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image thumb82 Facebook Surpasses Yahoo As Number 2 Video Site, YouTube Still Way Ahead

Numbers always add more weight to your claims than just saying you are the leader in a certain category. I mean you can be a leader amongst losers around you? But lets not make this a lecture of some sort and come to the comScore’s monthly report for August which reveals stats on online video data in the US.

A whopping 178 million people watched online video content at an average 14.3 hours per viewer. Though the total number has remained unchanged and Google sites still lead with a massive 146 million unique viewers it gives me great joy to share Facebook climbing to number two. It had over 58 million unique viewers compared to Yahoo which it surpassed with 53 million plus viewers. Facebook rightly deserves this and Yahoo shouldn’t even be there at all. Honestly I didn’t ever knew that Yahoo even had a video site!

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image thumb15 Universal Studios turns to Facebook to promote Blue ray Movies

Universal Studios has switched to Facebook to promote their Blu-ray titles. The movie studio has launched a Facebook app that holds daily sweepstakes to give away 25 prize packages containing four blu-ray movies every day, that relates to the weekly theme. The daily giveaways includes gems such as Wanted, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall from Universal’s collection of 2,010 Blu-ray movies.

The give-away would run for the entire month of January and would have a different theme every week, with week one featuring action movies, week two comedies, week three drama and week four having family films.

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image thumb78 Facebook could face blackout in Italy after Berlusconi incident

Facebook might face curbs in Italy after a recent attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Members of Berlusconi’s coalition have squarely laid the blamed Facebook for inciting the general public, that eventually led to the attack that left the Italian premier with a bloodied face.

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni is said to have been considering tougher limits on freedom of expression and has planned to crack down on social networking sites that have been inciting violence against against Berlusconi. Although Facebo ok’s name was not officially mentioned, many in the know – believe that the minister was talking about Facebook.

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image thumb156 YouTube now lets you delete your video comments

If you had been worried for long waiting when does YouTube let you delete your video comments, worry no more as YouTube released its Abuse and Safety tool. In case you have made a comment that you think shouldn’t be there, just go to the Text Comments section and hit remove. How about YouTube letting users do some editing on comments that are spam?

MusicShare.com Gets a Revamp…

 

MusicShaket MusicShare.com Gets a Revamp..., an LA-based startup that offers a music and sound effect mixing service for amateurs has revamped its website to bring in more social aspects. If you want to create personalized, professional sounding music using a variety of modules and pattern-combination methods, MusicShake’s desktop application is for you.

The service also enables you to convert mp3’s into different formats and create them as ringtones as well. Along with that you could share the you favorite music lists with your friends as well.

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image thumb143 YouTube Gives You The Power to Download Videos   (Limited Videos That Is!) 

Video behemoth, YouTube is now offering direct downloads to some of the videos it has on the site, most importantly including President Barack Obama’s weekly addresses.

While many us must have had used file downloader’s and other methods to rip the videos off the site, this is by far the first time YouTube is giving such functionality officially. But there  is a catch, the new option gives users the ability to download only a full-quality H.264 file.

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universal music group logo UMG and Kyte – The Domination Continues…

Universal Music Group and internet video streaming startup, Kyte today announced a deal, in which Kyte is to provide the mobile and online platform for the label’s artists, including 50 Cent, All American Rejects, Lil Wayne, and Lady Gaga.

Universal Music and Kyte will also be developing new mobile applications for the Music Group behemoth.

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youtube notice Copyrighted Audio Tracks Removed From Videos   YouTube

We all know how much piracy and copyright issues matter today. And to save itself again from a lethal lawsuit, this morning, YouTube deleted audio tracks that had not been authorized by all copyright holders from many videos using its audio fingerprinting technology. Many YouTuber’s are outraged about this new policy.

I personally believe that it would make a lot more sense for the music industry to allow YouTube users to use copyrighted sounds tracks on their homemade videos (using some sort of license), while the record labels (or the artists) could get a share of the advertising revenue, thus creating a win-win sitaution for both users and artists.

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vringostudio home thumb Vringo launches Vringo Studio: now get video ringtones

Vringo brings the accessibility of making YouTube videos as your outbound ringtone through the launch of Vringo Studio. Users will now be able to add a 30 seconds long portion of a YouTube video and send it to their phone for other Vringo users to listen to. For people wanting this to work on their phones, need the Vringo app on their phones (not on iPhone yet). The service is free to use for a one time only, after which you need to pay the subscription fee.