YouTube Launches Communication Hub for Partners

YouTube has announced the launch of the YouTube Partner Communication Hub. The company calls this the "go-to spot" for news on the latest features, updates, and events for partners around the world.

Aside from providing such updates, YouTube says the Hub also provides an easy way to access the site’s various help resources.

eBay, Facebook, IAC, Yahoo Side With YouTube In Viacom Fight

Earlier this month, Viacom’s supporters came out in force, formally taking the corporation’s side in its legal dispute with YouTube.  Now eBay, Facebook, IAC, and Yahoo have acted to sort of balance the situation, stepping forward to ally themselves with YouTube.

Sony To Release eReader In Asia/Pacific Markets

Sony said today it would launch its eReader along with digital content in new Asia/Pacific markets this year and expand its presence in Europe.

Sony said it will make its Reader available in Japan, China and Australia as well as in European countries including Italy and Spain.

In each country the company said it will work with local retailers, publishers and distributors to introduce the Reader along with local content.

Do You Go to MySpace for Friends or Content?

What is MySpace at this point? According to News Corp, which owns it, it’s a content site. PaidContent quotes News Corp. COO Chase Carey: "In terms of the strategy, it’s not about going toe-to-toe with Facebook. MySpace is a content site. It’s not where we need it to be, but it’s headed in the right direction."

YouTube Channels Get Google Moderator Integration

Earlier this month, we said to get ready to see more cool things based on Google Moderator, as Google launched an API for it. It turns out that Google’s own YouTube has one of the first cool things we’ve seen based on the product since then.

FCC Finds 30 Million Americans Experience Mobile Bill Shock

The Federal Communications Commission has released the findings of an agency survey on the consumer mobile experience that found 30 million Americans have experienced "bill shock," a sudden increase in their monthly bill that is not caused by a change in their service plan.

In addition, the survey found nearly half of cell phone users who have plans with early termination fees (ETFs) and almost two-thirds of home broadband users with ETFs don’t know the amount of the fees they are responsible for.

Google Lets Brand Advertisers Target Top Sites

Google has announced a new filter for advertisers running brand campaigns, to allow their ads to only show on AdSense sites ranked among the top 1,000 largest on the web, as defined by the DoubleClick Ad Planner. Google says this will ensure ads reach a large number of users, but only on well-known sites "best suited for branding goals."

TweetDeck Adds Some Popular Features

Twitter desktop and iPhone utility Tweetdeck, a popular time saver for managing your presence across multiple social networks, has released an upgrade which includes:

Barnes & Noble Releases eReader App For iPad

Barnes & Noble today launched its free BN eReader app for iPad joining Amazon and Borders as the latest company to develop an app for the popular Apple device.

Using Barnes & Noble’s LendMe option, BN eReader for iPad users can share eBooks with others and read them on almost any device.

Google Defies Regulators In Germany, Hong Kong

Since Google first admitted that its Street View cars had collected private WiFi data, the company’s been quick to delete the data when asked.  But authorities in Germany and Hong Kong have asked Google to turn over the data, instead, and so far, Google has declined to cooperate.