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YouTube Flagging, Free OneNote, Apple Chat Support, Street View Hack [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 18-03-2014

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

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 Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren't familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but... Read More , with content synced across all platforms.

Apple Introduces Paid Chat Support

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 Why More People Would Use Mac If It Cost The Same As Windows [Opinion] I'm writing this on a Windows PC for one very good reason - Macs are too damn expensive. If only Apple was to lower the price of its full range of Mac computers then everyone... Read More in the first place. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

WhatsApp Assures Users Over Privacy

WhatsApp has sought to assuage any fears users may have that the sale to Facebook Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook buys WhatsApp, FCC responds to the loss of 'net neutrality', SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, Yahoo wants its own Siri, Apple is interested in Tesla, and Samsung mocks Apple in its latest set of television commercials. Read More (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

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek controversially named as the inventor of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto Unmasking, Spotify Echo, Vine Porn, Cortana Leak [Tech News Digest] Bitcoin is (allegedly) unmasked, Spotify acquires The Echo Nest, Facebook (finally) settles on its new News Feed design, Vine bans pornography, Microsoft's Siri-alike leaks, and LG releases the creepiest commercial of all time. Read More , has issued a statement “unconditionallydenying 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 50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin (You Didn't Know) Did you know that in 2010, a man swapped 10,000 Bitcoins for a pizza -- that's worth more than $5.7 million now! Read More , 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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Related topics: Instant Messaging, Microsoft OneNote, Online Privacy, YouTube.

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  1. Victor O
    March 19, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Hm... Apple's price tag on this sort of chat seems unreasonable. Anything short of a broken device can be rectified easily with a quick drive down to the local Apple store...

  2. AriesWarlock
    March 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Can anybody tell me what's the point of OneNote? Can't you just jot down whatever on a piece of paper? Or write an email and leave it on drafts, discard it when no longer needed?

  3. Tom W
    March 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Everyone is up in arms about the YouTube "Super Flaggers" but, as far as I can tell, it just provides them with better tools to do the same thing as any other user - flag videos. After that, it goes to YouTube in the same way that any other flagged videos do. If the UK Government wants to pay people to help YouTube enforce its policy, that's fine by me.