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Picasa Web Albums now store unlimited small images and videos

Recently, some users of Google's Picasa Web service noticed something odd. Like Gmail, Picasa Web tells you how much of your total available storage you're using. Something appeared to be wrong, however -- users were reporting having more free space than they previously had. It's common for Google to silently bump our upper storage limits, but how were these users showing the same number of photos...

Dailymotion app for Windows Phone 7 brings on-the-go video viewing

Dailymotion -- one of the great productivity leeches of the Internet -- has arrived on Windows Phone 7. The app provides easy access to Dailymotion's massive stash of videos, and it's more than a mere wrapper around a mobile site (unlike Microsoft's YouTube app). Featured videos are offered when the app first opens, and you can also browse Dailymotion's many channels. There's a built-in search...

Vevo app for Android brings the massive music video site to your mobile device

Vevo launched an iPad app in December, and now they're following up with an app for Android devices. Unfortunately, however, the first release of Vevo for Android leaves a bit to be desired. When you first fire up the app -- which takes a little longer than I'd like it to -- you're given a slideshow of five top videos to check out. Tapping the home icon on Vevo's toolbar will bring you back to...

YouTube now does HTML5 drag-and-drop video uploads

Google's use of HTML5-powered drag-and-drop in Gmail and Google Docs has made file management via its Web interfaces much easier. Now, the same feature is live on YouTube, enabling users to upload videos by simply dragging a clip from a desktop folder and placing into the dropzone on the YouTube upload page. As is the case with Docs and Gmail, you'll need to be using a compatible browser to be...

YouTube Time Machine helps you reminisce with YouTube videos from a certain year

YTTM apparently stands for "YouTube Time Machine," although that's not specifically mentioned on the site. What it does is very easy to understand, though. You move a slider to a specific year between 1860 and 2010, and you get a bunch of YouTube videos related to that year. Yes, I said 1860 (that's not a typo). Not all hits are spot-on, though. When I chose 1972, I got a video from 1970. So, I...

YouTube's shiny new HTML5 embed code is now live

Most of you have probably embedded a YouTube video at one time or another, even if it's just to share it on Facebook. Because copying and pasting is so easy, you might not have paid much attention to the embed code itself, though. Well, now's a good time to start looking, because YouTube is changing to a shorter, more compatible embed code, using the <iframe> tag. What does that mean to...

YouTube's mobile site gets a new look, beats up on native YouTube apps

For a long time, the best way to watch YouTube on a mobile device has been through a YouTube app, like the one that comes with the iPhone. The mobile site was confusing to navigate, and not all that attractive to look at. Well, that dusty mobile version has been revised into a pretty, easy-to-use, HTML5-friendly site, and it makes a good case for watching YouTube in your mobile browser again. ...

YouTube's new Leanback: one-click online video for the lazy TV crowd

In an age when there's so much online video content that you can basically watch whatever you want, why do so many people still watch plain old TV? YouTube has decided that TV's instant-on nature is what's missing from Web video -- some people don't want to make decisions about which videos to watch, they just want to turn them on like a TV and go. That's where YouTube Leanback, now in beta,...

YouTube to launch skippable ads, which might actually help advertisers

Hulu isn't the only online video service shaking things up with ads this week. The Wall Street Journal has YouTube on the record saying they're about to roll out the skippable ads they've been planning since November, so users can jump past an ad a few seconds after it starts. That can't make advertisers happy, right? Well, it might actually be better for everyone. As Hulu is finding out,...

Fun Tourist Attractions is a curated, visual guide of places to visit

Fun Tourist Attractions calls itself a "visual travel guide," and the name is pretty fitting. It's a large, carefully curated collection of attractions in places all over the world. You won't find stuff that is really "off the beaten path," but it's great for quickly figuring out what some of the most popular attractions are, wherever you're going. Each location has a list of attractions that are...

Google buys Episodic video advertising and analytics platform

Google has made yet another acquisition today, and this time it's in the video arena. Episodic, a platform for hosting "live and on-demand" video, will become part of Google. I had never heard of Episodic before today, but it looks like they're taking a very forward-looking approach to online video, especially when it comes to monetization and analytics. Since Episodic's technology and team are...

Viacom vs. YouTube battle heats up on official blogs

The YouTube vs. Viacom lawsuit has turned into quite the exciting drama this weekend, with both sides making accusations via their respective blogs. YouTube says Viacom constantly uploaded its own material from fake accounts, and then filed DMCA complaints about it. Viacom accuses YouTube of being a pirate organization that profits from copyright infringement. Here are the key points each side...

Google promotes Chrome web browser with 11 short videos

Google has commissioned a series of 11 short films to promote the Google Chrome web browser. If you've ever doubted the power of advertising to make something mundane look pretty darn cool, click the play button above. On the one hand, a browser is just a portal to the web, and so you'd think the last thing you would really need are a bunch of bells and whistles to make a browser look cool....

Linux Foundation picks "We're Linux" video finalists

Microsoft and Apple have been spending millions of dollars on sleek advertising campaigns. Linux, on the other hand is an operating system maintained by a worldwide network of volunteers. Nobody's really promoting it as a desktop operating system other than enthusiasts spreading news by word of mouth. So the Linux Foundation decided to put together a video contest asking some of those...

NBC Direct relaunches: Free video downloads of NBC TV shows

NBC has relaunched its NBC Direct video download service. Honestly, ever since Hulu launched, I haven't thought much about NBC Direct, which I first covered back in 2007. There aren't any videos available from NBC Direct that you can't find on Hulu, and the clunky DRM and download application make NBC Direct much more difficult to use than the web based player. Still, NBC Direct has two...