Opening Bell: 600 new Microsoft jobs, Blair's return, Zuckerberg's fake news worries

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Microsoft will create 500 jobs at its newly established EMEA 'Inside Sales Centre.'

100 more jobs will be available across Microsoft’s existing operations – including openings in finance, operations, engineering and sales.

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Martin Shanahan, CEO of the IDA will be in attendance at Microsoft's official announcement later this morning.

Microsoft first opened its doors in Ireland in 1985 with a small manufacturing facility employing just over one hundred people. It now employs over 1,200 full-time employees and 700 full-time contract staff.

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The founder of Facebook says he's worried about the spread of fake news on the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg's written a near 6,000 word letter saying that social media risks "fragmenting" users' sense of reality.

He's concerned people are living in "filter bubbles" - only seeing opinions from friends who they agree with.

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Tony Blair is set to provoke a furious political row by calling on opponents of Brexit to "rise up" and persuade voters to change their mind about leaving the EU.

In a rallying cry to pro-EU MPs and peers, the former British PM will accuse Theresa May of pursuing Brexit "at any cost" and warn it could lead to Scottish independence.

Mr Blair, who wants a second referendum and has pledged to campaign to keep the UK in the EU, will deliver his latest attack on Brexit in a powerful speech to Remain supporters.

His speech will also be seen as a signal that he would like to create a new pro-Remain political party made up of Blairites, Liberal Democrats and even some pro-EU Conservatives according to Sky News.

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Views of those directly impacted by Brexit will be captured at a conference today.

Over 400 industry representatives will gather for the second plenary meeting of the All Island Civic Dialogue on Britain leaving the European Union.

Participants will hear the Government's latest preparations for the Brexit process and the triggering of Article 50.

 

Additional reporting IRN