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Communications giant BT today launched an internet package that will boost the number of Wi-Fi hot spots in small to medium businesses.

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Qualcomm wins licence in latest auction of radio spectrum

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Heads On Beds: Hotel Unique, Sao Paulo

Check into an architectural gem

Paperback: The Keep, by Jennifer Egan

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