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Web Summit will largely be run via the company’s proprietary conference platform

Web Summit, the tech conference that started life in Dublin before relocating to Portugal, has named its first 50 speakers for this year’s event with (...)

A Microsoft-TikTok tie-up would allow the US tech company to enter a market dominated by rivals such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter.

Microsoft will press ahead with talks to buy TikTok’s US operations from the video app’s Chinese owner ByteDance despite US president Donald Trump’s r(...)

US president Donald Trump said a sale to any party – including Microsoft – would not be an acceptable solution. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure, Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, is racing to save the video-sharing app’s US operations by making a last-ditch plea to the Trump administratio(...)

Microsoft is also providing $20 million (€17.7 million) in cash grants for non-profit organisations worldwide.

Microsoft has unveiled a new global skills initiative that is aimed at bringing new digital skills to 25 million people by the end of 2020. The sche(...)

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, waves before speaking during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco

The Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple each year is like a rock concert. Fans who pay $1,600 (€1,420) a ticket come ready to admire the p(...)

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit (centre right) at the  official opening ceremony of the 2019 Web Summit  in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/MIGUEL A. LOPES

There is a madness to Web Summit that is difficult to convey to the uninitiated. It’s like a cacophonous 19th century carnival, but in 21st century cl(...)

 Microsoft president Brad Smith speaks of the promise and danger of the digital age at Web Summit in Lisbon, Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

Ireland was taken to task in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at Web Summit on Wednesday morning by Microsoft president Brad Smith, who(...)

Rick Osterloh, senior vice-president of devices and services at Google, discusses the new Google Pixel Buds ear pods during a Google launch event  in New York City. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the news last week: Google smart devices chief Rick Osterloh says he would disclose smart speakers before guests enter his home. Speaking to the BB(...)

The tech conference scene is back in fully swing with several happening shortly, including SaaStock, Start-up Week Dublin, ConverCon and Web Summit. (...)

It’s Oliver now: A sign on the window of a London outlet informs passersby that Jamie’s Italian has gone into administration. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Image of the week: Jamie’s administration Casual dining chains have had a noticeably prolific hold over the restaurant sector in the UK over the past(...)

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