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Todays Tech: Microsoft cuts production of the Surface RT, Texting turns 20 and is Facebook interested in buying Whatsapp?

Microsoft has decided to halve orders for the Surface RT tablet from its Asian manufacturers, due to disappointing demand, according to reports that have surface. This, in turn has led to speculation that the Surface Pro, which is due out in January, may be treated to an early release and might even be subject to significant price cuts, in order to rouse consumer interest. Orders are said to have been cut from 4 million to 2 million units. "While we have nothing new to share regarding supply or sales at this time, this report is inconsistent with comments Steve Ballmer made several weeks ago regarding Microsoft ramping up supply and distribution for Surface with Windows RT," responded a Microsoft spokesperson.

Facebook has been in talks to buy the multiplatform mobile messaging app Whatsapp, according to Techradar. After recently reaching its billionth user earlier this year the social network is looking to expand into its next billion and Whatsapp, which was founded in 2009, could be the key. The app has experienced phenomenal success since its launch and now has around 100 million daily users across more than 200 countries.

The UK government will set up a "Cyber Reserve" force to deal with security threats posed by online crime. The system, set to be derived by the Cabinet Office, will aim to make the UK "one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyber space". The initiative is in response to the increasing incidents of cyber-attacks by criminals on the UK's computer systems, with 96 per cent of large corporations admitting a cyber breach in the past year.

Lastly, Texting has turned 20 today in UK as the first SMS was issued on these shores back in 1992. Since then the now ubiquitous form of telecommunication has surpassed the traditional vocal mode of phone communication in volume. However the rise of internet connected mobile devices and social media has provided the public with new alternatives to the two decade old technology, leading to a decline in use. Follow the link provided for more on this story.