08 Jan

Uh Oh, Internet: Basic Mobile Video Will be YouTube-Only With MetroPCS Plans

MetroPCS, the 5th largest wireless carrier in the United States, has announced a new pricing structure that requires customers to pay extra to access video services other than YouTube, audio including Pandora or any VOIP service, over their mobile devices.

via Uh Oh, Internet: Basic Mobile Video Will be YouTube-Only With MetroPCS Plans. Remember those Net Neutrality rules the FCC voted on a few weeks ago, this is exactly the loophole that everyone feared.

27 Aug

TechCrunch – Google, Facebook To Microsoft’s Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid

The entire Internet (aka Facebook, Google, Apple AOL, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube) has just been served with a vague and vast patent violation suit from Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen. As patent suits are notoriously unpopular, the response from tech pundits has been apprehensive. Now the companies named are starting to punch back, a representative from Facebook told TechCrunch, “We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

via TechCrunch – Google, Facebook To Microsoft’s Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid. Oh software patents how worthless you are.

03 Apr

Behind The Scenes Of YouTube’s ASCII Prank – TechCrunch

So how did YouTube convert all of its videos to streaming lines of text? The company leveraged a piece of its existing and seemingly unrelated technology: their 3D video player. Engineer Peter Bradshaw, who is behind the site’s 3D viewer, says that fellow engineer Blake Livingston adapted his work with Adobe’s Pixel Bender (which is used to achieve the 3D effect) to convert the videos into ASCII.

via Behind The Scenes Of YouTube’s ASCII Prank. This is incredibly cool feature.