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Three UK owner considers fighting BT to buy EE or O2 — It's no secret that BT is eyeing a return to the mobile market, by way of either EE or O2, but its movement may have come at a cost. According to Reuters , BT's intentions have caught of attention of Hutchison Whampoa, owner of the UK's fourth biggest operator Three (and actually once owned Orange), which is now said to be readying a bid for one of the two mobile providers.

Why the BBC needs you to think it's good value — The BBC holds a privileged position in the UK broadcasting market. As the beneficiary of your TV license fees, the Beeb picked up £3.7 billion last year from Brits, helping it fund its TV, radio, and web services.

Virgin Media customers can now access the Sky Movies Android app — While Virgin Media customers have been able to access Sky Movies and Sky Sports on their iPhone or iPad for over three months now, Android users have been left twiddling their thumbs. Luckily, that wait is now over, for film fans at least, after a new update to the Sky Movies Android app unlocked access to the broadcaster's bumper collection of motion pictures.

4oD iOS app now supports AirPlay and HDMI mirroring — While Channel 4's 4oD streaming catch-up service will soon get a much-needed revamp, the broadcaster isn't shying away from keeping its current apps updated. In its latest round of iOS improvements, Channel 4 has added support for both HDMI output and Apple's AirPlay.

Vinyl certainly isn't dead — With all of the hoo-ha surrounding Taylor Swift's decision to pull her tracks from Spotify, it's easy to forget that downloads and streaming aren't the only ways people get their music. Many still buy CDs, although album sales have nearly halved in four years, and then there's vinyl.

UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying — Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). This is especially important when it comes to music.

EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale — BT surprised many when it confirmed it's currently in talks to buy back mobile operator O2, nearly 10 years after it sold the company to Telefonića. However, it isn't the only carrier that the telecoms giant is interested in. Rumours suggested that EE is the other subject of BT's affections, and sure enough those predictions were spot on.

Amazon will now deliver to your local Post Office — As Amazon prepares for another bumper Christmas, the internet giant has been doing all it can to ensure its logistics are in order. Just over a week ago, it debuted free same-day delivery for Prime members, striking a blow against high street retailers, but today it's unveiled it's biggest delivery coup yet.

BT is in talks to buy back O2 — Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together. The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonića to buy back O2, almost a decade after it sold the operator for £17.7 billion.

London councils fight government plan to legalise short-term Airbnb rentals — Having already accommodated over 20 million guests in more than 34,000 cities across 190 countries, it's safe to say that Airbnb is here to say. However, that success has come at a cost -- namely opposition from authorities that either want to stop residents from renting out their homes or want to reclaim millions of pounds in non-paid tax.
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Nov 28, 2014

@zuffle Three once owned Orange but now wants the total sum of Orange/Deutsche Telekom joint-venture. Kinda like owning Orange’s lovechild.

Nov 28, 2014

Well, well. Now Three UK's owner is considering going up against BT to buy EE or O2.

Nov 28, 2014

@reavaldo You’re better off getting a console bundle, you dolt :) Head here, go by the deals with the highest temp:

Nov 28, 2014

I think this is reactionary Amazon pricing, but it’s got Dualshock 4 controllers for £30.…

Nov 28, 2014

Also, eff all this Black Friday noise. People became animals, all for crappy TVs and microwaves. Decent (online) deals for consoles, though.

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