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Updated Microsoft's Xbox Live service is down, apparently across the world, and Redmond is trying to sort out the problems so gamers can get their Friday fix.

The Xbox support team confirmed the outage in a Twitter message at 5:20UT, and thanked users for their patience on the status page. The Zune network is also down (not that that many people will notice) and judging from the comment on social networks, the problems appear to be popping up across the globe.

Microsoft hasn't responded to requests for more information as yet, but according to a purported member of the Xbox team in the UK, the problem isn’t looking too serious.

We'll update as news comes in. ®

Update

Services on Xbox Live and Zune have been restored Microsoft confirmed at around 9:20UT. "Game on," reports the team. No word as to what the actual problem was however.

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