Hacker group DerpTrolling claims to have released a "very small portion" of usernames and logins for three gaming networks in its possession as a "warning to companies".
In Asia, Microsoft researchers are experimenting with new ways to interact with the Live Tiles that are core to the Windows 8.X, Windows Phone, and Xbox user interfaces.
The move, which wouldn't be much of a surprise, was leaked in a support page update for Age of Empires Online.
A now-deleted support message from Microsoft suggests that Games for Windows Live will be shut on 1 July 2014.
Microsoft will kill Live Mesh on Wednesday, so current users have only a couple of days left to jump ship to SkyDrive or a similar service.
A smaller operating system technology designer is accusing Microsoft of ripping off its technology for use in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft is making it simpler to log into online services and apps ahead of Windows 8, which could be revealed on 20 June.
Microsoft is attempting to bring a semblance of order to its currently confusing Windows application and services story.
Windows Live Messenger users that try to send links from The Pirate Bay will find that they won't be sent.
Microsoft is reportedly planning on killing the Windows Live and Zune services when it unveils Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress next week.