Vodafone Germany seeks 600 job cuts; Telefonica completes Czech sale

> EU competition regulators will reportedly tell Hutchison Whampoa this week that its $1 billion deal to buy O2 Ireland might be problematic unless it offers concessions. Article

> Batelco announced a 61 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net profit as one-off expenses outweighed a 29 per cent rise in revenue. Article

> Russia's MegaFon has signed a direct contract with Apple and resumed selling iPhones after a four-year break. Article

> VimpelCom spooked investors after the Russian operator said it would slash its dividend to pay down debt accumulated through an aggressive expansion drive. Article

> Vodafone is seeking to cut around 600 jobs in Germany, representing 5.7 per cent of its workforce there. Article

> Telefónica has completed the sale of its Czech unit to local investment group PPF. Article

And finally...Nearly 40 million Brits shun new technology despite conceding it can simplify their lives, research by utility company E.ON found. Article