Legal battles over alleged copyright infringement are nothing new, but the recording industry may be blazing new trails with its most recent action. More than two dozen recording labels have gotten together in Japan to sue the owners of a YouTube downloader site called TubeFire. They are demanding more than $3 million in damages.
Government bureaucrats have a reputation for being stodgy and without a sense of humor. Well, the aid tasked with running the @whitehouse Twitter account might have just proved that wrong. The White House just Rickrolled a user that complained about the entertainment value of recent Obama briefings. Take that!
Us Americans may not enjoy the same blazing-fast broadband speeds as our South Korean friends, but that doesn't stop us from getting our YouTube on. The majority of us may not even need bigger pipes, if a new report by Pew Research Center is true: according to the group, a whopping 71 percent of online American adults make use of video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. That's a lot of "Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain."
Google+ is officially on the market, and it’s being released in small doses in the form of invites. Much like how Gmail was initially spread in beta, the invite only model creates a sense of exclusivity and belonging. Facebook also used this method to market their network to college students, and eventually became part of the global definition of social media. Whether Google+ mirrors this success is anyone’s guess, but until that time it is time to get to know the features.
If data protection ever finds itself in need of a spokesman, we'd sign up to be its crazy street corner preacher in a minute. Oh, wait. The position's already filled! A YouTube user by the name of susyj87 can proudly boast that she's the most hardcore data backup enthusiast around after getting a sleeve tattoo comprised of the Facebook profile pictures of 152 of her "closest" friends. Sorry to break the bad news, closest Facebook friend number 153.
YouTube, the video sharing site that turned six years old this week, is for the first time giving users the ability to view thousands of 3D videos in stereoscopic 3D on their Nvidia 3D Vision PCs and notebooks, Nvidia announced today. Not everyone gets to participate in the fun, at least not right off the bat. Thanks in part to the ongoing web standards war, the ability to view streaming stereoscopic 3D visions with Nvidia 3D Vision-enabled PCs is exclusively available to Mozilla's Firefox 4 (and above) browser.
Ah, Youtube. Thanks to you, we can't imagine an Internet without Old Greg, "All Your Base are Belong to Us" or Leeroy Jenkins. Youtube celebrated its sixth birthday today, and while the event was low key compared to the site's five-year anniversary mega-blowout-fiesta-extravaganza, the company tossed up a blog post with some numbers that show just how big our baby has grown. Unfortunately, the post doesn't list how many otherwise productive work hours have been lost to Rickrolls, but we estimate the number to be in the millions.
You don't come to Maximum PC for political debates so we're not going to go off on a tangent about what this country does and doesn't need. At the same time, if you live and breathe politics, or simply want to see where members of Congress stand, Google has made it easy with its new Town Hall channel on YouTube. Go there, select an issue, and watch a couple of short videos of politicians doing what they do best: talking.
Instead of stepping outside for a coffee break when there's a lull at work, YouTube wants you to grab a bag of popcorn and plop yourself in front of your PC. The Google-owned video sharing site today rolled the dice with online rentals and added thousands of of full length feature films from major Hollywood studios to its catalog, provided you reside the U.S. And it's not just old movies that you've seen a hundred times already on VHS.
Google is ready to take the next step with YouTube and will launch an on-demand video rental service in which viewers will be able to stream Hollywood flicks, according to reports. The service could launch as early as next week, providing instant competition to Netflix and Apple's iTunes, and give Hollywood studios yet another revenue stream.