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Submission + - Microsoft accepting Bitcoin as payment method (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new page in the help guide in the payment information of Microsoft's website reveals that the Redmond giant is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for products and services on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Currently the payments must go through to credit a Microsoft Wallet account, and the service is initially only available to U.S. users. But the wording of the new page combines with an expansive year for Microsoft and a number of positive statements about Bitcoin from Bill Gates to indicate that this first step is more than just an experiment. Microsoft is now the largest commercial entity accepting the Bitcoin currency, which it processes via the BitPay system, thus protecting the company from fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin.
Cloud

Submission + - Quicktime creator brings Flash and Office to the iPad (engadget.com)

adycarter writes: "Steve Perlman, the man responsilbe for Quicktime and WebTV has recently launched OnLive Desktop which now offers a "plus" service enabling iPad users to use Flash, Microsoft Office and the ability to use a Gigabit-speed version of Internet Explorer. The service runs on the same basic technology as their game streaming service in that you're using your iPad as client to access a machine located in the cloud."
Cloud

Submission + - Flash now available on the iPad (nytimes.com) 1

adycarter writes: "Cloud gaming and computing company OnLive http://desktop.onlive.com/ has today revealed the first of their paid plans for their OnLive Desktop service. This $4.99 per month plan brings a fully featured and Flash capable Internet Explorer to the iPad, alongside the pre existing Microsoft Office offered by the Free versions of OnLive Desktop."
Cloud

Submission + - Cloud gaming aims for the mainstream.. (onlivefans.com)

adycarter writes: "Cloud Gaming gets kicked around as "the future" quite a bit, but most people seem to be dismissive still claiming it doesn't work or is years away from becoming a reality.
OnLive is pushing the boat out this holiday weekend with an offer of $1/£1 for any users first purchase on the system and as the only way to play many AAA titles on a Mac its well worth a look; even just out of curiosity."

The Almighty Buck

EA Flip-Flops On Battlefield: Heroes Pricing, Fans Angry 221

An anonymous reader writes "Ben Kuchera from Ars Technica is reporting that EA/DICE has substantially changed the game model of Battlefield: Heroes, increasing the cost of weapons in Valor Points (the in-game currency that you earn by playing) to levels that even hardcore players cannot afford, and making them available in BattleFunds (the in-game currency that you buy with real money). Other consumables in the game, such as bandages to heal the players, suffered the same fate, turning the game into a subscription or pay-to-play model if players want to remain competitive. This goes against the creators' earlier stated objectives of not providing combat advantage to paying customers. Ben Cousins, from EA/DICE, argued, 'We also frankly wanted to make buying Battlefunds more appealing. We have wages to pay here in the Heroes team and in order to keep a team large enough to make new free content like maps and other game features we need to increase the amount of BF that people buy. Battlefield Heroes is a business at the end of the day and for a company like EA who recently laid off 16% of their workforce, we need to keep an eye on the accounts and make sure we are doing our bit for the company.' The official forums discussion thread is full of angry responses from upset users, who feel this change is a betrayal of the original stated objectives of the game."
Security

Submission + - Sony Rootkits found again!

adycarter writes: "The BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6975838.stm ) are reporting that Sony MicroVault USB sticks with fingerprint readers use a similar rootkit to their much loved CD Audio one."

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