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A challenge to the 2010 Order by ISP Verizon will allow ISPs to create a 'two tier' system which charges more for high-bandwidth activities online

iPhone rival Droid set for US launch

Verizon Wireless will start selling its answer to the iPhone - the Droid - for $200 (£121) in the US next week as the company taps into the growing appetite for smart phones that go far beyond making calls.

Market Report: Travis Perkins falls amid pricing worries

The builders' merchant Travis Perkins was under pressure last night, falling back amid concern that the market may be anticipating a swifter turnaround in profits than is likely in the current economic environment.

Mystery Android project takes a swing at the iPhone

An aggressive TV ad campaign from Verizon Wireless in the USA is adding to the support building for a software package from Google that is shaping up to be the most formidable challenge yet to Apple's iPhone.

The world’s first computer doc has a security prescription

The man who wrote the original anti-virus program tells Paul Rodgers he wants to make data safer

Windows Mobile gets a makeover

Microsoft is giving its operating system for "smart phones" a new look in time for the holiday shopping season.

Apple event expected soon, but no tablet in sight

Anyone holding their breath for Apple Inc's much-anticipated, but never confirmed, touchscreen tablet device may have to wait a bit longer than they planned.

Nokia jumps into netbook market

Nokia, the world's largest maker of cell phones, says that it will start making a small, light laptop, similar to ones PC manufacturers are already selling through wireless carriers around the world.

Small talk: Dawson faces a fiery investors' meeting

Who would have thought that cashmere jumpers and bed linen could cause such hostility?

4G chip promises eight-times faster mobile downloads

LG Electronics claimed a step forward in the commercialisation of the next generation of internet capable handsets, demonstrating a modem chip with a download speed eight times that of the fastest mobile phones currently on the market.

Vodafone risks shareholder anger over Alltel takeover

Vodafone is risking further wrath from shareholders over the lack of dividend payments from its Verizon Wireless stake with yesterday's $28.1bn (£14.4bn) takeover of Alltel, the US rural mobile company.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Verizon-Vodafone merger would solve impasse between Sarin and Seidenberg

Arun Sarin, the chief executive of Vodafone, is staying busy to the last. He's quitting as chief executive next month but that hasn't stopped him tying up the deal for Verizon Wireless, in which Vodafone owns a 45 per cent stake, to buy Alltel in a merger which will enable Verizon to leapfrog AT&T to become the largest mobile company in the US.

Vodafone calls on Calao

Arun Sarin's sudden departure from the telecoms giant leaves his successor facing increasing competition and a tough search for new growth. By Sarah Arnott

The Investment Column: Vodafone looks to emerging markets for growth

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MPs say pay should increase to £100,000

MPs have raised the prospect of a huge jump in parliamentary pay amid claims that their salaries should rise to £100,000.

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