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Google+ Adds More YouTube and Chrome Features

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Google announced further integration of YouTube and Chrome into its Google+ social network.

The search giant made the announcement in its official Google blog on Thursday, showing how it has continued its integration of YouTube into Google+.

Last summer, Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts. Now it takes that a step further, offering a YouTube icon on the top right of the Google+ interface that does a cool slide move when you mouse over it, asking “What would you like to play?”

Once you’ve entered the name of a video, topic or your favorite musician or band, a pop-up window appears, displaying a list of related videos that might interest you. I tried it by entering “Beatles,” and a Beatles video started playing in a dynamically re-sizing window, while offering more like it underneath. Read the rest of this entry »

Fake YouTube notifications doing rounds

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YouTube users are targeted with notifications supposedly sent by YouTube administrators and containing links to Canadian pharmacy sites, warns BitDefender.

With “YouTube Administration sent you a message: Illegal video warning” as the subject line, the fake pharma peddlers are trying to create a sense of urgency that will make the recipients less careful and make them click on the offered link instead of signing in to the service as they normally would.


Luckily for them, positioning the mouse on the link reveals an unexpected destination URL. Unexpected for YouTube, that is, since it is hosted on a Spanish domain. Just to make sure, the researcher logged in into his YouTube account and – as predicted – there was no warning from the real YouTube.

As relatively harmless as the destination site is, the researcherpoints out that the link could have lead to malware instead.

“If you receive an e-mail from a Web service that you use (e-mail, photo and video sharing, social networks etc.) whereby you are required to do anything by following a link within the body of the message, please first do check the legitimacy of that message with your provider,” he advises.

 

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YouTube, Nvidia aim to bring 3D video beyond gamer crowd

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Nvidia aims for 40 million 3D PCs by 2015, but will non-gamers don glasses to watch movie trailers and viral videos?

nvidia 3d visionImage by Mestra Ashara via Flickr

FORTUNE — There have been attempts to force 3D onto the Web since the Web was born. Remember Virtual Reality Modeling Language? VRML — a standard for creating 3D graphics, mainly with gaming and “Web experiences” in mind — was the laughingstock of certain parts of the then-smallish Web community in the mid-90s, mainly because hardware hadn’t caught up.

Well, stop laughing. Or anyway, keep it to a low chortle, because it seems like 3D on the Web is actually starting to become a thing. It might be a silly thing, but it’s still a thing. In the latest move, graphics chipmaker Nvidia announced that Google’s YouTube (GOOG) and Firefox would support its 3D Vision platform (now used mainly by gamers)  for videos.

Caveats abound. It works only on Firefox 4. Also, 3D Vision, a software/hardware package that costs about $150, must be installed on a compatible PC. And of course, users must wear 3D glasses, which come with the kit.

So, it’s only for people who really, really want it. And aren’t on a Mac. That doesn’t mean it won’t succeed — indeed, it most likely means that Nvidia (NVDA) will be able to keep its price points high for some time to come.

The company forecasts that there will be 40 million PCs with 3D Vision installed by 2015.

Movie studios in recent years have tried to push 3D films with some success. But that increasingly appears to be a fading fad. Nvidia though, says that what’s driving demand online is homemade 3D video and pictures. Sales of 3D cameras and camcorders are up.

There are only a few thousand 3D videos now on YouTube. But with amateur auteurs piling on to the technology, that number is “set to explode,” declares The Inquirer’s Lawrence Latif.

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Privacy and security in the cloud – is there any?

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This evening (Monday 30 May 2011), I’ll be lecturing at the New South Wales branch forum of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

The topic is Privacy and security in the cloud – is there any?

The Cloud - whatever that is - isn't new, whatever the marketing material may imply. But the scale of many modern-day cloud-oriented services is simply enormous. And since those services are run by experts, they readily promise to deliver the "holy trinity" of computer security - confidentiality, integrity and availability.

But do they? Will they? Can they? This thought-provoking presentation will help you advise your colleagues, your friends and your family how to embrace the benefits of the cloud whilst steering clear of the major risks.

Our collective will to rush headlong into cloud computing – especially as the providers of content to global services such as Facebook and YouTube – is enormous. Our desire to publish information and content about ourselves (and, frequently, about other people, with or without their permission) has even led to new units of measure.

For example, YouTube now quantifies its success in “hours per minute”. According to a recent post on YouTube’s official blog, more than 48 hours’ worth of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute, and more than 3 billion videos are viewed each day.

Is this a good thing? Or bad? Or just meaningless on an individual scale?

To an astrophysicist, for example, 48 hours’ upload per minute works out at approximately three kiloseconds per second. (Actually, it’s 2.88 ksec/sec, but astrophysicists are allowed to make approximations.)

But what sort of unit is “seconds per second”, anyway? Surely the seconds simply cancel out and we’re left with a dimensionless number – 2880?

Worse still, as that number increases – and YouTube is delighted to tell us that it’s gone up by 100% over the past year – we’re all compelled to watch more YouTube videos just to keep up.

And with official YouTube video views up by a mere 50% over the past year, it looks as though we’re going to have to spend twice as long watching other people’s pets do much the same sort of repetitious things as our own, but slightly out of focus.

Is it really worth publicising ourselves and sharing personal and business information to the extent we do? Or do we need to take time to re-evaluate the boundary between the data we can safely entrust to other people, and the data we ought to guard more jealously – or, at least, to sell at a higher price?

There are still a few places left at tonight’s lecture. It’s at Circular Quay in Sydney; it’s free to ACS members ($55 for non-members); it starts at 6.15pm (arrive from 5.30pm); and you can register here.

If you’re in the vicinity, why not come along and help us argue through the issues?

(And if you’re a Facebook user, why not review some tips on protecting your identity on social networking sites, or join the Sophos Facebook page, where we have a thriving community of over 85,000 people.)

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RIP Gil Scott-Heron: 5 YouTube Videos To Remember Him By

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The great Gil Scott-Heron died Friday at age 62, and across the Internet, the

American poet, musician and author is remembered for his groundbreaking music and influential style.

One of his most popular compositions was “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” but when he recorded that poem and song back in 1970, he didn’t realize that a lot of his work would be immortalized on YouTube decades later.

We’ve scoured YouTube and found the 5 most popular official videos of Gil Scott-Heron‘s work, giving you a small taste of his recording and performing career that spanned four decades. Gil, you’ll be missed:

 

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YouTube Pushes Further Into 3D Video

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Lacking some 3D in your online life? You’re in luck, as Mozilla Firefox, YouTube and Nvidia have teamed up to bring HTML5-based stereoscopic 3D video to owners of Nvidia’s 3D Vision-enabled hardware.

Although 3D videos aren’t new to YouTube, the service will now transcode these videos into the open WebM format, meaning that Firefox 4 users with Nvidia’s 3D Vision hardware and glasses will be able to watch them in 3D.

For the new format to work, you need to select HTML5 Stereo View in YouTube’s 3D section. You’ll also need Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit, which includes active shutter glasses and a receiver. The kit costs $149.

The new feature obviously won’t benefit users of non-Nvidia hardware and browsers other than Firefox. But as the company continues to try and expand the reach of its 3D Vision technology, having YouTube support it is quite a big win for Nvidia.

Check out an example of a 3D Vision-enabled video below, and see other 3D videos and photos at3DVisionLive.com.

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YouTube Turns 6 Years Old, Daily Views Shoot Up To 3 Billion (Yes, 3 Billion. Daily.)

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YouTube is celebrating its sixth birthday this month, and theGoogle subsidiary is doing it partly by sharing some big numbers that underscore its overwhelming dominance in the online video streaming space.

YouTube says global daily views have gone up 50 percent in the past 12 months, which means they currently handle a whopping 3 billion views per day.

To put that in some perspective: comScore said last week that the total U.S. Internet audience engaged in roughly 5.1 billion viewing sessions for the entire month of April 2011 (which also tells you something about YouTube’s global appeal).

Or as the company puts it in the announcement blog post:

“That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.”

Also worth noting: YouTube says it has exceeded over 48 hours of video uploaded to the siteevery single minute (which, they add, represents a 100 percent increase year over year).

The company names three main reasons for this growth, citing an increase in live streaming eventslonger upload times and also faster upload processing times.

According to comScore’s Video Metrix, YouTube ranked as the top online video content property in April (U.S. only) with 142.7 million unique viewers, followed by VEVO with 55.2 million viewers, Yahoo Sites with 53.2 million viewers and Facebook with 46.7 million viewers.

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