Chinese iPhone clone maker Xiaomi investing $1B in YouTube clone

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Xiaomi, the Chinese Android manufacturer which heavily bases its product designs and marketing on Apple products, is to invest $1B in the Chinese YouTube equivalent, Youku.

Xiaomi has long been aware of the importance of an integrated hardware-and-services offering, initially selling its smartphones at cost-price in order to build market share, relying on its app store to generate profits. A tie-in with a video service makes similar sense – smartphones and tablets providing an audience for video content, and video content driving demand for devices on which to view it – but the move is likely to be primarily driven by Xiaomi’s move into the smart TV market …   Read more

Samsung made a rap video about its sustainability report and it’s awful

Samsung’s latest sustainability report published earlier this year was a bit of a snooze. It’s full of fascinating diversity stats like the number of female employees and info on how the company has failed to correct violations at its manufacturing facilities. In case you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Samsung has decided to cherry-pick some of the positive stats and make a rap video out of it.

The video really speaks for itself: “Here we go once again, Samsung to the rescue… Put wings to your dreams.”

While Samsung’s report included mostly positive stats related to its workforce, the report also showed a number of violations from independent inspections at supplier and manufacturing partners that ranged from lack of necessary safety equipment to workers exceeding legally allowed overtime hours.

Enjoy.

Google DoubleClick for Publishers is down (Update)

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Update: It appears that Google’s DoubleClick servers are now functioning properly as ads begin to reappear across the web.

If you happen to be browsing the web and noticing fewer banner ads or slower loading times on your favorite websites, including our very own, the reason is that Google DoubleClick for Publishers appears to have been experiencing some downtime since approximately 9:00 AM Eastern. AdSense ads still appear to be loading correctly. Read more

Android Lollipop for Nexus 7 (2012) now available as factory image leaks ahead of time

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While official Android Lollipop factory images for the all-new Nexus 9 and Nexus Player were made available earlier this month, users with other Nexus and Google Play Edition devices are still waiting on Google to seed the update. In the meantime, Nexus 7 (2012) owners are in luck, as an Android Lollipop factory image for the tablet has leaked ahead of its official release. Read more

Motorola begins Android 5.0 Lollipop soak test for 2nd-gen Moto G

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Last week, Motorola began rolling out a soak test for Android 5.0 Lollipop to users of the Moto X Pure Edition, and today it appears Motorola is continuing its soak testing with the second generation Moto G. Several users have reported receiving the update already and Motorola has also published the full release notes on its website (via Android Police).

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Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop leaked showing new watch face API, brightness settings, accessibility features

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As we told you about earlier today, Phandroid seems to have gotten their hands on some unreleased Google software, and the leaks started with a new Material Design overhaul for the Android Wear companion app. This afternoon, we’ve now had a chance to peek at some of the more interesting ins and outs of the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop overhaul for the Android Wear OS, and with it is coming the long awaited watch face API, new brightness and accessibility features, and more.

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Google Trends updated to show top YouTube videos of the day

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Google Trends is a great place to go if you want to know what the web is up to on any given day; it does a great job of showing you trending search terms—and charts that put a ranking on basically everything—from almost any country in the world. Today, the functionality of this website has expanded, with Google announcing that they’ve added a new “Trending on YouTube” section which shows some of the most popular YouTube videos of the day.

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YouTube reaches deal with indie labels, plans to launch subscription streaming service “within weeks”

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According to a report from The Financial Times, YouTube has made a deal to license music from a long list of independent record labels for its much rumored upcoming music streaming service.

Reports that Google has been working on a new YouTube music streaming service have been popping up for over a year, but FT says the company is finally ready to launch it as it makes a deal with the rights agency representing thousands of independent labels: Read more

Google opens Fiber to small businesses for $100/mo in select Kansas City fiberhoods

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Google has been slowly rolling out its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service to more neighborhoods in Kansas City, Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas, but it’s now opening up the service to small businesses for the first time. Google announced today on its blog that it’s kicking off an “Early Access Program for Google Fiber for Small Business” starting with select fiberhoods in Kansas City. Read more

Showtime Anytime, Starz Play, and family-friendly games come to Chromecast

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Today, Google announced that a slew of new apps are coming to the Chromecast, bringing Google’s TV-connected dongle closer to the Apple TV and Roku in terms of the number of services it can stream. Part of today’s update are both Showtime Anytime ad Starz Play, two services that—like competitor HBO Go—offer a variety of premium movies and TV shows that you can’t find anywhere else.

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