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Yahoo creates home for online video community

05 June, 2006

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SAN FRANCISCO : US Internet search giant Yahoo launched a video-sharing service on May 31 in a move that could capitalise on a hot online trend made clear by the popular young YouTube website.

The unveiling of the enhanced Yahoo Video service came as the Sunnyvale, California, company continued to vie with online juggernaut Google for devotees by becoming a place where online communities can build social networks.

The new Yahoo Video service was scheduled to go live on the Internet at 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Thursday), according to Jason Zajac, Yahoo's manager of social media. Unlike existing video-sharing websites which provide only clips contributed by visitors, Yahoo is merging content uploaded by users with the tens of millions of clips found on the Internet and listed in its index.

"It's all about marrying the open comprehensiveness of search with user-generated content and a chance for you, the publisher, to be found by the Yahoo audience," Zajac said.

"It really is the window to the whole world of web video."

The video listed at Yahoo Video will include links to offerings on popular sights such as Flicker and YouTube, according to Zajac.

YouTube became an almost instant Internet staple for music lovers since the website went online six months ago. The San Mateo, California-based YouTube touts having approximately a quarter of a million music videos posted.

Those who visit the YouTube website can find video clips ranging from amateur offerings to vintage clips such as the Rolling Stones performing in London's Hyde Park in 1969 and Hank Williams's only-known television appearance.

Visitors to the website click on the chosen videos and they stream into boxes that automatically pop up on computer screens. Videos can be viewed, but not downloaded due to a restriction intended to avoid copyright violations.

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