Hiding in plain sight: The YouTubers’ crowdfunding piracy (Engadget)

Engadget: Hiding in plain sight: The YouTubers’ crowdfunding piracy. “I never imagined I would be watching Kitchen Nightmares, starring the world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, in my downtime on YouTube. I knew of Ramsay and his ruthlessness from shows like Hell’s Kitchen, but I had never heard of Kitchen Nightmares until a few weeks ago, when an episode popped up on YouTube’s Trending section. Next thing you know, I’m hooked and watching full episodes of it on my phone instead of the usual sneaker videos. But aside from Ramsay’s rants at owners of filthy restaurants, something else caught my attention — these uploads weren’t from Fox, which owns the rights to the show in the US. Instead, they were from an unofficial channel called ‘Kitchen Nightmares Hotel Hell and Hell’s Kitchen.’ And as if that wasn’t brazen enough, the owner explicitly asked viewers for donations to fund the uploading of copyrighted content.”

TechCrunch: Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential

TechCrunch: Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential . “In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that front, promising to put in place stricter policies, calling for greater regulation and asking fellow companies to follow suit. Hidden toward the end of a blog post about using artificial intelligence to benefit health clinics in Asia, Google SVP Kent Walker affirmed the company’s commitment not to sell facial recognition APIs. The executive cites concerns over how the technology could be abused.”

Neowin: YouTubers may see a decline in subscriptions as Google tackles spam on the platform

Neowin: YouTubers may see a decline in subscriptions as Google tackles spam on the platform . “The YouTube team has announced that it will be removing spam subscriptions from channels on its platform over the next couple of days. The move is part of a regular check-up to make sure that channel subscriptions are not inflated by spam tools. The company says it’s using ‘industry-leading techniques and proprietary technology’ to determine which followers are fake.”

Fast Company: The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity

Fast Company: The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity. “GeoCities, Vine, Friendster–communities live, thrive, and often die on the net. But the two-week timeframe in which content will disappear from Tumblr is unprecedented, says Jason Scott. He cofounded Archive Team, a volunteer project running software that scarfs copies of endangered websites for posterity. They are now scrambling to preserve an estimated 700,000 Tumblr blogs that are expected to partly or entirely disappear due to a new, broadly defined ban on ‘adult content’ announced on December 3. “

EurekAlert: Open science and data initiative announced for neurofibromatosis

EurekAlert: Open science and data initiative announced for neurofibromatosis . “The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), together with the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP) and Sage Bionetworks (Sage), has announced the first-ever open data portal for scientific research results in the field of neurofibromatosis (NF).”

Make Tech Easier: What is a Facebook Watch Party and How to Set It Up

Make Tech Easier: What is a Facebook Watch Party and How to Set It Up . “Watching videos that interest you is fun, but it’s even better when you can watch them with friends. Facebook knows this, and that’s why it added the Watch Party feature, so friends have another reason to get together. You can finally have a digital someone with you so you can both (or others as well) talk about the same video. There is no need to install an extra app to use it, as it’s sitting right there in your Facebook app.”