FryUp: Orcon ad wins plaudits, makers don't make it to awards

Question of software patents returns from the dead

The Friday FryUp's former writer, Juha Saarinen, didn't like it when it hit the internet last October, but Orcon's ad featuring amateur versions of Iggy Pop's The Passenger won a prestigious global advertising award this week, beating 1500 entries from around the world to win the Grand Prix Award for direct marketing at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

It's easy to conjure up visions of the crew from Orcon's advertising agency, Special Group, getting up on the stage at the French resort town to accept their award.

But that didn't happen – because, says Special Group creative director Tony Bradbourne, the boutique agency had too much work in progress back home and couldn't attend the festival.

It's somewhat ironic that the people who made an ad based on The Passenger didn't want to be passengers themselves and travel to the awards.

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Two of the most controversial issues Computerworld has covered this year are software patents and the ACTA treaty. This week has seen both raise their heads once more, with revelations that the proposed ban on software patents in New Zealand may end up not being as total as previously thought. And a global petition citing concern about ACTA has been signed by many prominent figures.

Software patents may be allowed in New Zealand after all

Petition: ACTA "threatens" public interests

Another hot topic in IT at the moment is cloud computing, and Computerworld's feature on that has attracted a lot of interest.

The cloud ascends

Public-sector cloud panel appointed

And finally, Google's Android mobile OS is set for further penetration in New Zealand, with the release by Vodafone of three more handsets for the OS

Vodafone to offer new Android handsets in New Zealand

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