China lifts ban on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube at APEC meet

BEIJING: China today presented its best face at APEC summit by lifting ban on social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter for the first time and even allowing web search of the Dalai Lama at the conference venue.  The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum media centre has allowed reporters to access social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and video-sharing website YouTube. Access to such sites is essentially restricted by the Chinese government elsewhere in the country.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/china-lifts-ban-on-facebook-twitter-youtube-at-apec-meet/articleshow/45058868.cms

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 — YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said today. The feature will be available through the YouTube app on Google’s new US$105 (RM339)-Android One smartphones unveiled in New Delhi today. “YouTube will be available offline soon, starting with India,” Google India communications manager Gaurav Bhaskar told AFP.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/youtube-to-go-offline-in-india-on-android-phones

YouTube launches localized site for Thailand as nation hits 1 billion views per month

Today, Google finally launched a Thai version of YouTube under a new local domain: YouTube.co.th. According to Tom Pickett, YouTube’s VP of content, this launch is long overdue as the numbers of YouTube viewers in Thailand is very high. There are over hundred of hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute globally. 40 percent come from mobile. Asia leads in term of viewers, while one third of Thai viewers come from mobile devices.

http://www.techinasia.com/youtube-launches-localized-site-thailand-nation-hits-1-billion-views-month/