Europe’s top tech news, November 2015

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Enlarge / A map of scientific collaboration within Europe (credit: Olivier H. Beauchesne)

Ah, November. Finally a brief respite from the craziness of September and October, until everything starts hotting up again in January. The top tech news in Europe this month was a fairly muted affair: except for a couple of acquisitions and one or two startups coming out of stealth, November mostly saw the continuation of long-running sagas, such as the questionable legality of Uber, the UK’s incoming Snooper’s Charter, mid-range smartphones gaining ground on the iPhone and Galaxy flagships that have dominated Western Europe for so long.

Without further ado, here’s Europe’s top tech news for November 2015.

It is once again illegal to make private copies of music in the UK. The UK Intellectual Property Office has withdrawn the 2014 private copying exception, under which anyone could make personal copies of their own music, including format-shifted versions (taking a DVD that you own and playing it on your iPad, for example). As a result, now you can possibly be jailed for making copies of your audio tracks, videos, or e-books, as well as uploading any of those to the cloud.

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