ITProPortal Evening Roundup 21-05-12

Despite its economic woes, Greece has decided to focus the efforts of its courts on forcing Internet service providers to block music sharing websites that it claims are participating in piracy. This falls in line with several other European countries that have issued block orders to ISPs including the UK - though so far none of the blocks have been proven to do anything, even in The Pirate Bay's case, increasing its user numbers by several millions.

Apple appears to be interested in raising its profile in the United Kingdom, with managers from fashion store Zara deciding to give up their lease of a 21,045 square-foot space in Plymouth's Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth, in favour of Apple. Zara still had 10 years left to run, but Apple offered the retailer a deal too good to refuse. Not only will 26 Zara workers lose their jobs, but the Bershka unit next door is also set to go.

The government has come out defending the G-Cloud project from recent criticism that it's running late, and isn't understood by civil servants. The latter criticism springs from a VMware study, which observed that senior IT staff in the public sector were broadly negative about the project.

Google's $12.5 billion (£7.9 billion) purchase of Motorola had to meet worldwide approval. The EU Commission and the US Department of Justice have granted approvals for Google's merger with Motorola, leaving the Chinese authorities to potentially spoil the expensive deal. The Chinese regulators agreed with Google's decision to purchase Motorola Mobility, but, according to recent reports, they asked Google to keep Android free for at least five more years.

Panasonic has shown off a new wearable camera system designed to improve the safety of those working in the public sector, as well as evidence gathering for police officers, by ensuring that there is always a camera rolling when it's needed. As it stands, just under two thirds of law enforcement in the United States make use of in-car recording equipment, so the next step was always going to be personal recording equipment on the officers themselves.