Price tags for social media companies have skyrocketed since Facebook debuted in 2004. These startups were valued at a billion dollars or more.
If your desktop screen looks like the bottom of your trashcan, maybe it’s time to take your files to the cloud. Just in time for 2013, here is our new list of the best free online file storage sites. More than just external hardrives, many of these sites are collaboration platforms that you can use to share documents with friends.
At Box’s conference today, CEO Aaron Levie announced that the cloud storage company would add social features, including collaborative editing and a “like” button on files. Box is also launching collaborative editing for all users after a successful beta test.
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YouTube Chief Mulls Paid Subscriptions (Reuters)
YouTube is exploring selling subscriptions to provide access to some of its video offerings, potentially providing a way for certain cable channels to be available outside the traditional “bundles” offered by cable network providers, said YouTube boss Salar Kamangar. Cable channels with smaller audiences will in the future migrate to the Web and become available on an “a la carte” basis, Kamangar said at the Reuters Media and Technology Summit on Thursday. Engadget It appears YouTube is testing a new homepage styled more like the look that recently rolled out on Google+. The current default look rolled out last winter with more focus on channels and social integration, while this new facade features more white space and list of channels and friends to the side. Los Angeles Times YouTube and Google+ are starting to look a lot more alike, and now, they will play together more too. The team behind YouTube announced Thursday that the service’s Google+ app has received an update increasing the amount of things that users can do with YouTube videos inside Google+ hangouts. The Next Web This is the perfect example of an integration that makes Google look like more of a social powerhouse with each release. This new app is available worldwide in 60-plus languages and takes all of the hard work that the YouTube team has put into playlists inside of Google+ Hangouts. WebProNews As ubiquitous as YouTube now seems, it’s easy to forget that the company is less than a decade old. In just over seven years, the video sharing website has spread all over the globe and continues to quickly expand into new markets. Despite this, YouTube only operates 46 individual country YouTube sites. This week, Indonesia became that 46th country. Read more
Online file sharing and uploading site Box.net has just received a site redesign. The new site interface now sports a more vibrant and fresh look to make collaboration among businessess and even individuals easier. Along with the site redesign are new features that’s leading the site to becoming more social. Read more