Microsoft's streaming music service will soon become subscriber-only.
According to this FAQ posted on the official Xbox site: "Effective December 1, 2014, the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered."
If you've already purchased music through Xbox Music, you will continue to have access to the music you own.
Microsoft says that it is discontinuing the free service because it is "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web."
Subscriptions to Xbox Music Pass will be $ 9.99 a month.
Source: Xbox.com via Eurogamer
It sounds like Microsoft is going after the already crowded streaming music market – which is already saturated with applications like Spotify, Google Music, Rhapsody, and Grooveshark. I doubt that this will gain much traction.
The college football card for Saturday October 25th will find several attractive week nine games aired over national television to satisfy the interests of bettors worldwide. The action goes around the clock and gets underway at 12PM Eastern Time.
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Over on ESPN TV at 12PM Eastern Time a Big 12 conference battle is scheduled as the Kansas St Wildcats will be hosting the Texas Longhorns. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Kansas St Wildcats the -9 ½ point betting favorite. Texas survived a scare last week against Iowa St as they win by three despite allowing 45 points to the Cyclones.
At 3:30PM Eastern Time on CBS the undefeated Mississippi St Bulldogs are on the road to face the Kentucky Wildcats. Mississippi St is favored on the road by -14 points with a total of 59 points. Undefeated Bulldogs are facing a Wildcats team off a blowout loss at LSU.
ESPN will air at 3:30PM Eastern Time a Big 12 conference showdown between the Oklahoma St Cowboys and West Virginia Mountaineers. Oklahoma St is favored by -1 point at home with a total of 65 points. West Virginia pulled off the home upset of Baylor last week.
In prime time at 7:15PM Eastern Time on ESPN the LSU Tigers will welcome into Death Valley the undefeated Mississippi Rebels. Ole Miss comes favored on the road by -3 ½ points with a total of 45 ½ points. LSU already has one home prime time loss on the year and that came to Mississippi St. The Tigers will have their hands full on offense trying to get first downs on this good Mississippi defense.
The late night game from the PAC 12 conference has the Utah Utes at home hosting the USC Trojans in a key game from the south division at 10PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1. USC is favored on the road in this one by -1 point with an over under of 52 ½ points. Both teams have one loss in the competitive PAC 12 south division and the loser of this game will have long odds to make the PAC 12 Championship Game.
Aaron Paul has some very good points to make about BreakingBadActionFigureGate.
Late last week, a Florida woman named Susan Schrivjer started a Change.org petition that called for Toys R Us to remove dolls from its shelves that depicted Paul’s character of Jesse Pinkman and Bryan Cranston’s character of Walter White.
Because these Breaking Bad-inspired figures came with bags of meth and cash, Schrivjer wrote that such a “celebration of the drug trade [makes] this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters.”
In response, the chain removed the Breaking Bad dolls from its shelves.
But Paul has now taken to Twitter in response and even used Schrivjer’s own example against her.
“Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie?” Paul wrote. “Hmmmm…I wonder what is more damaging?
“And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs ? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone.”
VERY well played, Aaron Paul.
As many have pointed out, the Breaking Bad figures were labeled as being for those over 15 years of age; no toddler… heck, no one unfamiliar with Breaking Bad already… is going to simply select one of these items off the shelves.
But Barbie? That doll with unrealistic proportions that sets a terrible example for young women and their body image? The item bought by millions of parents across the country everyday?
Where’s the outrage over that?
Your move, Florida woman.
Top National Security Agency official Teresa Shea is leaving her position after BuzzFeed News reported on her and her husband’s financial interests. The move comes as the NSA faces more questions about the business dealings of its former director, Keith Alexander, and potential ethics conflicts.
A sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Maryland.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File
WASHINGTON — One of the nation's top spies is leaving her position at the National Security Agency, according to two sources, amid growing disclosures of possible conflicts of interest at the secretive agency.
The shakeup comes just a month after BuzzFeed News began reporting on the financial interests of the official, Teresa Shea, and her husband.
Shea was the director of Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, which involves intercepting and decoding electronic communications via phones, email, chat, Skype, and radio. That's widely considered the most important mission of the NSA, and it includes some of the most controversial programs disclosed by former contractor Edward Snowden, including the mass domestic surveillance program.
It couldn't be determined why Shea is leaving her position or what new job she might take. Neither the Sheas nor the NSA responded immediately to requests for comment.
In September, BuzzFeed News reported that a SIGINT “contracting and consulting” company was registered at Shea's house, even while she was the SIGINT director at NSA. The resident agent of the company, Telic Networks, is listed as James Shea, her husband.
Mr. Shea is also the vice president of a major SIGINT contractor that appears to do business with the NSA. The company, DRS Signals Solutions, is a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, which itself is a subsidiary of Italian owned Finmeccanica SPA.
Last week Buzzfeed News also reported Shea herself had incorporated an “office and electronics” business at her house, and that the company owned a six-seat airplane and a condominium in the resort town of Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Over the past month, Teresa Shea and James Shea haven't returned phone calls, and the NSA has declined to comment about any specifics, beyond explaining how the agency tries to address conflict of interest issues in general, and to say that “the agency takes Federal ethics laws quite seriously.”
In April, Admiral Michael Rogers took over as director of the NSA, and it was expected he might shuffle staff. One intelligence source said Shea's departure from her job appeared to be due in part to the “optics” of a top NSA official coming under scrutiny by the press for her and her husband's business dealings. The other said the press disclosures may have nothing to do with her leaving.
Shea, as SIGINT director, presided over most of the NSA operations disclosed by Snowden. The most controversial of those is the mass domestic surveillance program, under which the agency collects data on virtually every phone call Americans make, domestically or overseas, from a cell phone or a landline. But other operations included disclosures that calls by the leaders of foreign allies were intercepted, and that a vast amount of electronic communications were collected from American internet companies such as Google and Yahoo.
Last week, the NSA came under increasing pressure because of the business dealings former director Keith Alexander, who left the agency in March.
Reuters disclosed last week that Alexander hired another top NSA official to work at his company, even while the scientist continued to work at the NSA. Reuters said that the NSA had begun a review of the unusual agreement, under which the NSA's Chief Technology Officer Patrick Dowd was to work twenty hours a week at Alexander's company, called Ironnet Cybersecurity, while still working for the United States government.
This week, after the controversy erupted, the company said Dowd would no longer work there.
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John Stanton contributed reporting to this story.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Caribbean cricket authorities are seeking urgent crisis talks with their counterparts from India
who have vowed to take legal action and suspend bilateral ties in the wake of a player-driven tour cancellation.
The West Indies Cricket Board released a statement after an emergency meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, saying it was “deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India.”
The cash-strapped WICB would be in serious trouble if the Board of Control for Cricket in India proceeds with the multi-million dollar compensation claim and refuses to tour the Caribbean.
“In light of the longstanding good relationship between WICB and BCCI, which goes back decades and has produced numerous mutual benefits, the WICB looks forward to meeting with the BCCI to discuss these decisions which can have serious implications for West Indies cricket,” the statement said. “WICB believes that a way can be found to repair the damage that has been caused and to ensure that similar events do not recur, with the focus being on the betterment of West Indies and world cricket.”
A pay dispute between the West Indies players and administrators boiled over last week when the squad withdrew from the tour after the fourth limited-overs international, abandoning an ODI, a Twenty20 international and three test matches that were still on the schedule.
The BCCI, which quickly replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, did not indicate a figure for its damages claim but media reports estimate it stands to lose $ 50 million in revenue.
The Indian board met in Hyderabad on Tuesday before confirming it would initiate the legal action and suspended all bilateral tours between the countries, including a tour to the Caribbean in early 2016.
The BCCI is the most powerful stakeholder in international cricket, with its vast revenues from sponsorship, TV deals and the Indian Premier League flowing into the global arena and helping the game keep afloat in some countries.
The West Indies, which dominated international cricket for long periods in the 1970s and 80s, is in turmoil amid the unresolved dispute over pay structure involving the West Indies Players Association and WICB. The team said WIPA signed a collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding last month without its knowledge and consent, and has pressed WIPA president Wavell Hinds to resign.
Hinds has refused, and the board has said it will honor the CBA and memorandum.
The WICB has set up a taskforce to review the premature end to the India tour, and also sought to reassure Cricket South Africa that it will tour as scheduled later in the year.
“The WICB thanks all stakeholders, particularly the ICC, BCCI, their broadcasters and sponsors for their patience and understanding in this matter and looks forward to the continuation of a strong relationship between our boards,” It said in a statement. “The WICB is committed to acting as expeditiously as the situation allows, and will provide further information to the public as soon as it is appropriate to do so.”
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