Archive for July, 2012

YouTube audio ripping site to fight Google, claims service is legal

Google has not had the easiest of times getting publishers on board for all the content being posted on YouTube by its users. As well as setting up a copyright infringement detection system, Google also allows publishers to place and earn revenue from adverts next to videos that contain content they own–regardless of who uploaded it.

With the publisher relationships seemingly under control, YouTube now faces another problem that can’t be solved easily. The problem is one of content rippers–websites and browser plug-ins that make it quite simple for someone to download individual videos or just their audio.

One such service is hosted at YouTube-mp3.org and allows users to rip the audio from YouTube videos. Google has got its lawyers on the case and issued the site owner, 21-year-old student Philip Matesanz, with a cease and desist letter for breaking YouTube’s Terms of Service. But Matesanz is refusing to co-operate, stating the law is on his side.

YouTube-mp3.org is on Google’s radar because it is so popular. Traffic to the ripping site is thought to be around 1.3 million hits a day. That’s a serious amount of audio ripping from YouTube’s servers, and it’s sure to have more than a few publishers upset.

Google has blocked the site from accessing YouTube, but Matesanz has consulted with his own lawyers and decided to fight. It seems converters and recorders are protected by German federal law allowing users to create private copies of media such as that offered by YouTube. He also claims no Terms of Service violations have occurred due to the way in which his site rips the audio.

As well as deciding to fight, Matesanz started a petition in an attempt to get converters and recorders allowed on YouTube. At the time of writing it has received 345,183 of a required 500,000 signatures. As one of the commenters on the petition points out, it’s ridiculous you can be classed as a criminal for copying something available to you 24 hours a day on YouTube.

It’s very unlikely the petition will change anything to do with YouTube’s policies. It also seems unlikely Google will back down with its legal threats against Matesanz. But as he rightly points out, anyone and everyone can rip content from YouTube, and if his lawyers are correct, they have a legal right to do so in Germany at least.

Read more at TechWeek Europe

Google Nexus 10 tablet coming soon :)

Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 7 tablet this week — and put it up for sale at just $199. Now, it looks like they’re getting ready to release a second model: the Nexus 10. As you probably guessed, it’ll feature a 10-inch display. Like its 7-inch sibling, the Nexus 10 is going to feature an extremely tempting price tag: $299.

Once again, it’s a report from DigiTimes that has the tech world buzzing. According to DigiTimes’ contacts, Wintek, who has already provided half a million OGS touchpanels for the Nexus 7, will be supplying 10-inch panels for use in a Nexus tablet. They’ll have help from AU Optronics, who will also pitch in with panel parts.

Normally, a Digitimes report needs to be taken with a spoonful of skepticism. This time, however, their information lines up nicely with information that a Geek.com source shared. Google is indeed getting ready to release the Nexus 10.

What’s even more interesting is that they may have been planning to launch it on day two of Google I/O 2012. That didn’t happen, of course, and it’s believed that manufacturing difficulties may have been to blame.

As for when we’ll finally see the Nexus 10 go on sale, that’s anyone’s guess. With the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro set to hit retail shelves in October, however, Google would be smart to move quickly. Even if the Nexus 10 turns out to be nothing more than the Nexus 7 with a larger display and battery, the $299 price tag would not doubt help Google capture a significant chunk of tablet sales between now and the end of the year.

More at DigiTimes

Lesson learned: Windows 8 upgrade will be $40

Microsoft will offer downloads of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a mere $40 until January 31, 2013 — cheaper even than the Windows 7 upgrade promotion, where even the Home edition went for $50. The deal will be available through Windows.com, and will work for previous installs of Windows 7, Vista, or even XP. Competition from Apple’s $30 Lion and $20 Mountain Lion upgrades are likely a factor in Microsoft’s surprisingly reasonable price, but so is the need to entice consumers to a new platform.

Windows 8 is a major shift in the Windows metaphor, and many people aren’t sold on it, especially the Start screen that’s replacing the traditional Start menu. Microsoft is likely hoping to take the sting out of such a drastic change by making the Windows 8 upgrade cheap and available for older versions.

The whole upgrade process, including purchase and download, will be handled by the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which checks for application/device compatibility and moves data from the previous install. Exactly what users will be able to keep depends on which old version they’re coming from: Windows 7 can port over files, programs, and OS settings; Windows Vista only settings and files; XP installs only get to keep files. The upgrade will also have options to not move over any data at all, or to format the hard drive via a bootable USB device or a burned DVD. After upgrading, Windows Media Center will be available as a free added feature.

It’s good to see Microsoft getting fully behind their next operating system by keeping the price low and trying to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible. The low cost may not be enough for users content with Windows 7, but for anyone using XP it will be tough to pass up a $40 Windows 8 upgrade for a much pricier copy of Windows 7.

via Windows 8 official blog

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