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February 25, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Feb. 25, 2013

YouTube to Debut Paid Channels

YouTube’s plan to introduce paid channel subscriptions this year may happen sooner rather than later.

According to Android Police, the newest version of YouTube for Android displays two lines of code that prove paid channel subscriptions are on the way. The code, in plain English reads:

“You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer.
You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.”

An article by AdAge last month indicated YouTube has already met with a handful of producers about developing channels that would require a fee. The first channels to be released will reportedly run users between $1 and $5 a month, sources told AdAge.

It is thought the paid channels will be created by established media outfits, such as Machinima, Maker Studios, and Fullscreen, whose current channels are already successful on YouTube.

YouTube may also charge for other items such as entire libraries of videos, live events and self-help or financial advice shows, AdAge reported.

YouTube, the sources said, will start with about 25 channels as an experiment.

Goodbye Hotmail, Hello Outlook is set to replace Hotmail as Microsoft’s webmail service. Microsoft will be auto-updating accounts with the goal of completing the transition by summer.

The move comes as a result of the popularity of Microsoft’s — the mail service has accumulated 60 million active users in six months.

Microsoft announced in its Outlook blog that is coming out of preview “and people everywhere can get started and give it a try at”

“Today is a major milestone in our mission to provide people everywhere with the world’s best email experience,” the blog said.  “You’ll also see us kick off a large-scale marketing effort around the world to show that can get you going.

“And because we’re confident that is the best email service available for consumers and ready to scale to a billion people, we’ll soon start to upgrade hundreds of millions of Hotmail users to the new experience.”

Hotmail users will not have to change their e-mail address unless they choose to, Microsoft said.

The company has released an FAQ  to answer Hotmail users’ questions.

Steve Jobs Gets Own YouTube Channel

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is being commemorated by an Apple fan via YouTube.

A new YouTube channel dubbed Every Steve Jobs Video was launched  yesterday (Feb. 24) —  Jobs birthday. Jobs, who would have turned 58 yesterday, succumbed to pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

The collection of clips, which run in chronological order, is said to be the largest online archive of Steve Jobs videos. The video clips go as far back as Steve’s first TV appearance in 1978, with a 23-year-old Jobs claiming to be so nervous he might throw up.

The creator of the YouTube page told MacRumors he is “a long time Apple enthusiast and throughout the years have gathered every single Steve Jobs video I could find.”

“To commemorate Steve Jobs birthday (Feb. 24th) I decided to put all these videos online and make them easily available for all.”

The same person is responsible for a recent YouTube page displaying every Apple TV ad ever made.