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BSkyB has signed a new five-year deal for exclusive rights to HBO shows including 'Game of Thrones', 'Girls'

Phoney wars between Verizon and Vodafone looks like prelude to a mating dance

The UK mobile giant is playing hard to get over selling its stake in the joint venture

Dividends fall but are set for rebound

Payouts to shareholders plunged by a quarter in the first three months of the year. But the dividends slump is down to a distortion caused by massive special payouts awarded last year.

Nesting Peregrine Falcon hits Vodafone mobile coverage in Southampton

Peregrine Falcons are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the company can not legally access the mast until any chicks had fledged

Vodafone sticking to Verizon stake as talk of takeover is quelled

Vodafone has insisted that it is happy to retain its 45 per cent shareholding in its American joint venture, Verizon Wireless, and that shareholders in the British mobile giant should be patient about its future.

Charities use mobile technology to boost donations

The charity website Justgiving.com is souping up its mobile service after a surge in fundraising on the go helped to fuel a 26 per cent rise in donations so far this year.

The Business Matrix: Monday 25 March 2013

Manufacturers keep pay on hold

Sergio Perez of McLaren

F1: Vodafone to end sponsorship of McLaren

The phone giant has sponsored the Formula One team since 2007

Market Report: Bulls take breather after Goldman lift

In the tug of war that has been played out between the doomsayers and the optimists about the direction of the Footsie, the bulls have gained a heavyweight backer. Goldman Sachs predicted that the FTSE 100 will hit all-time highs within 12 months. The vampire-squid bank reckons the benchmark index will punch through the 6,999 level last seen more than a decade ago on the eve of the millennium, and roar all the way to 7,200.

New Zealand police signing up to £90m Vodafone deal

Strewth! The demons, as the Kiwis call the police, are getting their mobiles from the Poms.

Mobile World Congress: Smartphone industry must go back to the future

As the world's top players, minus Apple, gather in Barcelona, Gideon Spanier assesses the mood

Mark Leftly: After 4G blow, is the luck running out for George?

Outlook Every time the Chancellor thinks he's found a pot of gold, he finds that the last lot have already looted it. In gold's case, of course, that's quite literally the case, Gordon Brown having sold off the bulk of the nation's precious metal near the bottom of the market over a decade ago.

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George Osborne's billion pound drop: 4G auction falls short of Treasury's budget

The Chancellor's plan to reduce the deficit relied on a hefty windfall from the sale of the 4G spectrum. But it hasn't worked out that way. So where does that leave the public finances?

Britain's mobile operators pick up new 4G licences on the cheap

Britain’s mobile operators were celebrating today as they paid just  £2.34 billion for new, super-fast 4G mobile spectrum — far below the  £3.5 billion that the Treasury and many City analysts expected.

Market Report: Analysts put the boot into Vodafone

As the benchmark index soared to a new, five-year high, telecoms giant Vodafone got cut off. Its shares were the worst performer on the blue-chip listing as the City took in a 42-page diatribe from Bernstein Research on why it is time to sell the phone group shares.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 19 February 2013

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