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Microsoft Bringing Silverlight to Xbox 360 in 2011

Microsoft Corporation will bring its popular web platform, Silverlight, to its Xbox 360 gaming console, according to a high-level positioned person at the company who is familiar with the matter that spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not made public.

The company is building a team of developers who could develop a Silverlight version for the Xbox 360, which could be released some time around the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the source.

Our source says the reasoning behind the move is to better strategically position the gaming console from a possibly significant threat from Google’s Android powered TV set-top-box which will include various applications, including streaming movies, e-mail, the Google Chrome web browser, among other applications developed for Android.

The Silverlight platform, which could already be used by developers to create applications for the company’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system, would bring familiar applications already found on other platforms that use Silverlight, including your regular PC browser, to the Xbox 360 platform.

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Mozilla to release Prism, an open-source Silverlight and Adobe AIR competitor

Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe AIR are cross-device platforms that run advanced web applications locally on computers.

Mozilla is now readying the release of their open-source project, Prism, which will make it even easier for you to turn most web pages into applications usable directly from your computer.

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App Wall gets Photosynthed

At the Apple WWDC conference, Apple put up 20 large 30-inch LCD displays, showcasing the icons of 20,000 of the most popular apps found on the App Store today. Every time that someone downloads an app, its icon bounces up and down. Andreas Douglas and Greg Pascale who were at the conference decided to take some pictures and put them all into PhotoSynth. Check it out, it turned out very nicely. The photos were taken with an iPhone. A reminder, to check it out, you will need to have the Microsoft Silverlight plugin installed (about 18MB).

If your not sure what Photosynth (see our first coverage) is, the app lets you upload multiple photos and then it creates one cinematic panorama 3D 360 degree view. Photosynth analyzes each photo and uses the

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Facebook Open Stream bringing kool new apps

On April 27, 2009, Facebook announced it would open the entire activity stream via a new API. According to Ethan Beard, Facebook’s director of platform marketing, the new Facebook Open Stream API will be two-way, meaning developers can leverage the data but people will also be able to respond (for example to comments), via the third party applications. Developers will be able to use the entire feed via one simple API call, or use parts of the feed.

Some did not expect Facebook to become so open, as the company was previously very restrictive when it came to taking data outside of the community. Given intensifying competition from Twitter, who is very

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