While it can be difficult to reconcile yourself with the reprehensible acts of violence that gadgets are being subjected to these days by eyeball-desperate Youtubers, there are times when such antics leave behind a lot more than just hugely popular videos and the fragmented remains of these devices. A case in point is the pulverization of the maiden Chrome OS device, the Google Cr-48, by the guys over at Will it Blend? -- a blender-happy outfit that likes to grind to pulp or dust pretty much everything they can lay their hands on.
Upon receiving their Cr-48 from Google, they asked themselves the question that drives their very existence: “Will it blend?” The Cr-48 was quickly squeezed into one of their trusted blenders and reduced to smoking dust in a few seconds.
In the video, the blender operator expresses happiness over the fact that his information is still secure in the cloud. But he leaves us with a thought provoking question: “I wonder where the cloud is?” I believe this is one question that a lot of us have been asking ourselves, haven’t we?
Google’s new Chrome OS doesn’t have much going for it if you’re a power user, but an innovative new YouTube ad campaign might just make you think twice about the benefits of cloud computing.
The video itself is only about 5 minutes long, but the notebook death toll hits a whopping 25 machines which all face horrendous slow motion demises. I could try and describe each one to you, but let’s just summarize by saying Google wants to remind you that Laptop hell is a real place, and at the moment it’s filled with CR-48’s.
I somehow doubt anyone has really lost a laptop this way, but if you have the stomach for it, you can find the full clip after the jump.
Google has today announced the new YouTube Trends. YouTube rends will be a destination site that has all the new and upcoming videos on the video sharing site. The goal is to present viral videos in a single place, so you don't have to wait for them to hit your email inbox of Facebook wall. Being Google, the whole thing will be algorithmically generated.
YouTube Trends will include a twice daily "4x4" with videos from the algorithm along with content from video curation sites. There will also be a blog with in-depth examination of the videos and their associated memes using YouTubes data. Users will also have a new dashboard with exploration in mind. Expect lots of data visualizations and charts too.
YouTube, in conjunction with YouTube hit The Gregory Brothers put together this little video to help put the whole thing in perspective. Enjoy.
YouTube has been toying around with more lenient time limits over the past 6 months, but have finally decided to open the floodgates to videos of any length. The announcement sounds promising in principal, but the reality is that not everyone will actually qualify since it only applies to accounts that are free of any past copyright violations.
Avoiding copyright violations in and of itself isn’t the problem, the biggest issue we hear is from Podcasters who claim that YouTube is great at figuring out if you’re rebroadcasting content, but not so great at determining “fair use” for the purpose of commentary.
Either way this is a step in the right direction, and an amazingly bold move for a company that has to handle more video per hour then we could watch in a lifetime. Got a 2 hour video of your cat sleeping in 1080p? We think you’ll be safe with that one.
The AP is reporting today that Viacom has officially filed for appeal in the YouTube copyright infringement case. You may remember that as the long running case that finally came to an end a few months back. The verdict affirmed YouTube's protection under "safe harbor" provisions. This means YouTube cannot be held liable for copyrighted content that is uploaded by users, provided they make a good faith effort to remove it. Viacom is seeking over $1 billion in damages.
Viacom has retained well-known attorney Theodore Olson to continue the legal battle. Olson has called the last ruling "a very bad decision". Speaking about bad decisions, the original case seemed to turn against Viacom when it was revealed that Viacom employees were instructed to surreptitiously upload copyrighted content to YouTube in the early days. Some of those Viacom clips are alleged to be included in the lawsuit.
Viacom seems determined to spare no expense in its quest to fundamentally break the internet. Do you think they will succeed?
About eight months ago, YouTube said that it was receiving more than 24 hours of video uploads every minute, so if you gave up on sleep and bathroom breaks and did nothing but watch YouTube all day/night, you still wouldn't catch every new video. Fast forward to today and that number has jumped to 35 hours per minute, YouTube gloats in a blog post.
"That breaks out to 2,100 hours uploaded every 60 minutes, or 50,400 hours uploaded to YouTube every day," YouTube points out. "If we were to measure that in movie terms (assuming the average Hollywood film is around 120 minutes long), 35 hours a minute is the equivalent of over 176,000 full-length Hollywood releases every week. Another way to think about it is: if three of the major US networks were broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days."
In fact, YouTube video uploads have more than doubled in the last two years, to which the Google-owned site attributes to a variety of factors. One of those is the file size increase, while another driving force behind all those uploads is the proliferation of capable smartphones.
Google has launched a new app today that ties in with YouTube on both the Google TV and the computer. The app (for Android 2.1 and higher) is called YouTube Remote, and it promises easier control of the YouTube Leanback experience. All you have to do is install the app, then log into YouTube with your phone's main Google account on either Google TV or the website.
When you have successfully paired the phone and Leanback, the app will show you the tops in various categories, and allow you to search. Anything you select will be shown on the paired display, be it a PC or Google TV. When not paired, the app works like a mini Leanback in its own right.
We found the setup to be almost instantaneous, and the control intents were registered on the computer very quickly. The whole experience is slick, but we wish this functionality was just built into the YouTube app. It's free in the market if you're interested.
As a little background, KISS front man Gene Simmons has been making some waves lately with some statements regarding people that infringe his copyrights. It's the sort of fire and brimstone rhetoric we're used to hearing from RIAA executives, but with harsher language. "…Every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning," Simmons has said. Well, now it looks like many of the videos on the KISS site have been removed because of a copyright complaint from S'More Entertainment.
S'More Entertainment does seem to be a real company that holds the rights to music videos and movies. Still, there's no guarantee this isn't an elaborate scheme from Anonymous, which has previously launched DDoS attacks against Simmons. On the KISS site, which simply embeds YouTube clips, visitors are granted with a notice of removal due to a copyright claim. Some are even indicating that the account they are linked to has been terminated. What many of you are feeling right now, the Germans call schadenfreude.
The root of the problem here seems to be that KISS is embedding content from many accounts on YouTube. Turns out they don't own all that video, and people are starting to take notice. So YouTube has safe harbor here, but what about KISS?
In recent days, residents of Turkey have had unrestricted access to YouTube for the first time in 30 months. Now a court in Ankara has ordered the site banned again because the video sharing site hosts clips featuring former opposition leader Deniz Baykal. Turkey's Telecommunications Minister has been instructed to request the removal of the clips, and block the site if Google does not immediately comply.
YouTube was originally banned in May 2008 after the courts took issue with some clips on the site. Specifically, some videos were found to be insulting to Turkey's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, This is considered a crime in Turkey. Turkish users have been able to access YouTube through proxies, but the experience is degraded. Bloomberg is reporting that the site is still accessible right now, but that could change at any time.
Trying to pick the best Youtube videos of X time period is a lot like trying to pick your favorite flavor of ice cream when you haven’t eaten for two weeks. Everything just looks so good and tasty—or viewable—that it would be impossible to concoct a meaningful “Best Flavors Ever” list with even the slightest bit of accuracy. Everything just looks so scrumptious!
Well, the same problem is happening in our attempt to catalog the 25 greatest Youtube videos of 2010. And, to stretch the analogy even further, we’ve noticed that not everyone likes the same flavors of ice cream: Your Rocky Road of groin-hitting videos is our Orange Sherbet of pranks; Your Strawberry Katy Perry music video is our Chocolate cat movie; et cetera. In short, what you love isn’t necessarily what we love, and vice versa.
So how, then, do we come up with a “best-of” list? And more importantly, what's on it?