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Microsoft’s Mattrick led 2010 Zynga acquisition talks insiders claim

Microsoft’s Mattrick led 2010 Zynga acquisition talks insiders claim

Microsoft explored acquiring Zynga as early as 2010, sources claim, with former entertainment division chief Don Mattrick driving discussions around the company he would, most recently, go on to lead as new CEO. Mattrick, who was named Zynga's chief executive in a multi-million job jump earlier this month, opened negotiations in 2010 with the social gaming company's founder Mark Pincus, sources tell Bloomberg, in what was believed to be an attempt to boost the range of titles on Xbox Live.

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Xbox Live Public Beta for new Xbox 360 dashboard and Points replacement opens

Xbox Live Public Beta for new Xbox 360 dashboard and Points replacement opens

Microsoft has thrown open applications for its next Xbox Live beta, giving Xbox 360 gamers the opportunity to have early access to the new Microsoft Points replacement and more. The 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta will see a trial switch-over to local currency for downloads and purchases, Microsoft's Major Nelson writes, in addition to performance improvements.

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Xbox One to get reputation system in Xbox Live to encourage good behavior

Xbox One to get reputation system in Xbox Live to encourage good behavior

It's no secret that Xbox Live is filled with all sorts of mean people. While many of these young, naive gamers are laughable at times, cyber-bullying has been proven to be a pretty serious matter. In order to get gamers to behave on Xbox Live, Microsoft is looking into a reputation system to add into Xbox Live with the Xbox One.

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Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Microsoft may have junked its demands for Xbox One always-on connectivity, but game developers like Titanfall's Respawn are doing their level best to persuade you to keep the next-gen console hooked up, with Xbox Live Cloud processing the carrot. The server-side crunching - which Microsoft has previously described as in effect three virtual consoles adding their processing abilities to that of the user's own Xbox One - has been given a breathlessly positive write-up by Respawn engineer Jon Shiring, who waxes lyrical about the system's potential for multiplayer gaming.

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Xbox One will allow multiple users on single Xbox Live membership

Xbox One will allow multiple users on single Xbox Live membership

While there's been a lot of controversy over various Xbox One features, the good news is that gamers will be able to use a single Xbox Live Gold membership across multiple accounts in a household. A membership can also be supported across the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, which means that a single membership can be used across multiple consoles as well.

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Xbox LIVE “The Music Room” heralds Xbox 720 age of interactive TV

Xbox LIVE “The Music Room” heralds Xbox 720 age of interactive TV

Microsoft's big "Xbox 720" reveal isn't the only Xbox-related launch this week. The company has also announced a new interactive TV series, The Music Room, which will be exclusively available to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. The show will, unsurprisingly, focus on musical performances, but allow viewers on their consoles to shape the direction the content takes.

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Microsoft offering free Xbox Live Gold this weekend in the UK

Microsoft offering free Xbox Live Gold this weekend in the UK

Microsoft is giving UK gamers another chance to take advantage of some free Xbox Live Gold this weekend. The company just recently offered the same deal to those in the US and other regions in the world, except for the UK and Europe. They had a free weekend last month, and are now getting the opportunity to go at it once again.

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The CW attempts to secure more TV viewers with Xbox LIVE

The CW attempts to secure more TV viewers with Xbox LIVE

The CW TV network has become the latest TV network to bring its selection of shows to Xbox LIVE. The TV network has been struggling for some time to attract viewers to its TV series, so hopefully its collaboration with Xbox LIVE will help. With the new CW TV app, viewers will be able to catch the latest episodes of the CW's TV series a day after they air on live television.

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Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Larry Hryb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, stated today that Xbox SmartGlass now supports Amazon's selection of Kindle Fire tablets. It's coming in about half a year late, seeing as the app was released for regular Android devices way back in October of last year. With the Xbox SmartGlass app now available in the Amazon App Store, owners of the affordable Kindle Fire can enjoy an extension of the Xbox Live experience with their tablets.

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Microsoft offering free Xbox Live Gold this weekend

Microsoft offering free Xbox Live Gold this weekend

The last time that Xbox 360 gamers were treated with a free weekend of Xbox Live Gold was back in November. It's certainly been a few months, but Microsoft has announced that the promotion is back this weekend, giving those who don't have a Gold membership the opportunity to take part in the $60/year subscription service.

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Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Some new sources have reinforced previous rumors that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 will require a constant connection to the internet in order for you to play your games. The news comes from Microsoft Blogger Paul Thurrott in a discussion with Andrew Zarian on What The Tech. His sources say that there is a note for the Xbox 720 saying, "must be internet-connected to use".

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Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

In an effort to get Xbox Live users to play more of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade games, the company will be launching a new "Play To Earn" rewards system on Xbox Live on April 1 that will reward gamers with free items and Microsoft Points in exchange for playing XBLA games. The new program is only available to Xbox Live Reward members, so if you aren't a member, get signed up now to take advantage of the new rewards.

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