It began with a simple posting on Google TV's Facebook page late Saturday night: "Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!" Within minutes, the tech blogosphere was alight with speculation. Could it be a Sonos-killing streaming media device? Maybe a TV version of Google Nexus? Some other type of new hardware? A software update? Nope. The announcement has been made, and the news was something nobody saw coming.
Google+ may hog the headlines and television ads, but another Google property sucks in page views and advertising dollars at a much more rapid clip. No, we're not talking about Google Search (although that's probably doing just fine financially); we're talking about YouTube. The Big G's video-sharing service just keeps getting more and more popular, and at this point, the hours of video uploaded each and every minute outnumbers the amount of hours most people spend working in a week.
It's only natural to feel burned out with your job at one time or another, but that doesn't excuse the actions of a seemingly disgruntled FedEx delivery driver who was caught on camera tossing a fragile computer monitor over a tall fence like it was the ultimate hot potato. You do know what we're talking about, right? The video was uploaded to YouTube and quickly went viral, amassing over 4.6 million views in just three days.
The saga of MegaUpload’s promotional music video just keeps getting weirder. Universal Music Group (UMG) had the video pulled last week, claiming that MegaUpload didn’t have the rights necessary to publish it. The file host begs to differ, and had the video reinstated. The disagreement has been heating up and made its way to the courts. UMG’s newest legal filing with the courts makes some confusing claims, including that it can remove content from YouTube even if it doesn’t own the copyright.
YouTube's daddy (Google) shoved a fistful of cash into the streaming video service's pocket and told it to get a haircut. But why stop there? Google's bank account is plenty big enough to fund a full makeover, and that's exactly what YouTube got. The new look starts with a brand new homepage, and continues with a Channel. design and fresh coat of digital paint.
There’s a two-way street of animosity that runs between many console gamers and PC gamers – but at the heart of things, aren’t we all just gamers? Can’t we all just get along? If our high-horse appeal to reason doesn’t sway you, consider this: a trio of multinational Minecraft freaks has showed us The Good that can happen when we set our virtual pickaxes aside and embrace both console and PC games, in the form of pixel-perfect recreations of Super Mario Land, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and more, using only stop-motion and millions of Minecraft blocks. These videos will boggle your mind.
Just a Holiday heads up for you all. Starting today, Google has added a raft of Disney movies to is YouTube-based movie rental service. Classics like Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh are available, but new titles like Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean are there too. It appears that Apple’s super-close relationship with Disney wasn’t enough to keep this content from Google.
Lawrence Hryb (aka Major Nelson), director of programming for Xbox Live at Microsoft, on Tuesday announced the release date of the next Xbox 360 update in a blog post. The update, which will bring a raft of features, will be available next month. Hit the jump to find out the exact release date and other details.
“Do a barrel roll!” a virtual dogfighting rabbit screamed into a virtual dogfighting fox’s ear in Starfox 64 and BAM! 14 years later, a Google Easter egg was born. Dorky? Sure. Awesome? Yep. And that’s not even getting into the ironic fact that Peppy Hare – an old male rabbit with a grown daughter – has somehow changed genders and is now laying Easter eggs of his own. Peppy may be surprised from the sudden turn of events, but we’re not: Google has a long, storied history of dropping arcane, geektastic tidbits in the dark corners of its products. And we’re here to show them to you!
YouTube is arming itself with celebrity star power which, along with news outlets like The Wall Street Journal, will spotlight the video service's new selection of premium grade channels and content next month. Google is spending big bucks getting these deals in place, at least by pedestrian standards, reportedly investing $100 million or more in original content, according to Mashable.