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May 22, 2013, 8:25 AM

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Microsoft:
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Live TV on the Xbox One: Microsoft learns nothing from Google TV's mistakes  —  webTV returns to Redmond... with a vengeance  —  “For the first time, you and your TV will have a relationship.”  —  That's how Microsoft began the introduction of its new Xbox One today …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
HTC in disarray: staff departures, ‘disastrous’ First, and production problems cloud company's future  —  Internal upheaval comes at a bad time for the struggling phone maker  —  The Verge has learned that HTC's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Urturn Raises $13.4M Series A, Led By Balderton, For Its Social Expressions Platform That Lets Teens Create Memes & Movements  —  Urturn, the social expressions platform that soft-launched as stealthily as possible last year by intentionally hiding under a really boring name …
Reuters:
Ireland feels the heat from Apple tax row  —  (Reuters) - Ireland called on Wednesday for an international clampdown on multinationals shifting profits around the world to avoid tax, after criticism that Irish loopholes helped technology giant Apple to shrink its tax bill.
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.
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Pew: 94% Of Teenagers Use Facebook, Have 425 Facebook Friends, But Twitter & Instagram Adoption Way Up  —  Teenagers use Facebook by far more than any other social media site and have over 400 friends on it.  But Twitter and Instagram have massively increased their usage in the past year …
Amy O'Leary / NYT Bits:
GIF Creator, Steve Wilhite, Receives Lifetime Achievement Webby Award  —  Among the thousands of file formats that exist in modern computing, the GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, has attained celebrity status in a sea of lesser-known BMPs, RIPs, FIGs and MIFFs.
Matt Brian / The Verge:
AMD slips to fourth spot as Qualcomm and Samsung capitalize on mobile processor sales  —  A fall in demand for desktop PCs and continued growth of the smartphone and tablet market saw AMD fall from second to fourth place for microprocessor sales in 2012.  According to a new report from IC Insights …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Powermat Acquires Finland's PowerKiss, Stirs Up Wireless Power Standard War  —  In the unfolding standards battle around wireless power technology, two players will today combine into one.  —  Powermat, the company that last year allied with Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand …

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