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+ - UK legalises music, film and e-book back-ups->

Submitted by rastos1
rastos1 (601318) writes "A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud.
While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family. Users are not allowed to make recordings of streamed music or video from Spotify and Netflix, even if they subscribe to the services.
Thirteen years after iTunes launched, it is now legal to use it to rip CDs in the UK."

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+ - UK Ham Radio Reg Plans to Drop 15min Callsign Interval And Allow Encryption->

Submitted by product_bucket
product_bucket (3503967) writes "A consultation [] published by the UK Radio Regulator Ofcom seeks views on its plan to remove the mandatory 15 minute callsign identifier interval for amateur radio licensees. The regulator also intends to permit the use of encryption by a single volunteer emergency communications organisation.
  The consultation is open until 20th October, and views are sought by interested parties."

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+ - We Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Information wants to be free? During the Second World War, it actually was. Publishers took advantage of new printing technologies to sell crates of cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars. The army and the navy shipped them to soldiers and sailors around the world, giving away nearly 123 million books for free. Many publishers feared the program would destroy their industry, by flooding the market with free books and destroying the willingness of consumers to pay for content. Instead, it fueled a postwar publishing boom, as millions of GIs got hooked on good books, and proved willing to pay for more. It's a freemium model, more than 70 years ago."
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+ - Council dumps Microsoft Windows XP for Google Chromebooks, saves £400,000->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad (2404748) writes "Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change."
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+ - HullCoin launched as 'local digital currency'->

Submitted by Big Hairy Ian
Big Hairy Ian (1155547) writes "A virtual currency designed to be a "local digital currency", has been launched by Hull City Council.
In the form of digital "tokens", HullCoins can be used to pay council tax and for goods and services from firms signed up to the scheme. Hull City Council said it hoped the scheme would eventually be extended to the major supermarket chains. David Shepherdson, from the City Council, said HullCoins would have "a social purpose"."

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+ - UK's "Internet of Things" Will Use UHF->

Submitted by product_bucket
product_bucket (3503967) writes "Ofcom, the UK's communications watchdog, has decided to permit/encourage the use of the Short Range Device allocations 870-876 MHz and 915-921 MHz for a proposed up and coming Internet of Things. It intends to see the bands used by smart meters, car to car data links and machine to machine communication, among other potential applications."
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+ - "Internet of Things" is a viable spam delivery platform

Submitted by product_bucket
product_bucket (3503967) writes "Security consultancy Proofpoint has provided an insight [] into the real world capabilities of net connected domestic goods, and how they could be subverted. The problems identified with the current implementation techniques of some internet connected appliances could (maybe should?) force a paradigm shift in the way many people treat common internet capable devices."

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