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In some cases it's not a bad thing to be fashionably late. Just ask Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube.
Earlier this week, while sporting a furry coat at a warm, packed YouTube party in New York City, Chen managed to spill some juicy details about the company's plans while talking to Sarah Meyers, the host of vodcast Pop17. Chen confirmed that live video was coming to the service in "2008" and that the company has wanted to feature it for some time, but have only recently been able to get the ball rolling because of having … Read more
Although streaming video on the Web is nothing new, it has yet to make its way onto YouTube. But that could change over the next 10 months, co-founder Steve Chen tells Sarah Meyers in a Pop17.com video report posted Thursday.
Meyers' report, cited on Friday by one of Pop17's sponsors, TechCrunch, highlights her personal interest in the prospects for live video on the Web and includes a brief interview with Chen at the "Videocracy" party Google threw on February 13 at the Terminal 5 club in New York.
Live video has long been on YouTube's … Read more
Sometimes, you just don't need the whole enchilada. Freeware video players like The KMPlayer, GOM Player, VLC Player, and others are excellent at what they do and are generally lightweight, but they look like top-heavy refrigerators compared with these nimble and zippy yet similarly named Flash players. But are Free FLV Player, FLV Player, Riva FLV Player, and BitComet FLV Player all the same, or does one pull ahead of the pack?
The flap earlier this week in which Pakistan Telecom knocked YouTube.com off the Internet for two hours seems almost inexplicable.
Those were country-specific and intentional. The outage on Sunday was global and, as far as we know, unintentional.
So what's to stop another Internet service provider--especially a government-owned one--from intentionally trying this trick? It's easy enough to imagine a situation in which North Korea feels like yanking Voice of America off the Internet, … Read more
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Pakistan's telecoms regulator lifted restrictions on YouTube after a video criticizing Islam was taken down.
The video clip in question features a Dutch lawmaker who claims Islam is fascist and prone to inciting violence, according to the AP. On Friday, Pakistan lawmakers, who consider the clip "blasphemous," ordered access to YouTube shut down.
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A high-profile incident this weekend in which Pakistan's state-owned telecommunications company managed to cut YouTube off the global Web highlights a long-standing security weakness in the way the Internet is managed.
After receiving a censorship order from the telecommunications ministry directing that YouTube.com be blocked, Pakistan Telecom went even further. By accident or design, the company broadcast instructions worldwide claiming to be the legitimate destination for anyone trying to reach YouTube's range of Internet addresses.
In the age of Google and YouTube, anybody can become a celebrity, villain, or laughingstock in no time. All it takes, for example, is for someone to publicly post another's (embarrassing) private video online, which is what happened to one Canadian teen acting out a scene from Star Wars.
There are also those Web sites out there with the purpose of shaming others. These sites criticize ex-lovers and dress down lousy tippers. But some anonymous postings can greatly harm the reputations of people, with the posters suffering no repercussions.
YouTube goes completely black all over the world for two hours. Is the culprit a complete system failure or a sophisticated denial of service attack?
No. It's a single ISP in Pakistan trying to block access to YouTube in that country. The Pakistan government ordered access to YouTube shut down in that country after cartoons appeared on the site that some Muslims found offensive. Presumably by accident, the ISP took out YouTube everywhere.
On Sunday afternoon, YouTube was inaccessible for two hours. The company said that a network in Pakistan was to blame and that it was investigating.
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Updated, 9:40 p.m. to add YouTube's explanation of what caused outage.
YouTube suffered a two-hour long, system-wide outage on Sunday that the company said was triggered by a network based in Pakistan.
"For about two hours, traffic to YouTube was routed according to erroneous Internet Protocols," said YouTube spokesperson Ricardo Reyes in a statement "Many users around the world could not access our site. We have determined that the source of these events was a network in Pakistan. We are investigating and working with others in the Internet community to prevent this from happening … Read more