Attention shifts from Steve Jobs to Larry Page: Earlier this week, Steve Jobs surprise sick leave left the market with speculations on how well the Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. would fare in his absence. Now, a day after Google posted strong quarterly results and made the surprise announcement that Larry Page would be coming in as the search giant’s CEO, all discussions are centered around it. Google’s shares made notional gains on the bourse. Larry Page comes in at a time when Google’s Android OS has been established as a strong force in the mobile device market. And, Steve Jobs absence could also work favorably for Google, even if very marginally.

App that brings Facebook to feature phones to debut in India on Reliance network? The application that would make Facebook available on feature phones was launched yesterday in nine countries with select operators. These are Dialog (Sri Lanka), Life (Ukraine), Play (Poland), StarHub (Singapore), STC (Saudi Arabia), Three (Hong Kong), Tunisiana (Tunisia), Viva (Dominican Republic) and Vodafone (Romania). Facebook also listed five more countries and operators where the application would be available soon. These are Mobilicity (Canada), Reliance (India), Telcel (Mexico), TIM (Brazil) and Vivacom (Bulgaria).

India’s 35-dollar tablet on way to be a damp squib?: Media reports say India’s $35 tablet PC, also called the ‘Sakshat PC’ has hit a wall. It is being said that HCL Infosystems was given the contract and that the vendor is probably pulling out of the project due to unrealistic specs being demanded by the government / ministry of HRD. It is also being commented that the ‘Sakshat PC’ could very well turn out to a damp squib, something that would bring heaps of embarrassment. More sadly, it would indefinitely put off the possibility of bringing affordable computing to a vast body of students, especially in the semi-urban and rural India.

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