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The record-breaking connection was established between BT Tower (above) and an internet research campus in Suffolk

NHS spent more than £1bn on staff severance packages

50% rise in the number of senior staff receiving redundancy payouts of over £200,000

Simon Read: Calling 0845 from your mobile is a costly mistake

Confusion still remains over expensive 0845 and 0870 numbers that many companies – and government departments – try and force people to use. The fact is they are high-cost, especially if you make the mistake of using a mobile phone.

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Almost one in 10 five-year-olds own a mobile phone, finds survey

One in 10 schoolchildren get a mobile phone by the age of five, new study reveals, although most children have to wait until they are 11

BT Sports presenter Jake Humphreys

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.

Hongmi: The Chinese smartphone that sold 100,000 units in 90 seconds

Xiaomi, the company who created the Hongmi, say they are like Apple, Amazon and Google combined

LG's G2 puts buttons on the back for easy access

New high-end handset will be the first in LG's new premium 'G' range of smartphones

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

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it was drawing up plans to stop cold callers withholding their numbers

Government turns up the heat on cold callers as phone nuisances face crackdown

Ministers plan to enable watchdogs to investigate 'annoying' communications as well as those that cause distress

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 24 July 2013

Swatch clocks up rise in profits

Train passengers and railway staff push a train car in their effort to rescue a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform while getting off at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo

Mind the gap! Commuters in Japan push 30,000kg train carriage off trapped woman

She escaped serious injury and train left station just eight minutes after the incident

Tough times taking their toll on Vodafone

World’s second-biggest mobile operator is feeling pinch as punters tighten belts

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

NSA to tighten security in wake of Edward Snowden leaks

Defence officials call revelations a 'failure to defend our own networks' and introduce new rules for contractors

2013A man looks at a Huawei mobile phone as he shops at an electronic market in Shanghai January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

UK to review involvement of Huawei in Oxfordshire cybersecurity centre, as firm denies spying claims

Review follows a report from the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee that raised security fears over influence of the Chinese government

The deserted telegraphy office in Mumbai where telegrams were processed and filed

Silence of the ’grams: India’s telegraph offices go quiet after 160 years

India’s telegram service has been withering for decades, to the extent that yesterday the last private messages were sent more than 160 years after the first. Yet for 24 hours it was like the good old days as hundreds of people visited the country’s 75 offices to send their final missives to friends and family, and staff holidays were cancelled to meet the demand.

The Velleman K8200 will be sold for £699.99. Source: MAPLIN

UK's first commercial 3D printer on sale in Maplin for £699.99

The Velleman K8200 will be available from July 9

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