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Noon News: Xbox 720 to Have 16-core CPU?, Is MIPS Up for Sale?, Windows 8 Store Gets Metro Apps, London Travel Live Updated

Although the Xbox 720 is not expected any time soon and officials haven't spoken yet about technical specifications, a rumour surfaced last week claiming that Durango will have a 16-core CPU and will be built with the same technology used in Xbox 360. Earlier speculation spoke of two versions of the console: one that would be optimised for arcade titles and will come in a form similar to Apple's TV and one that would be the direct sequel to the Xbox 360 and will pack a lot of power.

MIPS could be up for sale according to a report from Bloomberg which cites anonymous sources. The US-based company competes in the market against ARM in the red hot embedded, low power-high performance microprocessor market. The report claims that MIPS has hired Goldman Sachs Group to look for potential buyers for the company with its intellectual property portfolio likely to attract some significant investment.

Microsoft has updated the Windows 8 store and those running Consumer Preview can now enjoy several new applications, including a Metro-style Twitter that was missing from the collection as well as a selection of gaming titles. Social media enthusiasts can now take advantage of a fully functional Twitter client for Metro, offering connectivity using touch gestures.

London Travel Live, the perfect application for anyone visiting or living in London, has just been updated to version 3.1. This build brings features like bus routes, live traffic maps and other interesting tools to users sporting a Windows Phone handset. In version 3.1 users can enjoy an Oyster card live tile, an integrated TFL journey planner with enhanced styling and functionality, bus routes and information about all stations as well as the ability to pin routes or bus stops.

Anonymous has struck against a range of UK and US government targets. Announcing the attacks on its Anonymous Operations Twitter account, the hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for the DDoS downing of the MI6 site in the UK, and CIA along with Department of Justice sites over in the US.