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

UK tech sector's seal of approval as Carlos Slim buys into Shazam

The Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, has spent $40m (£26m) on a stake in the British mobile app company Shazam, in a major vote of confidence in the UK's technology industry.

Five Questions About: switching Broadband

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

The 10 Best home phones

These days telephones are something of a fashion statement, and here's our list of the most stylish ways to stay in touch

Mobile by Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's launches mobile network in partnership with Vodafone

Supermarket chain will target older end of the mobile market with simple deals and Nectar points

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook takes the stage during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple applies to trademark term 'iWatch' in Japan

Move indicates company's intent to create a smartwatch

Mobile phone revolution begins in Burma

Burma has granted licences to Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo to set up the country’s first foreign-owned mobile phone networks.

Huawei Ascend P6

A Week With: The Huawei Ascend P6 and Y300 smartphones

A new name it's worth learning to pronounce

Neville 'Big Nev' Wilshire's staff make 1.5 million unwanted calls a year

The Call Centre boss 'Big Nev' fined £225,000 over nuisance calls

Two companies owned by the BBC’s new reality star Neville “Big Nev” Wilshire – who appears in the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Call Centre – have been fined £225,000 for making nuisance calls.

Viber offers free calls and texts using internet data

Saudi Arabi bans free internet messaging service Viber

Ban follows a warning from government regulator in March due to unspecified 'infringement'

Shane Todd's death was registered as suicide

The mystery of Shane Todd: Did US electronic engineer commit suicide – or was he murdered because he knew too many Chinese secrets?

Parents claim son had been unhappy at work and feared 'heavy hands coming after him'

Paperback review: Battling for News - Women Reporters from the Risorgimento to Tiananmen Square, By Anne Sebba

Faber is to be applauded for re-releasing this superb 1994 history of women reporters through its Faber Finds series (although one might wish for a more attractive cover, or a more competitive e-book price), with Sebba's new preface, highlighting particularly the appalling case of Lara Logan, sexually assaulted by a crowd while covering the uprising in Cairo.

BT will challenge BSkyB by offering new channels at no extra cost to BT broadband customers

BT to show Premier League football matches for free

Broadcaster challenges BSkyB by offering new channels at no extra cost to broadband customers

British and Irish Lions 2013: Reluctant Wales captain Sam Warburton accepts call to be captain

'Outstanding' leader given responsibility for overseeing first winning tour for 16 years

Mark Bridger is on trial accused of the murder of schoolgirl April Jones

Online shopping growth leaves stores in the dark

David Cameron's much-touted digital economy is taking off while the rest of the economy lags behind.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links