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Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Paper spent £150,000 to buy damning dossier

Search on for mole who leaked details of expenses / MPs concerned at release of their home addresses

Broadband: How to find the deal for you

If you want to surf the web, watch TV, make calls (and save money) you need to find the right multimedia package. Jimmy Lee Shreeve rounds up the best bundles now on offer – and explains which could fit your bill

Union angry at Virgin Media over bonuses

Virgin Media, the struggling cable operator, has provoked a furious response from unions by revealing it intends to award its executives bonuses just months after cutting more than 2,000 jobs.

Leading article: Public money for private pleasures

The tale of Jacqui Smith's husband and the expenses claim for a couple of "adult" films contains enough material to keep satirists in gags for the foreseeable future.

Xbox and NBC pair up to offer movie rentals

Microsoft today announced a partnership with NBC Universal which will see films from Universal Pictures available to rent and watch at home through their Xbox 360 console using a broadband connection.

Virgin TV writedown

Virgin Media yesterday slashed the balance sheet value of its home shopping business.

Virgin Media hit by shopping slump

Virgin Media posted a wider quarterly loss of £50 million after it slashed the balance sheet value of its home shopping business.

Last rites for Christmas TV?

As broadcasters bet big on television-on-demand, time is running out for Britain's biggest day of shared viewing. Nick Clark reports

Download a film while kettle comes to the boil

Broadband suppliers line up to revolutionise internet speeds

50Mb broadband unveiled in the UK

The UK's fastest broadband service will be launched today.

Questions Of Cash: 'Sky left me in the lurch after telling me to switch'

Q. I have been a customer of Sky TV for several years. For the past two years I have received several letters asking me to join Sky's "free" broadband service. However, I was not able to take up these offers as the Sky equipment had not been installed in my exchange. Earlier this year I contacted Sky's call centre and was told that the equipment for this had been installed in my local exchange, but that to use this I needed to switch my phone line from Virgin Media to BT. I did this, signing a 12-month contract with BT.

2,200 jobs to go at Virgin Media

Cable group Virgin Media said today that it was axing around 2,200 UK jobs by 2012 under a sweeping restructure.

James Daley: Why can't they treat us with respect?

Two tales of bad practice in two different industries came across my desk this week – one which affected me, and one which affected thousands. By far the worse is the story of Prudential's Health Insurance plan, which shook up the UK market four years ago by becoming the first policy to reward customers for staying healthy.

Mobile hit puts Virgin Media into the red

Virgin Media beat under-lying profit expectations in the second quarter, excluding a £366m writedown of its mobile phone business.

Beale's Best In Show: Virgin Media (Rainey kelly campbell roalfe/Y&R)

It used to be so easy being a couch potato; four TV channels, everything in a neat time slot, no interaction necessary (or possible).

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