Newsreel [Oct 23rd]: LG Optimus Vu launched in India (Price: INR 34,500); Google is the most desired employer in the world

Here goes the Newsreel, our daily news roundup.

– LG Electronics has launched its phablet, the Optimus Vu in India. With a 5 inch 4:3 aspect ratio display and a powerful 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core processor, the Optimus Vu blurs the line between tablets and Smartphones (It’s a Phablet) for a whole new and unique smart device experience. The smartphone has impressive specifications, with a slim 8.5mm body and runs on Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It flaunts an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front. The smartphone also offers 32GB of free memory to store all data [read complete post here].

– In a study, LinkedIn has  revealed that Google is the world’s most in-demand employer brand, followed by Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Unilever rounding out the top five. In India, Accenture tops the list of the most sought-after companies among professionals on LinkedIn followed by Hewlett Packard, Oracle,IBM and Microsoft. The three companies of Indian origin that feature in the top 10 list of most indemand employers were – Bharti Airtel Ltd., Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, read complete post here.

– TableGrabber, a real time online restaurant reservation system, has been awarded the Economic Times – Power of Ideas Award. TableGrabber  recognized as the most innovative  and promising start-ups with a potential of disrupting the marketplace and creating a scalable and unique value proposition for restaurants and diners. TableGrabber was selected from over 14,000 start-ups that applied from across India, to read more about Tablegrabber – click here.

– As of now in 2012, The Huffington Post has accumulated more than 70 million comments, beating it own feat of 54 million comments in 2011. To have a single example, its post with the now-famous video of Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments attracted a mind-blowing 171,753 comments. According to Justin Isaf, director of community at The Huffington Post- 70% of Huffington Post’s comments are replies to other people, even on articles with 100,000 comments. People are actually paying attention to each other and having interesting discussions on the posts, read complete post here.

– An iBooks publishing label has reportedly discovered that Apple may take its iBookstore live in 18 countries (not in India) as soon as Tuesday, which lines up perfectly with a much awaited event at which the much-rumored 7.85-inch “iPad mini” is slated to unveil, read complete post here.

– Amazon’s Elastic Block Store (“EBS”) service, an underpinning component of Amazon’s extremely popular Elastic Compute Cloud (“EC2”), experienced a substantial service interruption this afternoon in USA’s East Coast. Although, this is not the first time Amazon’s distributed cloud has run into Internet-crippling issues. There was a severe EC2 outage in April 2011, which again originated from EBS-related issues. These kinds of outages are a jarring reminder of the true nature of the CLOUD, it’s still just servers in data centers, read complete post here.

– The 32GB version of the Microsoft’s new Surface tablet without a touch cover has sold out in the UK, despite only being available for pre-order for less than a week. Although, it’s not known how many units Microsoft had available to order in the UK. The 32GB model without cover is the cheapest version of Surface, retailing at £399. The same version of the tablet sold with the touch cover comes in at £479, while the 64GB version with touch cover is priced at £559. The tablet officially goes on sale on Friday including Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, read complete post here.

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