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

• Apple ramps up iPad production

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is ramping up production of its iPad computers and by this summer could be making more than 2.5 million of them each month to support the device’s international launch and back-to-school shopping, an analyst said Tuesday.

Sterne, Agee & Leach analyst Vijay Rakesh wrote in a note to clients that the firm’s checks with memory-chip makers indicate that Apple could double its iPad production between the June and September quarters to meet robust demand.

He said iPad production is currently running around 1 million to 1.5 million units a month. That could double to more than 2.5 million units a month in the September quarter, Rakesh wrote.

"We believe most of the manufacturing bottlenecks are now solved in the iPad supply chain even though memory continues to be a constraint," he said.

Apple’s iPad will be available in nine more countries, including Germany and the U.K., starting Friday. Apple last month delayed the international launch of the device, saying sales in the U.S. were unexpectedly strong. The iPad went on sale in the U.S. in April and has sold more than a million units since.

The iPad is now going to Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

Apple has said it plans to release the iPad in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

• New app for mobile streaming boosts Netflix

NEW YORK — Rivals’ shuttered rental stores and its new application for streaming-enabled mobile devices puts Netflix Inc. in "the sweet spot of its growth phase," an analyst said Tuesday, raising his price target and profit estimates for the online movie rental company.

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The success of Netflix’s application to stream video on Apple Inc.’s new iPad tablet computers will continue to drive subscriber growth, FBR Capital Markets analyst Heath Terry wrote in a note to investors. The application will eventually be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Meanwhile, Movie Gallery, the nation’s second-largest movie rental chain, is in the process of closing its 1,050 remaining stores after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

"As fewer neighborhoods are able to support retail stores, renters will be increasingly pushed to other options: kiosks, (video-on-demand) and Netflix," Terry said, lifting his price target on Netflix’s stock to $130 from $100 and maintaining an "outperform" rating on the stock. Terry also raised his estimate for 2011 earnings to $2.7 billion from $2.6 billion.

The company will offset the price of adding and improving content by streaming video, which costs about 5 cents per film compared with 90 cents to $1 for DVD fulfillment, Terry said.

• McAfee buys Trust Digital

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — McAfee Inc., a maker of anti-virus software, is buying mobile security company Trust Digital. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trust Digital, based in McLean, Va., is used by companies to secure data that travels through mobile networks, using such devices as Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad.

McAfee said the acquisition will extend its business into the mobile market, especially as employees increasingly use smart phones for work.

The deal is expected to close by June 30.