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ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Who says comedy doesn't travel? Comedy Central is taking the best of its televised stand-up shows, from such notable comedians as Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt and Hannibal Buress, and making the best bits available through Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console. Its CC: Stand-Up app  features clips of past stand-up performances, which are programmed so the comedy routines can be viewed in a continuous stream -- just like any other TV channel. Viewers also can choose to watch one of the themed playlists, search for routines of a favorite comedian or pick selections from a recent special.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief executive of Zynga Inc., the social video game company he founded, and will be replaced by  Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox business, the company said Monday. Zynga's stock surged on word of the change in leadership. Mattrick, who will take over as CEO of San Francisco-based Zynga on July 8, has been president of Microsoft's i nteractive entertainment business, where he oversaw the growth of the Xbox 360 console.  Best known for games such as "Farmville" and "Words with Friends," Zynga has struggled to repeat the success of its early games as its users play more on mobile devices rather than on Facebook.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After already launching applications for smartphones, tablets and Roku's set-top boxes, Time Warner Cable has made an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to bring its TV app to the tech giant's Xbox 360 devices.  The TWC TV app, which will launch as early as next month, gives the cable company's subscribers access to live TV through the popular gaming console. TWC will bring video-on-demand to the device through the app later this year. “With the tens of millions of boxes out there with our customers already, this is a pretty exciting development for us,” said Mike Angus, senior vice president and general manager of video for Time Warner Cable.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | Reuters
Sony Corp. is pricing its new PlayStation 4 console at $399, $100 lower than the new Xbox One by rival Microsoft Corp. Microsoft recently announced a $499 price tag for its first new Xbox in eight years, which is going on sale in the United States in November. Sony also drew cheers from the audience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles Monday  when it said the PS4 would run second-hand games and did not require an always-on Internet connection. Microsoft had earlier elicited groans from gamers when it announced restrictions on used games for the Xbox One and said players had to log onto the Internet for authentication.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013
Global gaming market: $65 billion spent in 2012   Xbox: Introduced Nov. 15, 2001 Retail price: $299 Sold: 24 million units   Xbox 360: Introduced Nov. 22, 2005 Price: $299 (core system) or $399 Sold: 76 million units worldwide   Kinect for Xbox: Introduced Nov. 4, 2010. Sets record for fastest-selling consumer electronics device, selling 8 million units in 60 days Sold: 24 million   Xbox One: Introduced May 21, 2013 Price: Not announced Availability: End of 2013   Specifications: The heart of the Xbox One system is raw power, with more than 5 billion transistors and 8 gigabytes of RAM. It has a 500-gigabyte hard drive; an eight-core, x86 processor; wireless networking connectivity; three super-speed USB 3.0 ports; and a high-speed Blu-ray disc player.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The battle for control of the living room just became more fierce. Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the Xbox One, a next-generation video game console that aspires to be more than just a plaything. Not only will the Xbox One deliver an amped-up game experience, but it also will let users watch live TV, rent a movie and listen to music. Viewers can use their voice and gestures to control the TV too. Want to change the channel? Just tell the Xbox One to turn on ESPN for a baseball game, check out a movie on HBO or launch an on-demand service such as Netflix.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before waiting for Xbox One to change my world. The Skinny: I may be in the minority, but I'm not looking for more interaction with my TV. I spend my days interacting and it is mostly a frustrating experience. I don't want to be second-guessed when I get home at night too. Wednesday's headlines include stories Microsoft's latest version of the Xbox and layoffs at ESPN. Daily Dose: Once again there is talk that the National Football League is considering adding more games to its season.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
With Microsoft's new Xbox, the next time you yell at your TV it will actually be able to respond. The Xbox One, which the software giant unveiled Tuesday, is a next-generation console that aspires to be more than just a plaything. Not only will Xbox One let users to watch live TV, rent a movie, listen to music and play games, viewers can use their voice and gestures to control the device too. Want to change the channel? Just tell the Xbox One to turn on a baseball game on ESPN or to check out HBO or to launch an on-demand service such as Netflix . Users can also even video chat with friends and family via Skype.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will executive produce an original "Halo" television series based on the popular video games. It will have exclusive interactive Xbox One content. The blockbuster game franchise inspired a 90-minute Web series, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," that put the video game's protagonist, Master Chief, at the center of the cinematic action.  The fall release helped drive sales of the "Halo 4" game.  The games have sold more than 50 million titles. Now, Spielberg will continue exploring the space marine's narrative in a live-action TV series based on "Halo's" universe.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Next time you're deep in a two-day stretch of nonstop, energy-drink-chugging, no-showers gaming and your tummy starts to rumble, you don't even have to get off the couch to order a pizza. Gamers and flat-out lazy people can now order a pizza from Pizza Hut using an XBox 360. The pizza chain and Microsoft launched a Pizza Hut app Tuesday that will allow users to order a pizza from their game consoles and have it delivered to their door. All you need to do is sync your XBox Live account with a Pizza Hut account.
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