News Headlines - 03 February 2011

▽Fry's Japan visit axed over QI row - The Press Association
Stephen Fry has dropped plans to film in Japan for a new BBC series following a furore caused by his panel show QI.
The broadcaster and wit was due to visit the country for his forthcoming series Planet Word about language.
But the backlash created by a light-hearted discussion of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - which led to a BBC apology - has meant the planned trip has now been shelved.

▽Supreme Court says tweeting is okay - Techwatch
The Supreme Court doesn’t use witnesses or jurors, so there isn’t really any reason why what is said in court can’t immediately be placed in the public domain via a swift tweet from a journalist or member of the public’s handset (or indeed any other type of instant message).

▽Liverpool pulls out of Cameron's Big Society - Reuters
Liverpool City Council said on Thursday it was withdrawing from Prime Minister David Cameron's flagship Big Society project after losing 100 million pounds of central government funding.

▽Vodafone: We were forced to send pro-Mubarak texts - Wireless Week
The Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak forced Vodafone to send out prescripted, propagandistic text messages during the country's recent unrest, the carrier said today in a statement on its Web site.

▽Italian MPs block search request in Berlusconi sex case - BBC
Italy's parliament has rejected a search request by prosecutors looking into allegations that Silvio Berlusconi had sex with an under-age prostitute.







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