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Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Questions Of Cash: Mobile phone charges just didn't ring true

Q. I am an engineering student on work placement. I am on a £20-a-month mobile phone plan with Three, entitling me to an internet allowance capped at 2GB. I moved house in April, forcing me to rely on the mobile as a wireless tether for wifi connections on my computer. But without me instructing it to do so, my phone shared the internet connection provided by my network operator with my computer.

Virgin says bye to Dave with UKTV sell-off

Virgin Media has sold off its stake in UKTV, whose channels include Watch, Gold and Dave, following more than a year of speculation. The move marks the end of almost 15 years of the company owning television content.

Virgin sells £339m TV stake

Telecoms giant Virgin Media has sold its stake in UKTV - home of channels including Dave, Gold and Yesterday - to a US broadcaster for £339 million.

Virgin Media to reach another 100,000 homes

Virgin Media is set to expand its cable network to pass a further 100,000 homes by the end of the year, as the super-fast broadband arms race with BT continues to heat up.

London gets its first free Wi-Fi service

Virgin Media has announced plans to create a free Wi-Fi network to cover London, to compete with the often unreliable 3G mobile phone network and a patchwork of other Wi-Fi services.

Virgin lifts revenues despite loss of customers

Virgin Media shrugged off the exodus of thousands of customers to post a slight rise in revenues as ongoing subscribers paid for more or improved services.

Three men jailed over set-top box fraud

Three men who took part in a massive fraud by selling set-top boxes which allowed people unlawful free access to Virgin Media's cable television channels have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

Business Diary: An awkward diary clash for Darroch

Spotted at the Marks & Spencer annual general meeting yesterday afternoon: one non-executive director in the retailer who was keeping a very close eye on his mobile phone and then leaving the bash well before the end. No doubt M&S shareholders will just this once forgive Jeremy Darroch – for it was he – for taking an early bath. After all, back in his day job, as chief executive of BSkyB, there were just one or two things that needed his attention reasonably urgently.

Virgin lands VAT windfall of £80m

Virgin Media has secured an £81.5m refund from the taxman after drawn out negotiations over its Value Added Tax payments.

Virgin Media to close call centre

Communications giant Virgin Media is to to close a call centre over the next 18 months which union leaders said could lead to the loss of 500 jobs.

TalkTalk subject of most complaints

The TalkTalk Group was the most complained-about provider of landline and broadband services during a five-month period, according to new figures released by a watchdog.

Virgin to test 1.5Gb service

Virgin Media is set to begin testing the "world's fastest broadband". Trials for the 1.5Gb service, 240 times quicker than the UK average, will start at four east London companies later this month.

Danny Rogers on PR: Beige leaves all the colour for Borkowski

Mark Borkowski is a brilliant self-publicist.

Charlie Chaplins hit London en masse

A troupe of Charlie Chaplins took to London streets to shoot a short film to launch Virgin Media Shorts 2011, the UK’s biggest short film competition and the only one which champions undiscovered UK film talent across four screens - at cinemas, on TV, on mobile and online.

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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