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.

Garmin partners with GyPSii geo-social network, find where your friends are and how to get there


Sat-nav expert Garmin has announced a long-term deal with the geo-location and social networking site GyPSii, which will give the hardware manufacturer access to a range of new services including friend finding, sharing of photos and videos, and mobile search.

GyPSii already runs on a wide range of mobile phone operating systems, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and the iPhone, and in an increasingly competitive market it’s not surprising that Garmin would want to partner in order to give its sat-navs and mobile phones more social skills…

Nokia buys Plazes location-aware social network


Nokia has bought the German web startup Plazes, a location-aware social network which lets users find out where their friends are and what they’re doing — a sort of “Twitter meets Google Maps” mashup.

It’s not yet known exactly how much Nokia paid for the service, or what they intend to do with it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a part of Nokia’s Ovi service, pushing the company further into mobile services as well as simply making handsets…

Microsoft's Live Messenger goes all Facebook-y


Microsoft has added a new service to its Live Messenger software, allowing users to access a number of Facebook functions directly from their IM client.

It’s all ready to go, and available to all UK users, without needing to download software or switch anything on. Users can update their Facebook status, poke, write on walls, browse photos. and send private messages, without having the hassle of opening up a web browser window, which of course is so difficult and irritating to have to do…

Web 2.0 companies aren't making money, say investors


A large number of Web 2.0 companies aren’t making any money, or at least no revenue, despite being popular, according to entrepreneurs and financiers in the know.

Many sites offering social networking, providing space for user-generated content, and offering other cool online services, just aren’t successful when it comes to bringing in the cash. Some observers are predicting that the myriad of startup companies currently trying to get noticed will be gone in the next couple of years, leaving just a handful of financial successes…

AOL combines Bebo, AIM, ICQ into "People Networks", looks to expand globally


A couple of months from AOL’s announcement of its intentions to buy Bebo, the $850m deal has been sealed.

Though exact details of future plans and money involved isn’t clear, it seems AOL is keen to push Bebo into other countries, particularly those in Europe, as well as creating “People Networks”, a new community platform combining Bebo, AIM, and ICQ…