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Proceeds of a $17 billion bond sale may help Apple Inc avoid repatriation taxes on its $102.3 billion of funds held overseas. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Apple Inc sold $17 billion (€12.9 billion) of bonds in the biggest corporate offering on record as the iPhone maker seeks to help finance a $10(...)

If the Government signs up to the Open Government Partnership , it should start publishing data in machine-readable formats, alongside PDFs and search interfaces. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Knowledge is power and as transparency rises on the list of Government priorities, so too does the amount of related information in the public (...)

Graphic: Dearbhla Kelly/ITPM. Sources: Peter Sondergaard/Gartner, EMC and IDC

The friendly face of big data lives in upstate New York and is named Watson. It is an IBM computer, the size of a room, that beat two champion (...)

Setting store: companies such as Google are tempted, by various benefits, to locate data-storage centres in Ireland

Ireland’s less than tropical climate may test its inhabitants, but there is at least one thing it is ideal for: data centres. Our temper(...)

Google, the world’s most popular search engine, submitted its proposals earlier this month after the European Commission outlined four areas of concern about its business practices, saying these could restrict consumer choice and competition. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Google’s rivals will have the chance to comment on concessions proposed by the US internet company to end an EU antitrust investigation, in a m(...)

Colm McGoldrick,  vice-president of Proofpoint Essentials

Meet the North’s newest vice-president: Colm McGoldrick, formerly chief executive of Northern Ireland’s only homegrown cloud security company, (...)

Microsoft  is struggling with declining PC sales and a lukewarm reception for its new Windows 8 operating system. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Despite a sharp slump in global sales of personal computers, Microsoft said its third-quarter profit rose 19 per cent, driven by rising sales f(...)

Google's core Internet business grew net revenue 23 per cent in the first quarter to a better-than-expected $9.99 billion. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Google reported stronger-than-anticipated quarterly figures as advertisers increased spending on mobile and video promotions. Google's c(...)

Shipments of Nokia mobile phones slumped 21 per cent to 55.8 million units, a far steeper decline than the 8 per cent fall that markets expected, with unit sales down in every region. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A sharp fall in sales of Nokia’s basic phones overshadowed a stronger performance from its Lumia smartphones in the first quarter, rekindling f(...)

Many other issues remain just as they were in 1999 – unresolved issues of copyright regulation, uncertainty over whether net-based companies are overvalued, the assertion that information may not actually want to be free

Does this sound familiar? “It is time to admit that we need some good old-fashioned laws and regulations to establish a privacy baseline (...)

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