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January 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Xbox will carry Sling TV, Dish’s new ESPN (and friends) web TV service

Xbox has signed on to Dish’s effort to defeat the cable bundle. Consumers who don’t want to sign up for dozens of cable channels already have range of a-la carte options, from Netflix to Hulu to old-fashioned broadcast antennae, to watch their favorite shows. What they didn’t have, until now, was a way to see live sports carried on cable…

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December 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Xbox outages, IRS lawsuits, and other drama you missed last week

One holiday-shortened week gone, another arrived. Here’s a rundown of the Microsoft-flavored news you missed if you had the good fortune to unplug last week:

  • The IRS has sued Steve Ballmer and a slate of other current and former Microsoft executives in an effort to get them to testify in a long running tax probe. The agency is looking into how Microsoft treated subsidiaries for tax purposes. Microsoft said it had expected to receive a notice of an increased back tax bill this month. Company lawyers also suggested the subpoenas to executives are part of a campaign to force the company to the negotiating table regarding the taxes it paid between 2004 and 2006.
  • Microsoft, along with rival Google, agreed to host streaming video of Sony’s “The Interview,” after threats of terrorist attacks spurred some theater chains to pull the film. The online gross for the film’s first four days? $15 million, according to the studio.
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May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Microsoft to sell Kinect-less Xbox One for $100 less

Starting June 9, Microsoft will sell for $399.99 a version of Xbox One that will not include the Kinect voice-and-motion sensor

That’s $100 less than the price that Microsoft initially priced the Xbox One package — including Kinect — at launch, and puts it on par with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which has been outselling the Xbox One.

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April 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Microsoft unearths long-buried Atari “E.T.” game cartridges — part of Xbox TV series launch

It’s been an urban legend for decades: That in 1983, game company Atari buried thousands, if not millions, of its not-well-received, unsold “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M.

Over the weekend, an excavation crew found out that the urban legend appears to be true.

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist,  hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist, hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

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January 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Microsoft acquires “Gear of War” franchise from Epic Games

Microsoft Studios said today that it’s acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise — including all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise — from Epic Games. Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft, while Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, B.C., will…

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