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Links for May 13, 2008

HTC Unveils Beautiful Touch Diamond Phone
HTC announced the latest phone in its growing high quality Touch series, the Touch Diamond, which comes with a pretty piano black finish, some cool new interface elements on top of Windows Mobile, like “lets users sort and view e-mail like stacks of letters, receive animated weather forecast graphics, and look at pictures as though they’re in a roll of film”, as well as a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS and HSDPA.

Live Messenger Facebook Application
Microsoft has released an official Facebook application that lets you access Windows Live Messenger and chat with your Live IM contacts on Facebook. Visitors to your Facebook profile can send you IMs right from the page.

MS’s Greg Linden on News Personalization
I always find what Greg Linden has to say interesting, but now that he works on god-knows-what at Live Labs at Microsoft, it takes on even more importance. Read his paper on personalizing and customizing the news.

New Zune Probably Won’t Block Downloaded TV Shows
There was a rumor going around that Microsoft was planning on an agreement with NBC that would put NBC’s shows on the Zune in return for a form of active DRM that actually blocked non-copyprotected downloaded copies of NBC shows from being loaded and watched on a Zune. It was a pretty horrible idea, and Microsoft is making it very clear that they had no such plans.

Microsoft Donates $1.3 Million From i’M Initiative
Live Messenger program does a lot of good, donating some serious cash. Hotmail users can now join the party with small ads in their email signatures that pay out to charity.

Microsoft Discontinues SPOT Watches
Microsoft’s technology push to get smart watches with MSN Direct updates delivered by radio frequencies has ended, with MS discontinuing the product due to it never catching on with consumers. I always wanted one, though the large size and limited selection whenever I shopped for them kept me putting it off.

Grand Theft Auto IV Breaks Sales Records
GTA IV broke Halo 3’s sales record, selling 3.6 million units on day one, totaling $310 million in revenue in a single day (compared to Halo’s $300 million). That of course, is double what the highest opening weekendrecord for the film industry is. First week sales were $500 million.

Zune Video Store Starts Rolling Out
Microsoft started delivering a video store for Zune owners, releasing a version 2.5 Zune store update that allows users to download TV shows for now, and later movies.

Shareholders Making Yahoo Pay For Fighting Microsoft
Yahoo’s shareholders are not happy with Jerry Yang for spurning Microsoft, and they’re voicing that dissapointment. Seven analysts downgraded the stock to “sell” or “strong sell”. The stock fell 20% the day after Microsoft dropped the bid, but it isn’t below the point it was at before Microsoft made offer.

Messenger TV On The Way
Windows Live Messenger TV is coming, and you can see screenshots and read about it at LiveSide.

May 13th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Zune, Windows Mobile, Live, Halo, Halo 3, Grand Theft Auto, Yahoo Acquisition, Windows Media, Corporate, Yahoo, Windows, Xbox, Messenger, Xbox 360, Hotmail, MSN | no comments



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