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The time has come: As announced earlier this summer, Microsoft is shuttering MSN TV, a service it's operated since 1997. Originally known as WebTV, the box (naturally) brought the internet to many a living-room set -- it was something of a pioneer back in the day, really. Nostalgic types can still

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on

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You might think it should have happened sooner. This week, Microsoft announced it would decommission its MSN TV (formerly WebTV) service. Even I didn't think it would last this long, and I was WebTV's greatest advocate back in the day. In fact, I was its official evangelist, hired by founder Steve

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Just after celebrating the service's sweet 16th, Microsoft has announced it will be shutting down MSN TV on September 30th. To help ease the transition, Redmond is offering current subscribers free access to MSN Premium through December 31st. After that, customers will have to pay the standard rat

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. When Microsoft introduced the original Xbox, the company had a lot to prove. The console newcomer promised that it was laser-focused on building a great system for games. There wasn't much to distract it. In a time

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If you were still holding out for those 3D-erific videos of cute dogs and sumo wrestlers for your American 3DS via Nintendo's \"Itsu no Ma ni Terebi\" service, bad news just got badder. In short, it's not coming. Ever. In fact, worse than that, the service will take its last look at the rising sun o

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FCC appearances are usually a good indication of a product's imminent arrival. And with Chumby's NeTV already headed to developers' hands later this month, this Commission filing isn't exactly catching us off guard. Now, a firm retail date is all that's missing to complete the once huggable platf

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. \"Don't throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day.\" -Peter Allen, from the song \"Everything Old Is New Again\" During the late '90s and early '00s, the hype bubble grew large about a number of ideas that n

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It's still not an actual product just yet, but upstart Snaptick has given CNET an early look at its eponymously-named internet TV system, which it says will challenge the likes of Google TV and Apple TV. The company's hook is that it simply delivers the \"full web\" to your TV, which can be controll

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With Google TV devices hitting the streets this week, Google is showing everyone else how browsing the internet on the TV is done; but it makes us wonder, do people actually want to surf the internet on their TV? Recent surveys have shown that more and more people are surfing the internet while wat

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. In the short course of about 18 months, Android has gone from an upstart operating system on a single handset to one of the fastest growing mobile operating systems around to one that's increasingly being used beyo

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Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he'll explore where our industry is and where it's going -- on both micro and mac

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