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YouTube is Testing Video Downloads on Desktop Browser
Video streaming platform YouTube is finally testing a way to download videos on a desktop browser to watch offline.
The feature is available to Youtube premium members who can test what the platform is working on.
If a user is able to test the feature and is using a supported browser (up-to-date version of Chrome, Opera, or Edge), then they should be able to see a “download video” button while watching video content on YouTube.
On clicking this button, a user can download the video and add it to the “Downloads” menu.
However, this will not export the content out of YouTube, while there are third-party apps available that can do this.
It is also important to note that the YouTube webpage will require an internet connection to access. Hence, it is still not clear whether the downloaded content can be viewed without an internet connection.
The test is available until October 19, and those who want to test the feature can do so through YouTube’s experimental page.
Google Will Let You Check up on Advertisers’ Campaign History
Google will start allowing users to provide information about who’s running the ads they are seeing.
The search engine giant’s “About this ad” menu will show basic information about advertisers. This will also show any other ads they’ve run in the past 30 days.
With this feature, the search engine giant aims to help users better judge whether a given ad buyer is trustworthy. The company is doing this following to criticism about scams on the platform.
Last year, Google had said that more ad disclosures can come when it began verifying the identities and locations of all advertisers.
Additionally, it said that it began verifying advertisers in 90 countries. However, the disclosure option is launching only in the United States in the coming months, then will be increased to more locations in 2022.
However, it is found that the information provided by the advertiser is very basic. It provides the name of who placed the advert, country location, an estimated number of ads they are running, and a list of ads.
This feature allows you to see the information about advertising campaigns on both Search and YouTube platforms.
Oyo Hotels to File For $1.2 Billion IPO Next Week
SoftBank Group-backed Indian hospitality startup Oyo is expected to file for an IPO next week to raise around $1 billion.
The startup is planning to file the draft red herring prospectus (DHRP), which is the primary registration document prepared by merchant bankers for prospective IPO with the securities and exchange board of India (SEBI), the Indian market regulator.
The budget hotel aggregator is aiming to list in Mumbai, adding that the initial share sale will comprise a fresh issue of shares and an offer for sale from existing shareholders.
Oyo Hotels and Rooms, in which SoftBank owns a major stake of 46%, have suffered months of layoffs, cost cuts, and losses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ritesh Agarwal, the founder, and the chief executive officer of Oyo had said in July that the business was likely to return to levels witnessed before the second wave of COVID-19 infections in India and “grow from there”.
Like other hospitality companies, Oyo, which operates in more than 30+ countries, was also hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, is now recovering quickly.
LG Acquires Automotive Cybersecurity Firm Cybellum
South Korean tech giant LG Electronics announced that it has acquired Israel-based cybersecurity startup Cybellum for $240 million.
LG acquired 63.9% of the shares in Cybellum and plans to buy additional shares within 2021.
Additionally, LG has also signed a contract worth $20 million with the startup for future equity that will see the funds be converted to more shares from the end of 2022 to the first half of 2023.
The current management team of Cybellum will run the company independently and work with its existing automobile component partners.
LG feels that the importance of security in the automotive industry has become more important as more vehicles connect to networks. Because of this, cybersecurity has become a crucial barometer for the quality of a vehicle’s life cycle, along with design, development, and driving capabilities.
By using Cybellum’s solutions, LG will look to enhance its security systems on its automotive offerings in the areas of infotainment and telematics to become a reliable partner for automobile manufacturers.
Around The Web
🐦 Twitter Says It Will Fix Disappearing Tweets Issue: Twitter has announced that it is planning to make changes to prevent tweets from disappearing from the timeline while you are reading them. The company said the updates would be rolled out over the next two months to stop this error.
🇸🇬 Crypto Platform Cobo Raises $40 Million: Singapore-based crypto custody and asset management platform Cobo announced that it has completed its $40 million Series B fundraising, which will help it to accelerate the rollout of its decentralized finance as a service (Daas) product. The funding round was led by DST Global, A&T Capital, and IMO Ventures.