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Noon News: ASA Criticises Virgin, Chinese Websites Reduced by 40 Percent, Anonymous Hack of Monsanto Confirmed

UK’s ad watchdog the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has chided the UK telecoms giant Virgin Media for not being as speedy as the company brags to be, and asked it not to continue with such misleading claims. The ASA also upheld 5 out of 10 complaints filed against Virgin Media, including those by the internet service providers Xilo and BT.

iPhone maker Apple has introduced a significant cut in the prices of its products in the iTunes App Store in Australia and several other countries. The news was confirmed by Apple Australia today, and it clarified that the price cut is applicable only for apps, whereas the prices of music, movies or books will remain the same as what they were previously.

Chip maker Intel’s investment arm has led a round of funding worth $2.6 million for mobile marketing firm Skyrockit which has created the Virtual Zippo Lighter app. The funding was led by Intel Capital, which was joined by venture capital firm Asuka DBJ Partners and independent investor Mark Kingdon.

In what appears to be a rather staggering discovery, it has been revealed that the number of websites based in China has decreased by over 40 per cent within only one year. The report was published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and it claims that there were about 1.91 million websites in China’s cyberspace at the end of last year, meaning almost a 41 per cent drop compared to the number a year earlier

The agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto on Thursday acknowledged that its website had been attacked by an unidentified group of hackers. The Creve Coeur, Missouri-based multinational company has revealed that it faced disruption in the functioning of its website in the month of June confirming the announcement made by the anonymous group of hackers on the micro blogging website Twitter this week, reports tech website CNET.

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.