Police identify woman who fired shots at Youtube’s office

A lady opened discharge with a handgun at YouTube’s home office in California on Tuesday evening, shooting three individuals — one of whom was fundamentally harmed — before killing herself, the specialists said.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital got three patients: a man, 36, in basic condition; a lady, 32, in genuine condition; and a lady, 27, in reasonable condition, a healing facility representative, Brent Andrew, explained at a news gathering. A fourth individual had wounds that weren’t from a shot, the police said.

Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube member of the working class who before worked for The New York Times, tweeted comparatively before 1 p.m. that there was an “active shooter at YouTube HQ” whatever he had “heard shots and saw tribe running interim at my desk.” He was barricaded in a room mutually co-workers, he circulating, nonetheless moments late tweeted that he had been safely evacuated.

The shootings on Tuesday took apartment in a courtyard at YouTube’s offices, the long arm of the law said. Those offices, relish other Google facilities, uphold light stake, by all of employees for badges to flew in the face of security gates or doors. Usually, the main barnstorm is attended by a receptionist. There are no clear as a bell metal detectors or charged guards.

Google is serving ads in YouTube Red – even though it promises not to

So much for Google’s vows to deliver an ad-free watching experience for its premium YouTube Red service.

Peeved users have taken to Reddit to voice their frustration the search engine giant has begun displaying ads in its paid Red subscription service, which promised to deliver original content unobstructed by any promo materials.

Here are a couple of mildly annoying examples from users:

As you can see in the screenshots, the service now runs ads both on the home page and underneath certain clips.

One user who reached out to Google to express his dissatisfaction with the development, shared the following response from YouTube support:

Thanks for contacting YouTube. I can definitely understand your concern, since YouTube Red membership promises an ads-free experience across YouTube. I’ll clarify this for you.

With YouTube Red, you shouldn’t be seeing iBanner ad, image ad, pre-roll ad, ad that shows before their video starts (often 30 seconds or skippable after 5 seconds). This includes ads before and during a video, as well as banner ads, search ads, and video overlay ads. You may still see branding or promotions embedded in creators’ content that isn’t controlled by YouTube. Ad-free videos are supported across all devices and platforms where you can sign in with your YouTube account – including on compatible smart TVs/gaming consoles and the YouTube, YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube Kids mobile apps, if they’re available in your location.

From the screenshot, looks like the ad format (print ad) is not supported by the YouTube Red

But here is the deal: At no point does Google mention the possibility of so-called ‘print ads’ (please see first image in gallery above) showing up under videos in its Red membership details.

In fact, it explicitly goes on to guarantee an ad-free experience:

Ad-free videos are supported on youtube.com and YouTube apps when you are signed in with your YouTube Red account.

With YouTube Red, you won’t see ads hosted by YouTube such as pre-roll or mid-roll video ads, banner ads, search ads, homepage banner ads, and in-video text-overlay-ads.

Other promotional content such as video annotations, links to other videos, trailers, or featured or recommended videos may appear.

While our policies do not permit creators to include ads in their content, there could be instances in which a creator includes product placements, incidental branding, or third party-ads in their videos. A typical example of this is a live stream of a concert or sporting event.

Assuming the ‘print ad’ format does indeed fall out of Red’s list of excluded ads, Google should have taken the measure to explicitly warn subscribers against this. Otherwise, they might as well go back to the freemium YouTube service coupled with any third-party ad-blocker to get the same ‘ad-free’ experience Red offers.

One thing to point out is that these ads appear to occur only to a limited extent at the time being. Some users were unable to reproduce the ad from the abovementioned video. However, others have reported spotting pre-roll ads on Red, which is strictly the opposite of what Red’s terms and services promise.

While in all fairness the ads in question seem rather unobtrusive, this breach of trust is particularly unsettling given Google’s ambitions to build its own ad-blocker for Chrome and destroy shitty ads.

Time to go back to third-party ad-blockers, folks.

After 12 Years, YouTube’s Logo Has Changed For The First Time | New Features Are Here

It was in 2005 when the video “Me at the Zoo” was uploaded on a new website. Fast forward 12 years later, and we see YouTube, probably the world’s largest video sharing service.

In an announcement made yesterday, YouTube revealed some significant changes implemented across various platforms where the service exists.

The very first one is a completely redesigned logo which is now in the form of the well-known play icon and YouTube written next to it.

The company says they made the new logo to fit different scenarios. For instance, when there is a scarcity of space on the device’s screen, the Play Icon itself can represent the complete logo.

YouTube’s overall look has also seen many changes over the years, the latest one is inspired by Martial Design which was originally meant for Android devices but later made its way to other Google products. For desktop, the new design is rolling out as we speak and its complemented by YouTube’s cinematic Dark Theme.

Youtube material design

Another set of new features is coming to the YouTube app, adding to the recently added new chat feature which allows users to share videos and texts.

Visual updates to the YouTube have made it less red than earlier as the color of the header is white now. The navigation tabs can be found on the bottom of the screen now. This is accompanied by the addition of a new Library and Accounts tab which also does the work of its earlier counterpart.

The ability to change the speed of the video playback has been there on desktop YouTube. Now, the YouTube app has incorporated this functionality.

New video suggestions also feature as a part of the update. When watching videos in full-screen, you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the recommendations made by YouTube.

YouTube already introduced a couple of gestures earlier this year. Users can double-tap to rewind or fast forward a video for 10 seconds. In the future, they’ll add the ability to play next video by swiping right and left to watch the previous video.

What else they are testing is different shapes for videos which adjust according to the size of the screen. They could be the regular rectangle or the long verticle ones like you see on Facebook.

What are your views on the new YouTube logo? Drop your thoughts in the comments.

Android Oreo Now Available for Android TV

After an almost unbearable period of time, the consumer version of the Android O has finally arrived and we can finally check out some of its most interesting features. Android O’s (or Oreo, since the developers settled with this version) most obvious change is the one regarding the interface support.

However, the Android TV community won’t be enjoying the update too soon, as the developers aren’t really eager to apply the new changes instantly. But there are some features that definitely deserve the waiting.

Channels on Android TV

Now this is Android TV innovation. The installed apps become channels. In spite of the fact that this is pretty interesting idea, the Channel’s support is very limited. If we exclude the pre-installed Google apps, such as Youtube, Movies and Music, what’s left is almost nothing. (HBO Go and that is pretty much it because Netflix will probably join the Android TV much later).

Another awesome feature that has only been announced is the video preview. One can highlight a certain thumbnail and the user will see the preview.

Favorites section

The Favorites section is definitely one helpful feature for the users. It has also been improved as it helps you access the apps you’re using very often. The button is right before your eyes, on the upper side of the home screen and by using it, instead of searching the app, it will save up precious time.

Apps access

The down sight is the fact that being focused on the Channels, the developers limited the access for apps. But there is also a bright side; apparently, Google didn’t forget to do something for the apps and it is now possible to access the apps form anywhere within the improved interface only by long pressing on a certain app. Too bad this feature isn’t available on the Android Oreo.

But even though there aren’t many changes you can enjoy, the Android team promises a lot more once the next features will be available.

 

The YouTube apps for iOS and Android now include a new ‘Shared’ tab. It allows you to share YouTube videos with people and chat with them without leaving the app.

The feature, which YouTube is testing since a year, eliminates the need of copying the video link and sharing it through some other app.

Now, you won’t need to head over to other apps like Messenger and Whatsapp whenever you want to share a YouTube video. Announced on Monday, a new set of changes allows people to share YouTube videos within the app itself. It has been more than a year since the new sharing feature is under testing.

What’s more is the ability to chat with your friends on YouTube which was a much-needed feature since years. And it might help Google establish their name in the world of messaging apps. The plans for Allo didn’t go that well; maybe YouTube can bring some good news.

Once you open the updated YouTube app, you’ll find a new ‘Shared’ tab next to Subscriptions tab. Tapping the same would open a new screen where you can invite your contacts to use the chat feature.

Tap View Contacts > View All to displays a list of your YouTube connections. These are the ones whose email is registered in your Google Contacts.

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Under the Add Contacts section, you can see Find in phone book option to add the people present in your device’s contact list. The invitation to these people is sent via SMS.

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Once a contact accepts your invitation, their name would appear under the Shared tab. Tap the name to open the chat interface where you can send messages and videos.

How to share videos?

To share YouTube videos through the new chat feature, you have two options. First, there is a dedicated button on the chat screen which allows you to search and add videos without leaving the conversation.

Search and select the video on the next screen.

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Second, for any YouTube video, you can tap the overflow menu button (three dots) and tap the Share option and then select the person. You also use the Share option while a video is playing.

You can play the shared videos on the chat screen itself. And it’s the regular YouTube player, so you can view it in full-screen mode, change quality, etc.

YouTube’s chat is not limited to a single person. You can add more people and make a group by tapping the overflow menu button in the top-right corner of the chat screen. The overflow menu also has options to mute the conversation and quit the chat.

Did you try YouTube’s new chat and share feature? Tell us in the comments.

 

In case you didn’t know about it, there is an update that was released for the Android TV app. It’s been a while since we received the previous update.

The best part is that if you look at the version number, it won’t be just a bug fixer this time. Actually, it comes together with a completely redesigned UI, which is extraordinary. There are also a couple other functional changes too. Even though the update doesn’t tackle many of the users’ requests, it’s still a huge progress.

A New Interface

Just when you look at the new YouTube app for Android TV, you will see that things are entirely changed. The basic structure is indeed the same, but the developers moved a lot of things around. For example, you will see the navigation drawer much lighter on the left side. This happens because they removed the list of subscriptions and other options from there.

You will also notice that the signed-in account was placed at the top. As such, users don’t have to deduce it anymore from the recommendations, nor to open the settings menu to figure it out. The color theme also brings some darker shades in the background. Meanwhile, white shades are used to highlight the elements you select.

Video Player Changes

There are some important changes with the video player as well. Visually, the biggest one is the fact that there is no more big red control bar. This means that you have a much better visibility of the video now. In fact, the new look is quite similar to the one YouTube uses for phones.

Bottom Line

The conclusion here would be the fact that the radical design change made by YouTube is loved by many users. The interface looks cleaner and much easier to use.

Last month, Google steps it would take to help stamp out extremism and terrorism-related content online.

Today, the company is announcing a new initiative on YouTube to help guide people away from terrorism propaganda videos and steer them towards content that debunks extremist messaging and mythology.

It’s appropriately called the Redirect Method, because it essentially redirects users searching for specific keywords on YouTube to playlists featuring videos that counter extremist content.

Google’s Jigsaw team has been working with Moonshot CVE, a company that works with clients to counter “violent extremism,” to develop the Redirect Method.

Moonshot CVE was able to do extensive research into understanding how extremist groups use the internet and technology more broadly to spread their messaging before figuring out what tools would make sense to use on YouTube.

Google called this an “early” release of the Redirect Method and said it would continue to add more features going forward. Specifically, it wants YouTube to understand more search terms in languages besides English and use machine learning to automatically and dynamically update the keywords in its list.

The company also plans to work with “expert” non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop more videos to counter extremist messaging that’s aimed at people who are at different stages of the radicalization process.

It sounds like people who’ve gone deeper into extremist research would get different content than those who’ve just started exploring that world. Lastly, Google will continue working with Moonshot CVE to expand the Redirect Method in Europe (the company hasn’t said where exactly it works currently).

As for how Google plans to measure success, it simply says it’ll look at how much engagement the content gets from those being redirected to it. And this isn’t the only way Google is fighting extremist messaging on YouTube.

As part of last month’s announcements, it said that it was increasing the technology it uses to identify extremist and terrorism-related videos as well as increasing the number of human experts in YouTube’s “trusted flagger” program.

This may not be enough to stop terrorists from using YouTube as a recruitment platform, but it’s clear Google is taking the problem seriously.

As part of its mission to make its research easier to access, NASA is uploading decades’ worth of archived footage to YouTube. So far around 300 videos have been uploaded, with a further 200 on the way.

Each clip documents an important part of NASA’s history, including Space Shuttle landing research, X1 and X43A trial flights and the testing of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk has previously commented on how difficult it was to find historical footage on NASA’s website. Before the uploading project, curious flight-fans would have to laboriously search through the Dryden Aircraft Movie Collection via the Dryden Flight Research Center website. Standard search queries in Google would reveal nothing.

Now, with the video library prominently on the (renamed) Armstrong Flight Research Center’s website and YouTube channel, everyone has easy access to these fascinating historical highlights.

YouTube on Friday said it is creating an online arena devoted to video game play, jumping onto a hot “e-sports” trend and challenging Amazon-owned Twitch.

YouTube Gaming will debut in Britain and the United States in the coming months, according to product manager Alan Joyce.

“YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else,” Joyce said in a blog post.

“From ‘Asteroids’ to ‘Zelda,’ more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title.”

YouTube Gaming will also have channels devoted to specific game publishers or personalities.

A preview of the new YouTube offering, including game content creators such as ‘iHasCupquake’ and ‘NadeShot,’ will be showcased at a major Electronic Entertainment Expo extravaganza next week in Los Angeles.

“Live streams bring the gaming community closer together, so they’ve put them front-and-center on the YouTube Gaming homepage,” Joyce said.

“In the coming weeks, YouTube will launch an improved live experience that makes it simpler to broadcast your game play to YouTube.”

Google vs Amazon
The popularity of gaming has given rise to new genres of YouTube videos including watching play, speed-runs, walk-throughs, and even segments on cooking gamer-themed delectables.

Along with the YouTube Gaming website accessible through web browsers, there will be an application for mobile devices.

Leading video game play broadcasting platform Twitch will have a strong presence at E3, with plans to live stream press conferences, demos, interviews and more.

Twitch will augment its English-language broadcast with regionalized shows from partners including Rocket Beans TV in German and Jeuxvideo in French.

US online retail giant Amazon last year bolstered its Internet video presence, whistling past Google to snatch up Twitch and its huge audience for live-streamed gaming.

The acquisition was one of the largest in Amazon’s history: $970 million in cash for the three-year-old Internet company.

Twitch Interactive streams games being played for non-playing viewers to watch, and hosts gaming events.

It allows viewers to chat with the players and others, lending it some of the qualities of social networking websites, and it sells advertising to generate income.

YouTube owner Google had reportedly been working out a billion-dollar deal last year to buy Twitch, but backed off due to anti-trust concerns and cleared the way for Amazon to swoop in.

The take-over came with a boom in online viewing of real-time video game or computer game play as “e-sports” attract growing crowds as spectator events.

PlayStation console maker Sony made an alliance with Twitch in 2012 to let gamers broadcast online play live for others to watch, and made the feature one of the selling points of its successful new PlayStation 4 model.

Microsoft also put Twitch capabilities into its new-generation Xbox One console. Twitch bills itself as the world’s largest video game broadcasting network.

Millions of people monthly watch video game play streamed using Twitch, which boasts partners such as the Electronic Sports League, Major League Gaming and IGN Pro League.

San Francisco-based Twitch was created by the founders of live video streaming platform Justin.tv Justin Kan and Emmett Shear.

TwitchTV launched in 2011 and has made a partnerships to get money-making video and display ads to weave in during breaks in live game play.

Twitch “broadcasters” range from professional gaming leagues to individual players.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism.

The fearless foursome currently face a tricky foe: public and government sentiment that their social licence could be revoked if they don’t do something about their respective platforms being used to spread hate speech that radicalises users and incites them to violence, either through posts designed to recruit activists or encrypted messages used to plot atrocities.

Such an enemy can’t just be blown away, so in recent weeks we’ve seen YouTube and Facebook explain how they’ll detox their services.

While those solo efforts have been well-received, online companies clearly feel they need to team up. Hence the announcement of the “Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism” to “formalise and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the UN.”

The Forum says its efforts will “evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and extremist tactic” but for starters its members plan to “work together to refine and improve existing joint technical work, such as the Shared Industry Hash Database; exchange best practices as we develop and implement new content detection and classification techniques using machine learning; and define standard transparency reporting methods for terrorist content removals.”

Members will also share their research efforts and “work with counter-terrorism experts including governments, civil society groups, academics and other companies to engage in shared learning about terrorism.” They’ll also share the fruits of their labours with smaller companies who may otherwise struggle to respond to terror-related content online, and develop counter-terrorism strategies.

There’s no word on the resources the Forum’s members will bring to bear on the tasks they’ve set themselves. Perhaps just forming the group was enough to address sentiments like UK prime minister Theresa May’s statement, in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack, that big internet companies give terrorism “the safe space it needs to breed.”