Gangnam Style reachs 1 Billion YouTube Views

Gangnam Style video clip become first video to hit 1 billion Youtube views. Even though it already the most popular video in Youtube history, yesterday this video got 1 billion views just over five months, eclipsed Justin Bieberr “Baby” and Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor”.

“Gangnam Style” has also received Guinness World Records title as the most liked video in Youtube history with over two million digital thumbs up. You also can see a lot of video parody of “Gangnam Style” which drive the popularity of this video too.

The video made its YouTube debut on July 15 and surpassed Bieber’s “Baby” video in Nov. 24– which had a nice run at the top of YouTube’s charts since its debut in February 2010.

Google Maps for iOS hits 10 million downloads in 48 hours

Google Maps was released last Friday and Jeff Huber, a Google senior vice president revealed on Google+, the company’s social network, that the app was then downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours!

“We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world,” Huber said. “Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.”

Apple users had been looking forward to the return of the Google Maps app ever since it was removed from iOS6 and replaced with Apple Maps. Google’s Maps app quickly jumped to the top free app on the App Store after its release. The software was a bit of a surprise, with reports of its arrival coming just hours before it went live.

More than half Apple users seem happy to have Google Maps back.

Google+ Reveals Deeper YouTube Integration

Search giant Google has rolled out new integration practices between its Google+ social network and social video sharing website YouTube.

YouTube users now have the option to share videos they upload on Google+ by selecting that option directly from the upload interface. Once uploaded the videos are automatically showcased in a “videos” tab on the users Google+ profile.

In order to use the new service users must like their Google+ and YouTube accounts under their real name. The new process is very similar to what is already used for Picassa photos sharing.

For Google+ users who do not want to use the service the tab can be hidden.

After opting in to the service the users videos then read “YouTube” and when clicked users will be sent to YouTube rather than watching the embed on Google+, a sly way for YouTube and Google to share multiple pageviews per video engagement.

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WhatsApp Messenger – Now available for Windows Phone 8

WhatsApp Messenger, the very popular smartphone messenger is now available for Windows Phone 8. WhatsApp is already available for Windows Phone 7, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Nokia phones, but the new version now supports Windows Phone 8.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family.

Using WhatsApp Messenger, you can switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. The first year is FREE! The charges after the first year are $0.99/year only.

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Google+ adds members, photo-sharing app

Google said Thursday its online social network had grown to 135 million active users, as it added a photo-sharing app to compete against services like Facebook’s Instagram.

“Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever,” said Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra in a blog post.

He added that “135 million (users) are active in just the stream,” and that more than 500 million have upgraded their Google accounts to potentially participate in the social network, which aims to rival Facebook.

“This enthusiasm, we think, stems from our building tools that build real relationships — in a live hangout, around a breathtaking photo, or with an inner circle of friends,” Gundotra said.

“So today we’re launching two new improvements that help bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software.”

Google said it has now introduced the mobile photo-sharing service Snapseed, made by Nik Software, to the social network. Google acquired German-based Nik in September.

The Snapseed app was last year’s iPad app of the year, and Gundotra said Google was excited to make the app available on its Android system as well.

The service, which is similar to Instagram — bought by Facebook for a hefty price this year — allows users to crop and enhance pictures before posting to social networks.

Snapseed had been available for $4.99 for Apple devices, but is now free on that platform as well as on Android devices, in a challenge to Instagram.

Gundotra said Google+ also will be adding a new feature called “Communities,” which makes the Google+ “hangouts” into permanent locations.

“Google+ has always been a place to crowd around common interests and meet new people.

What’s been missing, however, are more permanent homes for all the stuff you love: the wonderful, the weird, and yes, even the things that are waaay out there. With Google+ Communities there’s now a gathering place for your passions.”