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YouTube adds 3,000 full-length feature films with new content partnerships

Google has today announced that its video service YouTube is adding 3,000 new movie titles available to rent and view on-demand to users in the United States. YouTube has partnered with Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros to begin offering thousands of full-length feature films, bringing the total number of movies available to stream on the video platform to around 6,000.
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Less than 1% of Firefox users activate “Do not track” feature

Less than 1% of Firefox users have activated the "Do not track" option in the latest version of the browser according to the Future of Privacy Forum think tank. Jules Polonetsky, founder of the think thank based his claim on information from two unnamed ad networks who gave access to their data. Polonetsky also reports that some ad networks are recording how many times their servers are told not to track a site's user.
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Google to permanently shut down Google Video by May 13

Google have announced via an email sent to Google Video users that it is shutting down the service permanently next month. Google Video stopped accepting user upload in May 2009 but has now decided to remove all video from the service which it will close indefinitely on May 13.
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Free live TV from Magnet WebTV available to stream on 99% of devices

Live TV streaming service Magnet WebTV have recently extended the availability of their service to 99% of all devices. Launched in January of this year, Magnet WebTV have upgraded their streaming service to support HTML5 video, effectively enabling a plethora of new devices that don’t support traditional Adobe Flash video, including the Apple iPhone and iPad.
Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC
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BBC confirms reduced online services with revised service license

Following on from budget cuts announced by the BBC at the start of this year regarding the national broadcaster’s online services, the BBC Trust has today published their revised service license for BBC Online. In January the BBC Trust announced a 25% budget reduction for BBC Online which would directly result in the loss of 360 jobs and the closure of over 400 BBC websites.
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Google’s war on content farms goes global

Google’s algorithmic change targeting content farms and low-quality websites introduced last month has been rolled out globally to benefit all English language users. Today’s rollout also takes into consideration feedback from Google Search users which can now directly impact on a site’s search rank.
Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare - the venue for this year's Oxegen music festival
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Google releases imagery update in Google Earth

The Google LatLong team have released an imagery update which is available now in Google Earth and Google Maps. The update is extensive and includes high resolution aerial imagery updates for Australia, Japan, Scotland, Wales and the US, and satellite imagery updates for eighty-five countries, including large parts of Ireland.
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