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[News] [Rival] Xbox 360 Probably Have Kill Switch, EU Wants IE Kill Switch

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Rumor: Microsoft Can Kill Xbox 360s Remotely

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| A bit of qualification: I follow 8BitJoystick’s Jake Metcalf on Twitter and 
| he seems like a responsible writer. More importantly, he has a track record 
| of digging up credible inside sources. He famously broke the news that Halo 
| developer Bungie was leaving Microsoft (it was actually amusing to see bigger 
| outlets laugh at him, then eat their words), and has posted a couple other 
| juicy reports as well.     
| So when Metcalf says the source was “well vetted,” I believe him, even if the 
| source’s information leaves me skeptical simply because it’s so unbelievable. 
| If the report is accurate, the obvious question remains: Does Microsoft have 
| the legal right to do this? Yes, Metcalf argues, because hacking an Xbox 360 
| is a violation of the console’s terms of service, as well as the Digital 
| Millennium Copyright Act.   


Someone with an XBox 360 has just told me this is true (he had 6 broken
XBoxes), but the XBox 360 does not need such a switch. It just kills itself.

EU to levy huge fine on Intel, hearing set for Microsoft

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| The Europen Commission could fine Microsoft, force it to offer other 
| browsers, or require a “kill switch” in Windows that would disable IE. 
|     Microsoft has added a “kill switch” of sorts to Windows 7 that will let 
|     users prevent IE8 from running. Opera’s CEO, however, has said that he 
|     considers Microsoft’s move to be insufficient. The company’s Windows 7 
|     Release Candidate (RC), which is expected to publicly launch tomorrow, 
|     will be the first chance most users have of testing that kill switch.    



Microsoft's Xbox 360: No More RROD For Me, But For How Long We'll Have To

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| Back on Wednesday the 15th, I told you that my first-generation Xbox 360 game
| console had experienced the Red Ring of Death the prior Friday evening. I
| also shipped it off on the 15th, and the UPS tracking website reported that
| it was delivered to Microsoft's Mesquite, TX service facility at 10:15AM on
| the 21st.


Are Xbox 360's E74 Failure's The New RRoD?

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| According to polls conducted by Joystiq and Engagdet, E74 failures on Xbox
| 360's is on the rise. Joystiq asked readers to send in emails with reports of
| the failure, and recieved an overwhelming number of responses to their call.
| For those that aren't acquainted with the dreaded E74 failure, it's a problem
| that occurs when there is an AV cable error. On the surface anyway, because
| if the cable is still in working order (which it usually is) then it's a
| scaler chip problem, directly involving the ANA/HANA chip which is connected
| to the AV cable; or in some cases it's the GPU.


Increase In Xbox 360 E74 Problems


New Xbox 360 Hardware Failures Being Reported in Significant Numbers

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| Xbox 360 failures are on the rise since the launch of the New Xbox Experience
| A known Xbox 360 hardware issue is beginning to surface in significant
| numbers recently based on research conducted by video game site Joystiq.
| Tentatively called the Xbox 360 E74 error, one of the lights on the “Ring of
| Lights” on the front of your Xbox 360 console flashes red and you receive the
| error code and message: "E74. System Error. Contact Xbox Customer Support".
| The symptoms involve the bottom right portion of the indicator ring
| repeatedly flashing on and off and lines or snow will become visible across
| the screen.


Microsoft Wants You to Pay for E74 Repairs on Xbox 360s over a year old

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| I had a misunderstanding in my pervious article on the Xbox 360 E74 error. It
| ends up that Microsoft is saying that it will repair an E74 error stricken
| Xbox 360 for free only in the first year since purchase since it is still
| covered under the basic one year warranty so the E74 is ONLY covered by the
| normal warranty. After that you have to pay to get it fixed. They will pay
| for shipping but E74 error victims will have to pay to get it fixed if their
| Xbox 360 is over a year old.
| [...]
| I am sure that the Xbox Red Ring of Death debacle has devalued the perception
| of Microsoft as a brand outside of videogames. The RROD and E74 runs the risk
| of turning an entire generation of future consumers away from seeing
| Microsoft favorably.
| I am not even going to mention how much the Jerry Seinfeld Windows Vista ads
| sucked.


Xbox Live Cancels Year-Long Prepaid Account, Demands Another Year's
Subscription To Reactivate

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| Xbox Live has struck again, this time by screwing up the auto-renewal on a
| customer's account and ruining the prepaid annual membership he activated
| just three months ago.

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