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TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft prices Pro version of Surface at $899

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft’s Surface tablet running a full version of Windows 8 Pro will start selling in January for $899 and up, the company said Thursday. But you’ll have to pay more if you want a keyboard cover and the popular Office suite of software.

The current Surface uses the slimmed down Windows RT operating system.

As a result, it runs only specially designed applications from Microsoft and others sold through the company’s online store.

The Pro version of Surface will also run regular Windows applications written for desktops and laptops.

AUTO

Honda gets a do-over, revamps Civic to fix flaws

Honda has made a quick U-turn.

Just 19 months after its Civic compact hit showrooms and was slammed by critics, the company has revamped the car, giving it a sportier look and upgrading the interior.

It’s an unusual and costly do-over. But Honda — among the auto industry’s most highly-regarded brands — was worried the car’s flaws would hurt sales and market share, analysts say.

The 2013 version goes on sale Thursday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports