In Brief: Dec. 3, 2001

COURTESY CALL In a belated effort to improve relations between cell-phone addicts and the people who sit near them, Nokia has begun a campaign to silence phones during theater performances. Its public-service announcement, which debuted Nov. 3 at a Dallas Opera production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, began with increasingly annoying rings, then urged the audience to switch phones to "vibrate." It was met with wild applause, and Nokia is now taking its show on the road.

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