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Big Blue’s outsourcing deals pick up

b>SAN FRANCISCO/b>: IBM Corp's better-than-expected fourth quarter profit shows the momentum from a new mainframe computer and a pickup in businesses' interest in outsourcing their information technology chores.

Steve Jobs takes medical leave

b>SEATTLE/b>: Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs, the charismatic frontman for the company that overturned the smartphone industry and invented a new category of Tablet computers, is taking a second medical leave of absence in two years.

Microsoft’s answer to the iPad still in pieces

b>SEATTLE/b>: Instead of unveiling an elegant response to the iPad, Microsoft came to the tech industry's premier gadget show with a collection of exposed computer guts, news about microchips and a shallow preview of yet another Windows.

SEC rule likely to trigger Facebook IPO in 2012

b>SAN FRANCISCO/b>: With so many investors becoming fans of the company, Facebook will be legally required to begin sharing more information about its finances and strategy by April 2012, according to documents distributed to prospective shareholders.

Investments place value of Facebook at RM160bil

b>NEW YORK/b>: An injection of cash that values Facebook at US$50bil (RM160bil) will help it delay going public for at least another year, giving the company breathing room to focus on long-term ambition rather than short-term profit.

Motorola to split into two companies

b>NEW YORK/b>: Motorola Inc's formal split into two companies on Tuesday will mark the final step in the years-long breakup of a consumer electronics industry pioneer.

Hurd in the crosshairs

b>SAN FRANCISCO/b>: A federal probe of Mark Hurd's hasty resignation as Hewlett-Packard Co's CEO touches on some of the biggest names in technology.

Yahoo! to close more services after 600 layoffs

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bDelicious is on a list of services that Yahoo! is planning to close after shedding 600 employees, or about 4% of its work force.

Twitter gets more VC funding

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bDon't expect Twitter to be tweeting about an initial public offering any time soon. The popular online communications service has raised another US$200mil (RM640mil) so it can keep growing without Wall Street's help.

Game-rating system gets more snap

b>NEW YORK:/bVideogames come with ratings similar to movies, but plenty of parents buy games rated M for Mature for their kids under 17.