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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 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. 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 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

Now You Can Share Your Google+ Circles With Others

Google has rolled out a new feature for Google+ that lets users share the circles they’ve curated with their friends.

“Starting today, you can actually share your favorite circles with others,” Google+ engineer Owen Prater said on Google+.
“So if you’ve got a great Photographers or Celebrities circle, for instance, then you can share a copy with your friends.”
A new “Share” link now appears when you hover over a circle on the Google+ Circles page. Clicking the link will let you add a comment and share that circle with your friends on Google+.
The search giant is careful to point out that this only shares the members of the circle you’re sharing and not what you’ve named the circle. That will always remain private.

The young social network is on the rise ever since it opened itself up to the public.
A recent report claims that Google+ now has 43 million users, an increase of 30% since dropping the invite barrier.
Another report pegs Google+ as the eight largest social network in the world, just behind MySpace and LinkedIn.

Google Drive: Is the Dropbox Party Over?

Google Drive

On Saturday afternoon, a rumor leaked that is likely to have the Dropbox team feeling hung over as they report to work this morning. According to a TechCrunch report, the Google Drive is real, currently being used by the Google team, and poised for a launch prior to the end of this year. Google Drive will allow users to store files on the cloud and seamlessly transfer those files between devices. Continue reading

Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover

In May we announced Google Wallet—an app that makes your phone your wallet—with Citi, MasterCard, Sprint and First Data. With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).

We’ve been testing it extensively, and today we’re releasing the first version of the app to Sprint. That means we’re beginning to roll out Google Wallet to all Sprint Nexus S 4G phones through an over-the-air update—just look for the “Wallet” app. Here’s a demo of Google Wallet in action:

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Chrome 14 contains many security fixes

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has released its Chrome 14 web browser that fixes a number of security vulnerabilities and adds support for sandboxed Native Client applications.

As far as security patches go, the Chrome 14.0.835.163 stable version has a whooping 32 of them, with 15 being considered highly important. However, despite the large number of flaws addressed, Google’s security bounty for this release totaled only $14,337, about $450 per bug.

That’s because seven vulnerabilities were rated as low and many others were discovered by members of the Google Chrome Security Team or the Chromium development community. These flaws are not rewarded through the Chromium Security Rewards program.

Regular Chrome security contributor Sergey Glazunov, the best paid researcher through Google’s bug bounty porgram so far, was credited with finding only one vulnerability in this release, but he earned a special $2,337 reward for it. Continue reading

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