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What happened to Apple TV? For all the anticipation of a major announcement about Apple TV at yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, basically we got nada. Instead, Tim Cook talked about almost anything but Apple TV. This being Apple, the company’s silence on Apple TV has generated a new parlor game based on speculating over why it didn’t say anything about Apple TV. I’ll have more to say on the topic in an upcoming Weekly Update. But for now, I think commenter Dan G.┬áin Janko Roettgers NewTeeVee story is onto something. Microsoft raised the digital living room bar considerably at E3 last week and I think Apple did not want to come in under the bar.

Microsoft gets Smart about the digital living room

Once the SmartGlass SDK is available, developers will have what amounts to a write-once, deploy-anywhere development environment to work in. Presumably, apps can be written to the SmartGlass APIs without having to devote additional development resources to creating separate versions for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

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Is E3 still a video game show? It depends on what you mean by “video game.” Video game consoles and portable devices are still very much at the heart of the annual trade show but much of this year’s show has been given over to highlighting their non-game capabilities. Microsoft in particular announced a host of new video streaming services for the Xbox 360 and a new mobile app that lets users mirror content from tablets and smartphones on their big-screen TV via the Xbox 360. It also unveiled a revamped music streaming service. Sony made news with a deal with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to write the first release for the PlayStation’s augmented-reality peripheral, Wonderbook. Given the power of Potter, that deal could not have come cheap for Sony. Even where games took center stage the biggest news related to titles that are increasingly cinematic and less…well, gamey. Changes to the show could come as soon as next year, particularly if its forced to leave LA.

New for Xbox: Look, they’ve un-mothballed WebTV!

Fifteen years after buying WebTV, Microsoft is once again trying to bring the wide-open Internet to the living room. Here’s a look at Internet Explorer for Xbox and other highlights from Microsoft’s E3 presentation Monday.

Where to watch E3 2011 live online

How will the Wii2 look like? Is Microsoft going to introduce a cable-like TV subscription service? And how will Sony make up for its long PSN outage? All these questions will be answered at this week’s E3, and you can watch it all live online.

Intel Deal, Universal Controller Bring OnLive to Connected TVs

OnLive is a few steps closer to bringing its streaming video game service to new TVs and Blu-ray players, thanks to a partnership with Intel to add its service to chip sets and the release of a universal controller designed to work with various connected devices.

E3 Live-Streaming Breaks Records for Viacom, G4

While the physical doors of this month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo were only open to professionals from the video gaming world, E3 video coverage by YouTube, Viacom and successfully brought the biggest announcements and demos to online audiences, with hundreds of thousands of gaming fans tuning in.

E3: Xbox Live Gets Exclusive ESPN Partnership, Video Chat

Microsoft today announced an exclusive partnership with ESPN at their E3 media presentation. Via Xbox Live, over 3,500 live sporting events in the first year will be available, many in HD. In addition, Xbox’s controller-free Kinect system will enable video chatting for Live users.