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Briefly: Microsoft offers Windows Phone 8 games, Rdio shutters Vdio

12/29, 7:53pm

Microsoft adds classic Windows desktop games to Windows Phone 8

Owners of Windows Phone 8 devices can now download updated versions of classic Windows desktop games, according to the company blog. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper, and Mahjong are all listed in the Windows Phone Store, and introduce features such as Xbox Live integration, stat tracking, and the option to start a game on one device then completing it at a later time on another.

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Rdio opens up Vdio to users in US, UK with per-show, film pricing

06/19, 8:27pm

Social media features present, no monthly subscription

Video streaming service Vdio has exited its pre-release phase and is now open to users in the United States and the United Kingdom. The service, created by streaming music provider Rdio, will allow anyone in the two countries, including those not subscribed to Rdio, to access the service through the website and through its companion iPad app.

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Rdio launches Vdio streaming service with social media integration

04/03, 5:28pm

Content available for rental and purchase, no subscription service available

Music streaming purveyor Rdio is previewing its long-awaited next effort -- the video streamer Vdio. Calling it a "beautiful new way to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and TV shows with your friends," the service is available today in pre-release form with a $25 viewing credit given to existing and new Rdio Unlimited subscribers.

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Ex-Skype founders confirm Vdio, take on Netflix

10/17, 5:30pm

Vdio to carry top TV shows in subscription

Following an earlier investigation, Vdio has confirmed plans to launch as a direct competitor to Netflix and other major movie services. Created by Skype and Rdio creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the company told GigaOM that it would provide the "best in TV and movies, right now." Its teaser page includes TV shows such as Mad Men as well as movies like The Dark Knight, suggesting it had at least lined up deals with AMC, Fox, Showtime, Sony, and Warner Bros., among others.

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