YouTube has redesigned its homepage to emphasize channels – less like the Internet and more like TV. Channels now occupy the wide, middle column and recommended videos on the right panel. Profiles and popular channels on the left.
Google’s YouTube is set to overhaul its service in an effort to prepare itself for the rise of connected devices. The company will create 20 premium vertical channels to support news, entertainments, arts, sport and more. It will feature five to 10 hours of professionally-produced original programming a week.
YouTube has listened to user feedback and have added another 5 mins to the 10 minutes upload time for videos.
From YouTube blog:
We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your “15 minutes of fame.” Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate? What will be the enduring stamp you’ve left on us all? Tag your video with “yt15minutes,” upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and we’ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight.
Queen Elizabeth II now has a presence on Flickr. The British Monarchy has posted over 600 photos divided into 30 sets. Comment feature on these photos are disabled.
YouTube has announced compatibility for the type of video that you typically see on 25 foot IMAX screens which is 4K resolution or 4096 x 3072 video. Select the “original” option to see the 4K version of the video above.
YouTube will be launching a new version of its mobile site for HTML5 capable smartphones such as the iPhone and Android handsets.
From YouTube blog, it will feature:
- It’s really fast.
- The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.
- It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
- As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.
In 2007, Viacom sued Google alleging that YouTube knowingly allowed pirated video to be posted online violating copyright. Viacom sought damages of $1 billion. In March 2010, Viacom managers had still been uploading video to YouTube and some had even tried to hide their tracks.
Now Google has won a landmark ruling as a judge threw out a $1 billion lawsuit brought by Viacom.
Yesterday Pakistan banned the use of Facebook due to a page called “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!”. The page was created for expressing solidarity with the creators of South Park which recently drew the ire of a radical Muslim group for depicting Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode this year.
Now Pakistan is also banning YouTube and 450 other web links, a government effort to widened a crackdown on Internet material it deems blasphemous.
From the page info: Hopefully this page will spark seroius debates in international forums. This page will continue to exist and the date will remain the same. PS: We are not trying to slander the average muslim , its not a muslim/islam hatepage. We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammed depictions, that we’re not afraid of them. That they can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence.
Check it out: Facebook Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
YouTube is turning 5 years old this month and is now supporting 2 billion views per day. To celebrate the event, YouTube launched the YouTube Five Year channel, which includes the people discussing how YouTube has impacted their lives.
From YouTube Blog: Five years ago, after months of late nights, testing and preparation, YouTube’s founders launched the first beta version of YouTube.com in May, with a simple mission: give anyone a place to easily upload their videos and share them with the world. Whether you were an aspiring filmmaker, a politician, a proud parent, or someone who just wanted to connect with something bigger, YouTube became the place where you could broadcast yourself.
Viacom filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google YouTube. From the unsealed court filings we finds out the scandalous and juicy details from both sides.
Viacom employees had secretly uploaded company’s movies to YouTube as they were complaining about copyright violations. Viacom has altered its own videos to make them appear stolen.