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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.

Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad — Unlike mobile books and games, video streaming is completely dependent on an internet connection. That's fine when you're at home, but if you're on your way to work or generally on the move, viewing your favourite movies and TV shows can be quite a hassle.

Britain's first 'poo bus' hits the streets — Thanks to a range of new technologies, Britain's buses are steadily swapping traditional fuel for greener alternatives. Over in Bristol, however, Wessex Water believes more can be done with the brown stuff. That's why it's today put the UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste into service.

Why App Store apps are now labeled 'Get' instead of 'Free' — If you're searching on either the Mac or iOS App Stores today, you might notice a little change in the way Apple labels free apps. Before, even if such an app contained costly upgrades, it would carry the label 'Free.' However, following the company's latest App Store refresh, that description will now read 'Get.'

Ofcom's opening up more spectrum to cope with UK mobile data demands — While Ofcom is busy soliciting opinion on whether it should open up more 4G spectrum to carriers, it's already taking the necessary steps to ease mobile data congestion in the UK. The regulator today announced that it will open up 700 MHz spectrum to carriers, allowing mobile networks to enhance their data services at lower cost.

Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service — Vodafone only confirmed it will take another stab at selling broadband last week, but already rumours of potential tie-ups are starting to circulate. According to The Telegraph , the operator is in talks with Sky to bundle Now TV access in with its internet service when it launches next Spring, like it already does for its 4G plans.

TalkTalk ditches Vodafone to offer 4G plans with O2 — As the UK's first quad-play provider, TalkTalk has offered mobile plans alongside its TV, phone and internet packages for some time. Since 2010, the company relied upon Vodafone's infrastructure to underpin its own network, but it's now decided it wants to try something new.

Uber launches in Leeds, its third UK city — Uber's UK footprint might be small, but it's already come in for some heavy criticism, especially in London. As competitors ready new services in an attempt to leverage more custom, Uber has decided its ready to expand beyond London and Manchester by heading to Yorkshire, or more specifically, Leeds.

British retailers are using Shazam to hijack rivals' Christmas ads — With just over a month until Christmas, brands are firing up their festive marketing campaigns to extract as much money as they can out of consumers. It looked as if John Lewis had the 2014 ad title all sewn up when Monty the penguin first waddled onto our TV screens, but responses, from Sainsbury's in particular, have made it far from a forgone conclusion.
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Nov 24, 2014

RT @TheRealJoeCox: @m4tt He's managing to put people off the idea of raising money for charity, which is quite the achievement.

Nov 24, 2014

Geldof pretends like we're all minted too. Let's get those who have already put their hands in their pocket to pay again.

Nov 24, 2014

Reason #412 why Bob Geldof is a self-serving arsehole:… Sure, download the song again. Or just donate direct?

Nov 24, 2014

@JonMorter @CostaCoffee Yep. You can’t see how points you’ve racked up. Saves no time either, takes as many screen presses as normal app.

Nov 24, 2014

The only thing you can do with the Costa Passbook app is use the QR code to collect points. No location awareness/payment/settings. Waste.

Nov 24, 2014

Well this is disappointing: Costa added Passbook support to its iPhone app, neglected to use any of its features.…

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