302w ago - Social networking site Facebook has seen its first drop in UK users in January, new industry data indicates.
Users fell 5% to 8.5 million in January from 8.9 million in December, according to data from Nielsen Online.
This was the first drop in user numbers since July 2006 when Nielsen began compiling data on the site.
Nic Howell, deputy editor of industry magazine New Media Age, said the site was no longer as popular among its core audience of young people.
"Social networking is as much about who isn't on the site as who is - when Tory MPs and major corporations start profiles on Facebook, its brand is devalued, driving its core user base into the arms of newer and more credible alternatives," he said.
Facebook, along with its main rivals Bebo and MySpace, lets users set up personal web pages and communicate with each other.
Alex Burmaster, European internet analyst at Nielsen Online, said that it was inevitable that the site's early growth rates could not be sustained and user numbers were likely to plateau.
Nielsen's figures showed that there are 712% more Facebook users than a year ago.
"Just as one swallow doesn't make a summer, so one month of falling audiences doesn't spell the decline of Facebook...
309w ago - Microsoft's Xbox Live service suffered some downtime during the holidays. People complained. Microsoft made-up, said they were sorry, and is now giving away a free Xbox Live Arcade game to all members of the service.
That wasn't good enough for three Texans, who today filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The group allege that Microsoft "failed to provide adequate access and service to Xbox Live and its subscribers."
The nine page PDF copy of the suit does not claim specific damages, but does note that the amount in controversy is over five million.
Coinciding with announcements made in America today, Microsoft Japan has unveiled its lineup of titles for the Japanese version of Xbox Originals.
In Japan, the new service will be called Xbox Classics, and will start off with five titles: Halo, Crimson Sky: High Road to Revenge, Magatama, Fable, and Puyo Puyo Fever. Pricing for these games is set at 1,200 Microsoft Points.
Of the five, the first four are from Microsoft, with the last, Puyo Puyo, coming our way from Sega. With Sega on board, perhaps we can look forward to big titles like Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio in the future.
320w ago - If you have downloaded the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Demo, you will now see that the GT TV icon is active. You will see a little NEW tag on it, letting you know there is content available.
The first three available videos are in standard definition. They are from Best Motoring, Autobacs Super GT, and D1 Grand Prix. Here is a quick video showing the screens and the download process courtesy of kenvsryu555: