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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: Online Communities
December 19, 2008 at 9:16 AM

A very ‘Halo’ wedding

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Desirai Labrada and John Henry met in December 2004 on Xbox Live. They were playing “Halo 2,” the blockbuster second installment of the game series from Kirkland-based Bungie and Microsoft that helped fuel growth of Microsoft’s video game business. She was in New York, he was in Florida. They logged on daily to play together, blasting away as love blossomed.

Now, they’re planning a “Halo”-themed wedding for a gaming show in January. And their school — Full Sail University, an entertainment-focused institution near Orlando — sent out a press release to announce it. (Engagement photo of Labrada and Henry distributed by Full Sail University.)

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November 13, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Microsoft Windows Live is open to Facebook, MySpace, other social networks

One of the big questions to emerge from the news that Microsoft is partnering with dozens of Web services to position Windows Live as a central point for managing people’s online lives: Where’s Facebook and MySpace, the two dominant social networks?

Here’s what Chris Jones, the Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of Windows Live, told me via e-mail last night:

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November 12, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Full list: Windows Live to integrate feeds from 50 third-party Web services

Microsoft’s next iteration of its Windows Live online services suite will alert users any time one of their contacts posts a photo on Flickr, writes a blog on WordPress or a tweet on Twitter. The company announced tonight the integration of “what’s new” feeds, based on RSS, into many of its most popular Web services, such as Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and a revamped, personalized Windows Live home page and profile page.

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September 22, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Xbox Live gamers prefer Obama, 13 percent still undecided

We reported on a partnership between Microsoft’s online gaming service Xbox Live and Rock the Vote in August. Part of the effort was a presidential poll, conducted Sept. 12 to 19. So, where do gamers come down on the race? Of “nearly 100,000” Americans who participated in what Microsoft described as “one of the nation’s…

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September 16, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Pew report says nearly all teenagers play video games, but that doesn’t make them misanthropes

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is out today with a comprehensive report on teenagers and video games that is largely positive. Teen gamers are social. And “some particular qualities of game play have a strong and consistent positive relationship to a range of civic outcomes.”

Kids, put down that homework and get back to the Xbox.

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March 25, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Microsoft, Yahoo make moves toward open social networks

Yahoo announced it’s joining with Google and MySpace to form a foundation backing “the sustainable and open development of the OpenSocial initiative and related intellectual property.” Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that it’s working with five social networks, including Facebook, to allow users to easily move their contacts between the networks and Windows Live.

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March 13, 2008 at 7:18 AM

Does AOL’s Bebo deal lower chance of potential Yahoo tie up?

One of the would-be “white knights” who could rescue Yahoo from Microsoft’s acquisition bid was rumored to be Time Warner’s AOL unit. And with Rupert Murdoch publicly taking News Corp. out of the running earlier this week, AOL was pretty much the last alternative left in play for Yahoo.

Does that change with today’s announcement that AOL is buying U.K. social networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash?

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