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Oisin Hanrahan: “We looked at businesses like Uber and thought it was an incredibly interesting model, and how could you apply it to home services?” Photograph: Eric Luke

Smartphones have become such an integral part of our lives that we no longer think twice about using them in everyday situations. Grabbing a taxi has(...)

A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber Technologies app on an Apple iPhone 5. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Remember the days when hailing a taxi meant standing on the side of the road at 3am, trying to find the one empty cab on a Saturday night that migh(...)

Uber was this week the subject of mass protests, with thousands of taxi drivers taking to the streets of London (above) and other European cities over an alleged lack of regulation in relation to the app. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Downloads of the smartphone taxi app Uber were up 850 per cent in Dublin this week following Europe-wide protests against the company that brought man(...)

A T-shirt featuring Russian president Vladimir Putin on sale in Moscow. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Image of the week: Fashion winners Now that summer is finally here, why not update your wardrobe with this instant classic courtesy of a pop-up(...)

An Uber employee holds an Apple iPhone 5S showing a map on the Uber app. Photograph: Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/Bloomberg

Innovation and regulation have a shaky relationship. Regulation aims to keep a level playing field, whereas innovation aims to disrupt the stat(...)

How’s about this for a job opportunity? Uber, the trendy web-based taxi service that is a rival to Hailo, is setting up an Irish operation foll(...)

Policemen stand by as taxi drivers demonstrate in Paris  against the rise of private chauffeur services in the city. Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Gerry Images

Paris taxi drivers attacked competitors in a civil war of sorts yesterday when five trade unions declared a day-long national strike to protes(...)

A limousine driver holds up his iPhone displaying transportation app Uber –  Uber has entered more than 60 markets, ranging from San Francisco to Berlin to Tokyo. Photograph: Reuters

Uber, a technology company backed by Google and by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos among others, is working on a plan to launch its business in Dublin. The (...)

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