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YouTube Barely Breaks Even, Lenovo Hacked Over Superfish [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-02-2015

YouTube costs Google, Lenovo gets hacked, Yo becomes useful, Tinder for pets, Digg TV launches, and the smartphone ad banned for being sexy.

YouTube Makes No Money for Google

Almost nine years after acquiring YouTube Hack YouTube: Kill the Annoyances, Improve Your Viewing YouTube is a revolutionary service, but that doesn't mean that it’s without its flaws. There are many features on the site that are designed for convenience, other features that are meant to satiate legal requirements,... Read More for $1.65 billion, Google is still not seeing any actual profit from its investment. According to the Wall Street Journal, YouTube’s financials are “roughly break-even,” despite posting revenues of $4 billion in 2014.

YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world, with 1 billion monthly users. Revenue is also on the up, from $3 billion in 2013. However, with most views being generated through direct links or video embeds, YouTube is still struggling to make more money than it’s spending.

The report suggests Google is pressuring YouTube to both broaden its audience and increase ad sales. So, expect to have to sit through more pre-rolls before getting to see the video you clicked on. And for YouTube celebrities 5 YouTube Shows & Personalities That You Really Must See Read More to be pushed harder than ever to build loyal audiences.

Lenovo Website Hacked by Lizard Squad

Lenovo has suffered the ignominy of having its website hacked, with hacker collective Lizard Squad claiming responsibility. The hacking of the domain is likely to be related to the recent Superfish debacle Lenovo Laptop Owners Beware: Your Device May Have Preinstalled Malware Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has admitted that laptops shipped to stores and consumers in late 2014 had malware preinstalled. Read More , which saw the Chinese manufacturer criticized for installing adware on some of its laptops Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo catches Superfish, Apple and Motorola argue, Samsung buys LoopPay, Reddit gives money away, saving video games for posterity, and random places to stick a GoPro. Read More .

For the duration of the hack, the Lenovo website displayed a slideshow of pictures of young people, with a High School Musical song playing in the background. The source code revealed a supposed admission of guilt by Lizard Squad, stating “the new and improved rebranded Lenovo website featuring Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey.

It doesn’t appear as though the hackers gained access to Lenovo’s internal network, but defacing the homepage of the company’s website is still a serious embarrassment.

Yo Finally Proves Its Usefulness

Yo, which we once described Amazon Shops New 3D Fire Phone, Say Yo To The Dumbest App Ever, And More... [Tech News Digest] Twitter adds support for animated GIFs, a new glitch is found in Super Mario Bros. 30 years after release, HitchBOT prepares to travel across Canada, and a first-person cat simulator on Kickstarter. Read More as “undoubtedly the dumbest app of all time,” is getting a whole lot less dumb. Launched on April Fools’ Day 2014 The Bumper List of April Fools' Day 2014 Pranks [Weird & Wonderful Web] Cheer up, turn that frown upside down, and stop being such a miserablist misanthrope. We are here to help, with the best April Fools' Day pranks you may have missed in 2014. You had better... Read More , Yo allowed friends to send a simple Yo back and forth to each other. It was utterly pointless, but managed to secure $1.2 million in funding.

The founders have put that money to good use, however, launching the Yo Store [Broken URL Removed]. This builds on Yo’s existing usability, with users able to sign up for alerts from more than 150 services, including MTV, BuzzFeed, Engadget, and TechCrunch. All of which make Yo actually worth downloading. Which is quite the turnaround.

Cute Or Not is a Tinder for Pets

BuzzFeed has released a new mobile app, and this one sounds something like Tinder for pets, just without any actual dating Online Dating: Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More being involved. Cute Or Not has you swiping left or right to judge whether pets are cute or not, with individual animals generating ratings.

If you’re confident of your own pet’s ability to compete in the cuteness stakes you can also upload their photo to get an unbiased assessment. Cute Or Not is currently available for free on iPhone [No Longer Available]. Because BuzzFeed hates Android users Android Only: 10 Apps That Aren't Available on IPhone or IPad The iPhone used to be home to all the best exclusive apps, but times have changed. Now we're taking a look at ten of the best Android-exclusive apps out there. Read More , obviously.

Digg TV Offers Full-Screen Videos

Digg has launched its latest effort to draw eyeballs to its site, with Digg TV offering a full-screen, auto-playing, lean-back version of Digg Video. You can use it to watch your own saved videos or explore the range of human-curated channels on offer. This includes channels dedicated to Animation, Documentaries, Gaming, and Technology.

While Digg TV is still very much in beta right now, Digg is clearly committed to improving it in the future. It has plans to add more video sources, integrate with streaming devices such as Chromecast Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More and Apple TV Apple TV Review and Giveaway Apple introduced its set-top digital media player in 2007, and it's currently on its third generation of hardware. Read More , and add the option of using a smartphone as a remote control.

The Smartphone Ad Banned in the UK

And finally, this television commercial for the Kazam Tornado 348 has been banned in the UK for being sexually suggestive and objectifying women. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) acted after receiving a number of complaints from viewers.

Indeed, an advert which features the product in question for 20 seconds, and close-up shots of a woman getting dressed for the other 40 seconds is rather ill-advised. However, the Diet Coke ads showing women lusting after topless men were never banned, so there is some inconsistency here.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will YouTube ever actually turn a profit? Did Lenovo deserve to get hacked? Should that smartphone ad have been banned?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Xoandre
    February 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I have encountered a few HTML5 videos in Firefox on some independents sites - not necessarily YouTube-based videos, but site-specific hosted videos on their own server.

  2. Xoandre
    February 27, 2015 at 2:38 am

    YouTube made the biggest mistake ever by dropping FLASH altogether.

    Sure, it still allows you to switch over (via a complicated submenu) and there are browser Plugins to force flash on the YouTube videos (only those on the site - not embedded ones), but by not offering an opt-out of HTML5 (which stutters, does not buffer properly, and sometimes shows 2 seconds of the video and stops altogether), they have truly HARMED themselves.

    • Evan
      February 27, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      I have never experienced the problems you describe with HTML5. What browser/OS are you using?

      The default player can be changed at

    • dragonduder
      February 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Yeah, flash has given me more problems than html5 ever has. You should get your machine checked out.

    • Xoandre
      February 27, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      This occurs on my Win7 Laptop using Chrome. (Intel i7 with 8GB ram)
      This happens on my Win7 PC using Chrome. (Intel Dual Core 2200 with 4GB ram)
      This occurs on my Tablet using Chrome and the built-in Android browser.
      This happens on my Android cell phone using Chrome and the Android browser.

      Firefox forces Flash and Flash works fine.
      The rare HTML5 video in Firefox stutters, but does play.

    • Xoandre
      February 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      I have a 150MBPS Xfinity Ultra-max speed wifi connection. My Wifi is coming in between 90MBPS and 120MBPS depending on my bedroom door being closed or open, respectively.

      Even if I let the videos sit there buffering, HTML5 only buffers about 1 centimeter visually of video and stops buffering.

      HTML5 does not have the option of setting the buffer speed or amount.
      FLASH does.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      February 28, 2015 at 5:48 am


      I Have Tested YOUTUBE With 4 Browsers.

      Only CHROME Uses HTML5, All Others Still Use FLASH.


    • Eesh
      March 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

      I've been having that issue for 2 weeks now. (html5 buffer and even very washed out blacks when compared to flash)
      Out of 4 browsers + all the unrelated bs one can do with the profiles and whatnot, only IE 11 ran HTML5 without stutter but 2 days in and it's back. (cache?)
      I don't know what is left to try since they disabled the opt-out and extensions are a major irritant.
      To find a browser shady enough that won't be recognized by the opt-in thingy maybe.

  3. Koshy George
    February 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    When you have David Cameron as the prime Minister you wouldn't expect any less.