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Xbox Entertainment Studios is doomed, original online programming efforts are not

Don't expect the likes of Yahoo and Amazon to follow the lead of Microsoft as it abandons efforts to produce original online shows.

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Missing Pieces: First looks at Halo: Nightfall and the reborn Unreal Tournament, plus more must-know games news

Plus: Ubisoft wants you to play Far Cry 4 on Mount Everest, The Last of Us is now a stage musical, and more must-know games news for the week of July 25.

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Gear VR leak shows how Samsung's headset works

Touch pad, back button, camera controls and voice activation shown in new images.

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Google reportedly seals deal to gobble up Twitch for $1 billion

A YouTube-Twitch marriage could be a match made in heaven - or hell.

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Comixology goes DRM-free on select comics

You won't see the latest Spider-Man or Superman stripped of anti-copying measures, but some independent publishers are going DRM-free.

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The Binge-Watch List: Ricky Gervais is actually, alarmingly quite sweet in Derek

He may have made his name playing a series of nasty people, but Ricky Gervais gives a sincere -- and Emmy-nominated -- performance on this Netflix series. Monty Ashley streams Derek to see if it's worth your time.

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Syfy, Philips team up to put Sharknado in a new light

If you've got a Philips Hue connected home lighting system, download the Syfy Sync app for iOS, and your lights will sync up with the action during next week's debut of Sharknado 2 on the cable channel.

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Free game alert: EA's giving away The Sims 2 after ending support for the game

From now until the end of the month you can get a free copy of The Sims 2 through Origin.

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Super Smash Flash 2 brings 16-bit Smash Bros. straight to your browser

Super Smash Flash 2 is completely unofficial and entirely awesome.

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How a Netflix subscriber used VPN to thwart Verizon's streaming slowdown

That's what one tech-savvy Netflix subscriber did when performance lagged on Verizon's network. The result? A 10x boost in his streaming speed.

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Don't panic! Microsoft isn't killing its Video and Music stores

A Microsoft boss rushed to reaffirm the company's commitment to Xbox Music and Video after comments from CEO Satya Nadella had people wondering if the services were destined for the dead pool.

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EA delays Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition

The launch dates for these two highly anticipated titles have been pushed back - one by a little, one by a lot.

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Why Simpsons World will destroy the U.S. but not Canada

The U.S could fall into ruin as millions tune in to cable channel FXX’s marathon showing of every “Simpsons” episode ever, to be followed by a “Simpsons World” website and app. A perfect opportunity for Canada, which is geo-blocked, to take over the continent, as it’s always really wanted to.

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Amazon adds more free music for Prime subscribers

Amazon's subscription service gets "hundreds of thousands" more songs to choose from at no extra charge.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Making sweet music

This week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes gear for making music, listening to tunes, and sharing both with your friends.