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Microsoft’s purchase of  Activision Blizzard would be  the largest gaming industry deal ever. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

If the path to the metaverse runs through today’s video games industry, then Microsoft’s agreed $75 billion (€65 billion) acquisition of Activision Bl(...)

A private equity fund, VentureWave Capital, which is backed by members of U2, is planning to launch a crowdfunding website, according to reports. Photograph: Getty Images

US private equity giant Apollo is weighing up the sale of its 11-strong Travelodge hotel portfolio in Ireland, the Sunday Times reports. The inns, w(...)

Flipdish’s multimillionaire founders, Conor and James McCarthy. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The State is getting better at producing tech companies that can scale quickly, as the latest investment in Flipdish shows. The digital food-ordering (...)

Flipdish founders Conor and James McCarthy. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Digital food-ordering platform Flipdish has become the State’s fifth official home-grown “tech unicorn” following a $100 million (€87m) investment led(...)

Lady Gaga, whose label  Interscope is owned by Universal Music, sings at US president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Shares in Universal Music Group leapt by more than a third in their trading debut, valuing the world’s biggest label at €45.5 billion and delivering a(...)

Teachers grading  papers for the gaokao college entrance exam at Nanjing University in  Jiangsu Province,  China. Photograph:   Yang Suping/VCG via Getty Images

The additional lessons Wang Gang bought to help his only child prepare for China’s rigorous university exam, or gaokao, were not cheap. In addition to(...)

Bank of Ireland finished ahead by 7.8 per cent to €4.83. Photograph: iStock

Strong earnings updates from heavyweights such as Société Générale drove European stocks to a record-high close on Tuesday, although gains were capped(...)

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Declines in technology stocks and worries over the global spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus kept European stocks under pressure on Tuesda(...)

Malaysian police look on as a steamroller crushes bitcoin-mining machines in the city of Miri. Photograph: Dennis Wong/AFP

Image of the week: Crushed crypto Cryptocurrencies are a “tulip bulb” with “no inherent worth”, according to Luke Ellis, boss of hedge fund manager M(...)

The New York Stock Exchange: Wall Street was in the red on Thursday, with most of the big tech stocks trading lower. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European stocks sank on Thursday, posting their worst session in two months with all sectors in the red as concerns about the resilience of the global(...)

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