Ryanair seeks IT staff
MORE than 50 IT jobs are being created by Ryanair at its new headquarters. The low-fares carrier is recruiting web developers, designers, analysts, software engineers and email specialists to transform its website and create a new mobile app.
Budding candidates will meet Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, his chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs, director of IT Eric Neville, and head of web development Dara Brady at a "web stars" open day event in Swords, north Dublin, on Saturday, February 8.
GOOGLE BUYS AI FIRM
GOOGLE has agreed to acquire privately held artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind Technologies Ltd. A Google spokesman declined to comment on the price.
DeepMind uses general-purpose learning algorithms for applications such as simulations, e-commerce and games, according to its website. Google, which is working on projects including self-driving cars and robots, has become increasingly focused on artificial intelligence in recent years.
GERMAN CONFIDENCE UP
GERMAN business confidence has risen in January to its highest level since July 2011, suggesting Europe's largest economy is on track for a strong start to 2014 after growing only modestly last year.
Germany is key to sustaining the recovery in the rest of the 18-nation euro area, its biggest trading partner, after the region's longest-ever recession.
SAMSUNG'S COSTLY SPAT
Samsung Electronics will pay Ericsson $650m (€476m) along with years of royalties to end a technology licence spat, the Swedish company said yesterday.
The world's No 1 mobile network equipment maker sued Samsung in 2012 on the grounds that the Korean firm had infringed patents involving technology for clearer voice transmission, touchscreen functions and network efficiency.
GM BACKS OPEL ROLE
The head of car giant General Motors said its lossmaking European unit Opel remains a vital part of the company. "It is no accident that I chose to come to Germany. I thought it was very important to reinforce my commitment to Opel," said Mary Barra, who took the top job earlier this month.
In April 2013, General Motors said it would invest €4bn to fund 23 new models and 13 new engines by 2016 to overhaul Opel's ageing product range.