Thursday, June 24, 2010

YouTube wins the copyright infringement lawsuit against Viacom

YouTube, Google Inc's video sharing website, announced on its official blog that it has won the case against Viacom, so it needn't to take responsibility for its users' copyright infringement videos.

A federal judge handed Google Inc. a major victory Wednesday this week by rebuffing media company Viacom Inc.'s attempt to collect more than $1 billion in damages for the alleged copyright abuses of YouTube. This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.

This is really a big win for YouTube and its users.

However, Viacom is still going to appeal. "Copyright protection is essential to the survival of creative industries," said Michael Fricklas, Viacom's general counsel. "It is and should be illegal for companies to build their businesses with creative material they have stolen from others."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My opinion about Google TV

When Google TV was announced in Google I/O on May 23, 2010, we had a lot of questions about it. Yesterday, Google posted a Google TV introduction video on its official YouTube channel. (You can use Leawo Free YouTube Downloader to download this video to your computer.) But the content of this video is rather limited. We still don't know what exactly is Google TV and what is the advantage of Google TV.

Just as Google said, "TV meets web. Web meets TV". So this means people can surf the Internet while watching TV. (For example, while I'm watching NBA, I can view what is discussing about this game on twitter) I don't know the advantage of this feature, because if I simply insert a TV card into my computer and I can do the same thing.

Maybe Google TV is just a platform to make more people be able to surf the Internet via TV. For example, some old people, they don't know how to use computer or laptop, so they cannot surf the Internet. But they know how to use TV, so they might be able to surf the Internet in case they have Google TV.

You could learn more information relevant to Google TV from this article.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What is Google TV



At its heart, Google TV is a platform.

Google TV was announced today. But what exactly is it? Give us two minutes.

It's a software platform
You know how the Nexus One is a piece of hardware by HTC that runs Android, a piece of software by Google? That's how Google TV will work. At its heart, Google TV is a platform. It's software. Hardware makers will need to step up to use it in their devices.

... that Logitech, Sony and DISH will support ...
Right now, there are three places we'll see Google TV: a set top box by Logitech, Sony televisions (and one Blu-ray player) and an upcoming DISH box. They all share the following common specs: An Atom (or better) processor, discrete GPU, HDMI-out, Bluetooth, IR (with a transmitting "blaster"), Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, all while supporting a keyboard and a pointing device, as well as more traditional remotes such as Logitech's Harmony universals. From what we understand, all of these products will be available at Best Buy in fall of 2010 (though it's possible DISH may be later).

...that works with your existing cable/satellite box...
Equipped with an IR blaster to change channels, Google TV can sit on top of your existing infrastructure. So while new hardware is in the works, it should be compatible with whatever you're using now—cable or satellite boxes, with all relevant subscriptions.

...that works just like a Google search...
When you start any Google TV device, you're greeted by a simple search bar. You type what you'd like to watch. That can be a television station, allowing you to select and tune that channel. Or it can be a show, which will point you to places you can find the show—be that through a cable subscription channel, Netflix or somewhere on the web.

...that combines the web with TV...
So say you want to watch something that only exists on Amazon's streaming service. You'll be taken to Amazon's webpage through Chrome, where the video will stream. Random websites might look crumby on your television, of course, which is why Google asks that sites optimize for Google TV (full SDKs available in 2011). With this mix of web and television, you can also view multiple sources of information in multiple panes. So you can watch the Sox game on one part of your screen while reading Paul Konerko's realtime stats in another.

...that runs apps...
Oh, Google TV includes complete access to the Android App Store. And Google suspects that most any app will run fine on the platform, though those designed with cellphone-specific hardware in mind might not work with 1:1 compatibility. But when the SDK is available in 2011, we can expect Google TV-specific apps, too.

...that supports Flash...
I'm pretty sure the audience cheered at this part. And when Google says Flash, they mean the videos and the games.

...that still has some tricks up its sleeve...
As of yet, Google has barely scratched the surface of what this seemingly unparalleled integration of TV and web can do, but they demoed one wow-worthy function: firing closed captioning through Google Translate—translating a program in real time. Just try to tell us that's not neat. (We will translate any negative comments into a language we don't understand—in real time.)

...that is not Chrome OS.
Remember Chrome OS? Google TV and its apps have nothing to do with it—not at the moment, at least.

Source is gizmodo.com

Thursday, June 10, 2010

waka waka - Shakira's song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Are you ready to the imminent 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa? Because this great quadrennial worldwide football game is coming today on Jun. 11, 2010!

The World Cup theme song - waka waka (This Time For Africa), is created and sang by Shakira, a famous Colombia Latin singer. Waka waka is a verb in the language of Creole in Africa, its meaning is "flame, shine, warmly burn". Added the the South Africa's guitar solo background music with rhythm , this song has a strong flavor of Africa. Shakira will performance this song together with South Africa's local band Freshlyground on this World Cup closing ceremony.

As the World Cup theme song singer, the Latin singing queen Shakira said, "African music has the power of inspiring, and be reckoned in the global popular culture. I'm very proud that waka waka (This Time For Africa) is chosen to be the theme song of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. FIFA World Cup is a worldwide game; it closely links together people from different countries, different races and different area, which is what I want to express in this song." At the same time, she is very happy to cooperate with the most famous band in South Africa - Freshlyground.

Below is the music video by Shakira featuring Freshlyground performing Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup (TM) Song). (C) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment on YouTube. You can use Leawo Free YouTube Downloader to download this music video to your computer hard disk.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

YouTube Buzz Words in 2009

This post is gonna show you the most popular words on YouTube. These words are very very hot in a particular month in the past year 2009.

Global:

January: inauguration

American new president Obama.

February: christian bale

He is a Hollywood movie star.

March: the climb

It's the idol singer Miley Cyrus's MTV.

April: susan boyle

She made a stunning performance in Britain's Got Talent 2009.

May: pacquiao vs hatton

It was a boxing match.

June: michael jackson thriller

July: michael jackson

The King of Pop.

August: usain bolt

He is a Jamaican sprinter, Top Male Athlete.

September: kanye west

A famous rapper and music maker.

October: paranormal activity

It's a movie name.

November: bad romance

It's Lady gaga's song.

December: tiger woods

He is a famous golf player.


United States:

January: obama inauguration

February: on a boat

It is a single song in the first album of The Lonely Island

March: watchmen

It's a movie name.

April: susan boyle

She made a stunning performance in Britain's Got Talent 2009.

May: pacquiao

He is a boxer.

June: michael jackson thriller

A fomous song of the King of Pop.

July: wedding

I don't know why this word was so popular. Maybe you can tell me:)

August: send it on

It's a song sang by Disney's 6 popular idol stars.

September: kanye west

A famous rapper and music maker.

October: paranormal activity

It's a movie name.

November: adam lambert

The most closely watched and controversial competitor in American's Got Talent.

December: tiger woods

He is a famous golf player.

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