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The Wikimedia Foundation has reached its goal of $20 million USD in donations for Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today they had reached their goal and the banners that appeared asking for your donations will be removed.
A Wikipedia blog post by Jay Walsh noted that over one million donors from around the world collectively contributed toward the $20 million campaign. Walsh also stated that the 2011 total surpassed the 2008 total of a "meager" $4.5 million. Sue Gardner, Executive Director for Wikimedia Foundation, said the following in a message:
Apple's cloud-based iTunes Match launched last month in the U.S. and while it has lagged behind a little, they've finally launched a website that is purely dedicated to iTunes Match. The new iTunes Match website tries to clear up most of the confusion that has risen since it was announced.
Apple thoroughly explain the basics of iTunes Match, quoted below:
With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices.1 And for music you haven't purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. iTunes Match is built right into iTunes on your computer and the Music app on your iOS devices.2 It lets you store your entire collection in iCloud, even music you've imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. When it's in iCloud, it's available on all your devices. So you can enjoy all your music anywhere, anytime - on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.
Got your calculator ready for some big numbers? Google have said that in November 2011 alone, AdMob saw 8 billion ad requests coming in from tablets, which is an increase from the 1 billion in December of 2010, and an increase of an astounding 700-percent in the past twelve months.
To compare these numbers, AdMob sees nearly 3 billion ad requests per day, globally. So 8 billion over a month from just tablets alone, compared to hundreds of millions of desktops, is quite the achievement. In May of this year, Google introduced new formats for tablet-based ads, which allows advertisers and publishers to serve full-screen interstitial ads built with HTML5 on smartphones and tablets.
And just a few weeks ago, Google launched a number of new tablet ad formats, which include ways to interact with a specific product, feature a collection of products or promote foot traffic to a specific store location. Google have also revealed that AdMob saw a 440-percent growth in traffic from tablets from November 2011 when compared to December 2010.
Starting from today, SBS ON DEMAND, ninemsn video and YouTube applications are now available on the Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE. Better yet, all of these customised apps have voice commands built-in through Kinect.
These new channels will compliment the already in place tv shows available through FOXTEL on the Xbox 360 and movies and music with Zune. Worldwide, has also seen some changes, with the following now available:
21 billion hits, it's hard to think of just how many hits on a website that is, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be Google with YouTube. According to a report from comScore, YouTube received 20,933,113,000 page views in October alone.
Nearly 21 billion hits in one month! This is enough to have roughly three videos watched by every single human being alive on this planet right now. YouTubers spent an average of seven hours watching the month's hottest videos.
Google are not finished with their quest of revamping the entirety of Google with their new 'minimalistic' theme. Today intros a new splash of paint for the Google Bar. The usual thin dark gray strip of text will leave us, and be replaced by a persistent UI element that combines the search and Google+ tools, including a share button and notifications.
Quick access to other services is still available in the Google menu, all you need to do is hover over the logo and you'll be happy to see more links. Love it or hate it, it's coming. I don't like the new Reader layout - I hate it. I've kept the old Gmail layout, for now (until its probably pushed in by default).
Internode have a pretty good offer for games.on.net, where they've offered a no signup fee, with the first two months free. Internode! Internode really cater to gamers, and push this obviously through their gaming portal, games.on.net, but also in their services they offer to gamers.
Internode have a dedicated games network in games.on.net which offers patches, videos, demos and more, your favourite Internet TV shows and podcasts where you can download them all, unmetered, as fast as your Internet connection can handle. Internode even have two Steam content servers, where you can buy your Steam games, download them and get playing faster than ever - with everything above all quota free.
Telstra BigPond Cable customer? Live in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or Perth? You'll soon have the option of taking up plans offering download speeds of up to a maximum of 100Mbps into the home, which should cater to most people with the need, the need for speed.
Telstra Director of Fixed Voice and Broadband, John Chambers, said the upgrade is expected to hit Perth customers from 30th November, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney getting access from the 12th of December, he added:
This upgrade provides additional capacity to Telstra's network and will provide one of the fastest broadband services available in Australia today. With speeds of up to a maximum of 100 Mbps, BigPond Ultimate Cable means the whole household can do more things at the same time, like downloading movies on the computer while streaming internet radio on the T-Hub® - all at high speed. BigPond customers also enjoy no peak or off peak restrictions and peace of mind that they won't incur any additional usage charges - as speeds are slowed once the monthly usage allowance is reached.
Google have been on a stampede of change lately, first Google+, then the updated looks of Gmail and Reader have made their way to most of us, and now, YouTube.
The new design is currently rolling out, but if you want to jump ahead of the queue, there are some instructions below to help you. The downfall? This trick only sets a temporary cookie which is removed upon the browser closing.
The new look is definitely slick, with the left navigation panel very clean and simple, videos from your subscriptions or YouTube trends list fill the middle up, while related or recommended videos are on the right. It looks very, very swish.
Google have just unleashed Google Music from its beta hold, and have also announced a music store that is built into the Android Market. Google Music is available to anyone in the US without an invitation requirement, and includes the ability to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud for free.
Google Music will have an app for Windows, Mac and Linux devices that will help you upload songs to the cloud, and the songs uploaded to the cloud can be either streamed or "pinned" for offline listening. The Android Market music store will include millions of songs, sortable by genre, sub genre, top albums, and top songs.
There are Staff Picks and a New Releases section, song prices range between $0.99 and $1.29 and every song is 320kbps MP3s with 90 second previews for each song. There will be a new free song every day and the first one is David Bowie's "Sound and Vision", Google have said there will be hundreds of free songs from the get-go. Big major labels have joined in, such as Universal, EMI and Sony music, as well as a number of smaller, independent labels.