YouTube Viewership Hits 1 Billion Hours Of Content A Day

On YouTube’s official blog, they announced that YouTube has hit a remarkable milestone: people are now viewing over a billion hours of YouTube content a day!

A few years back, we made a big decision at YouTube. While everyone seemed focused on how many views a video got, we thought the amount of time someone spent watching a video was a better way to understand whether a viewer really enjoyed it. It wasn’t an easy call, but we thought it would help us make YouTube a more engaging place for creators and fans. And last year, we hit a big milestone on that journey: people around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube’s incredible content every single day!

Wal-Mart Tests Convenience Stores

According to The Dallas Morning News, one of the first test stores has opened in Crowley, Texas, a small town south of Fort Worth. The other is near Wal-Mart’s Bentonville headquarters. Wal-Mart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said: “We’re eager for feedback from customers. We want to know what’s working.”

The two stores are tiny, at 2,500 square feet each. A typical Wal-Mart supercenter has 180,000 square feet on average. Both of the test stores are in parking lots near supercenters.

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Yarn: A New Package Manager for JavaScript

Yarn is a new package manager by Facebook that replaces the existing workflow for the npm client and other package managers, while remaining compatible with the npm registry.

Yarn has the same features set as existing workflows while still operating faster, more securely and more reliably.

Instagram Now Has 500 Million Users

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that Instagram now has 500 million users. Instagram is a photo and video sharing app that Facebook acquired for $1 billion in 2012.
Wondering how much Instagram has grown since it was acquired back in 2012? Well, at the time of acquisition, Instagram had 30 million users. That means 470 million users has been added since 2012.

According to a recent story by the Financial Times, 80% of Instagram users live outside the United States. Well, only 60% of Instagram users are active according to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post – 300 million users – which is about 25% of Facebook active users, which has reached 1.1 billion active users.

In addition, Mark Zuckerberg states in his Facebook post that Instagram has doubled over the past two years. He also wants to thank “people everywhere who have opened a window into their world — from big events to everyday moments” and “thanks for making Instagram such a beautiful place.”

Drupal 8.1.3 and 7.44 Released

Drupal 8.1.3 and 7.44 has been released. Both releases are maintenance releases, which addresses a security vulnerability: Drupal Core – Moderately Critical – Multiple Vulnerabilities – SA-CORE-2016-002.
Upgrading your Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended.

You can view the Drupal 8.1.3 release notes here and Drupal 7.44 release notes here.

Twitter Buys Machine Learning Firm Magic Pony

Twitter said it has acquired London-based Magic Pony Technology, a machine-learning startup that specializes in working with images. Twitter stated that it has purchased Magic Pony Technology to deliver better video and live content.
The terms have not been disclosed, although TechCrunch has stated that the deal was worth $150 million.

The 18 month old company, Magic Pony Technology, is the third machine learning company Twitter has acquired – Whetlab in 2014 and Madbits in 2015.

The All New Google Fonts Website

Google has announced an all-new look and feel for their Google Fonts website. Google Fonts currently provides 804 fonts for free. The all new design uses Google’s material design and is powered using AngularJS.
Fonts are now shown in a grid with selection option shown in a panel on the right side. To get more information about a font, you can simply hover over it and if you want to use the font, hover over it and select the plus sign icon shown on the right side of the cell. Once you’ve clicked on the plus sign icon, an overlay will appear at the bottom center of the screen, click on it to get the embed code and customization options.

Fonts are served using Google’s CDN, so you’ll get great speed for serving fonts and no hassles of managing assets.

Find Time For Your Goals With Google Calendar

Whether it’s reading more books, learning a new language or working out regularly, achieving your goals can be really hard. One day it’s “I got called into a last-minute meeting.” The next day it’s “I have a friend in town.” And before you know it, your goals are delayed or forgotten. In fact, with all the things you need to do in a given week, it’s probably harder than ever to find the time—even when your goal really matters to you.
That’s why starting today, we’re introducing Goals in Google Calendar. Just add a personal goal—like “run 3 times a week”—and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it.

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Microsoft and HackerRank Bring Executable Code Snippets to Bing

According to a news report from TechCrunch, Microsoft has partnered with the programming community website HackerRank to bring executable code snippets into Bing’s search results.
Quick Sort Java Bing Executable Code Snippet

TechCrunch reports says that the partnership will allow individuals to locate code snippets faster and execute searched code snippets right from Bing’s search results.

TechCrunch goes on further to say that there are over 80 code snippets based on commonly searched terms and that you can go from one language to another language using a widget. Languages include C, C++, C#, Python, PHP and Java.

Microsoft is positioning this as both a productivity and learning tool.

“In addition to learning how a certain algorithm/code is written in a given language, users will also be able to check how the same solution is constructed in a range of other programming languages too — providing a Rosetta-stone model for programming languages,” says Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager for the UX Features and Shared Tools at Bing.

PHP 7.0.5 Released

The PHP development team has announced the availability of PHP 7.0.5. PHP 7.0.5 is a security release. In PHP 7.0.5, several security bugs were fixed. Anyone using PHP 7.0 is encouraged to upgrade to this version. The list of changes is recorded in the ChangeLog.
For the source downloads of PHP 5.6.20 please visit the downloads page. Windows binaries can be found on the PHP for Windows downloads page.