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May 21, 2013, 10:25 PM

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Microsoft unveils Xbox One: the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system  —  Blockbuster titles, Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV series, and exclusive agreements with the NFL transform games, TV and entertainment for the 21st century living room.  —  A new vision for the future comes …
Chris Kohler / Wired:
How Xbox One Plans to Fight Sony, Steam, and Everything Else  —  The other day, unable to take it anymore, we sucked it up and ordered HBO.  We needed our Game of Thrones fix immediately.  When the order went through and we were ready to binge-watch, it wasn't our cable box we turned on, but our Xbox.
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Exclusive First Look at Xbox One  —  I don't think I've ever hated a piece of cloth so much in my entire life.  —  It's Monday morning in mid-April, and I'm sitting in a many-couched conference room at Microsoft's campus in Redmond with three other entities: chief product officer Marc Whitten …
Xbox Wire:
Xbox One: Your Top Questions Answered  —  Today is an exciting day for Xbox.  This morning we shared our vision for a new generation of games, TV and entertainment.  We wanted to address some top questions we've seen from our fans, so here we go.  Q: Does Xbox One require an “always on” Internet connection?
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Microsoft unveils its next game console, the Xbox One  —  Microsoft debuted the Xbox One this afternoon live from a tent on its Redmond, WA. campus, putting to end months of speculation about the company's next-generation video game console.  Microsoft exec Don Mattrick called it out as an “all-in-one” box.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Xbox One hardware and specs: 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and more  —  Slot-loading Blu-ray drive?  Check.  HDMI in and out?  Absolutely, considering the Xbox One is meant to play a central role in the living room.  There's an octa-core processor based on AMD's Jaguar design …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Xbox One runs three operating systems, including cut-down Windows for apps  —  The latest update out of the currently unfolding announcement in Redmond: the next-generation Xbox will run three operating systems simultaneously.  Complementing Windows 8 and RT on PCs and tablets …
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David Pierce / The Verge:
The all-seeing Kinect: tracking my face, arms, body, and heart on the Xbox One  —  “It's what's on the inside that counts” is something of an unofficial mantra of Microsoft's new Xbox One.  The Kinect is perhaps the best example: externally, it's more or less unchanged from its predecessor, but it's actually a very different device.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Flickr, Vimeo integration likely to bolster social ties in iOS 7  —  In the upcoming overhaul of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system, iOS 7, Apple plans to include an increased presence of third-party social networks, including Flickr and Vimeo, according to a person familiar with the software.
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Apple CEO Tim Cook strongly defends tax policy at Senate hearing  —  WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook strongly defended the company's tax practices Tuesday at a Senate hearing highlighting the technology giant's use of Irish subsidiaries to shelter billions of dollars in income from U.S. taxes.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Former Apple, Palm Executive Mike Bell to Head Intel's New Devices Unit  —  While it isn't going into detail about its plans for a new devices unit, Intel has tapped a leader whose expertise goes well beyond chips.  —  Mike Bell, who has been co-leading Intel's mobile chip business …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food  —  Anjan Contractor's 3D food printer might evoke visions of the “replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea.  And indeed Contractor's company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Latest Google+ redesign comes to the mobile Web: Cover photos, larger tap targets, and card-based posts  —  Google on Tuesday announced a redesign of its Google+ social network for the mobile Web.  The revamp is meant to bring the mobile version of Google+ in line with the last redesign of the service.
Donna Tam / CNET:
NY official: Airbnb stay illegal; host fined $2,400  —  An administrative law judge decides that a man leasing a condo broke New York's laws after he rented out part of his home on Airbnb.  —  New York officials have determined that a man who rented out part of his apartment on Airbnb …

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