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Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

Xbox, Zune & WM teams bearing brunt of initial Microsoft layoffs?

After Microsoft announced 5,000 job cuts as part of its financial control measures, speculation has begun about which departments will be hardest hit.  The earliest identified target appears to be the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit, responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Mobile development, who according to some sources will be bearing the brunt of the initial 1,400 redundancies.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 1 2009

We kicked off the week with a review of HP's MediaSmart EX487 Home Server, but after that brief dalliance with Microsoft it was Apple that caught most of the headlines.  Much of it is rumor, of course, about what will launch at Macworld next week - A new unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro with integrated battery?  A new Mac mini?  An iPod touch HD tablet? - but the Dev Team gave us something more concrete with the release of yellowsn0w.  If you've been waiting to unlock your iPhone 3G, now's your chance.

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Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Zune 30 crash is leap-year issue; will automatically fix claims Microsoft

Microsoft have responded to the spate of Zune 30 crashes, blaming a bug in the PMP's code that leaves it unable to cope with the leap year.  Since the problem will apparently reset itself on January 1st 2009, at noon GMT, the company is not planning an immediate fix; instead, users should follow instructions at the Zune forums which basically amount to letting the PMP's battery expire and then restarting it.

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Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft execs may be denying that any self-branded cellphone is in development, but somebody connected with the company doesn't seem to have got the same memo.  CNBC's Jim Goldman quotes "a good source" claiming Microsoft are combining the Zune and technology from Danger (the company behind the Sidekick) to create a device offering "true competition to the iPhone".  Codenamed "Pink", a prototype could be finished in time to unveil at CES 2009 in January.

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10 free MP3s per month for Zune Pass subscribers

10 free MP3s per month for Zune Pass subscribers

Microsoft have tweaked their Zune Pass subscription service to include a number of free-to-keep tracks every month, which users can continue to play even if their subscription lapses.  From today, Zune Pass users will be able to select up to ten tracks each month to be kept in DRM-free MP3 format; the music can come from studios including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Warner Music Group.

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