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For years, despite their growing power, tech platforms rarely garnered much scrutiny, and they were often loath to accept how much their systems affected the real world.

This was a terrible year for the tech industry. That’s an odd thing to say at a time of record growth and profits. In 2017, large American tech compa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Apple chief executive Tim Cook at Apple’s headquarters in California last week.

Apple was aware of proposed changes to Ireland’s planning laws that would see data centres treated a strategic infrastructure before a crucial meeting(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan    admitted that doubts about Apple’s commitment to building the data centre in Athenry had mounted over recent months as the delays in the planning process continued. File photograph: Alan Betson

The prospect that Apple will ever build its long-delayed €850million data centre in the fields of Athenry has receded after the head of the IDA confir(...)

It is understood that during a meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and chief executive Tim Cook the company did not confirm whether it was proceding with the project.

Doubts about Apple’s commitment to building a data centre in Athenry have intensified after the company’s chief executive failed to give Taoiseach Leo(...)

Customers look at the new iPhone X at an Apple store during its launch at Dubai Mall.

Shoppers surged into Apple stores across the world on Friday to buy the new iPhone X, signalling stronger demand for the 10th anniversary version of t(...)

The Apple logo, pictured at its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The Taoiseach will discuss its proposed Athenry data centre with the company in Silicon Valley on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar / Reuters.

The Taoiseach is expected to meet Apple chief executive Tim Cook in California today amid concerns about Apple’s commitment to the €850 million data c(...)

President Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Ireland’s corporate tax regime was the unlikely focus of “fake news” allegations this week after US president Donald Trump claimed Ireland was reducin(...)

The US president Donald Trump: his anti-immigration wishlist dashes hopes for Dreamers.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to protect 800,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children are facing new doubts as Donald Trump pushes(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is in Paris to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is in Paris to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron, amid calls by the French leader and European allies to change(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday she had referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover some €13 billion in illegal state aid from Apple. Photograph: EPA

So, Apple’s Irish tax affairs are in the news again. How long has this been going on for? More than four years. The Irish tax affairs of Apple, which(...)

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