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Google, Intel, Sony team up on Google TV platform: NY Times
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2010


24 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2010 - YouTube said Wednesday that 24 hours worth of video are being uploaded to the video-sharing site every minute. "What's next? 30 hours? 36 hours?" YouTube director of product management Hunter Walk said in a blog post. "A day's worth of content uploaded to YouTube every minute is a big achievement for our community and speaks to the role video plays in connecting and changing the world one upload at a time," Walker said.

Google-owned YouTube announced in May that 20 hours of video were being uploaded to the site every minute, up from 15 hours in January. In mid-2007, six hours of video were being uploaded to YouTube every minute, according to the site. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars but the Mountain View, California-based Internet search and advertising giant has not yet managed to turn a profit with the site despite its massive global popularity. YouTube has been gradually adding professional content such as full-length television shows and movies to its vast trove of amateur video offerings in a bid to attract advertisers.

Google and Intel have teamed up with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Internet to a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes, The New York Times said Wednesday.

The newspaper said that Google has built a prototype TV set-top box, but the Web-enabling technology may be incorporated directly into TVs or other devices like Blu-ray players.

It said the TV technology was based on Google's open-source Android mobile phone operating system and runs on Intel's Atom chips.

The Times said the Google TV software would present users with a new interface for TVs that lets them perform Internet functions like search while also pulling down Web programming like YouTube videos.

It would also allow Web applications like games or social networks to run on the devices, the newspaper said.

The Times said the project has been under way for several months but that none of the companies involved would comment publicly at this time.

"Google wants to be everywhere the Internet is so they can put ads there," the Times quoted a person "with knowledge of the project" as saying.

Web companies and electronics manufacturers have been exploring ways to bring the Internet to the television set for some time and a number of companies already offer set-top boxes and Web-enabled TVs.

The Times said Google, Intel and Sony have partnered with Logitech to develop a remote with a tiny keyboard to work with the system.

The Times said Google had begun testing the set-top box technology with Dish Network, a satellite TV provider.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Google was testing a new television programming search service with Dish Network.

The Journal said Google hopes to link the TV service with its TV ad-brokering business, Google TV Ads, allowing the Internet giant to target ads to individual households based on viewing and TV search data.

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