YouTube Hackers Invade Sesame Street, Replace with Porn

Sesame Street

Sesame Street Logo

Sunny Day, but the streets look different…

Visitors to the iconic children’s show “Sesame Street” on YouTube got a rude awakening on Sunday. All videos were deleted, and replaced with pornographic material. The header on the front page said “Sesame Street: It’s Where Porn Lives”. YouTube took instant action and brought down the site within the hour. At this moment, the page is still offline.

The blame has been running around as Reddit has a thread, blaming a person titled “MrEdxwx” . MrEdxwx has responded with a video stating his case that he did not hack Sesame Street.

Their Facebook Page has a public apology:

We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced today on ourSesame Street YouTube channel.  Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content. We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly.

This article was brought to you by the letters and numbers – H4cK0r.

 

New Delicious Website Looks Good, Works Different.

Delicious Toolbar App Broken

Old Delicious Toolbar App - Broken

I use Delicious to put together my show notes. I have the toolbar on my Chrome browser that I select and put in keywords. However, yesterday the toolbar sat on “Loading”. I first thought it was a internet connection problem, but soon found out that the new owners of Delicious have changed the website. But it broke the toolbar in doing so.

It made my show note collection a little harder to do. I ended up putting all my links in Google docs. When I called them up during the show, I didn’t get the pages, but the Google “You are being redirected” message. That meant I had to select each link redirect message.

A little about Delicious

Delicious is a bookmark cloud service. The program was on the chopping block by Yahoo! After public outcry, Yahoo! decided to sell the website. The new owners – Chad Hurley and Steve Chen saved it from extinction. But they also knew that Delicious was on Yahoo!’s list because the service wasn’t making the right amount of revenue. Therefore, it’s time for a change.

I read the GigaOm talking about losing their bookmarks. That was a case where they didn’t update their profile when told Delicious was switching servers. I remember the email on April 27th – it stated that if you didn’t update, your bookmarks will be gone. So no sympathy:

Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world.Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS.

To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy.
Reasons to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks

  • Continue uninterrupted use of Delicious.
  •  Keep your Delicious account and all your bookmarks.
  • Enjoy the same look and feel of Delicious today plus future product innovations.
What happens if you do not transfer your bookmarks
  • Delicious in its current form will be available until approximately July 2011.
  • After that, you will no longer be able to use your existing Delicious account and will not have access to your existing bookmarks or account information.

I do agree with one thing the GigaOM article stated – Delicious might not fully know how people use the service. If they don’t fix the problems quickly, they are going to lose users to StumbleUpon and Reddit. But is it about fixing problems, or educating the users with the new features?

What I Really Like about the Redesign – Stacks

new delicious bookmark tool

new delicious bookmark tool with Stacks

This is actually a really nice addition to Delicious. It lets you have a visual list of your bookmarks, rather than just links. I have options to view in list or grid mode. I can even see in video mode – which my video show can be on the top of the list. If I create a stack for each show, it becomes a new set of show notes with a visual view.

Request – Bring Back the Chrome Extension QUICK

Right now they want you to drag a link to your bookmarks toolbar. Only problem is I don’t have my bookmarks showing (The hotkey to bring up the bookmark bar is “Shift-CTRL B”). I might get used to using it that way, but if there is an easier way for me to catalog my bookmarks, I will.

With a little learning, I think I will really enjoy the new Delicious site. It’s too soon to tell, but it could also become a great reference.

TinEye for the Alien Guy

A long time fan of Geek News Central has given me an exclusive first scoop on his brand new offering for the Reddit masses, a reverse image search engine specifically for them.

Reddit.com, which has a cartoon alien for its logo, is one of the most popular social link aggregators on the Internet. Like its competitors such as Digg.com, people post links and others vote them up or down, as well as leave comments. In fact, while Digg’s market share has been declining recently, Reddit’s has been growing.

As expected, many of the most popular links submitted on Reddit.com are images, and with such a large community, duplicate submissions are frequent. Such “reposts” are controversial, because users cherish fresh new content. While Reddit website will detect and warn of duplicate URLs, it has no way of detecting duplicate images when the URLs are different.

A friend of GNC that goes by the name of “metabeing” on Reddit has solved this problem by creating KarmaDecay.com. Anyone can submit an image to Karma Decay and find out if that image, or ones very similar to it, have already been posted on Reddit. The search results includes details such as the score that image acquired on Reddit, the number of comments, how long ago it was submitted, and a link to its page on Reddit.

There are several websites that offer reverse image search. TinEye.com was probably the most well known until Google recently added its own reverse image search. While these search engines are far more sophisticated than Karma Decay, they are not usable for discovering reposts on Reddit. Karma Decay is not in any way a competitor to these more powerful sites and in fact it provides links to both of them for any submitted image.

We predict that Karma Decay is going to be a smash hit with many people on Reddit and it will be interesting to see how the community reacts to the new ease of detecting image reposts. One desirable affect might be a decrease of repost noise in the new submissions queue, which might increase the number of fresh quality submissions that get the recognition they deserve.

Karma Decay is currently in beta. It indexes only the most popular subreddits and so far it covers only the past several months of Reddit, plus a couple thousand of the highest rated posts of all time. Other than displaying a list of recently reposted images, the site is very plain and simple. It just focusses on doing its job. There are plans to offer more features, though, such as fun and interesting information on the reposting behavior of users. Some information will include categories like “Give up, its just not funny”, and “It’s not fair, we know”.

Even with its current shortcomings, the site can be extremely useful, even to non-Reddit users. Even if you have no intention of posting an image, Karma Decay can be a great way to get information about that image. The Reddit community is wonderful at providing useful information about an image. Their comments can be a gold mind, regardless of how long ago the image was posted. For example, links to the original video sources behind popular animated GIF images can often be found in Reddit comments.

So, by the way, where did the strange name “Karma Decay” come from anyway? Metabeing explains that he got the idea when he read a fellow Redditor’s comment: “In other news, at least 5 high school bands named themselves ‘karma decay’ today.”  Primarily, metabeing just though that name was cool, but also noted that it related to one of the reasons that he created his website. He had previously noticed that posts often get voted down (a loss of karma) because the image was a repost. In these situations the original poster (OP) very often doesn’t know why his or her post is being rejected. Reddit users are often hesitant to point out to each other that something is a repost because, somewhat ironically, such comments themselves often get voted down.