EC slams Apple, Ireland tax agreements; Google faces user data restrictions in Germany

> TeliaSonera will pump up to SEK7 billion (€771 million/$971 million) into a cost-saving programme, domestic network improvements and Eurasian data services through 2015 and 2016. Report

> Google was ordered to give users in Germany more control over their personal data, in the first sign the company could face a Europe-wide crack down on its data policies. Article

> eBay plans to spin off its PayPal unit into a separate company in order to exploit the mobile payments market. Article

> Apple was allowed to shelter billions of dollars in revenue under tax agreements with the Republic of Ireland, EC competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. Report

> French state-owned fund Bpifrance is cutting its stake in Orange by 1.9 per cent of the total capital. Article

> UK operators TalkTalk and Three UK have called for reforms that will make it easier for subscribers to 'churn' between different operators. Article

> Telecom Italia has extended the deadline for the planned sale of its Argentina stake by one month, as rumours continue to swirl about the future ownership of the Italian operator. Article

> Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has finally launched services as a virtual operator in Saudi Arabia, using the network of Saudi Telecom (STC). Article

And finally…Alcatel OneTouch is bundling a separate phone with its Pop Mega LTE 'Phablet' in response to criticism that the large form factor is not great for basic functions including calling or SMS. Article