IN THE PAPERS
In The Papers 11 November
Innovation Dublin festival launches | LimeWire issues cease-and-desist notice
The Irish Times reports on the launch of the Innovation Dublin 2010 festival. Hundreds of events will be run across the city and county during the festival, which runs until 21 November. The focus will be on promoting innovation and creativity in the capital and will include a range of seminars, workshops, discussions, exhibitions, showcases, performances and competitions. The idea for the event was conceived last year by the Creative Dublin Alliance. Details can be found at www.innovationdublin.ie.
The Irish Independent notes that leading mobile handset makers are losing market share to non-brand manufacturers. Analysts at Gartner said smaller, Asian companies accounted for one-third of worldwide handset sales in July, August and September.
The Irish Examiner reports that students at a Wexford school are using handheld devices to learn about a number of subjects. The success of the initiative among fourth class pupils has led to St Aidan's Primary School in Enniscorthy buying dozens more Apple iPod Touch devices for fifth and sixth classes. They will start using them next week. "We got them for more than 50 fourth class pupils in March, and they haven't opened their geography or history books since then," said Principal Peter Creedon. The school is one of four involved in a pilot scheme with Apple Ireland.
The paper also says that Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is demanding legal action against former Anglo Irish Bank employees who failed to divulge encrypted passwords for computer files sought by investigators. Kenny called on the Taoiseach to instruct the state-owned bank to begin civil actions against the ex-staff members as he questioned the Government's "lack of urgency" in bringing any wrong-doers at the institution to book. Kenny said ex-employees were obstructing justice by not handing over the information.
The same paper notes that a new online protection service has been launched, aimed at better informing child care professionals. The North South Child Protection Hub is available for use by policy makers, child care practitioners, researchers and educators in the North and the Republic. Updated on a daily basis, the joint initiative will bring together research, reports, case reviews, court judgements and news articles as well as other relevant material concerning child protection.
According to the Financial Times, Cisco's share price has dropped 14 percent in spite of the company reporting better than expected first-quarter earnings, as investors showed concern over the group's direction. Look out for more on Cisco's results in ENN's Weekly Digest later on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal says that LimeWire, a file-sharing company potentially liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for copyright infringement, has issued a cease-and-desist notice of its own, in an effort to prevent anonymous computer programmers from distributing a "pirate edition" of its file-sharing software. A federal court has permanently stopped the company from distributing its software, but earlier this week a new version, 'LimeWire Pirate Edition', surfaced online. "We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software, name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so," said a statement on LimeWire.com.
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