TECHNOLOGY

Vladimir Putin’s internet czar warns web giants 'are milking it'

When he’s not checking Gmail on his MacBook, Vladimir Putin’s new internet czar can’t stop railing against American technology companies.

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Verizon Communications reportedly exploring Yahoo deal

Verizon Communications has given Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in exploring a possible bid for Yahoo assets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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‘Tech stocks to tumble amid poor market sentiment’ according to Scott Minerd

Technology stocks will tumble further this year as investors flee to safety and buyers stay on the sidelines, according to Scott Minerd, chief investment officer for Guggenheim Partners.

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Profit at Irish unit of tech giant Xilinx slides 25%

Profits at the Irish arm of US technology giant Xilinx fell last year 25% to $20.6m (€18.4m).

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Can Google and smartphones really help you on holiday?

We stood on a hilltop in Rome: a group of journalists from around Europe gathered in the Eternal City to see how it can look through the eyes of Google applications.

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Cork firm PMD Solutions eyes global growth

PMD Solutions aims to make its breathing monitor the industry standard across the world, writes Trish Dromey.

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Irish firms lack ‘digital disruption’ planning

Irish firms are ill-prepared to navigate the big technology changes coming their way and only a few have a plan in place to cope with ‘digital disruption’, according to a survey.

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Reliance on sales in China puts Apple to test

China has been one of Apple’s most reliable strongholds during its historic stretch of technology dominance. Even when sales began to level out in the US, Europe, and Japan, China was a buffer, promising a massive market of newly middleclass customers looking for a high-end, brand-name smartphone.

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UK government defends Google tax settlement

UK government ministers are facing criticism over the tax settlement reached with search engine giant Google last week after reports emerged the company could pay almost three times the amount to authorities in France.

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Swiss watch exports run slow, hurt by smart watches

Swiss watch exports posted their first annual drop in six years, hurt by slumping demand for less-expensive timepieces competing for buyers with Apple and other smart watch makers.

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Four technology companies announce 160 jobs for Cork and Galway

Two cities were handed jobs boosts yesterday as four technology companies announced up to 160 new positions.

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New generation of companies begin to move as old banking model fails too many

The corporate and financial elite have ended their annual love fest in Davos, the Swiss ski resort.

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New research shows staff the biggest risk to data

Businesses’ own employees are a bigger threat to the security of their data than external attackers, new research shows.

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Apple may be on hook for $8bn in back taxes

Apple, the world’s largest company, could owe more than $8bn (€7.35bn) in back taxes as a result of a European Commission investigation into its tax policies, according to an analysis by Bloomberg.

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American software company Tableau offers data storage choice

American software company Tableau is to allow its users choose where they want their data stored after unveiling its first European data centre in Dublin.

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Taxi technology firm iCabbi to step on the gas

Cloud-based dispatch system by iCabbi spurs growth in Ireland, the UK, and the US, writes Trish Dromey

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Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry reports sales slump as concerns rise

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, which assembles the bulk of Apple’s latest smartphones, saw its December revenues slump by a fifth and full-year sales miss expectations.

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Low-carbon tech is a $5.5 trillion market

The existing $5.5 trillion market for low carbon technologies and products is just the tip of the iceberg, following the historic, universal and legally binding global climate deal.

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Mark Zuckerberg announces plan to build robot PA to help around the home

Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to build an artificially intelligent assistant modelled on an Iron Man character to help around the home.

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Glimpsing into a digital business future not far away

Our world is changing every day, and often in subtle ways.

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Toshiba shares plunge after forecasting €4.2bn loss

Toshiba shares fell to the lowest in more than six years in Tokyo after forecasting a record 550bn yen (€4.2bn) loss, while Moody’s cut its credit rating two levels into junk territory.

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VIDEO: Our top 10 most read stories of 2015 ... in technology

With another year at Examiner Towers almost over we will - over the next few weeks - be taking a look at irishexaminer.com's most read stories for 2015. We continue this series today with our technology section.

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Facebook Ireland pays €3.4m corporate tax on €4.8bn of sales

Facebook Ireland paid only €3.4m in corporate tax last year in spite of revenues rocketing by over €1.8bn to €4.83bn.

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HailoPay opens in Ireland and expands to hackneys

Taxi app Hailo has launched a new service that will allow passengers flagging taxis off the street pay via their mobile as part of its continued growth in Ireland.

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Clanwilliam acquires Claimsure in €12m deal

Healthcare, technology and services company, Clanwilliam Group has acquired Irish software firm Claimsuite Sláinte in a deal believed to be worth €12m.

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Online therapy pays off for Irish firm SilverCloud Health

SilverCloud Health is making inroads in the UK, as well as expanding in the US and Europe, writes Trish Dromey.

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Small Business Q&A: Kieran Normoyle, founder of Ocean Survivor

Kehlan Kirwan talks to the winner of the InterTrade Ireland Seedcorn Competition, Ocean Survivor

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Concerns over data hack at UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon

Irish customers may be among hundreds of thousands affected by a cyber attack that stole staff and customer data from pub operator JD Wetherspoon.

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Irish firms may miss €415bn EU Digital Single Market

An overwhelming majority of Irish businesses are not prepared for a multi-billion euro regulatory change coming down the tracks next year, according to new research.

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Irish firms outpacing UK in using cloud technology

Large Irish companies are adopting cloud technologies at a faster rate than their UK counterparts but have different reasons for wanting to do so, according to new research.

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