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- No Embedded Hulu Videos on Other Sites
It is already a common fact that Hulu is not willing to make any exceptions when it comes to other companies embedding its content, and the latest site to find this for itself is Rippol. Therefore, it is not only Boxee and TV.com that were forced to remove Hulu videos from their platforms, and probably Rippol will not be the last one either.What's more, this project is so recently launched that it still has the “Beta” label displayed on its webpage and it was based on complex algorithms integrated with user recommendations to provide visitors with relevant video suggestions that are most likely to interest them. Regardless of how interesting this seems to be, Hulu representatives have reacted within a few hours from the official launch and informed Rippol that they were not allowed to embed any of the Hulu videos on their website, because they were violating the Terms of Service (ToS) of Hulu (which clearly states that all its content is exclusively for private, non-commercial usage). The response was that Rippol does not intend to publish any type of advertisements within the streams or around them, but it seems that the mere fact that the website plans to generate revenue comes in contradiction with the ToS. As a solution to the entire situation, Hulu offered them the possibility to link...
- YouTube to Add Support for IPv6
The underlying technology powering the Internet is going through a major overhaul as IPv6 is slowly replacing the aging IPv4, the most widely used networking protocol. The adoption rate has been slow but more and more companies are implementing the new protocol. Google is already one of the biggest adopters and is now working on introducing support to its hugely popular video site YouTube. Implementing the new protocol isn't a big technical hurdle, Google says, but YouTube is one of the biggest and most heavily trafficked websites, so the company isn't setting any hard deadlines for the moment. "YouTube is the IPv6 team's number one priority right now," Erik Kline, IPv6 software engineer at Google, told NetworkWorld. "We haven't said anything about the timeframe for that yet." Google's IPv6 team has already implemented the protocol for many of the company's online proprieties like its search engine, Alerts, Docs, Finance, Gmail, Health, iGoogle, News, Reader, Picasa, Maps and Wave. However, it's still pretty much a provisionary measure for now as few people access the sites through IPv6 at the moment largely due to the fact that the feature has been implemented by only a small number of ISPs. "It's somewhere on the order of the 0.2% range of Google users have IPv6 access," Lorenzo Colitti, network engineer a...
- Facebook Sued for Scamming Users via Game Ads
Recently, yet another suit hit Facebook, and this time it is caused by various game advertisements that scammed numerous users. The second defendant in this federal class-action lawsuit is Zynga, and the two companies are requested to pay more than $5 million to the social network users who had been scammed through the displayed game ads.This action was predicted by several voices over the web, since the representatives of a law firm from Sacramento, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, announced that they were searching for people who had been scammed by the same ads while playing Mafia Wars or Farmville. They were trying to gather enough data to file a class-action suit, and when they found the appropriate information, they went to the federal district court.In all fairness, it is worth mentioning that neither of the two defendants is the real originator of the advertisements in question. The situation appeared because third-party companies place ads within the Zynga games listed on Facebook, thus generating great revenue for the two companies. The scams are conducted by encouraging users to sign up for unauthorized cell phone charges, as well as highly priced mail order products (such as CDs), which are presented as “free,” “free trials,” or parts of “online quizzes.”
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