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Google shares on Wall Street were down 3.4 per cent at $544.36 today. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Global equity markets rose slightly, boosted by data indicating strength in the US economy and by upbeat results from some major US companies, (...)

Traders say   markets remain vulnerable, depending on the details of any sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union. Photo: Bloomberg

European stocks rose today, with a major index recovering from its lowest level in more than a month, after Crimea voted yesterday to leave Ukr(...)

HP chief executive Meg Whitman. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

In a keynote address that emphasised her company’s innovation “DNA” – and which veered between discussions of 3D printing and the cloud to a video of (...)

Bernard Kirk, director of the Galway Education Centre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

W hen Bernard Kirk was growing up in Cork, he never dreamed a set of Danish interactive plastic bricks in the toybox might become his second name. To(...)

A place apart: one of the cantilevered cabins at Glencomeragh House

A group of exquisite buildings by a young, now disbanded practice of architects, Bates Maher, has won the RIAI Gold Medal, a triennial award that is I(...)

BlackBerry is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about $1 billion from institutional investors, including its largest shareholder, the smartphone maker today. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters
Blackberry is not for sale

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead will replace its chief executive officer and raise about $1 billion (€0(...)

The company kept its full-year forecasts when excluding currency swings, sending its stock up 4.8 per cent, the most in more than three years. Photograph:   Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

SAP, the biggest maker of business-management software, reported higher earnings on rising cloud and database revenue, alleviating investor concerns t(...)

Oracle executive vice president of product development Thomas Kurian delivers a keynote speech at the All Things Oracle OpenWorld Summit in  California. Photograph: Jana Asenbrennerova/Reuters

Technology firm Oracle will boost operating margins by shifting to services delivered via the web from software installed on computers, chief financia(...)

Mark Hurd, co-president of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference in San Francisco, California

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison failed to show for his second Oracle OpenWorld keynote this week. Instead, he opted to remain on an observation b(...)

UK supermarkets were buoyed, with Sainsbury’s rising 7.5p to 382.8p, Morrisons 2.5p ahead at 283p and Waitrose’s sales surging 16.8 per cent. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks posted their biggest weekly gain in two months amid optimism that central banks from the US to Japan will continue their stimulus meas(...)

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