MTV launching HD music channel across Europe, from September

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Staring from September 15 you’ll be able to scrutinise the skin of your favourite pop star in more detail than ever before, as MTV and its parent company Viacom launch an HD music channel for quite a chunk of Europe.

Initially shaming Britney Spears in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden, the channel will feature “new music” and “programming for kids,” all in English…

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Gary CutlackMTV launching HD music channel across Europe, from September

Viacom "backs down" – doesn't want to know everything about every YouTube user any more

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Angry media mega-corporation Viacom has lessened its demands for information about video watchers, says YouTube – but it still wants details of every item on the site.

YouTube says Viacom – which originally wanted to know what every user has watched on the site – has settled for a bit less data. The critical climbdown is regarding user-associations, so Google will still be handing over its database of stuff, only without the critical user details…

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Gary CutlackViacom "backs down" – doesn't want to know everything about every YouTube user any more

Angry YouTubers say "sucks" to Viacom and other less polite things, Viacom responds

Internet army, assemble! Viacom’s spat with Google has been no secret, but with news that a US District Court Judge in the Viacom v. YouTube case ordered Google to turn over a log containing the user login IDs and IP addresses, together with details about videos being watched, the uproar is spilling into the streets. Well, virtual streets, at least.

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Al WAngry YouTubers say "sucks" to Viacom and other less polite things, Viacom responds

Viacom wins right to sift through YouTube user data, all four terabytes of it

viacomyoutube.gifIn the long running battle between Viacom and Google over YouTube hosting copyrighted videos, Viacom has now won a ruling to allow it to access a complete set of video viewing records, totalling some four terabytes of data.

Google argues that the data, which lists every IP address and the videos watched, would infringe on its users’ privacy. The judge used Google’s own argument — that IP addresses don’t personally identify an individual — to throw out that objection.

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Andy MerrettViacom wins right to sift through YouTube user data, all four terabytes of it

YouTube lawsuit threatens the internet, says Google

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YouTube owner, Google, is currently battling with media giant, Viacom, over a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit. Viacom complains that the video sharing site consistently allows user to post copyrighted material and that the site operators have done “little or nothing to stop it”. In response, Google claims that Viacom’s lawsuit “threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information” on the web…

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Al WYouTube lawsuit threatens the internet, says Google

Will ad-funded TV streams kill off the video download market?

stu-mugshot2.jpgStuart Dredge writes…

There’s no shortage of big firms trying to sell us video downloads, including Apple and Microsoft. In theory, they should be pushing at an open door. Faster broadband connections are more widespread, devices like Apple TV make it easy to watch these downloads on our proper TVs, and more people have video iPods or PMPs to watch these vids on the go, too.

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Stuart DredgeWill ad-funded TV streams kill off the video download market?