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Noon News: US Government Labs Under Cyber Attack, Spotify All Set for US Launch, New Google Maps for Android

Two government-funded laboratories in the US are investigating a sophisticated cyber attack on their networks, which has forced them to be shut down for a number of days. The research labs that were targeted in the cyber attacks are the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory, which conducts physics based research, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which conducts research in information security and counter terrorism.

The highly popular Sweden based streaming music service Spotify has finally confirmed that it is all set to launch its service in the US. It’s been a while now since reports of the company opening up shop in the States started surfacing all over the media, and needless to say, music fans all across the country were eagerly waiting for official confirmation from the company.

Search engine giant Google has served up a new version of Google Maps for Android, which comes with Transit Navigation Beta, better search results and photos for Places. In a blog post, the company said that Google Maps 5.7 for Android comes with the Transit Navigation Beta feature which provides stop-by-stop transit information in 400 cities across the world.

The world's third largest handset maker LG Electronics Inc is expecting a sharp rise in its Smartphone sales in the second half of the running fiscal year. According to the company, the increase in its Smartphone sales is likely to be around 40 per cent during this time, reaching the 14 million units mark.

Google has announced that it is working on a business version of its Google Plus social networking platform. Google’s Christian Oestlien, in a blog post on Google Plus, wrote that the way people interacted with their friends was different than how they interact with a brand or business.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.