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

• Take-Two lands Michael Jordan for NBA video game

NEW YORK — Basketball superstar Michael Jordan will help develop the upcoming "NBA 2K11" video game and will be on its cover.

That’s a departure from a typical cover deal with athletes, according to Jason Argent, vice president of marketing at Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.’s 2K Sports, which is publishing the game.

Typically, the game maker simply hands over a check. Argent said Jordan will work closely with the game’s developers, right down to such details as whether a character’s elbow in the game is at the correct angle for a shot. Players will be able to play Jordan’s character to vicariously slam-dunk their way to victory from the comfort of their couch.

The company provided little information about how the game will look and would not disclose financial details about the deal with Jordan. The game will go on sale Oct. 5.

The last basketball cover athlete for 2K’s NBA game was Kobe Bryant.

• Technology Association spends $337,000 on lobbying

WASHINGTON — The spent $337,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on cybersecurity, stimulus spending, intellectual property law and other issues, according to a quarterly disclosure report.

That’s less than the $378,000 the technology trade group spent lobbying in the fourth quarter and the $456,000 it spent in 2009’s first quarter.

During the first three months of this year, TechAmerica lobbied on a long list of trade agreements, H-1B visas and other immigration issues, tax measures, efforts to free up more airwaves for wireless broadband services and legislation to prevent data breaches and identity theft.

TechAmerica, as the group calls itself, has nearly 1,500 technology company members including Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

TechAmerica lobbied Congress, the White House, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, according to the report it filed with the House clerk’s office on April 20.

• Software & Information Industry Association ups lobbying

WASHINGTON — The spent $130,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on patent-law reform, copyright protections and other intellectual property matters, among other issues, according to a quarterly disclosure report.

That’s up from $110,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009 and in the first quarter of 2009.

The trade group also lobbied during the first three months of the year on several trade agreements, including the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which aims to crack down on counterfeiting, copyright violations and other intellectual property theft.

Other issues the group lobbied on included the national broadband plan released by the Federal Communications Commission in March, standards for targeted online advertising, H-1B visas and other immigration issues, according to the report filed with the House clerk’s office on April 20.

Members of the Software & Information Industry Association, which represents software and digital-content companies, include International Business Machines Corp., Symantec Corp., Saleforce.com and Adobe Systems Inc.

The group lobbied Congress, the Department of Education, the Commerce Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Federal Communications Commission, among other government agencies.