The part of Obama’s plan of greatest interest to Silicon Valley is the overhaul of the H1B work visa programme and the potential for an entrepreneur’s visa. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

In Ireland as well as the US, most of the talk and attention around president Barack Obama’s surprise move to legislate directly on the festering issu(...)

Tom Savage: his term as  chairman of the RTÉ board came to an end on August 31st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

RTÉ has lost two-thirds of its governing board this week, and a radical overhaul will take place before the end of this month with chairman Tom Savag(...)

The Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week, where speakers asserted their ability to tap into and manipulate everything from airport security systems to the lights in your hotel room. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Facebook was in touch the other day. “Help your friends recognise you,” they wrote. “Add a profile picture.”My instinctive reaction was: Why? So it co(...)

Business, or more particularly the markets, have featured in this newspaper from its earliest days. Back in 1860, the paper carried a Market & Com(...)

Manufacturing Technicians at Intel’s Clean Room in Fab 24. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the late 1980s, when Intel indicated it was interested in establishing a plant in Ireland, with the likelihood of employing thousands of skilled te(...)

Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle, 2nd right, listens to a presentation during the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, at which  Mr le Guisquet was speaking. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Karlin Lillington in San FranciscoThe sovereign debt crisis in Europe has not noticeably damaged revenue at technology giant Oracle -- at least, not f(...)

Google HQ in Dublin: “We take our users’ privacy and security very seriously; recent reports claiming otherwise are simply untrue.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How private do you expect your emails to be? Most of us would surely insist they should be completely private, the contents visible only to the sender(...)

Sequencing a single genome these days means analysing half a terabyte of data – very Big Data indeed

We’ve had a week of looking at the implications of “Big Data” here at The Irish Times , star(...)

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 (...)

I admit it. I am suffering from multiple social media personality disorder (MSMPD). This increasingly common problem – which still too often go(...)

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