Noon News: Comcast Internet Essentials, Facebook 'Ticker' Unveiled, LaCie Thunderbolt Hard Drive

Comcast has launched its new broadband service aimed at bridging the digital divide within the US. The Internet Essentials program, allows American families in the low-income group with at least one child receiving free lunch at school via National School Lunch Program to subscribe to a $9.99 per month broadband connection which offers speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps.

The Education Secretary in the UK government, Michael Gove, along with a number of his advisers have been subjected to a probe after evidence surfaced, suggesting that they were trying to hide sensitive e-mailed discussions from freedom of information requests.

Digital storage solution provider LaCie has announced the arrival of the world’s first ever hard drives to be using the Thunderbolt technology with the launch of the LaCie Little Big Disk. The LaCie little Big Disk, which will be available in two variants - 1TB and 2TB, will be equipped with the ability to transfer files with an enormous speed of 10Gbps.

Social networking giant Facebook unveiled a new “ticker” service, aimed at allowing users to post real time comments, as well as at facilitating a news feed, designed to display the most important updates.

Microsoft has asked developers to submit two different versions of their apps on Windows Phone Marketplace, one for Windows Phone 7 and the other for 7.5. According to a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Microsoft is asking developers to submit a Windows 7.5 version of their apps now, and update the existing 7 version in October.