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Nokia CEO: Xbox Live on Nokia phones

Nokia CEO: Xbox Live on Nokia phones

"The game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems" Nokia CEO Stephen Elop insists, taking the stage at the company's press event this morning. "The entire industry is founded on optimism ... and I am an optimist. Together we will deliver a great ecosystem." The news, Elop says, will mean the availability of Bing, Xbox Live and Microsoft Office to Nokia devices.

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Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm has announced mandatory paid subscription plans for mobile and home entertainment devices accessing its streaming radio service, with the new premium subscriptions affecting anybody listening on their Android or iOS device, or indeed via Logitech's Squeezebox system. According to the company "it is not practical for us to deliver an ad supported radio experience" beyond the website and desktop app, though Windows Phone 7 users will still get free service in 2011.

Full list of affected devices after the cut

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THQ’s Homefront DLC Debuting on Xbox LIVE, One Map Exclusive at Launch

THQ’s Homefront DLC Debuting on Xbox LIVE, One Map Exclusive at Launch

It looks like the exclusive practices for developers and publishers is still going strong. Not that anyone should expect it to die out. Publisher THQ has announced that the first DLC map pack for their upcoming title Homefront, developed by Kaos Studios, will be debuting on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE. Following in the footsteps of Call of Duty, in a path that many gamers may not be a fan of.

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EA Announces Bulletstorm Demo Landing on Xbox LIVE and PSN January 25th

EA Announces Bulletstorm Demo Landing on Xbox LIVE and PSN January 25th

Bulletstorm is one of those rare titles that, even if you see all the videos and read all the reviews on it, you still need to actually play it to get a sense of what the game is about, and why it's so unique in its place amongst all of the other First Person Shooter (FPS) titles out there. From developer People Can Fly and published by EA Games, Bulletstorm is a shooter that mixes in over-the-top action, along with plenty of creative combinations that players can use to score points.

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Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend Program Launches

Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend Program Launches

If you know a few people who haven't jumped onto the Xbox LIVE Gold Membership bandwagon yet, and you feel like with a gentle nudge from you they just might, here's your time to act. Not only because you'll get even more friends to play your favorite online games together with, but also because Microsoft has just launched the Xbox LIVE Refer a Friend program, which means you'll get a cool prize for getting one of your friends to sign up for Gold.

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Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Further details about Microsoft's CES 2011 announcements have leaked, with a new Xbox 360 social communication system called Avatar Kinect expected to make its debut this week. First spotted by Glimpsedog as a leaked snapshot of Microsoft's keynote run-through, according to WinRumors Avatar Kinect uses the motion-gaming peripheral to control gamers' Xbox LIVE avatars as they interact with each other.

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Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developers Take Part in Winter Uprising

Microsoft's online gaming and media service, Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360 is a place where gamers, and entertainment-loving folks in general can go and download all sorts of things to pass the time. A strong moneymaker for the Redmond-based company is Xbox LIVE's Arcade, where developers and publishers can release "classic" titles, along with smaller games that may not be big enough to fit into a full "retail" package. Titles like Limbo and Monday Night Combat managed to garner plenty of rave reviews, and even some "best of" lists. But, there's another section on Xbox LIVE that hasn't received so much attention: Indie games. In fact, getting any kind of face time on Xbox LIVE for the Indie game developer has been sort of a rough patch recently.

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X-Men Arcade for Xbox 360 Released December 15

X-Men Arcade for Xbox 360 Released December 15

Konami has confirmed with Eurogamer today the release dates of the highly anticipated return of the classic arcade game, this time in home-version form. For the Xbox 360 version, an exclusive release date of December 15th, that's next Wednesday! Then for the Playstation 3 version, TWO MONTHS AFTER. What in the world? That is just crazy talk. That puts it in February of 2011, prices on either version are not yet confirmed. Backbone Entertainment studio is leading the production of this game, so it should run fabulously.

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MS. ‘Splosion Man Set for Fall 2011

MS. ‘Splosion Man Set for Fall 2011

If you're the sort of person who found yourself playing a game by yourself in the dark by the name of "'Splosion Man" somewhere around the time of July 22, 2009, you already know of the intense joy you'll be able to find in this game more than likely releasing through the same channel the original released (Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade) sometime during the Fall of 2011. This is Ms. Splosion Man, a game where, like its predecessor, you're basically 'sploding things left and right. Check out the full hilariously comic press release! Well played, Twisted Pixel Games.

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Fifty Percent of Xbox LIVE Users Are Gold Subscribers, So Says Microsoft

Fifty Percent of Xbox LIVE Users Are Gold Subscribers, So Says Microsoft

Hanging out over at the Credit Suisse technology conference just yesterday was Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Division CEO, mister Dennis Durkin. He had a rather interesting statistic to share with the audience: 50% of all Xbox Live users pay for a Gold Subscription. What that means is that, since there are around 25 million Xbox Live subscribers in the world, 12.5 million people pay $60 a year to be able to access its additional features.

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