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Microsoft demands leaked Xbox 720 docs be removed from Web

Microsoft is reportedly trying to have a 56-page document with details about its next-generation "Xbox 720" wiped from the Web.

Originally hosted on Scribd, the document, which revealed major hardware and software updates, was removed at the request of international law firm Covington & Burling LLP.

According to The Verge, takedown notices were sent to sites hosting the leaked document, including Czech tech site, which reportedly received a notice over the weekend from a Microsoft Internet investigator.

The document has also reportedly been removed from cloud storage site Dropbox, The Verge said.

Microsoft did not immediately return PCMag's request for comment.

The software giant, however, danced around the issue in a statement to Forbes, saying that while the company understands the great interest and anticipation for what comes next from Xbox, "there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360 console."

The comment went on to sell Microsoft's 360 product, adding that "We are continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will."

Microsoft is no stranger to copyright battles, taking a top spot in a recent Google Transparency Report, which found that the company requested a total of 2.95 million URLs be removed, averaging more than 56,000 per week.

According to the two-year-old leaked document, the all-in-one box will be released ahead of the 2013 holiday season. Xbox 360 owners may get a boost, though, since the document indicated that Microsoft plans to release XTV service and apps for the 360 before the end of 2012.

The Xbox 720 is expected to carry support for Blu-ray, native 3D, video acceleration and five power states, from "full power" to "standby," according to the document.

Also, a second-generation Kinect accessory, dubbed the Kinect V2, will provide "closer, wider, deeper" 3D play space, improved voice recognition, four-player tracking and more, the document revealed.