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UK digital media service Wippit shuts shop

After eight years, innovative UK-based online music service Wippit ceased trading today.

Speaking exclusively to Distorted Loop, the company explained: “Wippit has closed. After eight years of pushing the digital boundaries, Wippit can no longer compete in the current market climate. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years and apologies to those that will miss us.”
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Virgin Media considering legal file-sharing?

The stage seems set for the introduction of a legal file-sharing system for music in the UK, with reports linking pioneering online site, Playlouder, with Virgin Media in hatching such a plot.

Take it back. The whispering began last night when PaidContent’s Robert Andrews revealed, “One of the UK’s top ISPs is preparing to launch an unlimited music service that would see it pay record labels for songs illegally downloaded by its customers.”
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EU funds next-gen P2P broadcasting research

Peer-to-peer technology based on BitTorrent could power next-generation TV broadcasting in Europe.
A European Union-funded research project is exploring a new system that could replace over-the-air TV broadcasts, Ars Technica explains.
With €19 million in EU funding and a research remit stretching to 2012, Dutch academic Dr. Johan Pouwelse has spent a year studying BitTorrent as part of his research toward the new technology, which is being hatched-up to deliver live streaming video, rather than catalogue shows.
P2P-Next is based on BitTorrent, but adds support for video on demand and live streaming. The technology could ease the pressure on broadcasters, who must pay for huge quantities of bandwidth when they stream live material online.
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