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Newsreel [Oct 15th]: Felix Baumgartner’s jump from the edge of space sets a new record on YouTube

Here goes the Newsreel, our daily news roundup.
Felix Baumgartner’s 128K feet jump from the edge of space broke a record for the “live stream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube”. At peak, there were more than 8 million concurrent live streams, the jump was broadcast on Red Bull’s YouTube channel. Read complete post here. Neat – the longest distance freefall (119,846 feet) also had the highest concurrent live streams. Thats bang for the buck!

The Raspberry Pi  got even better now, the $35 Linux ARM-powered computer now ships with double memory (512MB) targeting multimedia applications. The Raspberry Pi 512MB initially will be sold in one uncased configuration that has two USB ports, 512MB of RAM, HDMI port, SD memory-card slot and an Ethernet port – read complete post here.

Apple’s iPad Mini is yet to be officially announced, but the device is reportedly appearing in a consumer electronics retail inventory system, complete with model and pricing. As per media report, iPad Mini will be in 8-, 16- 32- and 64 GB models with Wi-Fi and each will also be available with integrated cellular radios, making for 8 different configurations, read complete post here. This should cause a stir or two in the 7 inch tablet market.

– Last week, Skype reached a new peak of 45,469,977 concurrent users online, part of a strong run for the peer-to-peer voice/video/chat service this year. Overall it has seen an increase of 70 percent so far in 2012, read complete post here. Nice feat achieved by Skype on the eve of its 9th birthday! We, on our not so broad-band connections, have usually struggled with more than 3 concurrent users.

YouTube has announced that it’s adjusting the ranking of videos in YouTube search to reward engaging videos that keep viewers watching.  The move aims to focus YouTube’s video discovery features on watch time, read complete post here. Fingers crossed – hopefully none of the social search and other noise that Google’s been injecting into web search results.

Amazon is in “advanced negotiations” to buy Texas Instruments’ mobile chip business with the price expected to be in the billions of dollars range, read complete post here.  Amazon gearing up to take on rivals Apple and Samsung by gaining the ability to design and manufacture its own mobile chips? Or is there more?

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