Verizon ditched by German government; Vodafone set to win EU approval for Ono bid

> The German government has cancelled a contract with Verizon Communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying. Article

> The European Commission has unconditionally approved the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail. Article

> The European Commission said it would rule on the proposed takeover of Dutch cable group Ziggo by Liberty Global, rejecting a bid by the Dutch regulator to take charge of the case. Article

> Vodafone is reportedly set to gain unconditional EU approval for its €7.2-billion ($9.79 billion) bid for Spain's largest cable operator Ono. Article

> Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has reportedly said it is not actively trying to sell telecom operator Tele2. Article

And finally...Monty Python gets a modern-day accolade: developer Boondoggle Studios has brought The Ministry of Silly Walks back to life as a new mobile game. Article