Microsoft's Azure platform competes with other services from Amazon and Google

Microsoft's cloud service suffers outage

19 Nov A fault in Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform has knocked some customer sites offline, with issues being felt globally according to the software's status page.

Samsung to reduce the number of smartphone models in 2015 by between one-quarter and one-third

Samsung to cut number of smartphone models

18 Nov Samsung Electronics has announced plans to reduce the number of smartphone models it issues next year by up to one-third as it tries to cut prices in the face of intense Chinese competition.

Google's plan has industry support, now it needs subscribers

YouTube finally tunes in to music

17 Nov YouTube has a history of copyright tussles with record labels dating right back to one of its first viral hits, writes Naill Kitson.

Standard & Poor's expects Twitter to grow but notes that some of the debt issue will be used for acquisitions

S&P gives Twitter debt issue 'junk' status

14 Nov Standard & Poor's has given Twitter's recent $1.8bn debt issue a 'speculative' rating of BB-, weighing the company's push for acquisitions against likely slow growth in earnings.

Berkshire Hathaway to buy Duracell in a $4.7 billion deal with Procter & Gamble

Buffett buys Duracell from P&G

13 Nov Berkshire Hathaway today announced the purchase of battery maker Duracell in a $4.7 billion deal with Procter & Gamble.

Google has pledged to pay $1.16bn to run the 405-hectare NASA site for the next 60 years

Google signs lease on old NASA airbase

11 Nov Ever-growing Google now has an airport to its name: the Internet giant has signed a 60-year lease to run a NASA airbase that comes with massive hangars for airships.

Michael Noonan said: 'It's more likely that that investigation will be dropped rather than there being further investigations'

Noonan expects Apple tax probe to be dropped

07 Nov Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he expects the European Commission's investigation into Ireland's tax arrangement with the US multinational Apple will be dropped.