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Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012, 10:31 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012, 10:31 PM CDT
Daily Dot Com - YouTube is offering people a way to blur faces in submitted video.
The new tool is designed for human-rights activists and others who may want to protect people in a video. Simply blur faces using the tool before submitting it. It will appear among the "Additional features" under editing enhancements when it's available late Wednesday.
Google Inc., which owns YouTube, is warning that blurring faces by itself may not guarantee anonymity. Background scenery or a license plate might give away someone's identity, as might a recognizable voice. The software also might miss a face or two, though people will have a chance to review the blurring before submitting it.
YouTube says the feature "allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not."
Shared data; AT&T
As promised, AT&T follows in the footsteps of Verizon and announced wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 phones or other devices.
Connected phones get unlimited calling and texting, and all devices get wireless data access. The devices tap into a limited pool of data usage, which gets renewed each month.
Verizon introduced its "Share Everything" plans on June 28, replacing nearly all of its traditional phone plans. AT&T says its "Mobile Share" plans will debut in late August, but it is keeping its current individual and family plans.
AT&T's prices will track closely with those of Verizon. One smartphone with 1 gigabyte of data will cost $85 per month with AT&T, compared with $90 with Verizon. Two smartphones and a tablet computer with 6 gigabytes of shared data will cost $170 on either carrier.
AT&T said earlier this year, before Verizon announced its plans that it was looking at introducing shared data plans soon. It hadn't offered details then.
Under the "Mobile Share" plans, AT&T subscribers will pay a monthly fee for one smartphone and choose a bucket of data usage on top of that. Total costs will range from $85 for 1 gigabyte per month to $230 for 20 gigabytes.
After that, subscribers can add other devices to share that bucket of data, paying an extra monthly fee for each one. A basic, non-smartphone will cost $30 per month and a tablet, such as an iPad, will cost $10. Additional smartphones cost $30 to $45 each, depending on the size of the data plan.