Noon News: No iPad 2 Successor in January 2012, Stuxnet Cousins, Concept Nokia 1 Windows 8 Tablet

Apple will not be launching an iPad 3 tablet (or tablets) at the forthcoming IDG Macworld or iWorld event in San Francisco towards the end of January 2012 according to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. The journalist says that the rumours that emanated from Taiwanese news website Digitimes and are based on sources in the supply component chain are "completely" false.

Google France landed in trouble due to its automated search suggestions feature which added "escroc" meaning crook or swindler after the name of a French company and now it has been asked to pay €50,000 ($64,670) to a French company by a court of law.

Yet another designer has come up with a concept version of the Nokia Tablet even as the company has shown no signs of coming up with a Windows 8 tablet to take on the iPad. Just days after the Nokia Tab Windows 8 tablet concept was released into the wild, concept designer YrOnimuS has come with his own design of a Nokia tablet which looks an enlarged version the Nokia N9.

Cyber sleuths over at Kaspersky Labs have revealed the notorious Stuxnet virus, which was designed to infect industrial control systems in nuclear plants, has four ‘cousins' made in the same lab. The company said three of Stuxnet's cousins have been not unleashed yet and it is not clear what dubious purpose they serve.

A Japanese soft drink maker plans to offer free Wi-Fi from its vending machines for customers from next year. The Asahi Soft Drinks conducted trials of the machines at some locations in Japan and met with success. According to the company, users don't need to purchase drinks from the vending machine in order to use the free Wi-Fi which as a range of 50 meters.