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Late News: Dell Forays into Software Business, Zynga Benefits from Facebook IPO, Lumia 900 on Preorder in US

Dell has planned to diversify its business and enter into the software market by coming up with an entirely new software group and by hiring ex-CA Technologies chief executive John Swainson to lead the group. Swainson will be a part of the Texas based company from 5th March, 2012.

San Francisco based online video game vendor Zynga's stock surged by nearly 20 per cent on Thursday after one of its key business allies - Facebook filed its initial public offering. Ever since it teamed up with the social media giant, Zynga has been consistently delivering quality titles such as Mafia Wars, Farm ville, Poker etc. that enjoy massive popularity amongst Facebook enthusiasts from all across the globe.

In what could be termed as a rather shocking disclosure, VeriSign - the worldwide authentication services provide, admitted of suffering from a handful of data breaches during 2010. The company executives however defended themselves by stating that their management team was informed by the staff one year after the data breaches had occurred.

The Lumia 900, Nokia's forthcoming Windows Phone handset, has gone on preorder instore at any of Microsoft's fifteen retail stores scattered across the United States. An upfront holding fee of $25 will be charged that will be discounted against the final price of the phone and, according to Cnet's Jessica Dolcourt, customers will have to physically pick up the phone when it is launched, with Microsoft activating the phone instore, hardly web 2.0.

Several of Ubisoft's biggest titles won't be playable as of next week thanks to a server move by the publisher and the restrictive DRM that was used in their development. This isn't just multiplayer either. Because Ubisoft thought it would be a smart plan to use always on DRM for even the single player portion of games like Assassin's Creed, even the single player portion of that title won't be playable during the server move.