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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:

• BroadSoft files for IPO worth up to $103.5 million

NEW YORK — Software maker has filed its intent to raise as much as $103.5 million in an initial public offering.

The Gaithersburg, Md., company did not release expected terms or a prospective date for the IPO.

Broadsoft makes multimedia application server software that helps Internet service providers deliver voice and multimedia applications over Internet protocol-based networks.

It plans to use $4.3 million of the net proceeds to redeem preferred stock, according to a regulatory filing. The rest of the funds raised through the IPO will help pay down debt and be used for general corporate purposes.

The company, which said it has posted net losses every year since it was founded in 1998, lost $7.8 million on sales of $68.9 million in 2009.

It plans to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "BSFT."

Goldman Sachs and Jefferies are the lead underwriters.

• Twitter working on Chinese registration page

NEW YORK — is working on a way to allow Chinese users to sign up to the social networking site in their own language, a co-founder of the site said Monday night, but access to the popular site remains blocked in the country.

Jack Dorsey said at a panel that Twitter is "hard at work" on allowing users to register in Chinese. Dorsey was responding to a question from Chinese avant garde artist Ai Weiwei. Ai has been an outspoken critic of Chinese authorities and their continuing efforts to impose censorship. He said he spends about eight hours a day on Twitter.

"I need a clear answer, yes or no?" he said to Dorsey, who joined the conversation via satellite.

"Yes, it’s just a matter of time," Dorsey responded, citing limited staff and technical constraints as challenges for setting up the Chinese registration page.

Dorsey, Ai and Richard MacManus, founder of technology blog ReadWriteWeb, were part of a discussion on digital activism at the Paley Center for Media. People from all over the world also participated via Twitter, with their tweets displayed on a large screen behind the panelists.

The conversation came only a couple of days after it was reported that Google was "99.9 percent sure" to close its search engine in China because of stalled negotiations over censorship. Google has about 35 percent of the Chinese search market. The panelists praised the decision, calling it courageous and inspiring.

Since it was founded in 2006, Twitter has emerged as a tool for digital activism in messages of no more than 140 characters. Ai has used it to demand answers about the number of young children who were killed in the Sichuan earthquake.

• Grisham releases ‘The Firm,’ 22 others as e-books

NEW YORK — Best-selling author John Grisham is finally ready to go digital.

More than a year after reports emerged he would make his books available in electronic format, Random House, Inc. made it official Tuesday, announcing that all 23 of his works can be purchased as e-texts.

Grisham, the author of such favorites as "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief," has expressed mixed feelings about e-books and the quickly growing market, currently estimated at around 3 percent to 5 percent of total sales. In an interview with the "Today" show last fall, he worried that if e-books really caught on "then you’re going to wipe out tons of bookstores and publishers and we’re going to buy it all online."

"I’m probably going to be all right," he said, "but the aspiring writers are going to have a very hard time getting published."