the 12GB PlayStation 3 console to €199. Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

Sony has set the date for its upcoming face-off with Microsoft, announcing the PlayStation 4 will go on sale in November. The next-generation games co(...)

Microsoft  first new Xbox in almost eight years, the  Xbox One. Photograph: Ron Wurzer/Bloomberg

Microsoft is scaling back its ambitious plans for the Xbox One launch, it has revealed, cutting the number of countries that it will be available in o(...)

When Dropbox’s Johann Butting, European head of operations and online sales for the San Francisco company, announced last month that Dropbox would sta(...)

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