YouTube Live Now Available To All Users With 1000+ Subscribers |

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The ability to stream live from YouTube is now available to a much larger group of users. YouTube announced that as of Wednesday, May 15th, users who have over 1,000 registered subscribers to their channels will have access to YouTube Live—a service which was first launched for beta testing about 2 years ago, but which has not previously been accessible to a wide audience.

With the changes effective already, any user with a significant number of subscribers can now stream live video to be broadcast to their viewers. Fans can watch the live stream on any device that has access to YouTube. Until now, the option to broadcast content in real-time was only made possible for specially selected partner accounts or developers of video games.

YouTube Live will provide an entirely new set of opportunities for YouTube channels and personalities to connect with their fans. Rather than constantly uploading new videos to a channel, users with over 1,000 subscribers can now plan to schedule live streaming events or specials that their viewers can watch and respond to in real-time.

Eligible users should be able to stream from multiple camera angles and also allows viewers to skip to different parts of the broadcast as it’s streaming; to check whether an account has been granted access to YouTube Live, users simply look at their Account Features page. Checking box with the option to enable Live applies the channel creator for the new feature.

Some partner accounts already have access to paid live-streaming abilities, such as pay-per-view options and paid subscriptions. However, it is not yet certain whether the new expansion will offer these features to all accounts with over 1,000 subscribers.


Yahoo Extends Maternity Leave, But Maintains Ban On Working From Home |

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It was just months ago that Marissa Mayer banned her employees at Yahoo from working from home on the claim that telecommuting is bad for productivity. However, she may have redeemed herself in the eyes of many of her employees, especially those who are pregnant, by announcing this morning that maternity leave is being extended by eight weeks. Mayer announced the change on Tuesday morning.

Yahoo’s expectant mothers should now have a little extra bounce in their step. The paid maternity leave for new moms is 16 weeks and 8 weeks for new fathers. There are also 8 weeks available of paid leave for parents who choose to adopt and foster children, or who have a baby via a surrogate. Another bonus for new parents is that Yahoo will also offer employees $500 to help purchase new items for the baby; this benefit was already in practice at Google so perhaps that’s where Mayer found her inspiration.

Although Yahoo recently took quite a bit of heat for the controversial decision to forbid employees from working remotely, they are offering many compromises, such as eight weeks of vacation for any employee who has been with the company for more than five years. That should give long-term employees the chance they need to rest and recharge before returning to their busy, in-office work weeks in Silicon Valley.

In regards to the decision to remove working from home as an option for her employees, Mayer stands by her choice. She believes that group brainstorming and idea sharing are more important to Yahoo’s success than individual employee productivity.

A spokesperson for the company reiterates that Yahoo is working towards being “the absolute best place to work.” Other benefits that Yahoo has recently provided for its employees is free food at work, company smartphones and newer computers. Although most of these changes were made in the name of improved productivity, Yahoo may be trying to compensate for the negative response they received for the ban on telecommuting.

They company is also offering gift packages to employees who are new pet owners.


Why Netflix Will Die If Yahoo! Acquires It |

If you’ve been following the rumors surrounding Netflix lately, you know that the streaming provider might just be well on its way to being acquired by Yahoo. Details on the matter are scant so far, but there are some who say that the deal could make some sense for both sides.

For Netflix, a Yahoo acquisition could allow management to finally take a reprieve from the barrage of criticism they’ve been facing over the last several months.

From taking heat for raising prices 60 percent on DVD-by-mail and streaming customers to trying to spin-off its rental business before quickly backtracking, Netflix management has done little to make its case that it deserves to be running the company.

Yahoo, meanwhile, seems to have an insatiable desire to acquire a prominent streaming-video provider. Last year, the company was reportedly the first to approach Hulu about acquiring that company before talks broke down. Now that it’s reportedly considering buying Netflix, it appears it has some big plans for streaming video.

But let’s not forget which company is going after Netflix. Yahoo isn’t the online giant that it once was. Sure, it has a major presence on the Web and it has the cash to back up just about any decision it makes, but it’s on the decline. And the chances of it reversing its tailspin anytime soon seems quite unlikely.

Let’s keep in mind that over the last several months, Yahoo has let its CEO go over bad performance, reportedly fielded numerous buyout offers, and all the while, failed to make a deal happen. What’s worse, all the bids that supposedly crossed the board of directors table reportedly did little to maximize the company’s potential.

“Netflix is a company that, like Yahoo, is on the decline”

So, I’m not quite sure how Netflix can change that. It’s a company that, like Yahoo, is on the decline. Yahoo might give it a bit more of an online presence, but in the hardware space, I don’t quite see the upside for Netflix.

At the end of the day, though, I think it’s the Netflix user that loses the most in this scenario. I can’t find a single instance in recent years where Yahoo has acquired a company and actually improved the experience of using its products. Too often, the online company acquires a firm, lets it operate as-is for a little while, and then tries too hard to integrate it into its services, thus damaging its market appeal. To think that wouldn’t happen with Netflix would be a mistake.

Suffice it to say I just don’t think Yahoo buying Netflix is a good idea for any party. Yahoo would find itself with a streaming company that has lost its footing. Netflix would find itself with an online firm that has forgotten what it takes to be successful on the Web. And users would lose Netflix as they know it today.

Leave Netflix alone, Yahoo. It’s better for all of us.


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