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Noon News: Google Sells Bonds Worth $3 Billion, Vodafone Smart, Freebies For PSN Users, Google News Digs Deeper

Google has sold $3 billion worth of corporate bonds as the interest rates reached the lowest point in years. The move is the first of its kind for the search engine giant, as competition with rivals Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple heats up. Google announced that it would use the bond to re-pay short term debts and for other unspecified purposes.

Vodafone announced this morning a new Huawei-based handset called the Smart and like its automotive alter-ego, the handset is small, sexy and savvy. The Smartphone, which the mobile phone operator presents as a "fully-featured Smartphone with popular appeal for the next wave of data users", will face some serious rivals when it launches in early summer.

Sony has started to give out free PlayStation 3 and PlayStation portable games to PSN users who have been affected by the PlayStation Network outage that hit the corporation following a data breach late last month. In a new so-called appreciation programme called "Welcome Back", Sony will allow users to choose two games from the PlayStation store from a list of five, including Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD + Fury.

Leading semiconductor manufacturer NXP has unveiled a new range of “light-bulb controller” chips which can be linked to any web enabled device, the company revealed. This new innovative technology will enable users to switch on/off or dim their lights remotely from a PC, tablet device, Smartphone or any other device connected to the internet.

Google has rolled out fresh new features for Google News, allowing users to delve deeper to find the news they want and filter out blog posts and press releases. In a blog post, the company explained that Google News now comes with features that allow users to dig deeper and find content related to the news they interested in.