Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- YouTube Launches Face-Blurring Feature to Protect Protesters:
During the Arab Spring, a lot of the footage coming out of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya wasn’t taken by the major news networks but rather ordinary citizens armed with cellphone cameras. The footage spread on sites like YouTube and Facebook, creating global support for the burgeoning movements. The problem, of course, is that we’re not the only ones who can see the footage. Repressive governments can see it too, making video a bit of a double-edged sword. To that end, YouTube is launching a new face-blurring tool that will instantly blur out the faces of everyone in a video.

-Motive Television which provides software and services to the global television industry has seen its shares (LON:MTV) rose in opening deals on news it is to supply its Anytime Anywhere technology to a new pay TV service for the South African market. The company announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Siyaya Free to Air (Pty) Ltd of Johannesburg to that effect. Siyaya has recently submitted an application to South Africa's licensing authority to be allocated a pay TV frequency. Motive and Siyaya will enter into a formal service agreement once the six months application process has been successfully completed. The services to be provided by Motive would include engineering work for the integration, development, and implementation of the Motive technology and possibly Motive serving as systems integrator.