Newly appointed COO Sheryl Sandberg obviously believes Facebook has miles to go before she rests. But more than a few people out there apparently share another opinion.
There's a hilarious video now making the rounds on YouTube--"I'm getting bored of Facebook" set to the Billy Joel tune, "We didn't start the fire." (You knew it was only a matter of time, didn't you?)
All good fun and such, but does the satire reflect a real turning point in the service's popularity? Let's keep some perspective. Facebook's getting the … Read more
Onesens is a really peculiar annotation tool for shared media on the Web. It lets you add a variety of words like magnetic poetry to a photos, videos, and music tracks. When another user sees your creation the words are scattered about, but there are buttons to reorder, or simply "explode" them once again. Users can also reorganize them as they would fridge magnets to create new expressions, although these can't be shared with other users or the creator of the original message.
While the creators of Onesens claim the application "will change the way you … Read more
Just what a presidential hopeful needs: endorsements from a maniacal crime boss, a homicidal writer, a beaten-up shamus, and a military leader who subverts justice. Oh wait--they're actually all the same person: Jack Nicholson. The Oscar-winning actor and renowned ladies man has pulled together a few good clips from a handful of his movies to offer an endorsement for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who's got a big day ahead of her today in Ohio and Texas. We're sure he meant well, but--the Joker?
Higher resolutions or not, YouTube still tweaks the quality of its videos for users depending on what kind of connection they've got. So how about a workaround to make sure you're getting the best of the best? Bayme of the VideoHelp.com forums seems to have found a way to tweak the URL of some videos to force YouTube to serve you the version with the highest resolution. The good news? It's easy as pie. The bad news? It's not going to work on all your videos, and it's not noticeably better
To give it … Read more
In some cases it's not a bad thing to be fashionably late. Just ask Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube.
Earlier this week, while sporting a furry coat at a warm, packed YouTube party in New York City, Chen managed to spill some juicy details about the company's plans while talking to Sarah Meyers, the host of vodcast Pop17. Chen confirmed that live video was coming to the service in "2008" and that the company has wanted to feature it for some time, but have only recently been able to get the ball rolling because of having … Read more
Although streaming video on the Web is nothing new, it has yet to make its way onto YouTube. But that could change over the next 10 months, co-founder Steve Chen tells Sarah Meyers in a Pop17.com video report posted Thursday.
Meyers' report, cited on Friday by one of Pop17's sponsors, TechCrunch, highlights her personal interest in the prospects for live video on the Web and includes a brief interview with Chen at the "Videocracy" party Google threw on February 13 at the Terminal 5 club in New York.
Live video has long been on YouTube's … Read more
Sometimes, you just don't need the whole enchilada. Freeware video players like The KMPlayer, GOM Player, VLC Player, and others are excellent at what they do and are generally lightweight, but they look like top-heavy refrigerators compared with these nimble and zippy yet similarly named Flash players. But are Free FLV Player, FLV Player, Riva FLV Player, and BitComet FLV Player all the same, or does one pull ahead of the pack?
The flap earlier this week in which Pakistan Telecom knocked YouTube.com off the Internet for two hours seems almost inexplicable.
Those were country-specific and intentional. The outage on Sunday was global and, as far as we know, unintentional.
So what's to stop another Internet service provider--especially a government-owned one--from intentionally trying this trick? It's easy enough to imagine a situation in which North Korea feels like yanking Voice of America off the Internet, … Read more
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Pakistan's telecoms regulator lifted restrictions on YouTube after a video criticizing Islam was taken down.
The video clip in question features a Dutch lawmaker who claims Islam is fascist and prone to inciting violence, according to the AP. On Friday, Pakistan lawmakers, who consider the clip "blasphemous," ordered access to YouTube shut down.
Efforts by Pakistan's state-controlled Internet service provider to block YouTube inside … Read more