Google hikes M&A spending; Apple admits iPhone access capability

> Batelco posted a 22.4 per cent drop in second-quarter profit according to Reuters calculations, as the operator suffered from ongoing competition and one-off adjustments. Article

> UK-based BSkyB is to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to create a new pay-TV giant called Sky Europe. Article

> Google spent $4.2 billion (€3.1 billion) on acquisitions in the first half of 2014 compared to $1.3 billion in the same period of 2013. Report

> South African telco Telkom SA promised to investigate claims CEO Sipho Maseko used false car number plates to dodge traffic fines. Report

> Apple admitted its staff can extract data including SMS, contacts, and pictures from iPhones. Article

And finally...A growing number of couples are signing social media pre-nuptial agreements to prevent publication of risqué pictures and other personal data in the event of a break up. Article