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Today's Tech: Future of new private Dell analysed, Murdoch says Chinese are hacking Wall St Journal, Lego Mindstorms impresses

Dell confirmed yesterday that it is going private, under a $24.4 billion (£15.5 billion) deal that will take it off the stock market and into the hands of its founder, chairman and CEO Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake. But what direction will the company take moving forward? (opens in new tab) Dan Costa weighs its options, including the implications of the $2 billion (£1.3 billion) Microsoft loan that facilitated the agreement. Among other things, he points to the probability of it becoming a Windows-only shop, a potential focus on cloud offerings, and HP's likelihood to encroach on some of Dell's territory. Follow the link for a more in-depth analysis of what could be in store for Dell.

Long standing friction between the US and China over Internet security and hacking has escalated in recent weeks, with the limelight falling on American media outlets in particular. At the end of January, The New York Times reported that it had been compromised by Chinese hackers over a period of four months, most likely in retaliation to its investigations into the business dealings of Chinese government members. Now the Wall Street Journal is crying foul, with owner Rupert Murdoch tweeting that hacking attempts originating in China (opens in new tab) have been made on its network over the last few days. Click the link for more.

Moving on to less weighty matters, and ITProPortal has been lucky enough to check out what the Lego Education group has been developing of late (opens in new tab), and was treated to impressive array of robotic innovation at its stand at the Bett expo in London. With the new Mindstorms platform targeting primary school pupils all the way up to university students, Lego is no longer just for children (or big kids). But was one of the team’s highly-programmed robots intelligent enough to defeat ITPP at a game of Connect 4? You’ll have to follow the link to find out.

Iconic TV chef and food personality Delia Smith has announced her retirement from the world of television – to ply her tasty trade online (opens in new tab). Smith first appeared on the telly more than 40 years ago and has starred in countless shows, but is now opting to quit the box in favour of the digital realm. Calling Internet viewing "the future for me and the population," the veteran presenter confirmed she would launch the Delia Online Cooking School later this month, focusing on simple recipes designed to be viewed on mobile devices. Her migration to the online arena will no doubt be welcomed by technology enthusiasts and foodies alike.

Will began working life as a technology journalist at ITProPortal as Senior Staff Writer. He's worked as a Copywriter, then Creative Lead across video, social, email, web and print. He is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Zone.