Last year, YouTube announced original channels that featured celebrities like Madonna, Tony Hawk and Jay-Z and covered categories like News & Education, Pop Culture and Sports. Last month, the service announced that it would be evaluating all of its original channels and would cut some of the less successful ones. Now it has been revealed that only 30-40 percent of the original channels will continue to receive funding.
It was just over a year ago that Google began showing “not provided” for searches made by users logged in to their Google account – a move that has been quite frustrating for marketers and SEOs. A new study conducted by Optify shows that now 39 percent of Google search referrers are not available to those monitoring an analytics account. That breaks down to one of every 2.5 visits from organic search showing up as “not provided.”
During the first six months of 2012, the United States made nearly 8,000 requests for Google to turn over user information and Google complied 90 percent of the time. According to the search engine’s newest transparency report, which indicates that government surveillance is on the rise, the U.S. is one of the world’s worst “snoopers.” Compared to the previous six months, requests for content removal from the U.S. rose by 46 percent.
This year has undoubtedly been an important one for technology and legislation that could affect technology (Remember SOPA?). This week Mashable assembled a slideshow highlighting seven landmark tech laws that were passed in 2012. Check it out.