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A roundup of the latest high-tech news “Hot Off the Wire” from The Associated Press and Local Tech Wire:

• AT&T to raise fees for iPhone contract breakers

NEW YORK – AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is raising the fees it charges buyers of the iPhone and other smart phones if they break their two-year contracts, while lowering them for "dumb" phones to better align the fees with their real costs.

Starting June 1, smart-phone buyers will have to pay $325 for breaking their contract, up from $175 currently. For buyers of regular phones, the fee is being decreased by $25 to $150.

The early termination fee goes down for every month customers stay in their contract – by $10 for smart phones and $4 for regular phones. So if a smart phone contract is broken after two months, the termination fee is reduced by $20 to $305.

The changes only apply to new contracts and renewals.

Dallas-based AT&T charges customers $199 for the latest model of the iPhone, but pays Apple Inc. far more than that. AT&T makes the subsidy back through the customer’s service fees over the two-year contract period. AT&T likely loses money for every customer that breaks a contract and pays a $175 termination fee, but may break even with the new, higher fee.

• Microsoft spent $1.7 million lobbying in 1Q

SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) spent $1.72 million in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on technology in health care and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That’s more than the $1.65 million the software maker spent in the first quarter of last year.

Microsoft also lobbied the federal government on legislation involving cybersecurity, competition in online advertising, patent reform, software piracy, international trade visas for foreign workers, among other topics, according to the report filed April 20.

The wide swath of issues addressed by Microsoft lobbyists during the quarter echo the software maker’s diverse businesses.

For example, the Redmond, Wash.-based company stands to benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, one of the bills it lobbied on, and other new proposals that address installing electronic medical records. Microsoft has a health care division with products that help hospitals integrate data from different sources to get a complete picture of a patient’s health.

Microsoft is also fighting to catch up with Google Inc. in Web search and advertising, and to expand the number of programs it offers that run "in the cloud" from data centers. The disclosure report referred to both issues

Dell spends $760,000 on lobbying

SEATTLE — Computer maker Dell Inc. (Nasdaq: DELL) spent $760,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on funding for health care information technology and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

That’s up from the $725,000 the PC maker spent in the same quarter in 2009.

Dell also lobbied the federal government on legislation involving patent litigation reform; electronic waste export; funding for projects in the Defense Department, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies; foreign trade; funding for technology in education and other issues.

Dell acquired Perot Systems, a technology services company, last year for $3.9 billion, making Dell a major provider of both PC and server hardware and technology support to hospitals. As such, it is likely to benefit from legislation that provides money for hospitals and doctors’ offices to upgrade to electronic medical records systems, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Dell said in the disclosure report that it lobbied specifically on parts of that act that related to money for health care technology and for education technology.

Dell also said it lobbied on issues related to China’s requirement that new PCs sold in the country have Internet filtering software. China backed off the requirement after outcry from computer makers and others