Noon News: Google+ Verification Badges, Russian iPad Rival, HP TouchPad Available for $99 Onwards

Google Inc.’s latest social networking venture Google+ is offering verified badges for public figures, network power users and celebrities with a significant amount of followers. Google says that the step has been taken in order to make sure the profiles of celebrity and public figures are genuine and authenticated.

A Russian state-supported company plans to create a tablet for school students that would allegedly rival Apple's iPad, Reuters reports. Actually, given the tablet's features and price, 'rival' is a big claim. This Russian tablet will be made of plastic and it's main competing characteristic is that it would be far cheaper than the cheapest iPad.

Tech heavyweight Google Inc. has finally rolled out what could make YouTube video sharing a more fun activity - the company has integrated Google Plus Hangouts feature directly into YouTube’s video sharing segment. The new offering is designed to ensure that Google Plus users can instantly start an online viewing session amongst themselves and nine of their Google contacts.

A new study has revealed that Cranbrook in Kent is the worst broadband blackspot in the UK’s entire broadband setup. Cranbrook is a small town in the South Eastern part of England with a population of over 7,000. According to a recent study made by uSwitch - a price comparison website, at 1.32 Mbps the average broadband download speed in the town is somewhat five times worse than that in the rest of the country.

HP’s decision to shut down its WebOS business line has given rise to a TouchPad firesale, with retailers selling the tablet device for as low as $99. Just weeks after it had launched the TouchPad, Hewlett-Packard announced that it will no longer make WebOS based tablets and smartphones. However, HP did say that it will decide on how to ‘optimise’ the value of the software.