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Microsoft cuts Xbox price, frees Netflix from GoldBy removing the Kinect, Microsoft is offering a cheaper Xbox One and it's no longer requiring a Live Gold subscription to access streaming apps like Netflix. Also: the top European court orders Google to delete search links on request.
Today's tech lesson, it's always good to wait before buying a new game system. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Microsoft is making some bold changes to the Xbox system that has many fans saying, it's about time, you no longer have to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to have the ability to stream video from apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO GO. You also don't need to pay the Live $60 yearly fee if you just want to use Internet Explorer, or Skype. The Xbox was the only home entertainment system that blocked apps behind its own additional pay wall. And on June 9th, Microsoft will sell a cheaper $400 version of the Xbox One that does not include the Kinect motion sensing camera accessory. That means the Xbox 1 now costs the same as the PlayStation 4. And speaking of saving money, Motorola has a new cheap Android smartphone. It's called the Moto E, and it costs only $130 and that's without any carrier contract. Normally, if you want a good phone, you have to pay $600 or more off contract. But Motorola is trying to change that with new budget priced smartphones. Even at that price, the Moto E still has a good battery. It's got a customized [UNKNOWN] cover, a Gorilla Glass touch screen display, and it's got the same design and feel as it's higher priced Motorola siblings. But there are trade offs, for one, there's no front facing camera, sorry selfie lovers. The Moto E is just a bit cheaper than the Moto G, which is $180. The G came out in November and it's already the best selling smartphone in Motorola's history because of that low price. Let's switch gears to talk about search engines. We all have Googled ourselves to see what comes up when we search our names, and if anything embarrassing or awkward pops up, well there's not much you can do about it, but what if you could just call up Google to have the embarrassing links about you removed from search results. And that's exactly what people may be able to do soon across Europe. A top European court has made a ruling that citizens have a right to be forgotten. And that means they can ask Google to delete search results that might infringe upon their privacy. This is great news if you were once tried and then acquitted of a crime, yet the outdated news of your arrest haunted you on Google. However, what if this goes too far into censorship? What if news stories just start to vanish from search results? Because powerful people don't like bad news about themselves. It's a battle between the freedom of information and privacy rights. Google says it's taking time to analyze the implications of this ruling. That's your tech news update, and you can stay updated by subscribing to our podcast or following me on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]