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Noon News: Raspberry Pi Rival from Intel?, New iPad Launches in 9 More Countries, Draw Something Comes to Kindle Fire

Intel has unveiled a new platform called "Next Unit of Computing" (which reminds us of the Next Galaxy). The NUC as it is known was unveiled a couple of weeks ago and packs a Core i3/Core i5-based computer in a 100mm x 100mm motherboard, significantly smaller than the 17cm x 17cm of the mini ITX format. It comes with two mini PCIe headers, Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and two SODIMM memory slots.

Apple has announced the expansion of the availability of its third generation iPad, now in stores in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand. Currently, Apple fans in 57 countries can buy Apple's tablet but there is one significant exception: mainland China.

One of the most popular social drawing games in iTunes and Google Play has now come to Amazon users, with the company announcing the news on its Twitter account just a few days earlier. Amazon Appstore delivers both Draw Something apps, the free game with advertisements and a $1.99 version. The new app available for Kindle Fire users will benefit from the latest updates of the game.

Some staff members of former internet darling Digg could be on the verge of leaving the firm for US publisher Washington Post. The site, which was launched in 2004 by former Googler Kevin Rose, has often appeared on the radar as a potential acquisition target but nothing concrete ever surfaced. The Next Web, Techcrunch and AllThings D have put together the pieces of what seems to be the story so far. The Washington Post will recruit (or as Techcrunch puts it acqhires) the entire Digg staff but neither the site or its assets which may still be put up for sale.

In an intriguing twist, Nokia has managed to earn more money from its archenemy Apple - than it did from its own range of high-end Windows Phone mobiles. To make matters worse, the latest financial report reveals that the Finnish phone maker has lost $1.7 billion (about £1 billion), in the first quarter of 2012. Meanwhile, Nokia has managed to settle a legal dispute with Apple over patent licensing and has came out of the negotiations with $600 million (almost £369 million).