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BT will have 500,000 WiFi hotspots in London for the Olympics

BTBT says it’s on track to have 500,000 WiFi hotspots working across London in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including exclusive WiFi service across the Olympic Park in East London. The figure is a combination of commercial-standard hotspots plus thousands of independent businesses and homes that have joined the BT FON community.

Nine Olympic venues including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and all public areas of the Olympic Park will be served by a new network of nearly 1,000 WiFi access points.

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Everything Everywhere says 93% of UK business leaders want 4G as soon as possible

Everything EverywhereEverything Everywhere is keeping up its 4G campaigning by releasing independent research that shows 93% of UK business leaders want 4G rolled out as soon as possible.

The survey, carried out by Coleman Parkes for Everything Everywhere, also found that 86% of business leaders believed access to a 4G network would increase their business productivity.

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Yahoo! discontinues Livestand iPad newsstand app

Yahoo! Livestand, the personalised iPad ‘newsstand’ that was announced just over a year ago and launched in November, is being closed down.

The company says it’s moving to a mobile-first development model and is applying its insights from Livestand to the development of future products.

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European mobile phone market starts growing again

IDC research shows growth after 9 months of decline

The mobile phone market in Western Europe has started growing again, according to new figures from the International Data Corporation.

Its European Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows a 1.3% year-on-year increase in shipments to 44.8 million units following three consecutive quarters of decline.

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RAC research shows increase in mobile phone and drug use when driving

Figures published by the RAC last week show an increase in drivers using drugs, mobile emailing and social networking. The organisation’s 2012 Report on Motoring found that the number of 17 to 24 year olds driving under the influence of drugs had increased from 5% to 9% in the past twelve months.

It also noted a 50% year-on-year increase in the number of 25 to 44 year olds using their smartphones to access email, Facebook and Twitter when behind the wheel.

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