Deutsche Telekom fined €70M over Slovak unit; Vodafone could have option to raise Vodacom stake

> The EC's competition commissioner said he was surprised by political interference in an investigation into Google's tax arrangements in the EU. Report

> Google's third-quarter earnings fell short of analysts forecasts, despite an increase in sales year-on-year. Article

> Apple will begin taking orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3--the latest tablets in the company's range that it unveiled on Thursday--today and commence shipments next week. Release

> Twitter agreed a deal with Germany-headquartered music streaming service SoundCloud enabling the social network's users to access audio clips from the site. Article

> South Africa's government is considering a sale of its minority holding in Vodacom, opening the way for Vodafone to increase its stake. Article

> Deutsche Telekom was fined €69.9 million ($88.4 million) by EU antitrust regulators because its Slovak unit squeezed out rivals in Slovakia's broadband market. Article

> Telecom Italia said a spin-off of its fixed network would be legally groundless and not part of its own business plan, after the idea was reportedly revived by the Italian government. Article

And finally…You might think the iPhone 6 is expensive, but what about the latest phone from fashion brand Vertu? The new 'Vertu for Bentley' smartphone will set you back an eye watering £10,700 (€13,441/$17,182). Article