Today in Tech News Digest, policing YouTube, OneNote free-for-all, paid Apple chat support, WhatsApp privacy assurances, Twitch mobile gaming, Nakamoto fighting Newsweek, and Urban Jungle Street View.
Super Flaggers Are Policing YouTube Videos
How long is it going to be until @YouTube decides to implement flagging users for obviously false copyright claims? This is unreasonable.
— ??zure? (@_Alphazure) March 12, 2014
Google boasts 200 participants in a YouTube “super flagger” program, with these individuals and organizations given the ability to flag “up to 20 YouTube videos at once to be reviewed for violating the site’s guidelines.”
Details of the “super flagger” program have been disclosed on the back of a report claiming the British authorities were censoring videos it disliked. It turns out the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit of the British Metropolitan Police is just one participant in this program.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the “super flagger” program began as a pilot scheme in 2012, and that the participants can ask for 20 videos to be reviewed at once. It’s believed that “fewer than 10” of the 200 super flaggers are organizations, with at least 95 percent being individuals.
A Google spokesperson told the WSJ, “Any suggestion that a government or any other group can use these flagging tools to remove YouTube content themselves is wrong.” Instead, Google makes the final decision as to which videos are removed and which remain.
OneNote Now Free On All Platforms
OneNote is now free on all platforms, including Mac, which has been given its own version for the first time. Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking and sharing program similar to Evernote, with content synced across all platforms.
Apple Introduces Paid Chat Support
Apple charges up to $20 for online chat support. Even more reason to stay away.
— Joey Caliendo (@JoeyTDB) March 18, 2014
Apple has introduced paid chat support for technical support on devices no longer in warranty. According to 9to5Mac, users seeking help for their out-of-warranty iDevices will now be asked to pay $19.99 before online chat support is offered.
This will likely split opinion between those who feel this is fair given that the products are no longer in warranty, and those who feel that the company should offer free support given how much Apple charges for its products in the first place. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
WhatsApp Assures Users Over Privacy
convincing people to get whatsapp is the bane of my existence.
— needah (@abattoirr) March 18, 2014
WhatsApp has sought to assuage any fears users may have that the sale to Facebook (for $19 billion) means personal data is at risk. Co-founder Jan Koum took to the WhatsApp blog to “set the record straight” by stating, “if partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it.” We suspect users will take some convincing that nothing is going to change.
Mobile Gaming Comes To Twitch
Twitch has made its first foray into mobile gaming, partnering with Gameloft to allow players of Asphalt 8: Airborne live stream their efforts. Streaming is optimized for mobile gamers using the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display.
Asphalt 8: Airborne recently made our list of 20 insanely addictive mobile games. So, it’s a good game, but are you good enough at playing it to want to stream yourself doing so online?
Satoshi Nakamoto Fights Newsweek
— felix salmon (@felixsalmon) March 17, 2014
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek controversially named as the inventor of Bitcoin, has issued a statement “unconditionally” denying the assertion. The statement was issued through a lawyer and Nakamoto makes it clear he has “retained legal counsel.”
Newsweek has yet to respond to the statement, but it’s clear this fight isn’t over. It appears uncreasingly unlikely that Dorian is the Satoshi Nakamoto who created Bitcoin, but Newsweek is refusing to back down over its story.
The Urban Jungle Street View Hack
And finally, if you have ever walked through your neighborhood and wondered what it would look like in a post-apocalyptic future, Urban Jungle Street View (found by PSFK) was made with you in mind.
Urban Jungle Street View adds wild vegetation to Google Street View, showing what our towns and cities would look like if nature ever reclaimed them. After the zombies take over, obviously.
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