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Microsoft announces game invite tool for XBL, dubbed 'Beacons'

Rather than taking a queue from Hothead Games and going with a bacon-themed title, Microsoft instead chose to name its new Xbox Live notification tool "Beacons." So close! General manager of Xbox Live Marc Whitten detailed the new service in a post-E3 conference letter to the gaming press, explai...

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Rumor: Kinect beta testers can keep sensor, get free Kinect Adventures

According to an image sent to Joystiq by an anonymous tipster, it looks like Microsoft is rewarding all the participants of the Kinect beta program. A letter, purportedly written by Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten, is offering to let testers to keep their Kinect sensor now that the beta program is over. ...

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Xbox Live Code of Conduct updated: sexual orientation terms now permitted in Gamertags and profiles

The times, they are a-changin'. In an open letter to Xbox Live members, Microsoft's Marc Whitten has announced that the Xbox Live Code of Conduct has been altered to allow members to "more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles." Looking ov...

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Xbox Live service for Xbox 1 games to be discontinued on Apr. 15

[Image: Bungie] Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Xbox Live services that still cater to the original Xbox. As of April 15th, all Xbox 1 games -- including those playable on Xbox 360 or via the Xbox Originals service -- will be severed from the online realm. "I want to start by saying this isn...

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Microsoft's Marc Whitten sees Natal replacing television remote controls

Speaking to a room full of executives focused on "the business of online video" at this year's Streaming Media West trade show, it's easy to understand how Xbox Live GM Marc Whitten could fall into hyperbole regarding the implications of Project Natal. "I believe that this will be the largest leap ...

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Whitten: Xbox Live banning 'a cat and mouse game'

Speaking to VentureBeat, Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten discussed the recent round of Xbox Live bans. According to Whitten, banning users from Xbox Live is "a cat and mouse game." Said Whitten, "These were people that were pirating software." He added that Microsoft looks at banning users "...

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Facebook and Twitter coming to Xbox Nov. 17

Xbox owners: You have five days to start thinking of your lives and the lives of others in trivial, 140-character chunks. Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten has told Fast Company that the Dashboard update containing Twitter and Facebook integration will officially arrive on November 17. If th...

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Microsoft announces Avatar Marketplace, unlockable apparel

During Microsoft E3 2009 Blogger / Enthusiast Luncheon -- you know, this one -- Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten announced the Avatar Marketplace for the Xbox 360. The Avatar Marketplace, unsurprisingly, will allow 360 owners to download new apparel for their Avatars. Players will be able to...

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PrE3view: Monday, June 1, 2009 (Day 2)

Okay, so E3 proper won't technically start until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean we have a dearth of journalistic activities lined up for today. We've got a few huge press conferences to attend today, including the first appearance of one of the Big Three. Will Microsoft unveil its oft-rumored mot...

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Exclusive Q&A with Marc Whitten on Microsoft DRM tool

Maybe it was our constant pestering, week after week, month after month, asking everyone at Microsoft what was going on with the DRM situation on Xbox Live – read: some consoles which had been repaired or replaced had lost the ability to play certain XBLA games or view some Xbox Live video...

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