YouTube Set to Launch Subscription-Based Service

YouTube is all set to launch its subscription-based Video-On-Demand (VoD) service. The company has already emailed all YouTube content owners about their plans, requesting them to acknowledge their agreement by 22 October. For those who do not give their approval, their content would be deleted from YouTube.

YouTube Set to Launch Subscription Based ServiceThe email was first released by Re/code which stated, “To give fans more choice we will be launching a new ads-free version of YouTube, available to fans for a monthly fee. This service will create a new source of revenue over time that supplements your advertising revenue.”

The email also stated, “As you heard in our previous emails, we want to ensure that fans who choose to pay for an ads-free experience can watch all the same videos that are available on the ads-supported experience. That’s why we’re asking you to update your agreement to reflect the updated terms for the ads-free service.”

Sources revealed that the service is expected to start at the end of October. It is also being said that they might bundle two services together in one offer–to upgrade an account to YouTube’s Music Key service launched as beta in 2014 and to watch ads-free videos.

Google is now planning to charge a $10 subscription fee per month to provide both these services, which was the suggested cost of the Music Key service only. However, details regarding how Google is actually planning to make money through this offer is unknown for now.

 

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Google News Labs to train journalists and make internet a better place

Google has taken a step forward to make the internet a better place by training online journalists with the standards that they need to follow for presenting news in a better way, reports TechRadar. Google has created its very own News Labs to ensure that the news quality can meet the standards expected by the online readers.

 Google News Labs to train journalists and make internet a better placeMission of News Lab

 In a recent blog post, Steve Grove said that the News Lab aims to collaborate with the entrepreneurs and journalists on how to apply technological innovations in news reporting. The News Lab not just intents to sharpen the skills of the journalists but also serve millions of readers or users across the globe.

According to Grove, both technology and media landscape are evolving continuously and he believes that better information can be created only when the journalists and technologists coordinates with each other.

Though Google News Lab is turning heads, this is not the first time that the company is using technology to serve humans in a better way. It has created an outstanding search engine for accruing information, maps for finding right direction as well as YouTube and Androids. Therefore, it will not be wrong to expect Google News Lab to make online news much more faster and accurate.

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Turkey Lifts Ban On Twitter, Facebook And YouTube

Amid a global furor that exploded after Turkey blocked YouTube and Twitter access in the country yesterday after the order of an Istanbul court, the ban stands lifted now. The country has lifted the ban after these channels and websites removed ‘objectionable content’.Instagram overtakes Twitter in terms of user base and popularity too!

The step was taken after social media channels, which includes Facebook and about 166 other websites, published pictures of a prosecutor held at gunpoint as a hostage to a terrorist far-left group. The prosecutor had been slain and later the extremist group responsible for this was killed by Special Forces.

This is not the first time that the country has resorted to blocking or banning social media and internet channels. Even last year, this had been the case until a legal academician from Turkey, named Yaman Akdeniz appealed and got the ban recalled. Today, he believes that the blockade has been a careful and “disproportionate exercise” in a run-up to the upcoming elections in June.

However, government insiders opine that social and traditional media need to take up responsibility of their actions and must remain within social boundaries. Only when they fail to do so, such blockades and bans are imposed. The issue had become severe enough for Turkish authorities to warn that they would impose a ban on Google.… Read the rest

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Microsoft Pays YouTube Users To Talk Nice About Xbox One, Machinima; EA Follows Too

Ars Technica has reported that Microsoft has been paying Youtube users to give positive reviews of the Xbox One. The agreement also states that users who accept this payment will say anything negative about the Xbox One, Machinima and other MS games. It has also been reported that the agreement further states that users have to keep the details of this promotional engagement to themselves.

It has been revealed that Microsoft is paying users $3 for 1000 views. Close on these heels is EA, which is paying for Battlefield 4 Levolution System. … Read the rest

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Apple Takes Off The You Tube App From iPhone and iPad For Jasmine

Apple has made some reductions and additions in its iOS 6 software update. While a new Apple Maps app is added, Apple has taken off the YouTube app from iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, which has been its staple since the very beginning.

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While iOS 6 users can easily download Google’s new YouTube app for the iPhone, Apple has also introduced a choice of a third-party alternative, Jasmine, which is a full-featured YouTube client for iOS.  Developed by Morrissey Exchange Pty Ltd, Jasmine is an app for iPhone and iPad.

With an even and receptive interface, Jasmine offers users with support to manage playlists along with other features that YouTube provides. Giving users the best mobile and tab experience, Jasmine can be downloaded easily from the Apple App Store, for free.

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Announcing the launch of Jasmine, Jason Morrissey, the developer says, “It’s a far lighter project than Alien Blue and doesn’t carry a lot of bells and whistles, but it may serve as a simple alternative.”

Alien Blue Reddit client apps for the iPhone and iPad was made by the same developer to offer users the best mobile solution.

Released just two days back, Jasmine’s main focus lies in searching and browsing for videos. It also offers users easy access to playlists, viewing history, favorite videos, and subscriptions.

Jasmine has a simple navigation and is user friendly.  It has a flower-shaped icon at the screen’s top, which when tapped on, lets users easily switch from a white background to black. The app requires users to upgrade system to iOS 6. Jasmine has great level of control and comes with options to determine video playback, appearance, parental controls, and more. The app has same user interface as Google’s YouTube and is simple to use.… Read the rest

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Services To You Tube Taken Down By Pakistan Government

Services to Google’s YouTube website have reportedly been taken down by the government of Pakistan following the former’s refusal to remove a movie video made in the US, which is a spoof on the life of Prophet Mohammed.

Enraging the Islamic world, the anti-Islam movie, called ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was termed ‘blasphemous’ by Pakistan officials and was seen as a possible medium for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Libya and protests in Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

In a statement by Raza Parvez Ashraf, Prime Minister, Pakistan, he said “Blasphemous content will not be accepted at any cost.” The site was blocked following orders of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

Users in Pakistan who tried to visit the famous video-sharing site were welcomed with a shut down message that said the website contains ‘indecent material’.

The access to the movie clip, which caused a rage, is now blocked in Egypt, Libya, India, Indonesia and Afghanistan, which has more than a quarter of the world’s Muslim population of 1.6 billion.

Trying to clear its stance on the matter, Youtube said the video was made inside the community guidelines. The firm also said that due to the sensitive situations in Egypt and Libya, the access to the movie clip was voluntarily blocked.

However, the governments of India, Malaysia and Indonesia asked Google to block the video from YouTube. People trying to access the video in India get a message ‘This content is not available in your country due to a government removal request’.

YouTube services are also blocked in Afghanistan. However, YouTube made no comment on its domain being blocked in Pakistan.

Following the protest over the website, thousands of Pakistanis took the streets, burning effigies of Barack Obama and the US flag. As many as 40 students were arrested. Many Muslims also protested near the US Consulate in the northwestern city of Wari on Sunday, where at least one demonstrator was killed, while several others were wounded. Till now, a total number of 19 people have died in violence over the anti-Islam movie.… Read the rest

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Prior to The Launch of iPhone 5, YouTube Launched Its Own iOS App

Just as all eyes are set on the release of the next-gen iPhone 5 by Apple, YouTube, which will no longer be a default app in the iPhone’s iOS 6, has already got a replacement.

YouTube, now owned by Google recently launched a new version of its own iPhone app, which is made with some notable changes and significant upgrades.

Users can easily install the upgraded version from the Apple App Store. Here is the link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/youtube/id544007664

It was revealed in August that a license between Apple and Google to preload the YouTube app in iOS had expired, which means that the famous video app, which had been a staple since the first iPhone, would no longer be a part of the package when the new iPhone hits the shelves.

YouTube, however, announced that the firm would release its own app for Apple products and came out with the new YouTube app for iOS.

With this upgraded iOS version, users will be able to play thousands of videos easily on their phone devices.

For YouTube, breaking up with Apple got good development for the firm. The new app the firm revamped now offers recommendations for YouTube users based on their past viewing habits. This feature can be a boost for the firm, which is always on the lookout to offer the best user experience.

This app also offers easier access to subscribed channels, which means users can easily follow someone on a regular basis.

And even if YouTube doesn’t offer recommendations, the upgraded app offers easier navigation and also includes a subject-based search guide that lets users look up videos based on interests such as music, pets and animals or sports.

Now sharing videos on Google, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail becomes much easier. The app also lets users save YouTube URLs to the clipboard.

YouTube says that this iOS app will work on iPad as well but has also announced that the firm is working on to develop a more tablet-specific app soon.

One of the most significant changes that cannot go unnoticed is that the new YouTube app comes with advertising.

With advertising, YouTube gets a way to monetize its mobile presence. And this is believed to be a success as the site gets around 1 billion mobile views per day.

Apple, however, is also launching its own version of maps in the next-gen operating system. The much-awaited iPhone 5 is slated for release today.… Read the rest

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Coming Soon to Your TVs’: YouTube Movie Rentals

Working on for a transition, YouTube is in talks to launch VOD-style movie rentals on TVs and connected devices by the end of 2012. YouTube plans to be a full run TV network and become a favorite destination of users for movies.

Owned by Google, YouTube is a famous video service provider.

In an announcement made by YouTube hardware partner TPVision, the firm is in plans to add a premium component to its TV application on various Smart TV platforms.

Now with just connecting TVs to YouTube, users will get access to movie rentals easily.

TPVision said that the service of YouTube Rentals will be offered in selected European countries by the end of 2012. TPVision also said that “Philips Smart TV will be among the first TV platforms” to provide access to these rentals.

No comment has been made from YouTube as yet.

Earlier this summer, YouTube added rentals to its Google TV app, but VOD wasn’t available on any other TV platform before.

YouTube movie rentals service on Google TV is also limited to the users in the US. This move seems to be an initiative by YouTube to compete with other VOD services such as VUDU, Amazon Instant, or Blockbuster.

If YouTube goes this way, it could increase its ad-supported content, which already has feature-length movies and various professionally-produced shows.

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Flipboard Adds Curated TV Channels, Strives To Give You The Best YouTube Experience

Barely a few years old, Flipboard- an only reading app has steam rolled itself into the world of video. The cherished app has added curated TV channels along with news, music, science, and cooking channels, which lend an edgy appeal to this reading app. What is striking in this new feature of the app is that it has not just added mainstream channels but also offbeat channels such as Influencer TV.

Once you open the app, you need to click on the red ribbon to access the TV section. You can choose from the various topics, click on the on the one which suits your interests.

Both YouTube and Google+ have partnered with Flipboard for this video venture of the app and together they aspire to make a big statement in the information app world.

Flipboard is a universal app compatible with both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPhone.  You can download the app from the App Store.

Flipboard has garnered billions of fans in just two years it was just yesterday, in celebration of its second birthday, the company revealed some interesting stats. More than 20 million people have used the app since its introduction as an iPad only title. Flipboard users log 3 billion “flips” per month, and the service is growing at a rate of more than one user per second.… Read the rest

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Apple vs. Google: No Google Maps and YouTube in iOS 6

The clash between Apple and Google is getting racy day by day. It seems that Apple Inc. is soon going to lose its signature application—YouTube in the latest beta version of iOS 6 in the tug-of-war between the two giants. Earlier, on releasing the YouTube application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Apple had replaced Google mapping software with its own built-in maps application. And now it’s YouTube that the company has removed from its mobile operating system.

Apple revealed that it removed the application as license to include YouTube in the iOS operating system ended. Apple plans to replace it with a pre-installed video application from some other company.

However, there are some analysts who believe that this move to remove YouTube app can prove to be more beneficial for Google. As YouTube was built by Apple and not Google as a standard part of iOS, the app wasn’t touched in years. Earlier, Google was not able to earn revenue from YouTube app with advertisements, but now with its own app, it can upgrade frequently and can earn more.

Keeping this in mind, it’s more likely that it might be Google and not Apple who decided not to take the relationship further. Google, world’s number 1 search engine giant, is also making its cellphone with the most popular Android operating system. This makes it Apple’s chief rival. Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility also offers a direct challenge to Apple’s iPhone.

Removing YouTube application however, can also hurt Google where it counts. The thought of Bing being the default search engine for iOS devices and Google a mere option can be devastating for the latter.

Also to be noted is the fact that in 2010, Microsoft and Apple were in talks about this option. But that never happened. It is a known fact that Google still dominates the search engine market. And as the world is increasingly relying on mobile, Google still owns a greater piece of the pie. Android and iOS are the only two platforms that matter in the mobile sector. Again, Google is the default search engine in iOS. And Google owns Android. So it is plain clear.

Also there is Microsoft hoping that Windows Phone and the forthcoming Surface/Windows 8 tablets can change this equation. And the more direct route for the company to change the Google equation would be to pay Apple hoards of money to make Bing the default in iOS.

And for this, there are two problems. One, Apple doesn’t need the money. Even aplenty.

However, some people believe that Google now pays Apple more than $1 billion yearly, being the main search engine for iOS. Just two years ago, the number was closer to $100 million, which is a great growth. But Apple’s current revenue of $150 billion makes this $1 billion just a drop in the water. So even if Microsoft offers $2 billion, or $5 billion — it still probably wouldn’t be enough to be meaningful to Apple’s bottom-line.

And this leads to problem number two. Apple’s main focus is and has always been user’s experience. And if the giant decides to switch to Bing, it would only be because of better experience the latter offers.

Bing has been making some social integration to make the search engine more interesting to Apple. After all, now Twitter and Facebook will be fully baked into iOS. And Microsoft has search deals with both of them — while Google has deals with neither of them. Apple gives no care about Google+ search integration. In fact, that may be another factor tipping the scales in Bing’s favor, since you could argue that it makes Google search worse.

More important than money, the agreement between Microsoft to work closely with Apple to create a version of Bing that blows away what Google can offer in terms of web search on iOS devices can be a breakthrough.

Apple is openly accountable for billions of dollars being sent Google’s way via search on its devices. This will only keep on increasing. It’s believed that Google makes more money off of iOS devices through search than they do through Android devices. In other words, Apple is in some way subsidizing a bit of the major war against itself.

If a Bing deal ever happens, that may be the key factor. Apple sends billions of dollars Google’s way and the giant doesn’t care about the money being sent back. It just needs to cut off that channel.

Earlier today, news came that Google’s Chrome browser has overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most-used browser on the web. This comes as an important news because not even Mozilla’s Firefox was able to accomplish this feat — and Google did it in just four years. Chrome is like growth hormone for Google Search. No one types in URLs anymore, they simply search.

At the same time, with Mountain Lion, Apple added an “omnibox” to Safari, so people will be searching a lot more. And the default search engine there? Again, Google.

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