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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Xbox exec Blair Westlake steps down

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox executive Blair Westlake has stepped down from the company after working there for 10 years. Westlake said that the company is moving in a direction “that doesn’t fit his expertise or skill sets.”
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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Believes Xbox And Bing Should Spin Out

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Microsoft Corporation co-founder Paul Allen believes that the gaming console Xbox and the search engine brand Bing.com should spin out from the company in order to focus more on the business to business (B2B) operations.  Vulcan Capital chief investment analyst Paul Ghaffari manages Paul Allen’s stock in Microsoft and he is the one that offered this advice.  Below is an excerpt from the FT.com article about Allen’s opinions:
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Court Finds Microsoft Xbox Does Not Violate Motorola Patent

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The Microsoft Xbox video game console is not being blocked from entering the U.S. after a trade panel decided that it does not violate a patent belonging to Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.  Earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided that the Xbox does not infringe upon a patent that relates to two-way communication between the gaming system and related accessories such as controllers.  This ends the case that was filed in November 2010.

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Microsoft Xbox One: New Kinect, Controller, Snap Mode, SmartGlass Compatibility, And Skype Integration

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Microsoft announced the Xbox One console at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington today.  The Xbox One has a new Kinect sensor that is going to launch later this year.  There is an emphasis for Xbox One users to “have a relationship with your TV.”  The Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, 8-core CPU, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11N WiFi, and HDMI in/out.
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Microsoft Has Built Several Set Top Box Prototypes

Microsoft Has Built Several Set Top Box Prototypes
Microsoft has built several set-top boxes, but the company is not sure if they should launch the device.  The set top boxes would provide access to the Xbox Live suite of applications, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Supposedly the most recent iteration of the set top box allows Kinect-enabled gesture controls with a similar user interface as the new Xbox console being announced later this year.  The new Xbox is supposed to arrive on May 21st.

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Microsoft Is Hosting An Xbox Event On May 21

Microsoft has announced an event set for May 21st.  The next version of the Xbox is expected to be showcased at the event. This event does not come as a surprise because the PlayStation 4 was announced a few weeks ago.

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RUMOR: Microsoft Xbox 720 Announcement Pushed Until May

Microsoft Corporation has pushed back the planned announcement for their new console until May.  Rumored to be called the Xbox 720, The Verge said that sources at Microsoft informed them about the console’s delay.  Microsoft was rumored to be working on an event that would take place later this month to unveil the new console.  The new date for the event is expected to be May 21, 2013.  The Xbox 720 will be in direct competition with the PlayStation 4, which was announced this past February.

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U.S. Judge Says Microsoft Xbox Is Not Violating Google’s Patents

A U.S. trade judge said that the Microsoft Xbox video game console is not violating patents belonging to Google through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw sided with Microsoft in this case, but his decision is subject to review by a six-member commission.

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