Statewide ban of YouTube hits 1600 Australian schools

Melbourne (Victoria, AU) - Australia's second most populous state has enacted a sweeping ban on YouTube at schools, after a street gang uploaded a video of themselves assaulting another student.

The ban, effective immediately, affects all schools in Victoria, the state where the assault occured. A criminal investigation into the videotaped beating is still ongoing.

The video, which was uploaded last year, sparked outrage from local communities. The state government decided to enact the ban in the hopes that similar YouTube-inspired crimes would not occur.

Education Services Minister Jacinta Allan said the government "has never tolerated bullying in schools and this zero tolerance approach extends to the online world."

  • today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

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