Noon News: US Authorities Block 130+ Domains, Free PlayBook from RIM, Google+ Ad, USB Security Frail in UK

US authorities have managed to seize more than 130 domain names that were selling counterfeit goods to the masses as a part of its yearly crackdown. The crackdown, dubbed ‘Operation Our Sites', involved the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seizing and closing down more than 130 websites suspected of online piracy and selling counterfeit goods.

On Sunday, Calcalist financial daily reported that Akamai Technologies is involved in talks to acquire Cotendo for around $300 million (£194 Million). Akamai Technologies helps various companies to improve their website performance and Israel based Cotendo is a rival company of Akamai Technologies.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has reached a point when it is giving away a free PlayBook tablet to people who purchase the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software. PlayBook has seen terrible sales figures since its launch, getting buried beneath the landslide sales figures of the Apple iPad, which appeals to both consumers and enterprise users.

A study conducted by Ponemon Institute found that USB sticks are a main security weakness for a number of UK organisations as many employees are using them for transporting data without taking permission or even bothering to inform the organisation if they lose one.

Search engine giant Google has taken on Facebook with a new TV ad which aired in the US during the Thanksgiving NFL games. The ad focuses on the Circles feature of Google+, which allows people to share information with whoever they want and not everyone on their friend lists.