Noon News: iPad 2 Rival Toshiba Thrive, Verizon Serves 32 Percent iPhone 4, YouTube Redesigned with Cosmic Panda

Best Buy has announced that it will be selling the Toshiba Thrive tablet, the latest challenger to the iPad 2, from the 10th of July at its stores located in the US It has yet to confirm if or whether the Thrive will come to the UK. The tablet uses Android 3.1 Honeycomb and has a 10.1-inch display with a 1280x800 pixels resolution (with Toshiba's Resolution+ technology) which is nearly a third more pixel than the iPad.

Steve Furber, the renowned ICL professor at the University of Manchester, has invited some of his old buddies to participate in his latest project: a brain-simulating supercomputer consisting of over a million ARM processors. Mr. Furber is a well known figure in the tech world who played a significant role during the evolution of the home computing system in the eighties.

Motorola has announced that customers living in the UK and Ireland who have purchased the XOOM tablet in July will get a free wireless keyboard and mouse worth £74.99. Customers just need to send a proof of purchase to Motorola to get the accessories delivered. The deal, the company says, will last until stocks last.

Google’s online video sharing offering YouTube has launched an experimental brand new design dubbed Project Panda. According to a report by TechCrunch, the new design brings along with it significant changes to the overall look of the presentation of the playlists.

US wireless carrier Verizon has successfully captured almost a third of the iPhone 4 market in the US, a new study has revealed. According to a market study conducted by Localytics, Verizon, despite being eight months behind rival AT&T in offering the iPhone 4, accounts for 32 per cent of the devices in the US right now.