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Details of 2013 console and 2014 augmented reality glasses trickle out

Want to know secret details about Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) upcoming Xbox 720?  Too bad, says Microsoft.

A small army of lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP, among the international law firms whom Microsoft employs, have taken to the internet waging war against a documents leak which hit the web over the weekend.  Takedown notices are flying, removing copies of the document on DropBox, Scribd, and more.

Inhed.cz, a Czech tech news site also received a notice.  Microsoft's lawyers write:

Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.

1. Identification of copyrighted works:

Copyrighted work(s):
IEB Roadmap

Copyright owner: ?
Microsoft Corporation

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):

xxxxxxxxxxx-XBox-720-9-24-Checkpoint-Draft-1.pptx

Google Inc. (GOOG) claims Microsoft is one of the most legally active companies in terms of takedown notices, requesting that 448,236 URLs be killed this month alone.  Some of those are due to its efforts to stomp out piracy and botnet hosting.  But others come from more questionable applications, such as trying to silence leaks.

The leaked Xbox 720 slides describe Kinect 2 and the "Fortaleza project" a Google-glasses like effort that could bring augmented reality to the Xbox 720 as early as 2014.  Here are a few of the verboeten slides:

Xbox 720

Xbox 720
Xbox 720
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Image Source: WPCentral]

The Xbox 720 is expected to launch next year in 2013.

Sources: Inhed, WPCentral



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Whole Home DVR
By fic2 on 6/21/2012 4:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Wonder if that means a CableCARD slot and QAM tuners. If so that would be pretty huge and the cable companies will hate it.




RE: Whole Home DVR
By mevans336 on 6/21/2012 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why would it? Does the DirecTV Whole Home DVR service need a cablecard slot and ClearQAM tuners?


RE: Whole Home DVR
By FITCamaro on 6/21/2012 4:58:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's already got a cable card in it


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 4:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
cablecards are basically end-of-life and they and the traditional set-top box will likely be replaced by a streaming gateway that can redistribute content any device on your home network (TV, PC, mobile, etc.)
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/15/sony-tivo-ncta-...


RE: Whole Home DVR
By fic2 on 6/21/2012 7:00:30 PM , Rating: 3
I agree that CableCARDs are toward the end of the life there are millions in service in the U.S. and the cable companies will fight tooth and nail to not become just a data pipe/gateway. Of course, tooth and nail does not include lowering prices or anything silly like that.


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 8:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
cable co's (and directv) are behind this too. they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz. its far easier to just authorize and interal ip addr for hbo, sports, and kids pkg rather than maintaining a physical box at the home. it also gives them upgrade flexibility since they can enhance their ip feed without needing to swap out a physical box. (remember that SDV forced a lot of cable co's to retire certain boxes or continue sending out excess analog equivalents).

the FCC is behind this as well as most big TV mfgs. so XTV is simply ready for what's going to happen in the next few years.


RE: Whole Home DVR
By mcnabney on 6/22/2012 9:45:28 AM , Rating: 2
"they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz"

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha


RE: Whole Home DVR
By RamarC on 6/21/2012 8:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
cable co's (and directv) are behind this too. they want out of the set-top-box rental and maintenance biz. its far easier to just authorize and interal ip addr for hbo, sports, and kids pkg rather than maintaining a physical box at the home. it also gives them upgrade flexibility since they can enhance their ip feed without needing to swap out a physical box. (remember that SDV forced a lot of cable co's to retire certain boxes or continue sending out excess analog equivalents).

the FCC is behind this as well as most big TV mfgs. so XTV is simply ready for what's going to happen in the next few years.


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