News bites: BlackBerry service improving

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion says "email systems are operating" and "browsing services are online" for customers in the U.S.

The outage couldn't have come at a worse time for Research In Motion as Apple prepares to launch its iPhone 4S.

Congress approves free trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama, a priority for many tech companies.

AOL and Yahoo are considering merging.