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In today's EMEA regional roundup: KCOM gets its wrists slapped over emergency numbers; Spotify streams malware; K6 phone box feels the love.

  • Swedish car maker Volvo is teaming up with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) to launch cloud-based car-to-car communication in all of its 90 series models before the end of the year, according to Automotive News. Such systems allow vehicles to exchange information, potentially giving drivers advance notice about traffic problems ahead.

  • UK "altnet" KCOM Group plc has been accused by regulator Ofcom of having contravened its legal obligations in relation to network security and access to emergency services, failing to maintain uninterrupted telephone access to emergency services on the 999 and 112 numbers from February 25, 2009 to December 28, 2015. KCOM must now make plead its case with Ofcom before the regulator makes its final decision on the matter.

  • Spotify , the Swedish-owned music streaming service that is facing an increasing challenge from the likes of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), is subjecting some users of its free, ad-supported service to malware-infected ads, according to a Business Insider report. Spotify is investigating the issue.

  • Ah, the overpowering smell of urine, the sex workers' business cards, the broken window panes… yes, the classic K6 telephone box holds a special place in British hearts. Now, as these much-loved icons fast disappear from the streets of Britain in the smartphone age, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has been celebrating their 80th "birthday" by projecting images of them onto its headquarters in London. Some decommissioned phone boxes have been reincarnated as mini-libraries and information centers, and one was even recast as a pub for one night only. We'll miss 'em when they're gone…

    BT projects birthday best wishes to the beloved yet often stinky K6 phone box.
    BT projects birthday best wishes to the beloved yet often stinky K6 phone box.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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