Tech boom makes April Fools of us all

It’s getting tricky to separate reality from science fiction at the best of times

Australia shares rise on expectations for a rate cut on Tuesday

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON, April 2 (Reuters) - Australian shares rose on Thursday as investors shrugged off a fall on from Wall Street and bought bank stocks amid growing expectations of a rate cut within days. The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to announce its second rate cut of 2015 when it meets on Tuesday, the next trading day after markets close for the Easter weekend. Banks led the gains, with lending majors Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and National Australia Bank all up about 1 percent. Origin Energy added nearly 2 percent and Oil Search rose 1.3 percent while Woodside Petroleum firmed 0.5 percent.

Brussels ready to turn up heat on Google

Possible revival of antitrust case follows arrival of new top team at regulator

Some of the Best from Hosting and Tech April Fools Day 2015

If you work in web hosting and cloud computing, then you are well aware that the industry is filled with jokesters and pranksters, amateur comedians and unintentional comedians. Tech companies use a number of April Fool's Day jokes every April 1st to promote themselves and their sense of humor, or…

EU lays groundwork to file antitrust charges against Google – WSJ

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - Europe's competition regulator is preparing the groundwork to file charges against Google Inc in the antitrust investigation over the next few weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter. The European Commission is asking companies that filed complaints against Google for permission to publish some of the information they submitted confidentially, the Journal said, citing several people familiar with the requests. Google was not immediately available to comment. The U.S. search giant has been engaged in a five-year-old antitrust investigation with the European Union that has stalled multiple times and caused a political uproar.