Late News: Dixons Beats Amazon On Chromebook Pre-order, HTC Takes A U-Turn On Gingerbread Update, Pandora Stocks Surge

Dixons is likely to be the first UK retailer to stock the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook ahead of Amazon; the DSGi-owned company has both versions of the Chromebook (Arctic White 3G and Wi-Fi) on pre-order for £349 and £399 respectively with free delivery. The 3G version of the Chromebook is expected to be launched on the 9th of July with the Wi-Fi iteration likely to be shipped on the 2nd of that month.

HTC made a significant u-turn after confirming that it will actually release an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its popular Desire Smartphone after dozens of irate owners threatened not to buy HTC products. The Taiwanese mobile manufacturer said on its Facebook page that "Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire".

Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile have apparently admitted that they have not contacted victims of the News of the World phone hacking case according to a report carried by the BBC. The case started with a hacking episode perpetrated by employees at News of the World, a leading British tabloid, in collusion with certain corrupt police officers who provided the journalists with confidential phone numbers and email passwords of several people including famous celebrities.

Pandora, a leading streaming music website, has recently witnessed a pretty strong demand for the company’s initial public offering, irrespective of the fact that its current business model is yet to come clean of viability concerns. Almost $235 million were raised by Pandora and its venture capital investors on Tuesday after the company had priced its shares at $16 per unit.

Valve, a US based game-development and digital distribution company, has announced a new Free to Play section on its digital distribution platform Steam. According to analysts, the move by the company has been aimed particularly at promoting, and making the best out of games that fall under the increasingly popular free online game genre.