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23 april 2005

23 april 2005
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10 jan 2009 | hal finney | "running bitcoin" Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy? For years the top record label executives have been claiming that it's impossible to compete with free, but YouTube is proving them wrong. With billions of views every month the major record labels are making millions by sharing their music for free. For many people YouTube takes away the incentive to 'pirate,' but at the same time it may also cannibalise legal music sales. The music industry has witnessed some dramatic changes in recent years, even when piracy is left out of the picture. In just a decade the Internet and the MP3 revolution have redefined people’s music consumption habits. We’ve previously documented how people moved from buying albums to buying singles. If we go back in time 5 or 6 years, people had only one option if they wanted to listen to their favorite artists online without paying for the pleasure. Although true music aficionados are hard to please, the majority of the public appreciates the option of listening to their favorite tunes for free on YouTube.

S.S. BIG BRAIN - BrainForce V 1972 | Finding Lena Forsen, the Patron Saint of JPEGs Why YouTube Adopting Creative Commons Is a Big Deal Online Video News 23 april 2005 | The first ever YouTube video was uploaded 15 years ago The first ever YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005 -- exactly 15 years ago, today. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim posted the 18-second video, titled "Me at the zoo." It has since garnered over 90 million views. To this day, it is the only video on Karim's channel. Upon clicking play, the screen fills with a young Karim's face, his disheveled hair taking up the screen front and center. "Alright," Karim begins. There he is. "The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks," he continues. So. Unlike many YouTube creators' videos these days, Karim's video does not include what's considered the more traditional sign off: "Subscribe to my channel!" He ends the video simply by stating: "And that's pretty much all there is to say." A year after "Me at the zoo," Karim and fellow co-founders sold the platform to Google for a whopping $1.65 billion. Now, the platform boasts more than 2 billion logged-in users visit each month, according to YouTube.

Yup, YouTube Counts Video Ads As Regular Views Movie trailers are among the most popular videos on YouTube. A typical movie trailer gets millions of views, but how many of those views are natural and who many are pushed as paid-for ads? Yes, movie trailers are all ads in a sense. But people seek them out just like any other 2-minute video. That is not what I am talking about. The same movie trailers are also promoted through various means and shown as prerolls before other videos or via paid links and those views can also count towards the total. This is not an isolated incident. Not all ads count towards a view, but many do: Promoted Videos, skippable TrueView ads, homepage ads or search ads that drive traffic to the video page. I find this practice to be surprising, so I asked YouTube for an explanation. When it comes to paid advertising, view count of a video increases only when it’s clear that a viewer has made a choice to watch a video. There is nothing wrong with movie studios using their trailers as ads.

1973 | not exactly internet | cut copy paste - Larry Tesler, the UI pioneer responsible for cut, copy, and paste, dies at 74 Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who is most well-known for creating the seminal computer concepts cut, copy, and paste, died on Monday at age 74. Tesler was born in 1945 in New York and studied computer science at Stanford, according to Gizmodo. After working in AI research, he joined Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973, where he developed cut, copy, and paste. The concepts would later become instrumental user interface building blocks for both text editors and entire computer operating systems. PARC is most famous for its early work on graphical user interfaces and how to navigate them with a mouse — and because Apple co-founder Steve Jobs saw this early research and used it as inspiration to develop better iterations of the ideas for Apple products. Tesler was also a champion of a concept called “modeless” computing, which is the idea that a program shouldn’t have different “modes” where a user’s input does different things based on whichever mode you’re in.

YouTube's got a great new look, and you can try it NOW YouTube has unveiled a gorgeous experimental new design which it’s called Cosmic Panda. As you can see in the screenshot below, it looks gorgeous. To get yourself switched over to the new design click here. Although it hasn’t been officially announced, the experiment has been tweeted about by a couple of YouTubers (here and here). Billed as “A New Experience for Videos, Playlists, and Channels,” Cosmic Panda offers features like comments that update without you needing to refresh the page, and a gorgeous, slick design that gives YouTube a much-needed refresh in the style department. The new video page presents videos against a dark background, making them a little easier on the eye, although the big display ad next to it kind of ruins the effect. The channel view is, quite frankly, gorgeous, with letterbox-style thumbnail previews: And here’s playlist view: In all, aside from that big display ad we mentioned above, we’re impressed by this ‘Cosmic Panda’ redesign.

3 dec 1992 | SMS Turns 20 With A Touch Of Festive Cheer | Science Museum Blog Every time we invent a new communications device, somebody has to decide what the first every message will be. So, 20 years ago today, when 22-year-old British engineer, Neil Papworth, was trying out Vodafone's new SMS system out for the first time, what did he send? Well, as it was nearing Christmas, there was really only one choice: MERRY CHRISTMAS Every time we invent a new communications device, somebody has to decide what the first every message will be. Sometimes this is planned in advance and has a weighty meaning. For example, when the first American telegraph line was officially opened in 1844, the first message sent by Samuel Morse asked: What hath God wrought? On other occasions, the inventors of the technology were taken by surprise, such as Alexander Graham Bell. So, 20 years ago today, when 22-year-old British engineer, Neil Papworth, was trying out Vodafone’s new SMS system out for the first time, what did he send?

Science and Technology News and Commentary: Aardvark Daily 21 February 2012 The recording industry is whining long and hard about how piracy and file-sharing is crippling them. They're losing billions of dollars every year because people keep "stealing" their intellectual property -- or so they tell us. As a result, they've convinced various governments around the world to act like a bunch of thugs and introduce incredible penalties for the most modest of crimes. Well it's about time the recording industry pulled its head in because they're trying to "steal" my intellectual property (and that of thousands of others) and by doing so, they're depriving *me* of revenues. What a bunch of hypocrites and crooks they've turned out to be! Here is my own recent experience... I have been uploading plenty of new videos to my YouTube channels and I'm very careful to ensure that I don't violate anyone's copyright when I do so. My vids are 100% my own so I should have nothing to fear when I up load them to YouTube -- or so you'd think. Have your say on this...

En 1979, une chaîne de mails sur la science-fiction inventait l'internet d'aujourd'hui Temps de lecture: 9 min Il y a quarante-neuf ans, lorsque les ordinateurs furent mis en réseau pour la première fois, le précurseur de l’internet que nous connaissons aujourd’hui n’intéressait que la science. Arpanet, la création de l’Advanced Research Projects Agency –ARPA, l'ancêtre de la DARPA d’aujourd’hui–, avait pour objectif de permettre aux scientifiques bénéficiant de financements par l’armée américaine de partager deux denrées alors incroyablement rares et coûteuses: le temps et la puissance de calcul. Réseau des réseaux À l’époque, seule une poignée d’universités disposaient d'ordinateurs. La seule façon d’en utiliser un –ou de transférer un fichier d’un appareil à un autre– était de voyager jusqu'à l’endroit qui l'hébergeait. Quelques semaines plus tard, un ordinateur de Santa Barbara, en Californie, et un autre situé dans l’Utah rejoignirent le réseau. Ces divers mini-réseaux présentaient toutefois un problème inattendu. Du moins jusqu’en 1979. Proto-communautés en ligne