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YouTube comments require Google+ account, Google faces uproar

If you want to continue commenting on YouTube,

(Credit: AP, 2010)

If you want to continue commenting on YouTube, you’re going to need a Google+ account.

Google’s overhaul of YouTube’s comment system, first announced in September, is complete and offers better sorting options than before. In the past, the thumbs up/down feature drove comments toward the top of any given thread with little, if any, moderation from YouTube.

The new system incorporates...

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Top YouTube videos of 2011

YouTube released its official list of top videos of 2011. The viral video website reports there were more than 1 trillion playbacks in 2011. Impressive.

See the full list below, broken down by category, to see who made the list. (Note, the links below open in a new window.)

Most-viewed YouTube videos globally (excluding videos from major music labels) (playlist)

1. Rebecca Black...

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Report: YouTube reaches VOD deal with major studios

YouTube is set to take on the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Apple with the revamping of its video-on-demand service.

Thewrap.com is reporting that the online video streaming giant has come to an agreement with some major movie studios, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Universal, as well as some independent studios, including Lionsgate and Kino Lorber.

YouTube has...

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