Noon News: Parents Consider Facebook Addictive, Microsoft Google Struck By 3D Mapping Lawsuit, Hank Vigil Leaves Microsoft

According to the new research, at least 80 per cent of the parents fear that their children could get addicted to the social networking platform started by Mark Zuckerberg, or for that matter, other similar platforms such as Twitter as well.

Digital revolution has struck the South Korean education industry - according to the country’s Ministry of Education, students will be equipped with e-books and tablets instead of paperback books by 2015.The government has already agreed to invest $2 billion to make the move successful, and if everything falls into their respective places according to the plan, contents of ordinary textbooks will be made available to the students in digital form, along with various other multimedia resources.

Microsoft and Google are being sued by a Louisiana based software company for allegedly violating its patents related to mapping technology. According to an article on Bloomberg, Transcenic Inc has alleged that the companies have violated its patented technology that allows them to offer 3D images of locations on a map.

Microsoft’s senior vice president of strategy Hank Vigil is going to leave the company, Steve Ballmer, the chief executive officer of the company has confirmed. According to an internal email sent by the CEO, Mr Vigil is parting company with the tech giant following a desire to focus more on emerging, start-up companies.

Internet search giant Google Inc. has hired a dozen of lobbying firms as FTC (Federal Trade Commission, US) started reviewing its business practices, according to new reports. Google acknowledged in an email that it has hired Capitol Legislative Strategies, Akin Gump, Bingham, Gephardt Group, Chesapeake Group, Holland & Knight, Crossroad Strategies, the Madison Group, Prime Policy, the First Group, Normandy Group and Raben Group, Bloomberg reports.