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Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

Watch: 4chan’s moot retirement Q&A session livestream

The originator and sole owner of the imageboard/messageboard 4chan has announced this week that he's about to retire. Chris Poole, otherwise known as moot, suggests that this changing of the guard will not make a big difference to the millions of users of 4chan, one of the world's largest online communities. Today a Q&A session will be taking place for the 4chan community - and the rest of the inquisitive internet - to take part in. This session begins at 1PM Central Time, January 23rd, 2015.

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Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Remember Ello? Not until you just read that, I bet. The ‘Facebook killer’ social network was ad-free, and a bit of fun for a week or so. Various brands latched onto it as a new medium to share themselves with the world, with its stripped-down interface and stark indifference to social as we know it. A big selling point for Ello was ads, where none existed. According to the founders, none would, either. Until today, with the rollout of video and music on Ello.

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Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

This week the team at video-hosting company Vessel will begin their Beta. This Beta will be behind a line of users - a popular way to get people to get interested in your service these days - and eventually content will be behind a paywall. Videos on Vessel will be hosted for the public like YouTube or Vimeo, but there's a new concept onboard as well: a 72-hour exclusive window. For 72 hours before anyone else on the web is able to see, content creators will put their video up on Vessel for paying-only users.

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YouTube videos teach robots to cook

YouTube videos teach robots to cook

When it comes tasks like cooking, humans naturally know all the little steps that are required for doing something as simple as taking a cup out of the cabinet and filling it with milk. Robots on the other hand have to be taught all the little motions and steps like opening and closing cabinet doors, setting the cup down, opening the milk, pouring, and then closing the milk and putting it away.

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YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

YouTube to air its own Super Bowl halftime show

The Super Bowl is known for its (sometimes) amusing advertisements, and they tend to rake in the viewers -- both during the show and afterward on YouTube, where many go to re-watch their favorite ads and others go to catch the ones they missed. YouTube isn't letting this Super Bowl advertisement lust go to waste this year, and has revealed that it will be offering its own halftime show, which will be starring the service's own top stars. The halftime show will include fake Super Bowl advertisements, and the entire ordeal will be streamed live on the video service during the Super Bowl next month.

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HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC Re adds YouTube live streaming

HTC's periscope-shaped Re is getting a firmware update, adding YouTube live streaming to turn the camera curiosity into a mobile broadcast tool. The software - which will be pushed out initially through the Google Play store - updates the Re companion app which runs on the paired smartphone. HTC is envisioning the enhanced camera as being used to beam performances and school plays to distant grandparents, or to make friends green with envy by showing them your scuba diving.

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Details emerge about Twitter’s video service to rival YouTube

Details emerge about Twitter’s video service to rival YouTube

Back in November, Twitter confirmed that it would be launching its own video service akin to YouTube as part of its growth strategy. While a launch date wasn't specified, other than sometime in the first half of 2015, details about the service were skim to say the least. That is until recently, when Twitter user Daniel Raffel noticed a FAQ page for the video service was already available, revealing a number of details including file types supported and just how it plans to directly compete with YouTube.

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Global Music Rights threatens YouTube with lawsuit

Global Music Rights threatens YouTube with lawsuit

Google is making a strong push toward equipping YouTube with a plethora of legally sourced music (hence things like YouTube Music Key), but that doesn't mean illicitly posted videos have gone away, and as has always been the case, there are entities trying to get some of them removed. One such organization is Global Music Rights, which is threatening Google with a large lawsuit if it doesn't pull certain songs from YouTube, among them being popular hits by the Eagles and more.

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Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

You probably haven’t heard of Vessel, but soon it will likely become part of your daily vernacular. The startup video service is trying to bring some of the more prominent YouTube creators under their banner, which offers up both free and paid subscriptions. The free service offers up videos from entities like Funny Or Die, while the paid model brings in homegrown viral stars. The paid service also delivers videos a full week before you’ll see them anywhere else, with an attractive, incentivized model for viral video stars.

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YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

Your GIF collection is about to get bigger. YouTube is testing a GIF creation tool that allows users to select a portion of a video and turn it into a GIF, no third-party tools necessary. The creation tool makes it easy to add text to the resulting GIFs, as well, with options for adding both top and bottom lines of text. Unfortunately, this feature isn't widely available yet, and so it is assumed YouTube is only testing the tool at this point.

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