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TidBITS#1223/12-May-2014

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our latest streamed book: “Take Control of OS X Server” by IT expert Charles Edge. Read on for the details and links to the first two chapters; future chapters will be available only to TidBITS members. Speaking of memberships, Netflix is raising the price of a streaming video account by $1 per month, but existing members get a two-year reprieve. On the privacy front, a new White House report recommends changing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows law enforcement agencies to access email older than six months without a warrant. Geoff Duncan explains the situation, and why nothing may change. Those looking to keep prying eyes out of their files should read Nick Mediati’s review of Hider 2, which promises an easy way to secure files and notes. For your other note-taking needs, Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares the new Mac version of Microsoft OneNote to the popular Evernote. Finally, with Amazon’s purchase of ComiXology, some comic fans are worrying about the future of their digital comic collections, so Josh Centers takes a look at DRM-free comic books in this week’s installment of FunBITS. Notable software releases this week include LaunchBar 5.6.4 and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2.1.

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“Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS

If you’ve always wanted to run your own network server with OS X Server, or if you have OS X Server installed but aren’t comfortable with it, you can now find expert advice about the Mavericks version of Apple’s OS X Server in the streamed version of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server.”

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Microsoft’s OneNote Takes on Evernote

With the release of OneNote for the Macintosh in March 2014, and recent updates to that program, Microsoft has filled out its OneNote lineup. Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the St. Paul Pioneer Press compares OneNote to the popular Evernote, and finds that Microsoft still has work to do.

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FunBITS: The World of DRM-free Digital Comic Books

Most digital comic books are restricted by digital rights management, but a few smaller publishers are taking a more user-friendly approach, offering comics without DRM. Josh Centers profiles a few of these publishers — including one that is offering a nifty DRM-free starter special for a short time only — and points out a great app for reading their books.

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ExtraBITS for 12 May 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, rumors are swirling that Apple may buy Beats Electronics, the fashion-forward music company. We also have an extensive profile of Google co-founder Larry Page, and how he worked his way back to leading the search giant. Finally, in sad news, the App.net social network platform has laid off all employees, though the founders claim it will continue to live “on an indefinite basis.”