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Jun
2016
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Jun
2016

The head of Google Ireland said via a press release issued by IDA Ireland on Thursday: "We now employ 6,000 people here in Ireland both direct and contracted employees." Is this claim valid? The evidence suggests that Google has not more than doubled its staff in Ireland in recent years.

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6
Jun
2016
19
May
2016

Donald Trump, presumptive Republican Party nominee for the US presidency, announced last January that he would force Apple to return its overseas manufacturing to the United States. While Trump can contradict what he would or would not do even in the same interview, Vivek Wadhwa, a US academic and entrepreneur, in the Washington Post on Tuesday suggested that robotics are changing the labour-cost equation at a time when there is uncertainty about the Chinese economy. Prof Wadhwa used data from Irish-led research on Apple's supply chain in Asia in his Post piece.

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5
May
2016

Intel, the US chip giant, had 107,000 global employees at the end of 2015 according to its annual report and added about 3,000 in the first quarter of 2016 with the finalisation of the acquisition of Atera. Last month Intel announced global jobs cuts of 12,000 including about 400 in Ireland. This is part of a trend for US tech firms and coupled with volatile American politics, there are likely to be more job losses in the sector in Ireland.

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21
Mar
2016

Despite the obsession of politicians and journalists with high-tech sectors, they are not big job creators in economies. A multiplier is evident where there is a concentration and while Uber, the taxi service termed a high-tech "unicorn," had a valuation of $50bn last year, it's a successful services company utilising smartphone technology and bought-in IT systems.

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7
Mar
2016

The European Patent Office reported in its annual report published last week that the inventiveness of Europe's leading economies is reflected in the ratio of European patent applications filed to population and Switzerland again topped the ranking in 2015, with 873 applications per million inhabitants. Second and third place went to the Netherlands (419) and Sweden (392), followed by Finland (365) and Denmark (346). The first non-European country was again Japan in ninth place (169). Ireland was at (119) compared with the EU28 average (132). The EU was ahead of the US (133), South Korea (130) and China (4).

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23
Feb
2016

Global sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than in any of the other 27 in 2,800 years, according to a Rutgers University-led study published Monday in the United States. Moreover, without global warming, global sea levels would have risen by less than half the observed 20th century increase and might even have fallen.

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18
Jan
2016

Young US firms up to five years old account for most new job creation in the economy but the rate of formation of employer startups (firms that employ staff other than the founders) has both fallen sharply in recent decades while the number of employees per startup is also down. This is not good news for the economy and it's seen as partly reflecting a shrinkage in the US workforce.

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7
Jan
2016