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Submission + - BBC: Britain Votes To Leave The EU (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers. The referendum turnout was 71.8% — with more than 30 million people voting — the highest turnout since 1992. London has voted to stay in the EU by around 60% to 40%. However, no other region of England has voted in favor of remaining. Britain would be the first country to leave the EU since its formation — but a leave vote will not immediately mean Britain ceases to be a member of the 28-nation bloc. That process could take a minimum of two years, with Leave campaigners suggesting during the referendum campaign that it should not be completed until 2020 — the date of the next scheduled general election. The prime minister will have to decide when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal. Once Article 50 has been triggered a country can not rejoin without the consent of all member states.

Submission + - Clothier Slammed for Using 'Perfect' Virtual Model 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Visiting the website for Swedish Clothing Giant H&M is not the only virtual experience customers have as the the company disclosed that the images from the company’s website showing models wearing the latest swimsuit and lingerie in generic, stock-form with their left hand resting slightly below their waist, right arm straight and face looking directly ahead are are not just photoshopped but entirely computer generated. “We take pictures of the clothes on a doll that stands in the shop, and then create the human appearance with a program on [a] computer,” H&M press officer Hacan Andersson told a Swedish newspaper in an article questioning the company’s picture-perfect online models. Advertising watchdogs elevated the controversy by criticizing the chain of lower-cost clothing stores for their generic approach to models, accusing the chain of creating unrealistic physical ideals. ““This illustrates very well the sky-high aesthetic demands placed on the female body,” says a spokesman for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, one of the groups most critical of H&M. “The demands are so great that H&M, among the poor photo models, cannot find someone with both body and face that can sell their bikinis.”"

Submission + - DoJ investigates eBook price fixing (

dave562 writes: The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, joining European regulators and state attorneys general in a widening probe of large U.S. and international e-book publishers.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed that the probe involved the possibility of "anticompetitive practices involving e-book sales."

Attorneys general in Connecticut and, reportedly, Texas, have also begun inquiries into the way electronic booksellers price their wares, and whether companies such as Apple and Amazon have set up pricing practices that are ultimately harmful to consumers.

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