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Valuing WhatsApp

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Because it’s free. The straight answer given to me by a number of young people this morning, when I asked them why they use WhatsApp. But while their attraction to the messaging … Continue reading

Borrowers cut adrift in great mortgage sell-off

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy The escalating row about the State’s sale of 13,000 IBRC mortgages is far bigger than it seems at first glance. Evidence suggests the Government has left these borrowers unfairly exposed. Also, the Minister for Finance’s … Continue reading

More tax dodger news

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Editor Sean Whelan Once upon a time tax dodging was relatively easy; you just got your cash to the Isle of Man or Jersey and slipped it into a bank account owned by a nominee holding company. And … Continue reading

Electric cars only a spark of genius away from acceptance

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody For many years I’ve been fascinated by the concept of electric cars. Full of questions about what they are like to drive, how quiet they are, what it’s like to charge them, … Continue reading

Banking as a profession?

Posted on by Sean Whelan

Here is another of my very lazy “blogs”, this one courtesy of a consultation document on the possible development of a bankers professional body in Britain. The consultation is being carried out by Sir Richard Lambert, former editor of the … Continue reading

Irish Nationwide mortgage holders not getting a fair deal

Posted on by David Murphy

by Business Editor David Murphy Is the State being unfair on Irish Nationwide mortgage holders? Here is why that might be the case: Irish Nationwide was merged with Anglo Irish Bank to become IBRC. Now the Government is liquidating IBRC … Continue reading

Household debt or Government debt – which is worse?

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan The news that AIB is going to write down the “warehoused” portion of debt in split mortgages from now on is to be welcomed. It is a belated recognition from a big bank that some … Continue reading

What Facebook can learn from Microsoft’s mid-life crisis

Posted on by Will Goodbody

  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody It was something of a curious coincidence that Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday on the same day that Microsoft announced its new CEO. Indian-born Satya Nadella takes over from Steve Ballmer … Continue reading

Happy Data Protection Day. Or is it?

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Happy Data Protection Day! Yes, today is the 8th Council of Europe Data Protection Day. The anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe’s 1981 Data Protection Convention, which … Continue reading

IMF says structural reforms are key for growth

Posted on by Sean Whelan

by Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent The IMF has just published a new book by a number of its staffers called “Jobs and Growth : supporting the European Recovery”. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, identifies three priorities – a better … Continue reading

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