Facebook’s difficult shift from hot start-up to public company has left some investors questioning the social network’s long-term prospects.

A year in a word: Double Irish

The loophole proves that governments will always try to lure footloose businesses, says Jonathan Guthrie

Ding dong merrily in high orbit

International Space Station’s Santa-style Christmas fly-by

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Ever-growing online outlets offer marketers more varied points of contact and fresh forms of doing business

A ‘dislike’ button? Love it

Facebook engineers are doubtless now testing the best way to allow you to signal your aversion to a particular post without overdoing the offence

Instagram: valuation filter

Facebook basks in success of cheap catch

FT Series

For an industry increasingly turning to social media to expand its audience, Facebook proves a boon and a burden on business
Cottage industry of firms has sprung up on Facebook offering services that allow businesses to exploit full potential of its reach

Instagram hits 300m monthly users

Photo-sharing app overtakes Twitter

Facebook’s latest rivals fight for attention

There is an opportunity for alternative platforms to flourish alongside the big names

US envoy defends Facebook over tax

Barzun says ‘we made these rules and they are playing by them’

New Republic shake-up bleeds talent

Less than a month since 100th birthday, magazine is in turmoil

The new politics of hate

Think that multinationals can do as they like on tax? Think again

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Technology: Upstart start-ups

What a would-be Facebook rival tells small fry about taking on big fish

MPs slam Facebook in Lee Rigby case

Killer of UK soldier in London had discussed murder online

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Silicon Valley faults immigration reforms

Tech groups want more help recruiting programmers and engineers

Mike Judge on set with the cast of Silicon Valley

Start-ups struggle to deal with criticism

Tech industry’s next generation of emerging groups need to know when to take criticism to heart


Kik teen chat app draws venture capital

Funding round of $38m comes as group develops marketing robots

Tech groups fight to dominate workplace

Facebook is latest consumer internet company to invade office life


LinkedIn: profile update

Facebook’s move into the working world threatens growth at the biggest professional network

Snapchat and Square to launch Snapcash

New product will allow photo sharing group’s users to send money

Facebook seeks foothold in your office

Plan for professional network to challenge LinkedIn and Google Drive

Field notes on a senior job share

Unilever duo have come to trust and rely on each other completely

Twitter: imagine all the people

Group has some ‘growth opportunities’. But don’t call them forecasts

Democrats fail to get out the vote

Republicans were helped in midterm elections by elderly voters

Chat apps lock down messaging services

Tougher encryption may frustrate spy agency pleas for greater access

Edward Snowden in 'Citizenfour'

Tech groups encrypt data after Snowden

Privacy-focused start-ups create apps that offer greater security

Q&A: US tech companies and terrorism

UK spy chief accuses Facebook and Twitter of helping jihadis

Satay seller case shows Indonesia’s draconian laws

People jailed in online slander crackdown

Tech groups aid terror, says UK spy chief

Web provides jihadis’ ‘control network of choice’

Week in Review

Week in Review, November 1

Shell leadership changes; Ferrari, Facebook and bananas also in the news

An illustration depicting the tentacled network of Facebook

The new country of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘nation state’ plans

Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover and The Monkey Inferno CEO Shaan Puri
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Founders under pressure

Most start-ups don’t make it. So how do young entrepreneurs cope with the stress?


LinkedIn rise bucks social network trend

Investors look past quarterly loss to 2014 profit hopes

Soaring costs in global internet race

Ramp-up in costs reflects intensified competition as well as upgrades to long-term ambitions

Social media: antisocial reaction

Shares in Twitter, Yelp and Pandora down amid concern over user growth and profits

Facebook’s spending plans draw scepticism

Investors wary as social media group puts investment above margins

Facebook warns new buys will hit margins

Shares fall on WhatsApp, Oculus and ad tech spending outlook

Lex Live: Facebook earnings

Is it ‘game over’ for texting?

Business-to-customer communications may save the SMS from a terminal decline

Facebook pays minimal UK tax

Social networking giant avoids British taxman with Dublin HQ

Twitter seeks developers and acquisitions

Social network looks to expand beyond messaging

Dublin’s technology cluster effect

Low tax and big-name neighbours are not the only advantages

Live while we can and put ambition on ice

A get-to-the-top-fast mentality is out of sync with the other end of our lives, says Jody Greenstone Miller