Episode 068

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Online giving: Churches turn to digital collection baskets – CNN.com
Online giving: Churches turn to digital collection baskets

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati using online collection baskets
  • Churches nationwide are using the Internet to make weekly giving easier
  • About 2.5 to 4 cents of each dollar donated goes to pay online fees

Computerworld – Apple files patent for WGA-style anti-piracy tech
Apple files patent for WGA-style anti-piracy tech  Could sniff for pirated Mac OS X as often as every 5 minutes

Apple has filed an updated application with the US Patent & Trademark Office for a product activation and anti-piracy technology that would give the company the same kind of control over its software as the oft-criticized Windows Genuine Advantage platform provides its rival, Microsoft.

Patent application 20070288886, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks" and dated December 13, spells out a "digital rights management system" that would "restrict execution of that application to specific hardware platforms."

Computerworld – Microsoft's Windows Home Server corrupts files
Microsoft's Windows Home Server corrupts files

Uses video clips to shill stock and dodge antispam defenses

 

Microsoft has warned Windows Home Server users not to edit files stored on their backup systems with several of its programs, including Vista Photo Gallery and Office's OneNote and Outlook, as well as files generated by popular finance software such as Quicken and QuickBooks.

"When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server," Microsoft said in a support document posted last week.

"Additionally, there have been customer reports of issues with Torrent applications, with Intuit Quicken and with QuickBooks program files," the document said. "Until an update for Windows Home Server is available, we recommend that [you] do not use the programs that are listed to save or to edit program-specific files that are stored on a Windows Home Server-based system."

GamePro | MTV and Jerry Bruckheimer to form new game studio
MTV and Jerry Bruckheimer to form new game studio  

MTV Games said Wednesday that it has teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer, the renowned movie and television producer, to create unique new video games.

"By joining MTV Games with Bruckheimer's blockbuster track record for creating successful entertainment properties in film and television, both new and experienced gamers can expect what promises to be some of the most entertaining, challenging, and unique games," said MTV in a presser.

GamePro | Halo 3 purchased by 52% of all Xbox 360 owners
Halo 3 purchased by 52% of all Xbox 360 owners  As of November, 4.1 million Americans have bought Halo 3 — more than half of the current 7.9 million Xbox 360 owners in the U.S

Apple Trades at $200 for First Time – Breaking …
Apple Trades at $200 for First Time  hares of Apple Inc. hit the $200 mark for the first time Wednesday, as investor confidence in the company continued rising near the end of what has been a strong year for the iPod and computer maker.

In afternoon trading, shares rose $1.17 to $199.97. They earlier peaked at $200.

Apple shares have traded between $76.77 and $199.33 in the past year, rising steadily since January as investors anticipated and then cheered the release of the company's hybrid cell phone, multimedia player and wireless Internet device, the iPhone. The product we

Computerworld – Plexiglas-like DVD to hold 1TB …
Plexiglas-like DVD to hold 1TB of dataAt the upcoming CES conference in Las Vegas, one company plans to demonstrate the ability to store half a terabyte of data on a DVD disc that is made of a polymer similar to Plexiglas.

With 1TB capacity, a TeraDisc could hold up to 250,000 high-resolution photos or MP3s, or about 40 HD movies or 115 DVD movies

Tom Coughlin, a storage analyst at Coughlin Associates in Atascadero, Calif. "If HD now is 25GB, you can easily have something that's 300GB or larger in the future. So I think we've not reached the limits of resolution that people want in their entertainment devices,

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