The Digest: Vinyl is back… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high | BBC News

“More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year – the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital. Earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997.”

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UK urged to back ‘sharing economy’ | Yahoo News UK

“The UK should do more to support ‘sharing economy’ platforms like Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Zipcar, according to a government-commissioned review. The Unlocking The Sharing Economy review was commissioned in September by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and led by Debbie Wosskow, the chief executive of the start-up Love Home Swap. It makes more than 30 recommendations to help people make the most of their homes, cars and other assets to ‘build a nation of everyday entrepreneurs’.”

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GCHQ’s ‘jihad on tech firms’ can only fail | The Guardian

“Some will have assumed this week’s headlines blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder were just the usual spin, diverting the attention from the agencies’ own incompetence. Yet it is part of a growing pattern.”

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Tumblr overtakes Instagram as fastest-growing social platform | TechCrunch

“With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%.”

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Halo: Studio boss apologises for glitches in Xbox game | BBC News

“Halo: The Master Chief Collection has given Xbox One gamers the chance to play as Microsoft’s most iconic character for the first time. However since getting their hands on the game, players have also had to spend many minutes waiting for online matches to be set up. Lots of people are really frustrated about the delay. Now the boss of the studio that made the game has said she’s sorry.”

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Stuart O’Connor