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Virgin Media today insisted they will not be prosecuting illegal file-sharers.

Virgin warns illegal downloaders: stop or face prosecution

The age of illegal music downloads could soon be over. The UK's largest provider of home broadband is to warn internet users building up vast libraries of music that they could be prosecuted.

Virgin puts iPlayer on cable TV platform

Virgin Media launched the BBC iPlayer on its cable television platform yesterday, upping the ante in its ongoing rivalry with BSkyB in the pay TV market.

Online tracking firm Phorm sees losses double

Phorm, the online advertising service accused of illegally tracking individuals' web-browsing histories in order to target marketing, announced annual losses of $32.8m (£16.6m) yesterday.

Freeview to carry free-to-air HD channels

Sky television faced a rare setback as its stranglehold on high definition (HD) TV was effectively broken up by Ofcom, allowing millions to watch shows in the ultra-clear format without subscribing to the Murdoch-owned satellite provider or cable.

Get switched on to phone, internet and TV packages

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BT holds on to broadband crown

BT said today it remained the UK's biggest broadband supplier after securing the lion's share of new connections at the end of last year.

Sky told to reduce its 18 per cent stake in ITV to 7.5 per cent

Sky booked a £343m loss on its investment in ITV after the Government risked the wrath of the country's biggest media company by ordering it to reduce its stake in the broadcaster.

BSkyB must slash ITV stake and faces £250m bill

The Government today ruled that broadcasting giant BSkyB must offload some of its controversial 17.9 per cent stake in ITV.

Questions Of Cash: The danger of paying energy bills online

Q. In 2004, I switched energy suppliers from British Gas and Powergen to Scottish Power. For the first year, my monthly payments were £44. A year later, this was reassessed to £42.50 monthly. But in November, I received a statement showing that I owed £598.96 and my monthly payments would now be £121.50. This means that my annual bill has risen from £510 to £1,458. Yet throughout the last three years, I have e-mailed my meter readings when requested. AC, Ipswich

Gemstar in patent row with Virgin

Virgin Media has dismissed a patent infringement case brought against it by the American company Gemstar as "flagrant opportunism" over its use of a standard grid-based electronic programme guide, or EPG.

Victoria Summerley: Town Life

Chatter among the child-rearing classes at London dinner parties tends to be dominated by three things: property prices, schools and transport. These days, property prices and the battle to find a place at a school have become genuinely terrifying, however, so the transport items tend to come as a bit of light relief.

Telewest chief back at work as NTL merger rumours intensify

Barry Elson has returned to work as chief executive of Telewest after a successful fight against cancer, adding to expectations that the cable company could announce merger talks with rival NTL in the near future.

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