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YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

Readying itself for the likes of Chromecast, PlayStation 4 (already on PS3), Google TV, and more, YouTube has been updated this week in its iOS and Android forms. This app already allowed the user to play any and all (save no-mobile) videos with ease, now the app will allow users to watch a video or Cast a video. This added bit of functionality had worked with devices like the Nexus Q and PlayStation 3 and Google TV in the past, but here we're seeing a "preview" screen appearing along with the ability to add said video to a queue.

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YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

User of the Windows Phone mobile operating system glad that the Microsoft-made YouTube app was reinstated recently with approval by Google will be disappointed this afternoon: it's gone again. Now the two companies are tossing punches online, releasing statements in kind over the reasons for their continued dispute. It would appear that the whole mess comes down to one coding issue: HTML5.

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Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

The security firm Spider.io revealed that a California-based company called Sambreel was using its software to inject advertisements on YouTube, according to a report on the company's website. Sambreel's subsidiary Yontoo was responsible for two programs designed to make downloading videos off of YouTube simple, both of which have been pulled after Spider.io revealed its findings.

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Windows Phone YouTube app re-launched following Google appeasement

Windows Phone YouTube app re-launched following Google appeasement

In the middle of May, Microsoft received a nastygram from Google demanding that it pull its YouTube for Windows Phone app within one week due to certain issues with the app, namely the lack of advertisements and ability to download certain videos. Late that month, an agreement was struck betwixt the two companies, and today the app has been re-launched, adding advertisements into the mix.

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YouTube is down, it’s not just you

YouTube is down, it’s not just you

This afternoon Google's YouTube video hosting service appears to be suffering a service outage, though as of this article's initial publication time, representatives have not made an official statement. Watching this event through several "likely service disruption" websites makes the situation clear from user perspectives, with one site, Down Detector, showing less than 10 reports of problems from YouTube throughout the day and a whopping 69 reports in the last hour.

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MixBit aims to cash in on YouTube success on iPhone [UPDATE: Android too!]

MixBit aims to cash in on YouTube success on iPhone [UPDATE: Android too!]

With the creation of YouTube came the first widespread use of video on the internet - the creators of this phenomenon aim to see lightening strike twice with the app MixBit for iPhone. While this app may eventually be available for other mobile platforms such as Android*, the app itself is being launched initially for the top-selling Apple phone, where several of the original founders of YouTube hope a video editing and mixing community can most effectively take off.

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SlashGear 101: What is Chromecast?

SlashGear 101: What is Chromecast?

Google's Chromecast device is a Web media player, introduced by the company just a bit over a year after they first showed of a machine with very similar capabilities: the Nexus Q. Where the Nexus Q came into play as a bocce-ball-sized TV "box", Chromecast is the size of a USB dongle, small enough to fit in your pocket. It connects through a television's full-sized HDMI port and you'll be able to pull it up with the input button on your television remote, the same as you would a DVD player.

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NSA and FBI reportedly pulling data directly from Google, Microsoft and more [UPDATE]

NSA and FBI reportedly pulling data directly from Google, Microsoft and more [UPDATE]

Yesterday, it was revealed that a secret court order initiated by the FBI strong-armed Verizon into handing over detailed phone records of millions of US consumers to the NSA. Such an action made it obvious that other activities of a similar nature are likely taking place, something confirmed today by The Washington Post, which says it has acquired a "top-secret document" showing the NSA and FBI pulling detailed content from central servers of nine major US companies.

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