Google Uses Amazon’s Algorithm For YouTube’s Recommendation Engine

Greg Linden reports that Google has switched the algorithm they use for YouTube's recommendation engine from their own to a variation of Amazon's algorithm that was designed in the late 90s. This is an interesting move being that Google has the man power and smarts to build a fairly good recommendation on their own. But here they opt to use an algorithm designed by Amazon in 1998? Of course, the best algorithms are enhancements on top of previous algorithms. Google's own algorithm is light-years beyond where they first were with their original PageRank patent. Here is a relevant snippe [...]


Search & The 2011 Sundance Film Festival

The annual Sundance Film Festival is about to converge here in Utah January 20-30, 2011, with Bing.com and YouTube as Leadership Sponsors. Bing is the official search engine of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival website, and YouTube has two special channels for the event, the main Sundance Film Fest channel, and the YouTube Screening Room, featuring 12 short films from this year's festival, which will only be available on YouTube until February 3. Bing Continues To Cozy Up To Hollywood Earlier today, the Bing Entertainment team announced earlier a special new video site: BingSundance.com [...]


Google Links To Competitors Next To YouTube Videos

Google has begun showing links to different video sites and search engines in its search results. The links appear next to YouTube videos -- but only on music-related searches. On a search for u2, for example, Google shows three videos from YouTube, but each video listing now includes additional links that might otherwise have only shown up further down the page or on deeper pages. In the example above, the outbound links point to a mix of video-specific sites (Dailymotion, Metacafe) and search engines (Yahoo, Yandex). In a late Friday blog post, Google explained where the links com [...]


Italy To Regulate YouTube & Other Video Sites Like TV Stations

YouTube, and parent Google, are now to be considered TV broadcasters in Italy according to new rules handed down by the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM). The rules apply equally to other sites providing video content over the internet provided they're also running advertising. According to a translated version of an article appearing in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the rules impose the following burdens and obligations on YouTube and other online video providers: A €500 tax (under $700) A restriction content on inappropriate for children being shown during certain ti [...]


YouTube Releases Top Videos & Searches For 2010

YouTube has announced their top watched videos and top search queries. The top watch videos are broken out by major label music videos and excluding major label music videos. First the top search queries: January - haiti February - luge March - eclipse trailer April - ipad May - eminem not afraid June - shakira waka waka July - double rainbow August - bed intruder September - halo reach October - whip my hair November - firework Top Watched videos excluding major label music videos: BED INTRUDER SONG!!! (now on iTunes) TIK TOK KESHA Parody: Glitter Puke - Key of [...]


Viacom To Appeal YouTube Lawsuit Loss

As expected, Viacom is planning to appeal its loss in a long-running copyright case against YouTube/Google. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Viacom may file its appeal as soon as tomorrow (Friday). Viacom sued YouTube in early 2007, claiming copyright infringement because YouTube users had posted thousands of clips from Viacom-owned programs. The case reached its first "conclusion" when Google/YouTube won a summary judgment this past June -- the judge ruling that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects Google from copyright claims over the activity of its users. A Goo [...]


YouTube Passes 2 Billion Viewing Sessions; Hulu Shows 1.1 Billion Video Ads

Impressive numbers related to video viewing and ad impressions today: According to the latest comScore statistics, YouTube passed the two billion session threshold in October and Hulu showed more than a billion video ads. For the month, YouTube ("Google sites" below) saw an increase in both unique viewers and in viewing sessions. It's the first time YouTube has passed two billion sessions in a month. While Hulu may be at the bottom of that chart (based on unique viewers), it's the top video site when it comes to ad impressions. comScore says Hulu showed a record 1.1 billion video ad [...]


YouTube Topic Search Offers Way To “Explore” Related Videos

Around 6pm tomorrowPacific Time, YouTube will be making YouTube Topic Search available through its TestTube "labs" area. The new feature allows people to easily explore videos by topic. I got a demo of this about three weeks ago, and it's pretty cool. For example, you can search for videos and then narrow them down into areas such as "LOL" to find those that are especially funny. The screenshot below, which YouTube sent me, give you a flavor for the new feature: Since it's not actually live, I can't do further screenshots that show how when you select one of the Explore topics, yo [...]


Playing With YouTube Leanback On Google TV: Nice!

Today at YouTube, I had a chance to play briefly with YouTube Leanback, best described as a way to channel surf YouTube on your regular TV. It was pretty cool. Here's my quick impressions and a short video of it in action. I tested out Leanback on one of the new Sony televisions that are equipped with Google TV. The Google TV-capable Sonys go on sale tomorrow online through the Sony web site, and YouTube has spruced up Leanback in anticipation of this. Leanback is a core part of Google TV. It's meant to bring YouTube to your television seemlessly. Leanback allows you to easily flip throu [...]


Yahoo Returns To No. 2 Video Site, Ahead Of Facebook

Facebook's tenure as the number two video site in the U.S. was short-lived. According to the latest comScore video rankings, Yahoo returned to second place in September after Facebook held the spot in August. Here's the chart for September: Video viewing overall was down slightly in September in the U.S. [...]


Google News Has “Spotlight Video” Section

The Google News blog announced they added a new section to the right hand column of Google News. The new section is called "Spotlight Video" and shows news related videos for that day. Google said the Spotlight Video works like the popular Spotlight News section. Google explained, "Spotlight articles are selected by our computer algorithms, but they aren't your typical breaking news. Instead you'll find stories of enduring appeal such as feature articles, investigative reporting and opinion pieces." Here is a picture: If you are a Google News publisher, this may encourage you [...]


Facebook Tops Yahoo As No. 2 Video Site

There's no drama or news when talking about the most popular video site on the web; that battle was won long ago by YouTube and doesn't seem likely to change anytime. But after that, the landscape changes a bit. Hulu and VEVO seemed like they might be on the rise, but now it's Facebook that's surpassed Yahoo to become the second-most popular video site online. Here's the latest chart from comScore, covering online video rankings for August, 2010. ComScore says that 178 million U.S. internet users watched online video in August, and averaged 14.3 hours per viewer. [...]


Google Wins YouTube Copyright Case In Spain

Google says that it's won a copyright infringement case in Spain over the uploading of copyrighted videos by YouTube users. Telecinco, a Spanish broadcast TV channel, had argued that YouTube is responsible when its users upload videos that infringed on the channel's copyrights. According to Google's blog post about the legal decision: The court rejected Telecinco’s claim, noting that YouTube offers content owners tools to remove copyright infringing content and this means that it is the responsibility of the copyright owner – not YouTube – to identify and tell YouTube when infringi [...]


German Court Finds YouTube Liable In Copyright Case

A German court has found YouTube liable for copyright damages after one of its users uploaded copyrighted music videos. A Google spokesperson tells the AP that it's evaluating the court's decision and will appeal. The case stems around a YouTube user who uploaded several videos of singer Sarah Brightman. While YouTube specifically warns users not to upload copyrighted material, the court's ruling says that isn't enough. From the AP article: The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether they have the necessary rights to publish material is not enough to rel [...]


Report: Google’s YouTube To Offer Streaming Pay-Per-View Hollywood Rentals

Google plans pay-per-view films from the Financial Times reports Google is in talks with several major Hollywood film companies to offer a pay-per-view service of their films. Reports say that the streaming movie service from YouTube will bring these movies to online consumers at about $5 per movie. The movies would not download to the user's computer, but rather stream as they watch it. They will also become available typically around the same time the movie comes out on DVD and other competing services such as Apple's iTunes store and Amazon.com. The Financial Times says Google hope [...]


Video Sitemaps Errors Now In Google Webmaster Tools Labs

Google has added a new report to the Google Webmaster Tools Labs section. The new report is named "Video Sitemaps" and it should include errors specific to Video Sitemaps files. Google's Matt Cutts has said at SMX Advanced not once and but twice that video sitemaps is one, of many, areas Google's search quality team will focus more on over the course of the year. So seeing a new report in labs for video sitemaps is not too surprising. What does surprise me is that the report doesn't seem to currently add any new information that the Sitemaps section under "Site configuration" in Web [...]


Report: Google Working On New “Interactive Video Ads”

The Wall Street Journal reports on new ad formats being developed by Google (and others) that would "outperform" or are intended to succeed traditional online ad formats. New "interactive video" units were briefly and vaguely discussed at the Allen & Co media confab in Sun Valley Idaho: Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt championed "interactive video ads," which he said are on the way. Such ads, which could appear anywhere on a Web page, not just inside a video, would be like mini-Web pages. That means they could allow Web users to watch a video, leave a comment and see real-time u [...]


Google Considering Display Ads Across Network, Including In Maps, Gmail

Google is already a major player in display advertising and is poised to become even more formidable in the next few years. Not so quietly the company has amassed or built a huge array of assets that could see it best many if not most other display competitors and networks, including market leader Yahoo. Google clearly also sees display and rich media (across PC, mobile and maybe TV) as helping to power its next phase of revenue growth. To that end AdAge reports that Google is prepared to integrate display advertising beyond YouTube across its various properties including, potentially, Goog [...]


YouTube Hits All-Time Highs In May, ComScore Says

May was a banner month for YouTube. ComScore's latest video rankings report shows that the site hit all-time highs with 14.6 billion videos viewed and more than 100 videos seen per user. Needless to say, YouTube remains the dominant player in video rankings, with 43% of online videos being seen on the site, according to comScore. [...]


YouTube Still Owns Video Share; Vevo Gaining Viewers

YouTube continues to dominate the video search landscape, but Vevo is off to a good start according to the comScore numbers for April 2010. YouTube's 43% market share remains light years ahead of everyone else in the space, with Hulu and Microsoft in second and third, respectively. ComScore estimates that YouTube served more than 13 billion videos during April. (See chart below left.) Meanwhile, in terms of unique viewers, Vevo is gaining ground. The new music video site formed by several international record labels, and hosted by YouTube, jumped to the number four spot with more tha [...]


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