YouTube Adds New “Unlisted Video” Privacy Option

YouTube has just introduced a new option that privacy enthusiasts should find appealing. Users can now upload videos and mark them as unlisted. What this means is that only people with the link to the video page will be able to view any video marked as such.

Disney, NBC, Warner Bros., Others Line Up Against YouTube

If moral support determined the outcome of lawsuits, YouTube might be in a whole lot of trouble.  Fourteen organizations – including very important companies like Disney, NBC, and Warner Bros. – have officially declared themselves friends of Viacom by filing a legal brief.

TyepPad Turns Blog Comments Into Ads

Six Apart has launched an interesting new feature for blogs (not just TypePad blogs, but all platforms), which injects sponsored comments into conversations on the blogs. TypePad works with "leading voices" in a given category to come up with questions that are syndicated to "influential" bloggers, who post their answers on their blogs.

Mozilla CEO to Go Back to Roots as Chrome Gains Market Share

Mozilla CEO John Lilly dropped a bomb late yesterday in announcing that he would be stepping down from his position. The news came just after Mozilla revealed its early product plan for Firefox 4, in which it placed great emphasis on speed and HTML5 support – two of the big selling points for competing browser Google Chrome.

PayPal and Other Web Technologies Coming to Cable

RCDb, which credits itself as the company that used Blu-ray to bring Netflix service to the PS3, made a number of announcements today involving Cable and web technologies.

eBay Eliminates “Stores” Navigational Tab

eBay has announced the removal of the navigation tab for Stores, which appeared at the top of each page. Unsurprisingly, more than a few sellers are taking issue with this.

In its announcement, eBay says:

YouTube Music Video Talks Break Down In Germany

After more than a year of negotiations, talks between YouTube and a German group that represents musicians have broken down.  The group, GEMA, has demanded that YouTube block access to around 600 videos as a result, and hinted that other agencies could soon echo its call, too.

AOL Names Microsoft Exec As CTO

AOL said today it has hired Alexander Gounares as its Chief Technology Officer and as a member of its Global Executive Operating Committee.

Gounares will lead AOL’s technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as a well as play a key role in the overall strategy and directions of the company. He will report to AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong and will be based at AOL’s Dulles, Virginia campus.

Popular eBay Competitor Bonanzle Gets Funding to Improve Service

We’ve run several stories on e-commerce site Bonanzle in the past. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a site where many disgruntled eBay users turned for an alternative place to sell their goods. Last year, it reached a million listings in 6 months and was voted the best eBay alternative according to Examiner.com. Growth continued from there, with the company surpassing 100,000 registered users in September, representing 5,000% growth in a year. 

Demand Media Aims to Sort Out eHow Content Confusion

eHow, Demand Media’s most heavily trafficked property, which frequently has how-to articles ranking very well in Google resutls (not to mention videos in YouTube),  just announced a big change to how it provides content. I had a conversation with eHow General Manager Gregory Boudewijn and Stewart Marlborough, the general manager of Demand Studios (the content arm of Demand Media) about what this means for readers, as well as content contributors.