ALSO NOTED: Blackstone denies bid to break up Vodafone; Verizon Wireless buys Mid-Missouri Cellular; and much more...

> Private equity company Blackstone Group denied reports that it is working on a bid with a host of other companies to break up Vodafone Group. Article

> Verizon Wireless bought the operating assets of Mid-Missouri Cellular. Article

> South Korean steelmaker Posco said it raised $127.7 million by selling some shares in SK Telecom. Article (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)

> NEC said it had injected $225 million into its wholly owned mobile subsidiary in Wuhan, China. Article

And Finally... Nepal's royal government stopped mobile-phone services in Kathmandu in an apparent attempt to halt an anti-government rally. Article