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Israel Wants YouTube To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

Posted on December 1st, 2015.

According to AlterNet, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely recently met with Google executives to discuss potential censorship of certain YouTube videos. Specifically, videos that the Israeli state deems to “incite violence.” In a Hebrew-only press release, Hotovely told Maariv that she had attended a meeting with...

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Business

YouTube Will Pay Up To $1 Million in Legal Fees For Qualifying Users

Posted on November 27th, 2015.

After a long history of strange gaffes in its copyright claim system, YouTube is finally making moves to support its lifeblood – its independent content creators who, too often for comfort, are subjected to copyright claims that actually violate their rights to fair use. Or, occasionally, the claims can be even more ridiculous – groups...

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Entertainment

Sony Filed Copyright Claim Against Man They Licensed Content From

Posted on October 31st, 2015.

The arrogance of large corporations is occasionally beyond description. Mitch Martinez created some stock footage and licensed it to Sony Music Entertainment. Then, later, when he uploaded the same footage onto YouTube, he got a copyright notice. About his own content. The debacle that followed was interesting. Here is the original...

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TLS is Flawed: New TLS Vulnerability Found

Posted on September 16th, 2015.

TLS is flawed. The decades-old protocol is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks throwing into question the nature of encryption on the world wide web. An Austrian IT firm has prevented a security disaster threatening many popular Internet websites and applications by compiling research on a new vulnerability in the twenty year old...

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Business

Bitcodin: Be Your Own Netflix With Ease

Posted on August 9th, 2015.

Netflix and Amazon may soon have to ramp up their offerings. A new technology has arrived, Bitcodin by new contender Bitmovin, which enables commercial enterprises and home users to stream their home video library anywhere they go at high-quality, in the same way they would with Netflix. The secret sauce is Bitmovin’s innovative...

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Lifestyle

Who Will Be The Online Music King?

Posted on July 7th, 2015.

If free music online is dying, which in some ways it seems to be, with the death of Grooveshark and continual offensives against pirates. There are still some other methods, such as YouTube or Spotify, but both involve more advertising than Grooveshark ever did. So, in this atmosphere, the musical arms of a lot of technological companies...

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Social Media

YouTube is Not Feeling Threatened by Facebook

Posted on July 5th, 2015.

Recent reports suggest that Google is not concerned by social media mogul Facebook’s move into video content. Google’s YouTube is currently the reigning king of video online, and according to Robert Kyncl from YouTube, the company is not threatened by Facebook in any way. People use Facebook, particularly on mobile, more...

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YouTube Bug Let Security Researcher Delete Anyone’s Videos

Posted on April 3rd, 2015.

Google just fixed a critical security vulnerability in YouTube that would have allowed a malicious user to delete anyone’s videos. The bug, discovered by Russian security researcher Kamil Hismatullin, made it possible to delete any and all videos on YouTube with just three simple lines of code. Hismatullin’s discovery could...

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YouTube Finally Ditches Flash for HTML5

Posted on January 29th, 2015.

In a move that may just be the final nail in Adobe Flash Player’s coffin, the YouTube engineering team recently announced that YouTube will now stream videos using HTML5 by default for Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox.