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aQuantive Deal Passes FTC, Live Maps Gets Huge Update, Live Search Preview, iPhone Keyboard On Windows Mobile, Another 360 Compatibility Update

Catching up: I had a crazy week, with me and my wife going on a short wedding anniversary vacation, one of my best friends getting married, and my aunt and her family moving forever to another continent. There’s a lot of stuff filling up the queue, so we’re going to go through it double time

Microsoft’s aQuantive Deal Clears Federal Review

Microsoft’s $6 billion purchase of aQuantive has passed the Federal Trade Commission’s waiting period for antitrust considerations without objections, leaving Microsoft free to continue the acquisiton without worry. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives is launching an inquiry into Google’s DoubleClick deal, meaning Microsoft will almost assuredly complete its acquisition well ahead of Google. Google’s deal is hitting some serious roadblocks, while Microsoft has been given the nod to go forward.

Live Maps July Update Adds Rendered Maps, 26 Terabytes Of New Data

The Virtual Earth team pushed out a huge update to the tech that powers Windows Live Maps, adding a new style that shows elevation in the regular road view. They call it “hill shading”, giving you an idea of hills, mountains and just plain ol’ inclines on maps you view in your browser or print out. They also added expanded aerial imagery (and in most cases, 3D buildings) to these cities:

Canada: Hamilton, Quebec, Toronto

Europe: Toulouse France, Eastbourne UK

United States: Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Phoenix (expanded), Arden, Denver (expanded), Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Fort Myers, Tampa West, St Petersburg, Coral Gables, Cape Coral West, Pembroke Pines, Orlando, Hialea, Columbus GA, Jackson, Oak Park IL, Rockford IL, Ohare IL, Baton Rouge, Shreveport New Orleans, Metarie, Jersey City, Elizabeth, East Ruth, Newark, Paterson, Brooklyn, Niagara Falls, Portland (expanded), Nashville, Chattanooga, Milwaukee

Windows Live Search Has Special Preview View

This website has details on a special view that Windows Live Search has in some countries and regions (not the U.S., far as I can tell) that shows the top six search results as thumbnail image previews of the website. A Site Owner FAQ on MSN Singapore confirms the feature, and gives instructions on how to tell the search crawler not to create a thumbnail for your site (for bandwidth concerns, I assume). You can see a screenshot of the Search Preview thumnails at the original post.
(via Digg)

Get the iPhone Keyboard on Windows Mobile Devices

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Someone’s released a program that replaces the Windows Mobile on-screen keyboard with one that looks more like the iPhone’s. Besides enjoying a bolder look, it has bigger, easier-to-hit buttons, though they don’t grow in size while typing, and they use Windows Mobile’s form of predictive text input, not Apple’s. If you’re like me, and you’re still wondering how the hell Microsoft thought the current WinMobile keyboard was okay, this app is a required install.
(via jkOnTheRun)

Xbox 360 Gets Yet Another Backwards Compatibility Update

The Xbox 360 got yet another backwards compatibility update, letting it run a good number more original Xbox games. Are there any important old games that still won’t run on a 360? If you’ve got one that’s driving you nuts, leave a comment. The newly compatible games:

  • America’s Army
  • Auto Modellista
  • Bass Pro Shops Trophy Hunter 2007
  • Blinx 2
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Burnout
  • Crash Bandicoot 4
  • Crash Bandicoot 5: Wrath of Cortex
  • Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil
  • Drive to Survive
  • Drive to Survive (EM)
  • ESPN College Hoops
  • ESPN NHL 2K5
  • Evil Dead Regeneration
  • Exaskeleton
  • FIFA Street 2
  • Full Spectrum Warrior: 10 Hammers
  • GUILTY GEAR XX #RELOAD
  • Harry Potter: And the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter: And the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge
  • Jet Set Radio Future
  • Justice League: Heroes
  • King Arthur
  • Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders
  • Magic: The Gathering: Battlegrounds
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2
  • Mech Assault 2
  • MLB Slug Fest 2003
  • Morrowind
  • MotoGP2
  • Myst III: Exile
  • NBA Live 2002
  • NCAA Football 06
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Ranseiki
  • Outlaw Golf 9 More Holes of X-mas
  • Outlaw Volleyball: Red Hot
  • Outrun 2
  • Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast
  • Pac Man World 3
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Pro Cast Sports Fishing
  • Project Gotham Racing
  • Project Gotham Racing 2
  • RoadKill
  • Rogue Ops
  • Sega GT 2002
  • Sega GT Online
  • Shadow Ops
  • Showdown: Legends of Wrestling
  • Silent Hill 2: Dreams
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee
  • The DaVinci Code
  • The Sims 2
  • The Urbz: Sims in the City
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
  • Transworld Surf
  • Trivial Pursuit Unhinged
  • Winning Eleven 8
  • Without Warning
  • WWF Raw
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny

The SpongeBob game now works? Huzzah!

August 7th, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, Corporate, General, Live, Maps, Search, Virtual Earth, Windows, Windows Mobile, Xbox, Xbox 360 | 5 comments



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  1. I think the one that’s bugging me most is Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. If this one doesn’t get the backwards treatment eventually, I shall be really annoyed.

    Comment by Jamie | August 7, 2007

  2. OK. Enough is enough. Beyond Good and Evil needs backwards compatability.

    Comment by Monster Creative | August 7, 2007

  3. MS update is from July 5!!!

    Comment by none | August 8, 2007

  4. How about MVP 06 NCAA Baseball? This is one of the best baseball games of all time, how can it not be b/c? It’s been out for two years, so there’s no excuse. I know a bunch of people have been screaming for it, so please make this game playable on the 360!!!

    Comment by Andy | September 10, 2007

  5. [...] – I say unique, but they’re not necessarilly the first with this idea. Microsoft’s Live Maps has a similar shaded 3D terrain look in its regular maps, too, and they’ve had it since [...]

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