Noon News: G-Cloud 'Alive and Kicking', HP Offers Partial Refunds on TouchPads, Windows 8 Unveiled

A key member to the UK Government’s delivery board for cloud computing project has claimed that the G-Cloud is “alive and kicking”, even though it continues to suffer from uncertainties. According to Martin Bellamy, an official from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the G-Cloud project still enjoys the support of the government despite being delayed previously in the wake of the general election in 2010.

US based technology giant Hewlett-Packard is going to make partial refunds to all those unfortunate purchasers of the TouchPad tablet, who bought the device just before the luscious price cut was introduced by the company following its decision to officially abandon the product. This means, users who purchased the TouchPad before August 23 at its original price will be returned the additional amount they had to pay in comparison to those who purchased it during the fire sale price.

Google, which have long stood as the undisputed king in the global search market, is finally facing some minor resistance from the arch rivals Yahoo! and Microsoft. Despite the minor setback, it is still leagues ahead of the opposing forces when it comes to the individual stakes in the overall market.

Software giant Microsoft has finally unveiled the preview of Windows 8 operating system, which will be launched in 2012. The operating system, which was unveiled at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, will be compatible with tablet devices, desktops and laptops.

Documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission reveal how Google ended up paying $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility. According to a filing made by Motorola with the SEC, Google’s mobile head Andy Rubin had first approached Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha for a possible acquisition.