News Miles Kane, Peter Crouch, Andrew Cole, Des Kelly, Patrick Collins and Matt Hughes after a recording of Life's A Pitch

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

You may as well forget 4G until reception on the trains is up to speed

Why switch to 4G now? Despite the hype, it won’t initially be able to deliver much

Mid-contract phone and broadband price hikes inspected

Customer concerns over mid-contract price hikes imposed by phone and broadband companies are to be investigated by the telecoms watchdog.

Avoiding the hidden costs of broadband

You’ve found the perfect broadband deal for you at the perfect price, but is this deal too good to be true? It’s possible, purchasing a broadband connection can be fraught with hidden costs and charges just waiting to jump out at you and make that great deal seem not quite so great.

Good broadband is now more important than off-street parking for homebuyers

New report suggests high speed internet connections are higher on the 'must do' list than connecting the gas supply

The YouView service, chaired by Lord Sugar, was dogged by delays but was finally launched in the summer

YouView: Look out Sky Plus! New set-top box mimics Murdoch's TV service – and it costs just £50

TalkTalk and BT will offer the boxes to 10 million customers for a one-off fee

Wonderland, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, this new theatrical work from Scots company Vanishing Point makes a tremendous impression, although not necessarily in a good way. It’s difficult to escape the feeling that was the point, however. A meditation on pornography, exploitation and sexual aggression and shame dressed in the skin of a dream-like allusion to Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, it could only have been taken seriously were it at times deeply uncomfortable to watch.

UK could have best broadband in Europe, says Jeremy Hunt

Britain could have the best broadband in Europe but only if it avoids the mistakes made in developing high speed rail, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Broadband speed boosted by upgrades, says Ofcom

The average residential broadband speed is two and half times faster than it was in 2008 as consumers move to new superfast services, Ofcom said.

Government broadband policy is 'preoccupied' with speed, report concludes

The Government's broadband policy has become “preoccupied” with delivering certain speeds to consumers and needs greater focus on access to the internet through a national broadband network, a report by peers has concluded.

Lord Sugar chairs YouView, which finds out exactly what you watch

Big Alan is watching you… on YouView

Catch-up box will report all your programme choices so broadcasters – and the neighbours – learn your habits

Vodafone swoops in New Zealand deal

Vodafone yesterday spent NZ$840m (£430m) on boosting its presence in New Zealand with the acquisition of the country's No 2 landline and broadband business.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

Lord Sugar to launch long-awaited internet based television service YouView next week

YouView, the long-awaited internet based television service which is intended to be the next generation of Freeview, will finally be launched by Lord Sugar next week.

Ofcom to tackle illegal downloaders

Illegal downloaders face a "three strikes and you're out" system under plans unveiled by Ofcom.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform