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XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Pricing

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Microsoft PressPass has just released an article detailing an Xbox 360 price drop, starting August 2008:

Beginning Aug. 28, the price of an Xbox 360 Elite console will drop by $100, now priced at just $299.99 estimated retail price (ERP) in the United States. On top of that, the Xbox 360 Pro console will now be priced at $249.99 (ERP), reflecting a price reduction of $50

The arcade version has also had a reduction, down to $199.99. It appears Microsoft has answered Sony's move to offer the PS3 Slim."

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - I Read It On Slashdot->

Submitted by
Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Carl Davis of Abandon At My Place has put together "a musical tribute to one of the greatest technology news and geek sites":

If you want news for nerds and stuff that matters
Or Apple fanboys and their blather
Find out why Microsoft is after you
Turn all your base into beowulf cluster
Or every press release Google mutters
I welcome our new Slashdot overlords...
There's a high quality MP3 on Davis' website, as well as the YouTube video of it."

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Microsoft

+ - Windows Live Moves Focus to Software Plus Services->

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Microsoft PressPass has released an interview it conducted with Chris Jones, the corporate vice president for the Windows Live Experience Program Management about the future of Microsoft's Windows Live product lineup. From the interview:

When we originally announced Windows Live back in Nov. 2005, our intent was to deliver services that would grow and evolve with people as they their needs changed. Today, our vision remains the same, but we're more focused. We've adopted what we call a "software plus services" strategy that we believe puts us in a place to move ahead as we roll out into the next phase of Windows Live by making valuable connections between world-class software and online services to help unlock the real power of technology for consumers in meaningful ways.
Jones also goes into some detail about Microsoft's plans about using Live as a "better way to share" email, instant messaging and digital media."

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The Almighty Buck

+ - Pirate Bay and Sealand negotiating

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Coming off previous /. coverage of The Pirate Bay's intentions to purchase Sealand following it being put up for sale, The Pirate Bay has revealed on it's website www.buysealand.com that it has entered into negotiations with Sealand. From the post:
The Government of Sealand has initiated negotiation. Tomorrow, the ACFI and Government of Sealand will sit down in the SMTP chambers of the Internets to discuss the future of the micronation.
— We welcome the request and hopefully we can settle on a price. But knowing how hard non-kopimistic people can be to negotiate with, we will go with Plan B if they're not willing to meet our demands, press officer of ACFI says.
BuySealand.com is also now sporting a donation meter, and as of the 15th of January it stands at USD $13,714."
Television

+ - Arasor International, Novalux unveil "Laser TV

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Australian company Arasor International and their US partner Novalux have formally announced Laser TV. From the news story:
With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma: "If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see," he said. "But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see. All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display."
This follows up on promises by Novalux."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Steve Irwin bites the dust

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Steve Irwin, Australia's "favourite" crocodile man, has bit the dust, dying instantly after being stabbed by a stingray barb while filming a documentary. From the article: "The Queensland Police Service has confirmed Mr Irwin's death. In a statement, it said Mr Irwin collapsed after being stung by a sting ray at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas, about 11am."
That'll teach him that wildlife is for shooting, not for playing."
Microsoft

+ - Internet Explorer 7 RC1 Released

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Kawahee
Kawahee writes "Microsoft, in conjunction with the announcement that they have finished Windows Vista RC1 have released Internet Explorer 7 RC1. The download is available here with a further commentary from the IE Blog post: "The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. You may not notice many visible changes from the Beta 3 release; all we did was listen to your feedback, fix bugs that you reported, and make final adjustments to our CSS support.""

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