Let’s celebrate 8 years since YouTube came to our media space. YouTube now averages 100 hours of video every minute and has one billion visitors to the site per month. YouTube was acquired by Google in October 2006 for $1.65 billion.
Yahoo has agreed to buy the popular blogging service Tumblr for about $1.1 billion in cash. This purchase surpassing Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram last year.
Currently Tumblr host 180 million blogs and 217m global users in the past month.
Google accidentally leaked out the new features of Google Maps during Google I/O this week. The new features are new graphics and dynamically learning maps that change to your needs the more you use them. Other features are smarter search, integration with Google Earth and Flight Search as well as a way to compare multiple modes of transportation.
Type in Atari Breakout into Google Image search and you will see the results show up with a game similar to Breakout, which requires the player to demolish brick walls with a ball. Google is commemorating the 37th birthday of classic Atari game Breakout with this easter egg.
Google adds its Cloud Messaging push notification to Chrome and Chrome OS which allows Chrome apps and extension developers to wake up their apps remotely and/or send alerts to users. Developers will have to build the feature into their apps before anyone sees the benefits.
The US government has demanded the removal of all files which allow users to 3D-print their own unregistered gun at home.
The blueprint has so far been downloaded more than 100,000 times since Defense Distributed. The functional plastic guns have been reportedly manufactured by the founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson.
Syria has cut off internet access on Tuesday and Google is showing none of their services are available in the country. It has also been reported that landline and mobile phone services are down in the country.
The Syrian government has blamed the ongoing incident on terrorists is due to internet access and therefore cut it off for their citizens. Internet access in Syria was switched off last November for around 48 hours too.
Google is going to reveal a new paid subscriptions for YouTube. Google is seen to move beyond its main advertising revenue stream. Google could launch the new service next week, with up to 50 YouTube channels offering subscriptions to video content from $1.99 a month.
Amazon has beat Google to it in launching its Android Appstore in China. It is the first western company to offer a platform for Chinese users to download both free and paid apps. Currently Google Play store only offers free apps in China.
Spanish police have arrested a 35 year old Dutchman called Sven Olaf Kamphuis and he is suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks. He is believed to be connected to an online attack on Spamhaus, a spam-fighting site. Spamhaus servers were hit with a huge amount of data via Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Mr. Kamphuis calls himself the “minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker.”
The Spanish police will transfer Kamphuis to the Netherlands very soon.