Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/05/2013 3:23 pm


Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft. It's the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this. The complex agreement announced Tuesday will end Dell Inc.'s nearly 25-year history as a publicly traded company. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. The deal reflects Dell's desire to engineer a turnaround attempt away from the glare and financial pressures of Wall Street. Founder Michael Dell will remain the company's CEO and largest shareholder. He already owned a nearly 16 percent stake in the company, which is based in Round Rock, Texas. Microsoft Corp. is taking part in the deal with a $2 billion loan.

The chief executive of Research In Motion says he's disappointed the new BlackBerry won't be released in the United States until mid-March, but he says early data suggests sales in the U.K. are above expectations. Thorsten Heins said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would be lying if he said he wasn't disappointed in the mid-March U.S. release date. But he says the U.S. and its phone carriers have a rigid testing system. RIM unveiled the new phone last week and announced a March U.S. release date. The first device in the new crop of revamped BlackBerrys will be the touchscreen Z10. It was released in the U.K. last Thursday and will be released in Canada on Tuesday.

Twitter is reporting record numbers from the Super Bowl. Beyonce's splashy show, the power outage and a captivating game combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts. That's up from 13.7 million last year -- and that doesn't even include the chatter surrounding the ads. Twitter said that about half of the more than 50 national TV spots that aired during the game included a "hashtag," a word or phrase preceded by a number sign that's used to organize subjects on the short messaging site. During last year's game, only one in five ads included a "hashtag."

iTunes App Store Official Charts for the week ending Feb. 4, 2013:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)

2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)

3. CraftedBattle (C-Apps)

4. Angry Birds Star Wars (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)

5. Plague Inc. (Ndemic Creations)

6. Wood Camera - Vintage Photo Editor (Bright Mango)

7. Banana Kong (FDG Entertainment)

8. Earn to Die (Not Doppler)

9. Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios)

10. Sleep Cycle alarm clock (Maciek Drejak Labs)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Temple Run 2 (Imangi Studios, LLC)

2. What's the Word? - new quiz with pics and words (RedSpell)

3. Ruzzle (MAG Interactive)

4. YouTube (Google, Inc.)

5. Google Maps (Google, Inc.)

6. Subway Surfers (Kiloo)

7. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)

8. EDGE Extended (Mobigame)

9. Facebook (Facebook, Inc.)

10. Fun Run - Multiplayer Race (dirtyBit)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)

2. Banana Kong (FDG Entertainment)

3. Angry Birds Star Wars HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)

4. Pages (Apple)

5. CraftedBattle (C-Apps)

6. Little Inferno (Experimental Gameplay Group)

7. Notability - Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive Sync (Ginger Labs)

8. Bad Piggies HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)

9. Temple Run: Brave (Disney)

10. Scribble Hero (Nickelodeon)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Temple Run 2 (Imangi Studios, LLC)

2. What's the Word HD (RedSpell)

3. YouTube (Google, Inc.)

4. Ghostbusters (Beeline Interactive, Inc.)

5. Calculator for iPad Free (International Travel Weather Calculator)

6. Early Bird HD (Booyah, Inc.)

7. Penultimate (Evernote)

8. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)

9. Skype for iPad (Skype Communications S.a.r.l)

10. MyScript Calculator (Vision Objects)



Wow this Dell deal will be the biggest leveraged buyout since 2007. How times have changed

Dell to go private in landmark $24.4 billion deal http://t.co/VDAhdbKk

Free to read: The Dell buyout, if approved, would be the largest such deal since the financial crisis. http://t.co/ahuczeER

UK BlackBerry 10 sales are 'beyond expectations' says delighted CEO Thorsten Heins | YourGadgetGuide http://t.co/dxVOwamV

BlackBerry 10 a hit: CEO says UK launch of new-gen phones 'beyond expectations' http://t.co/AKIUkOCO

UPDATE: As #Z10 goes on sale across Canada, #BlackBerrry CEO says 'new stuff' is already in the product pipeline http://t.co/F2v1U0t6

Wow: Twitter mentioned in 50% of Super Bowl ads, Facebook 8%, & Google 0% http://t.co/iMG7QMrB

For Twitter, Super Bowl XLVII (and its power outage) proves to be the perfect match http://t.co/i5VGhSWH

Super Bowl power goes out, Twitter lights up. http://t.co/rAk4uSX2
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