Tuesday, March 13, 2007

$1B YouTube lawsuit

According to MacWorld Viacom has sued Google, alleging copyright infringement from video-sharing site YouTube and seeking $1 billion in damages.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, follows a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request Viacom sent to Google last month related to the unauthorized posting of Viacom videos to YouTube.

At the time, Viacom demanded that Google remove over 100,000 of its clips from YouTube, which Google acquired last year for $1.65 billion. Google said it would comply with the request.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Yahoo! Pipes

Pipes is an advanced tool for manipulating web data. A simple example would be fetching an RSS feed and returning the articles about a certain subject or written by a particular author. But Pipes can do much more. You can create a pipe that searches for pizza places in a zip code, automatically excludes the Dominos, and displays pictures of nearby parks (where you can eat the pizza) from Flickr.

There is an excellent little demo of Pipes at MurphyMac's - after watching that - go ahead and take Pipes for a spin or check out what other users are doing.