March 24, 2012

Here is your chance to become a Bollywood Star!

T-Series launches a star hunt for the lead pair in Aashiqui 2 (sequel to the 90s super hit Aashiqui) on YouTube

It does not get bigger than this. If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a Bollywood star, here is your chance. Starting today - Vishesh Films and T-Series bring to you ‘Aashiqui 2 Star Hunt’ on YouTube. For the first time ever, the lead pair for a mainstream Bollywood film will be selected on YouTube. All you need to do is log on to: www.youtube.com/aashiqui2 and upload a 2 minute video from a list of scenes and songs on the Aashiqui 2 channel. Your audition videos will be screened by a Creative Jury, Producer/Director of the film and will subsequently go for Public Voting on the Aashiqui 2 channel.

When Vishesh Films & T-Series released Aashiqui, 22 years ago – it became one of the most successful musical blockbusters in Indian cinema. It gave movie goers and music lovers, music that people still love to listen to. Carrying forward the spirit of Aashiqui from Director Mahesh Bhatt & Producer Gulshan Kumar are Director Mohit Suri and Bhushan Kumar from T-Series.



You can also stay updated with all the news on Aashiqui 2 on the Official Google Plus Page of T-Series.
You can also join the Hangout on Google plus with Director Mahesh Bhatt on this page on Monday, 26th March, at 11:30 am.

This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring and deserving artists to audition on YouTube and get a chance to be the Next Big Thing in Bollywood! Auditions Open Now!

March 16, 2012

19,000+ episodes of Indian TV on YouTube Shows

[Cross posted from the Youtube blog]

India is one of world’s largest producers of TV shows. With more than 400 terrestrial and local channels available, Indians often face the challenging question: What am I going to watch?

The good news is that we increasingly don’t have to worry about when to watch. Over the last few years, major Indian broadcasters such as Sony Entertainment Television, Colors, ImagineTV, Star India, and VikatanTV have been bringing their shows to YouTube so that you can watch them whenever you want.

Now that our Indian TV partners offer more than 19,000 full episodes of 300 programs in six different languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, and Punjabi), we wanted to offer our Indian viewers an updated Shows page at youtube.com/shows to help you better follow shows you love and discover new favorites. For the rest of the world, you can still find the shows through youtube.com/shows/other-languages.


You’ll find programs into genres like drama and comedy, as well as the latest and top watched episodes featured on the page. Missed the last episode of Bade Acche Lagte Hai? It’ll be right there in the channel waiting for you. If you’re looking for a few good places to start, check out popular shows like Balika Vadhu, Ramayan, CID, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and Thendral.

These 19,000+ episodes are just a start, so we hope we can keep delivering more and more content that viewers across India—and around the world—want to see.

March 1, 2012

Google’s new Privacy Policy

[Cross posted from the Google Official Blog]

Our updated Privacy Policy takes effect today, March 1. As you use our products one thing will be clear: it’s the same Google experience that you’re used to, with the same controls.

And because we’re making these changes, over time we’ll be able to improve our products in ways that help our users get the most from the web.

While we’ve undertaken the most extensive user education campaign in our history to explain the coming changes, we know there has been a fair amount of chatter and confusion.

Here are a few important points to bear in mind:

Our Privacy Policy is now much easier to understand.

We’ve included the key parts from more than 60 product-specific notices into our main Google Privacy Policy—so there’s no longer any need to be your own mini search engine if you want to work out what’s going on. Our Privacy Policy now explains, for the vast majority of our services, what data we’re collecting and how we may use it, in plain language.

Our Privacy Policy will enable us to build a better, more intuitive user experience across Google for signed-in users.

If you’re signed in to Google, you expect our products to work really beautifully together. For example, if you’re working on Google Docs and you want to share it with someone on Gmail, you want their email right there ready to use. Our privacy policies have always allowed us to combine information from different products with your account—effectively using your data to provide you with a better service. However, we’ve been restricted in our ability to combine your YouTube and Search histories with other information in your account. Our new Privacy Policy gets rid of those inconsistencies so we can make more of your information available to you when using Google.

So in the future, if you do frequent searches for Jamie Oliver, we could recommend Jamie Oliver videos when you’re looking for recipes on YouTube—or we might suggest ads for his cookbooks when you’re on other Google properties.

Our privacy controls aren’t changing.

The new policy doesn’t change any existing privacy settings or how any personal information is shared outside of Google. We aren’t collecting any new or additional information about users. We won’t be selling your personal data. And we will continue to employ industry-leading security to keep your information safe.

If you don’t think information sharing will improve your experience, you can use our privacy tools to do things like edit or turn off your search history and YouTube history, control the way Google tailors ads to your interests and browse the web “incognito” using Chrome. You can use services like Search, Maps and YouTube if you are not signed in. You can even separate your information into different accounts, since we don’t combine personal information across them. And we’re committed to data liberation, so if you want to take your information elsewhere you can.

We’ll continue to look for ways to make it simpler for you to understand and control how we use the information you entrust to us. We build Google for you, and we think these changes will make our services even better.