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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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Kinect Joy Ride sequel won’t require Kinect

Kinect Joy Ride sequel won’t require Kinect

There will be a sequel to the Kinect launch title Kinect Joy Ride, but get this - it won't be a Kinect game. Perhaps Microsoft realized that gamers don't really want to play a racing game where you can't press a button to accelerate or brake, and you have no precise control over how you turn or move. But apparently they did like the look and style of Kinect Joy Ride nevertheless. This is a curious story, for sure.

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New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event reminds PS3 players of injustice

New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event reminds PS3 players of injustice

A new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event has just been announced, and in the wake of the tension that has been struck over the fact that Sony for some reason has blocked such events on the PS3, it's drawing a heated reaction. The new event is called Operation Exorcist. It tasks players with killing no fewer than one million Cerberus Phantom creatures. If they complete the challenge, they win a Victory pack.

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Microsoft ropes in more ad partners for Xbox TV apps

Microsoft ropes in more ad partners for Xbox TV apps

If you aren't content with the ads that currently take over your TV screen when using video apps on your Xbox 360, here's some news for you. No, the ads aren't going away; they're just going to expand a little bit. A bunch of new advertisers have come on board, hoping to their brand message across to their own fair share of the 40 million active Xbox Live members.

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Federal government, military can break into Xbox Live, PSN, etc

Federal government, military can break into Xbox Live, PSN, etc

In an ever unfolding example of how individual privacy is losing its value in the United States, it has been revealed that some agencies within the government have the authority and the technology to access data from users on online gaming networks. The act of eavesdropping on your online gaming account is being compared to tracking e-mails and telephone calls, which federal agencies already have the authority to do.

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Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft is giving its non-paying Xbox Live customers another one of its Xbox Live Gold preview weekends from April 19 to April 23, but unlike in the past, this one won't give users the ability to participate in online games. The only premium features that are being unlocked are things like Netflix, Vudu, and Crackle - the online entertainment features. This is so that Microsoft can start getting people who don't even play online games to upgrade to the Gold level.

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Netflix Xbox 360 update adds zoom options and Facebook integration

Netflix Xbox 360 update adds zoom options and Facebook integration

Netflix for Xbox 360 just received a decently large update this morning with some new features and changes that should make plenty users happy -- if you're an Xbox Live Gold member of course. Video streaming just got better today with the main feature bringing new and improved colors and contrast, not to mention the fact that Netflix added zoom options too.

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Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

A new report suggests that gamers aren't shifting into a digital distribution model as quickly and massively as people in the industry might think. The report, from Wedbush Securities, looks at the world of downloadable games as more of a complement, not a substitute, to the long-running tradition of going out to the store and picking up a box. People just aren't ready to give up their packed bookshelves.

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New York AG kicks thousands of sex offenders off online games

New York AG kicks thousands of sex offenders off online games

With cooperation from Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Electronic Arts, Blizzard, Warner Bros, and Disney Interactive, New York's top prosecutor has been successful in banning online gaming accounts of more than 3,500 registered sex offenders. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the crack-down, known as "Operation Game Over," was a success. It was the first sting operation of its kind, and it could be the first of many.

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Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

After coming under fire for its Xbox Live streaming service, which apparently tapped into a private IP network, because of potential net neutrality issues. Critics slammed the service because in the Xbox Live FAQ, Comcast said its content was "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." That raised concerns that Comcast was not playing by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

The latest patch has gone live for Bethesda's hot-selling role-playing game The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, but as to be expected, it is only available for PC players. For those playing on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the game remains at version 1.4. PS3 players in particular still have reason to be sore because that version still has some memory bugs. The PS3 version of the game game under increasing scrutiny.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31, 2012

Hey everyone. It's time to wrap up the week, and the month. Among the biggest stories this week was:  Global Payments hacked, 50000 cardholders at risk. But in the world of lighter news,  the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone is now available for pre-orders, Xbox Live added HBO, MLB, and Comcast to its streaming video services, and T-Mobile is hiking up its unlimited, 5 GB, and 10 GB data prices.

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