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AM News: Google to Offer 600 MGM Titles on Rent, Browser Based Skype App in the Making?, ICO Warns Toshiba Over Data Breach

Google is looking to expand its cinematic horizons (opens in new tab) by announcing a partnership with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, introducing 600 of its titles to Google Play. Film lovers will now have the opportunity to rent out a selection of the studio's most esteemed films, including classics such as "Rain Man", "Thelma and Louise" plus "Get Shorty".

Looks like there's a bit of friendly fire along the videoconferencing front (opens in new tab), as it appears that Microsoft is looking to compete with Google+ Hangouts by developing a Skype web app. After paying a staggering $8.5 billion (£5.3 billion) for the VoIP client last May, Microsoft has now launched a search in order "to help us bring [the] Skype experience on to the Web," - with two lucky candidates to be based in London whilst another role is waiting to be filled in Prague.

We 'Hoover' as opposed to 'vacuum', and 'Google' (opens in new tab) instead of 'search the web' - so it was to be expected that Tumblr would overtake blog in Google search results. According to data compiled by the search giant, by the end of 2012 more and more people will search for the term 'Tumblr' instead of 'blog'.

Toshiba Information Systems has been given a slap on the wrist (opens in new tab) by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), following a data spillage. This happened during an on-line competition that Toshiba organised last year. Back in September 2011, a concerned member of the public contacted the ICO and informed the body that some data pertaining to those registered for the competition was accessible.

Windows RT is the only version of Windows (opens in new tab) that will come with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note. This is not the cut down version of the popular business suite that comes with advertising, reduce functionality and without PowerPoint or One Note. Instead, we expect Windows RT to come with the equivalent of Office For Home & Student - almost certainly Office 15 - which carries a suggested price of £99.99 for a single user on a single PC.

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.