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Microsoft to increase Xbox Live subscription fee

The cost of subscribing to Xbox Live Gold will increase by £1 per month, Microsoft has confirmed

Subscribers to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service will have to pay an extra £1 per month from Nov 1 to play games online

Microsoft has announced that it will be increasing the cost of subscriptions to its online gaming portal, Xbox Live.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, eight others over patents

Billionaire Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has sued 11 major Web-based companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and eBay, alleging they infringed internet patents he owns.

AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples are the other companies accused of violating four patents said cover fundamental web technologies first developed at Interval Research in the 1990s.

The suit has been brought by Interval Licensing, which is controlled by Mr Allen.

It owns the patents of Interval Reserach, a defunct computer science and communications research company founded by Mr Allen and David Liddle in 1992.
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Microsoft Kinect launches Nov 10

Microsoft’s new controller-free gaming system, Kinect, will go on sale in the UK on Nov 10

Microsoft has confirmed that its new controller-free, motion-sensing gaming system, Kinect, will go on sale in the UK on November 10.

Kinect – previously known as Project Natal – uses a camera, connected to an Xbox 360 games console, to track the movement of players. Unlike Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s forthcoming Move system, Kinect can plot this movement, and translate it in to on-screen action, without the need for a controller.

here will be more than 15 Kinect-compatible games available at launch, including Kinect Sports, which features running and throwing games, Kinect Joyride, a driving game, and Dance Central, which allows people to dance along to their favourite songs by following the on-screen instructions.

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