Fall 09 Dashboard Update
Facebook, Twitter et al Heading to Your Xbox on November 17th
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Familiar headline, huh?

You remember when we posted that the upcoming social networking applications were due on November 17th? Sure you do... we then posted a few hours later that Microsoft had stealth edited the date out. Guess what? That date was right all along.

Microsoft today announced that the fall 09 update, well, the second part of it, would be landing on Xbox Live on November 17th for Xbox Live Gold members (Twitter, Facebook & LastFM require a gold account.) So if you didn't manage to get in to the  preview program for it, fear not, you've only got a few more days to wait. Still don't have it and want to see our impressions of it, then head here.

In summary, the update is coming on November 17th. Now wouldn't it have been easier just to have left the date on


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Comment #1 by grumpiercloud
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:10:13 PM
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Too bad I'm silver. :)

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Comment #3 by tnargus
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:18:48 PM
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Who cares. I've had FB and Twitter on there with the Preview Program for weeks. One word for it: Ordinary. They're not well featured, don't run well, and unless you have, or go buy, a keyboard attachment it's useless typing on it.

Last.FM, whilst i haven't tried it out yet, is also a fail. It became a fail the minute they decided to have music playing in the Dash and the Dash only. Not in the bg of games. Douchebags.


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Comment #4 by sLaW
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:27:29 PM
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I think I used Facebook 3 times the past 2 weeks on the xbox, its a notch above useable. twitter is just dumb in my opinion to begin with, having facebook. was pretty cool when i was doing other stuff since i could hear it through the good speakers and not shitty computer speakers, but no bg music during games was fail. I liked the instant HD trailers off off zune. its really not that big of an addition...

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Comment #5 by J Prime
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:27:36 PM
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i have a computer for facebook, and i dont use twitter, and who ever doesn't have a chatpad for 360 is gonna kick themselves in the nuts for writing longs series of texts

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Comment #6 by Kidus34
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:29:54 PM
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Who needs a chat pad? I have the actual KeyBoard from my old computer hooked into the USB Port on the front of my xbox 360. Works perfectly.

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Comment #7 by Balverine
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:34:49 PM
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I've been enjoying the Last.FM for when I go to sleep and wanna listen to my music :P

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Comment #8 by Frostbite
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:39:32 PM
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Who cares!?!?!? On Nov. 17th!!!! Assassins Creed 2 comes out!! :-) That more important!

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Comment #9 by Steve Lucifuge
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 09:40:32 PM
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Comment #11 by SWF
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:11:17 PM
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@ #8, that is completely correct. I'm in the Preview Program, and I've used Twitter once, Facebook twice, and Zune not at all. Last.FM is useful if you are doing homework or something, but I've used only a few times.
I can't wait for Assassin's Creed 2, though, and I hope they don't kick me out of the game when updating the Dashboard. As I'll be home playing it after the midnight pickup.

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Comment #12 by oOBloodOceanOo
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:15:37 PM
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Hey cool, I'll be able to play those cool free flash games from Facebook on my Xbox?!?! Oh wait, it's Microsoft. I'm surprised they haven't started charging me for the privilege of turning my xbox on.

I think the reason you can't use during games is the same reason why active downloads stop when you load up some games. I think it's just to preserve the speed of the connection in case you're playing a game online

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Comment #13 by Adrenaline240
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:15:55 PM
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Hey look its another useless feature that xbox will pretend everyone loves and actually uses!


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Comment #14 by Doktor Wilhelm
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:25:54 PM
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I agree with everyone that says that FaceBook/Twitter are pointless (maybe if the displayed new updates via a ticker while I played, or atleast didn't need to be 'loaded' to see everything) and even more so without the links to sites/videos working. is good for finding a few bands/song I've not heard before, though has a lot of problems; if I want to listen to music through the xbox I'll stream it from my PC, atleast I can then listen to it in game!

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Comment #15 by RTRD_Mayhem
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:26:13 PM
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so "unofficial" HDD won't work? on my "MEMORY" screen in the dashboard (scroll all the way down to system settings) it says my HDD Name: Big Daddy Spam-Ball. and i have 75.6 GB left, and then on the far right it says MICROSOFT.

My Question: does that mean it's an "official" HDD!?

please reply someone!

much appreciated!

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Comment #16 by Thrall320
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:39:33 PM
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I'm in the preview program, and the new features suck, and are completely useless. Their slow, and most of the features are missing that you could go on the computer and get.

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Comment #17 by x352x pH
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:42:53 PM
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okay, ive had the update for a coupel weeks now and is it just me or is there a bunch of facwebook featuires left out that microsoft promoted? cause they were talking that you'd be able to post in game videos and all this other stuff to your facebook and so far its only status updates and pictures lol.. i knew there wasnt gonna be notifications or chat.. buit not even your message inbox? wtf microsoft. sooo anyone know if they are actually gonna put the features they promoted in the update come nov 17th cause right now it sucks ass.. although is pretty cool if youre writing a paper for school or something

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Comment #18 by RTRD_Mayhem
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 10:52:12 PM
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can someone please help #15! :/

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Comment #19 by MartyMcFly
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:06:45 PM
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@13 much agreed.

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Comment #20 by Paprikeh
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:08:36 PM
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Wow @2, critical much? Christ.
It's just one more awesome thing added to your 4 dollar subscription per month and you're complaining?

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Comment #21 by DreddPirate Rob
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:19:02 PM
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I used the lastfm feature the most. its good stuff just like everyone else says, sucks that its stuck to only the dashboard.

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Comment #22 by L1E
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:28:12 PM
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Sucks that I have a child account because I couldn't use any of the Preview Program's features, and I won't be able to use them in the official update for a while.

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Comment #23 by Phantomzero17
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 11:57:59 PM
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My PC is less than 3 inches from my xbox I won't even them.

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Comment #24 by IrritatedPuppy
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 12:06:58 AM
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Comment #25 by DENAz666
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 12:15:42 AM
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Meh, also in the preview and most of it is just tacked on crap. Facebook and Twitter aren't too bad, but considering i don't use either, they are just a waste of space for me. Last FM isn't even available in australia, so another waste of space. Zune HD isn't too bad, being able to stream HD movies is great, but until australia gets decent broadband, it will never be used as it takes up about a half of our monthly quota just to stream one movie!

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Comment #26 by Boylin
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 01:38:18 AM
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I'm not on Twitter or Facebook and don't use LastFM so couldn't care less. Just gonna clutter up my dash with more stuff I don't want.

They should add an option to hide stuff like this in the same way you can hide the "Welcome/Tutorial" bit or whatever it's called.

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Comment #27 by KIDDRAGON67
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:29:33 AM
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MS still havent given me my update as a part of the preview program, i got he email. lol, but it's no biggy

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Comment #28 by fallingskyline
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:50:49 AM
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last fm, would be cool, but isn't available in germany. zune is nothing more then videomarketplace but even slower then that was. for twitter and facebook, the feature would actually be good, if the effing xbox had an browser, cause you can't do shit with fb and twitter without browser since a lot of people link to videos and websites -> with this reason fb and twitter are a big FAIL imo

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Comment #29 by Aki2403
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:52:45 AM
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I must say, I've used Facebook on my Xbox once, and that was to see what it was like. Painful is the word that springs to mind, you can't use any of the applications, you can change your status, look at photos, and not much else, it'd be alright as a last resort if you didn't have access to a computer, but then again, if you didn't have access to a computer chances are that you wouldn't have Facebook.

I set up a twitter account for the purpose of testing the twitter on Xbox ( misguidedly thinking that you'd be able to keep it logged in whilst in game and maybe have it auto-tweet about achievements (a la penny arcade, alas, no, you can also only use this from the dashboard.

Zune just seems annoying and takes lon

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Comment #30 by Aki2403
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:53:14 AM
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Zune just seems annoying and takes longer to load than my video library used to, meaning that any video you download (even the ones from marketplace) you now need to use zune to play it back. is another flop, in all honesty I've not bothered with this more than once, I have a huge music library (about 5000 songs) on my PC, and can easily stream these to my Xbox, and streaming from my PC works whilst in-game as well.

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Comment #31 by fallingskyline
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:55:02 AM
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oh, i forgot. if the xbox had a browser the fb and twitter blades would be pointless...

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Comment #32 by sh0ckwave
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 03:13:31 AM
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Bleh I am more excited for Left 4 Dead 2 and Assassins Creed 2 that day...look forward to glitches.

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Comment #33 by RTRD_Mayhem
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 04:51:00 AM
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so "unofficial" HDD won't work? on my "MEMORY" screen in the dashboard (scroll all the way down to system settings) it says my HDD Name: Big Daddy Spam-Ball. and i have 75.6 GB left, and then on the far right it says MICROSOFT.

My Question: does that mean it's an "official" HDD!?

please reply someone!

much appreciated!

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Comment #34 by MattPayne
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 05:23:13 AM
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I want an update that allows the xbox to play .mkv files, that would make my day

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Comment #35 by MILINKYO
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 05:32:37 AM
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@33, sounds like you have named your hdd. A

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Comment #36 by Godge
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 05:44:45 AM
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I was supposed to get this a while back, Microsoft told me I'd get it in wave 1 of the preview program but decided not to give to me anyway.

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Comment #37 by Slegger
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 06:01:18 AM
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Pfft... I'll be playing MW2 and Left 4 Dead 2 too much to care.

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Comment #38 by Dragon83uk
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 06:38:34 AM
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Meh. I've had the preview for a few weeks now and I've gotta say, it's not all that interesting. I'm not a big fan of facebook or twitter so those parts have been pretty useless to me. Zune is just ridiculous, it's exactly the same as the video market place that already exists, it just has more panels with less on them (although things might be a bit different when it comes out for all). is the only part of the update that I've really used and to be honest even that's not very good. I seem to spend most of my time listening to a particular bands station only to not hear any of the particular bands music?

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Comment #39 by mjc0961
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 07:01:52 AM
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Fear not? More like fear very much... More useless, barely functional crap to bog down the dashboard with. They should have just added a single barely functional browser (like the PS3, Wii, PSP, and DS/DSi have) so that you can go to those sites and get all the content the way it should if you want it. And then the rest of us who use our game consoles for games instead of bastardized social networking don't have to deal with all the BS ads that are going to spring up after this launches.

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Comment #40 by RTRD_Mayhem
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 07:01:56 AM
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@35, so if i can name it, that means it's official?

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Comment #41 by Boylin
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 07:57:04 AM
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@40 It means it's a hard drive with Microsoft firmware, coulld be either official or hacked, check to see if it looks like it's been opened, if not stop worrying.

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Comment #42 by KyleStewart84
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 07:59:17 AM
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about time it comes out. Cause i been waitig for a long time for this to come.

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Comment #43 by Streetrunner77
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 08:10:48 AM
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@#13 - my point exactly - and if you already have a PC - then WHY do you need this on the xbox???????

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Comment #44 by RTRD_Mayhem
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 08:20:58 AM
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@41, i know a kid with the last name Boylin. ANYWAYS, i bought my HDD of ebay, and i just wasn't sure if it was official. because it lacked the "microsoft" inscription on the bottom of the HDD. i dunno. i just hoping it is official so i don't have to fork out even more money.

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Comment #45 by macd
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 09:17:56 AM
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I don't want any of this stuff.

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Comment #46 by MartyMcFly
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 09:45:33 AM
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@44 - Sorry, but they already made the announcement that they will be prohibiting HDDs that are not the Official Microsoft ones. Expect your HDD to be unreadable soon enough.

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Comment #47 by RTRD_Mayhem
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 09:52:39 AM
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@46, i know, thats why i been asking, read my comment #15. it has microsoft hardware in it, so i dunno.

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Comment #48 by adriano28
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:28:47 AM
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to words: point less

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Comment #49 by RagingClue
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 10:41:27 AM
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Why is everyone moaing. Its fucking free

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Comment #50 by Xterma
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 12:18:00 PM
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is lastfm for Canada

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Comment #51 by l.maciver
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 12:22:05 PM
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i would only use, i have no need for the others.

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Comment #52 by NorseForce28
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 12:37:38 PM
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Good lord RTRD Mayhem, stop the spam.

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Comment #53 by NATH4Nx
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 01:03:23 PM
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I'll only use facebook really but it doesnt look that good

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Comment #54 by samjustsam
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 01:29:23 PM
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it could be a good update for me as long as is free then thats cool. the rest i could care less about.

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Comment #55 by Youngtone 03
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:11:47 PM
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last fm seems the coolest

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Comment #56 by xkrazedklownx
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:12:32 PM
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question about zune...... it says u can watch movies with 7 mates over live, is that films u get off xbox live or any film streamed? and do they have to have the same film???? no shit answers please

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Comment #57 by Gilganomics
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 02:56:32 PM
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90% of the people here are all saying the exact same thing (which makes me wonder why some of them are saying anything at all), and all the people who probably like these features are to busy using them to even post..."crying wall"

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Comment #58 by spearian
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 04:28:41 PM
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facebook is a load of shit only used by gays

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Comment #59 by xDyNaMiCx
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 05:32:21 PM
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this is cool.
it comes out on my birthday. :0

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Comment #60 by RTRD_Mayhem
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 09:31:15 PM
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hey, NorseForce28, how the hell am i spamming? i asked a fucking question. so get your fucking head out of your ass or just dont fucking say anything at all dumbass,

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Comment #61 by fan of 3
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 11:17:00 PM
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what about joy ride,when is it coming out.thats all I'm really interested in.

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Comment #62 by InsipidActionHero
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:11:05 AM
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@58: Yeah, because socializing sucks.

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Comment #63 by PanTh3r
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:17:58 AM
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I love facebook, its the thing to after pre-teens move on from myspace, im kinda stoked for this, and I got a keyboard atch. so im good to go, like a crunchwrap surpeme

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Comment #64 by braddelo
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 12:41:40 AM
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You made me hungry you bastard!!! Anyway.....I swear I have never seen this many people bitch and whine about free additional content and/or updates. Get over yourselves. Obviously these things wouldn't be added if there wasn't an incredible backing for it. So essentially, if you are bashing on it, you are in the minority.

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Comment #65 by Senna63
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 01:12:02 AM
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I'll bet my left ball that this feature like many others only will be available for the US customers. every one else will be left out to dry like with the movie-options for example. netflix is it called?

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Comment #66 by x352x pH
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 07:09:04 AM
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can someone take a look at #17 please

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Comment #67 by x352x pH
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 07:10:04 AM
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btw @65 this is for UK as well, in fact you guys have sky tv which the US isnt getting..

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Comment #68 by RTRD_Mayhem
Saturday, November 14, 2009 @ 10:49:33 AM
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@66, that update a few weeks ago was just to prepare the system for this update. that update had nothing to add on. nov 17th is THE update.

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Comment #69 by Aki2403
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 02:19:15 PM
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It's for every region afaik I've been in on the preview program, and I'm in the UK, I don't think they'd allow people in to the Beta release if they weren't able to actually change over to the "retail" release.

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Comment #70 by bluntedGRINCH
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @ 09:54:45 AM
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Yeah I knew this would happen, and of course no update. Microsoft get on the ball you guys are garbage.

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Comment #71 by 357 magnum
Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 05:29:49 AM
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they could have done such a better job with facebook u cant take pictures or find friends or anything like that but the radio thing is nice

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