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Phones 4u 'heartbroken' as it enters administration

Phones 4u's official Twitter account says the team is "heartbroken" that the company has been placed into administration threatening over 5,500 jobs.

Entrepreneur John Caudwell, who founded the business in the 1980s and sold it in 2006 for nearly £1.5bn, also took to Twitter to say how "sickened and saddened" he was by the news.

Administration decision 'comes as shock' to Phones 4u

Phones 4u remains a profitable business with a turnover of over £1 billion, the company has said after it announced it was going into administration.

In a statement, it said.

The unexpected decisions by both Vodafone and EE have come as a complete shock to the business. The company is in a healthy state and both EE and Vodafone had, until very recently, consistently indicated that they saw Phones 4u as a long-term strategic partner.

– Phones 4 U

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U2 giving away latest album free on iTunes

Irish rock band U2 surprised fans worldwide last night by giving away their first album for more than five years after performing at the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch.

U2 with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The band gave Songs Of Innocence to around half a billion iTunes music store users as well as subscribers to their website.

The announcement was made at the Apple launch last night and is the latest collaboration between the band and technology firm

We wanted to make a very personal album. Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family.

– Bono talking to Rolling Stone magazine

The 11-track album will be given an official release on October 13 and is their fist record in five years after 2009's No Line On The Horizon.

Questions raised over the future of Apple's iPod classic

Questions have been raised over the future of Apple's iPod classic after the launch of the iPhone 6 and smartwatch.

The Apple iPod Classic. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The music playing device no longer shows up on the Online Apple Store or the technology giant's dedicated page to the iPod.

The iPod website does however still promote other versions of the device including the touch, nano and shuffle.

Apple has not made an official statement regarding the iPod classic, which was released in 2007 and has changed little since.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have larger screens and be thinner than their predecessors and will be available to pre-order from Friday.

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