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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Walmart begins giving credit in exchange for unwanted gift cards

Immediately following the year's largest gift-giving holiday, Walmart has launched a new service where it will accept your unwanted gift cards from other retailers, and give you a Walmart gift card instead. What better way to take advantage of a time when people are trying to figure out what to do with gift credit to places they don't really shop. Walmart's new website for the program is actually in partnership with CardCash, which already offers to buy and sell unwanted gift cards.

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Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Apple ups Russia’s App Store prices due to currency troubles

Bad news continues for would-be Apple customers and app purchasers in Russia this week. Due to the rapid and ongoing decline of the country's currency, the ruble, Apple earlier had to take down its online store in order to re-adjust prices of computers and mobile devices, and now has raised the prices of apps in the Russian App Store. While the online store still remains unavailable, Apple today began notifying developers of the changes in the App Store's pricing.

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Apple (RED) drive raises millions in the fight against AIDS

Apple (RED) drive raises millions in the fight against AIDS

Some might chide billion dollar tech companies for their monopolies or business practices, but no one can probably deny the influence and clout these companies have, especially in raising awareness and funds for humanitarian causes. Take for example this latest case with Apple and its Product Red campaign last month. The drive was designed to raise funds for AIDS research and treatment through purchases of Apple products and apps. This year, that campaign yielded a whopping $20 million for a just cause.

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Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has spent the last couple of years (and a handful of months) in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid what would be an unfortunate extradition to Sweden. Using the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he retweeted a crowdfunding drive that is seeking funding to create a whistleblower monument of sorts, which will include a life-size statute of Assange himself, as well as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

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Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

The number of places where you can buy things with Bitcoin just got a bit bigger. Microsoft has announced that its customers can now use the cryptocurrency to pay for Xbox services and mobile content, doing so by first using the currency to add funds to a Microsoft account. Microsoft isn't the first well known company to add support for Bitcoin payments. In July, Dell announced that it would start accepting Bitcoin payments in partnership with Coinbase, and other companies like Overstock have also begun accepting the digital money.

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MasterCard goes hi-tech with Dynamics’ interactive cards

MasterCard goes hi-tech with Dynamics’ interactive cards

Although some merchants have started to incorporate the digital world into their cash flow via NFC technology, most of our cash-less transactions still use ye old magnetic stripe plastic cards. But while it might not be easily possible for merchants to upgrade on their end, that doesn't mean our cards can't be pushed forward. That is what MasterCard is trying to accomplish together with payment card developer Dynamics in this interactive payment card that has a display and buttons and can be programmed for multiple uses.

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Square Reader ready for Chip Cards of all kinds

Square Reader ready for Chip Cards of all kinds

So you're in need of a credit card reader that'll work with the next generation of credit cards. The folks at Square have decided to run out ahead of the United States' switch over to credit cards with "chip and pin" authentication and make a reader that'll be prepared for the switch. It's called "Square Reader for Chip Cards" and it'll be essentially the same size as the Square credit card reader you've already got in your pocket today. Time to start scanning.

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