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Shares jumped 3% after the company announced 2.5 million customers have signed up for BT Sport television

BT Sport wins rights to Champions League and Europa League football - leaving ITV and Sky Sports with nothing from 2015

The European football adds to their capture of Premier League rights and Premiership Rugby

Exclusive: RAF Croughton base 'sent secrets from Merkel’s phone straight to the CIA'

Communications hub plays key role in relaying embassy based spying

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Peter Leahy: Other than a quick cash in, I wouldn't touch Royal Mail shares with a very long barge pole

The ‘low hanging fruit’ of government assets considered worthwhile privatisation candidates were sold long ago

Sean O'Grady: A tale of previous hits and misses – but I’m in for Royal Mail shares...

Once upon a time I was one of those people who refused to buy privatisation shares on the grounds that the Government (“wicked Tory” then as now being the usual adjectives attached to that phrase) was selling something that already belonged to me.

Trade Minister’s £8.9m shares send-off from BT

New Trade Minister Lord Livingston has left his old employer, BT, with 2.6m shares worth £8.9m.

End of the line: BT to cut off its dial-up internet

BT will close its dial-up internet service on September 1.

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Kevin Garside: BT's 'matey' atmosphere quickly became tiresome

All that waiting, all that expectation over the summer, it is over my friends. The Premier League is back. While it is the duty of BT Sport's football anchor Jake Humphrey to inflate his own programme with hyperbole, which he duly fulfilled with his opening statements, it is the prerogative of the punter to validate the product with his or her on/off button.

Spies at GCHQ allegedly collected customers' communications data from commercial companies

BT and Vodafone 'gave users' data to GCHQ'

German newspaper cites documents leaked by fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Virgin TV fights on two fronts as customer wars heat up

Company persuaded 155,000 customers to upgrade to its premium TiVo set-top box

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Hugo Boss pins hopes on women

Sky launches £10 on-demand box to battle rival services

New Now TV box gets streaming service into the living room, but consumers will still need to pay for subscriptions

As a last resort you can take cold callers to court

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It's too difficult to switch broadband provider, isn't it?

Fibre optic broadband is now widely available in the UK

Superfast broadband scheme two years behind schedule and £207m over budget

The National Audit Office reports that projects in Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire and elsewhere will be delayed until 2017 

IT giants face investigation over Whitehall contracts

Government IT suppliers are in danger of a competition investigation after the trading watchdog turned its spotlight on the £10.4bn public sector computing market.

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