News round-up

News round-up

Connery, Lennon, Second life and Potter

Sir Sean Connery has topped a poll as the celebrity most people would want to hear reading their emails and text messages. The survey was launched by Avaya Inc, a company which creates software to combat the dangers of listening to voicemails while driving. John Cleese, Darth Vader and Angelina Jolie also scored highly in the poll.

Sixteen solo John Lennon albums are now available to download on iTunes for the first time after a deal was approved by the late Beatle’s widow Yoko Ono and may pave the way for The Beatles catalogue to appear online.

Classical music lovers around the world will be able to sit in a ‘virtual’ hall to listen to an online performance by a leading orchestra. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will perform in what is billed as the first professional music concert in a ‘virtual online world’. The cyber event will be seen by visitors to Second Life website, following a slew of rock musicians who have already played there.

Finally, the French teenager arrested for publishing his own complete translation of the latest Harry Potter novel online will not be prosecuted. According to French publisher, Gallimard, the decision to not sue for damages, was made in agreement with JK Rowling.

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