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News@10: Google Announces Chrome OS, Cloud Computing Could Boost UK Economy & Acer Debuts Revo

Google has announced the arrival soon of its first Chrome OS netbooks as from mid-2011 from the likes of Acer and Samsung (but curiously enough no HP or Dell mentioned). The search giant has also rolled out a new Chrome OS "pilot program" which will offer a free Chrome OS based netbook, known as the CR-48 to selected users.

The adoption of cloud computing could boost the UK economy by €30 billion a year by 2015, a new report has revealed. The report, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and commissioned by EMC, calculates that the top five EU economies - UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy - could add as much as €177.3 billion per year by 2015 by switching some of their services to cloud computing, with the UK set to receive €30 billion.

Acer has revealed an upmarket addition for its very popular Revo range of small form factor computers, one named Revo 100, and which unlike the rest of the range doesn't use an Intel Atom processorInstead, it is powered by a dual core AMD Athlon II Neo combined with, wait for it, an Nvidia ION chipset capable of playing full HD content.

Anonymous has rushed to the defence of the controversial whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, attacking anyone looking to disrupt WikiLeaks with Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS).

Apple may launch its next iteration of the iPad as early as the end of February according to a news report published in a Taiwanese news outlet. Digitimes writes that Foxconn, one of Apple's strategic device manufacturers, has been notified that it should be ready to ship between 400K and 600K iPad 2 tablets over the next 100 days.