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Feb 23, 2014

China’s Huawei seeks U.S. foothold in smartphone race -exec

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 23 (Reuters) – China’s Huawei
Technologies believes it can take advantage of recent
changes in how operators in the United States sell phones to get
a foothold in the all-important market, an executive with its
consumer division said on Sunday.

Huawei, best known as a maker of telecom network gear,
became the world’s third-biggest smartphone manufacturer last
year, through the sale of mid-priced handsets within its
fast-growing domestic market and an increasing appeal to
price-conscious consumers in western Europe.

Feb 21, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks denies having affair with Coulson

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, told a London court on Friday she did have moments of physical intimacy with fellow editor Andy Coulson but denied a prosecution charge that she had a six-year affair with him.

Holding back tears as she took the stand at her trial into phone-hacking offences, Brooks said she had been extremely close friends with Coulson, and on occasion had intimate relations with him between 1998 and 2006.

Feb 20, 2014

Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks launches hacking defense, acquitted on one charge

LONDON (Reuters) – The jury trying Rebekah Brooks over phone-hacking charges should not hold her role as a former Rupert Murdoch editor with huge political influence against her, her lawyer said, as the former British newspaper boss took the stand on Thursday.

Brooks, a friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, answered questions in court for the first time on the hacking scandal which has convulsed Britain’s elite and forced Murdoch to close the 168-year-old tabloid at the center of the scandal, the News of the World.

Feb 19, 2014

Former UK PM Blair offered to advise Murdoch over phone-hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to act as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch during his media empire’s phone-hacking scandal, suggesting the firm follow steps he took to address Iraq War anger, a London court heard on Wednesday.

Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of Murdoch’s British newspapers, wrote an email to Murdoch’s son James detailing advice Blair had given her during an hour-long phone call in July 2011 at the height of a furor over phone-hacking allegations at the media moguls’ News of the World tabloid.

Feb 14, 2014

British police question CNN’s Piers Morgan over phone-hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – Piers Morgan, one of the biggest names in British media and a CNN television host, has been questioned by London police in connection with allegations of phone-hacking at the Daily Mirror tabloid he used to edit.

Morgan, a former judge on “America’s Got Talent” show who replaced Larry King on CNN in 2011, said in a statement on Thursday he had been interviewed by officers after voluntarily attending a police station in December.

Feb 12, 2014

Spain’s Ono pushes on with stock market listing plans

MADRID/LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Spain’s largest cable
operator, Ono, said it was pressing ahead with its plan for a
stock market sale, putting pressure on Britain’s Vodafone
to raise its takeover proposal.

Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet
services, has been preparing a 7 billion euro ($9.6 billion)
listing to capitalise on strong investor interest in European
cable firms.

Feb 11, 2014

Ono board weighs Vodafone offer against stock market plan

MADRID/LONDON (Reuters) – Directors of Spain’s largest cable operator Ono met on Tuesday to weigh up whether they should accept a takeover offer from Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) or push ahead with their original plan to list the company on the stock market.

Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet services, had been preparing for a 7 billion euro ($9.6 billion) stock market sale to capitalize on high investor interest in European cable firms when the British telecoms operator approached its private equity owners about a takeover.

Feb 10, 2014

Vodafone bids for Spanish cable operator Ono: sources

LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made an offer to buy Spain’s largest cable operator Ono from its private-equity owners ahead of a board meeting of the Spanish company on Tuesday, two people familiar with the situation said.

Other sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters that Ono, which sells fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet services, believes it has an enterprise value of at least 7 billion euros ($9.5 billion).

Feb 6, 2014

Vodafone sees signs of recovery after another torrid quarter

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone said it was finally seeing early signs of a turnaround due to a growing number of customers and the take-up of more expensive 4G services, following yet another torrid quarter hit by fierce competition in Europe.

The world’s second-largest mobile operator has reported record falls in underlying revenue in the last 18 months, due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers reducing the number of calls they made during the recession.

Feb 6, 2014

Vodafone confident on revenue outlook after tough quarter

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s Vodafone said it
was confident a growing number of customers and the take-up of
faster 4G services would help lift its revenue, after reporting
yet another poor quarter due to fierce competition in Europe.

The world’s second-largest mobile operator has reported
sharp falls in organic service revenue in the last 18 months,
due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers
reducing the number of calls they make during the economic
downturn.

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      "I am based in London and cover the UK media and telecoms sectors including BSkyB, Vodafone and WPP. I have previously covered UK general news and sports including major events such as the Olympics and football World Cups."
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