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

• News Corp sells Beliefnet

NORFOLK, Va. — News Corp. has sold , a spirituality website, to an investment group.
Terms of the acquisition, which was announced Friday, weren’t disclosed.

The buyer, BN Media, is an investment firm behind two organizations – Affinity4 and Cross Bridge – focused on nonprofits and charities.

The companies said the acquisition will build on existing relationships. Affinity4 sells telephone, Internet and other services and donates part of the proceeds to charities and ministries. Cross Bridge provides spirituality-based video and other kinds of programming.

The deal will help Beliefnet "continue its mission to be the leading provider of inspiration and faith-based online content," Beth-Ann Eason, Beliefnet’s general manager, said in a statement.

• Smart Technologies plans IPO

NEW  YORK — Canada-based Smart Technologies Inc., which makes interactive whiteboards used in classrooms and workplaces, says it plans to raise up to $730.7 million in an initial public offering.

The company launched its first interactive whiteboard in 1991 and said in a regulatory filing it has shipped more than 1.6 million of them since. The company had revenue of $648 million in 2009, up 38 percent from a year earlier.

Smart plans to use the proceeds to repay debt and for working capital and other general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions. In April, the company bought NextWindow, a maker of optical touch screens used in electronic displays.

The company did not say how many shares it plans to issue, or at what price. Smart’s current main shareholders include its co-founders and chip maker Intel Corp.

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

• Chinese characters OK’d for Internet domains

BRUSSELS — Chinese speakers will soon be able to tap out Internet addresses in their own language after the agency that runs Internet addresses says it will start accepting Chinese script for domain names.

Until recently, the suffix – the ".com" part of an address – had to use English characters, even though Chinese characters have sometimes been allowed for the rest of the Internet address.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, agreed in a Friday meeting to start using Chinese characters for suffixes handed out by Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan-based Internet registries. It started allowing Arabic earlier this year.