Daily Archives: November 1, 2014

Israel cartoon comparing Netanyahu to 9/11 attackers highlights troubled ties with US

An Israeli political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu piloting an airplane heading for New York’s Twin Towers has set off a firestorm of criticism and focused new attention on the troubled relationship between Israel and the United States.

Haaretz Daily Cartoon – 30/10/14 http://t.co/ueOAVVKkc3 pic.twitter.com/xWXJ5OgQL6

– Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) October 30, 2014

The cartoon appeared Thursday in Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper, and elicited strong words both in Israel itself and from Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman. Foxman called on Haaretz to apologize for printing a “grossly offensive cartoon.” He said it misrepresents “any tensions which may currently exist between the US government and Mr Netanyahu” and “disrespects the memories of thousands of innocent Americans and others who tragically perished on 9/11.”

The cartoon appeared a day after the Atlantic quoted an unidentified administration official who used the word “chickens-” to assail Netanyahu for his alleged cowardice and pettiness. The official also complained about his settlement policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and questioned the prime minister’s commitment to Middle East peace efforts, as well as his resolve to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran to thwart its nuclear program.

Since the Atlantic story appeared, National Security Adviser Susan Rice has pushed back hard against its message of a crisis in bilateral relations, while Netanyahu himself declined to get embroiled in a new mud-slinging match with Washington, insisting that his main concern was defending Israel’s interests.

Ties with the United States constitute one of Israel’s most important diplomatic and security assets, and few Israelis want to see them undermined. That desire for harmony is particularly acute now, with the country facing a dangerous brew of regional challenges – among them, the Iranian nuclear program and the presence of hostile Islamic fundamentalists on its southern and northern borders.

But the Obama administration has long had a tense dynamic with Netanyahu, mostly for his close relationship with the Republican Party and for what is sometimes seen as a lecturing tone toward the US president.

Those tensions were clearly on display last week when administration officials refused Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon’s requests to meet several top national security aides during a visit to Washington. The rejections followed negative comments Yaalon made about Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this summer.

Amos Biderman, the author of the Haaretz cartoon, tweeted Thursday that it was those tensions that inspired his work.

“The message is that (Netanyahu) is destroying relations with American in an arrogant and thoughtless way and that he is leading us to a catastrophe on the magnitude of 9/11,” he said.

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YouTube Introduces WatchMe For Android To Bring Live Broadcasting

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YouTube is bringing its live broadcasting capabilities to the world of third-party app developers starting today with the launch of the new open source project called “YouTube WatchMe for Android.” The project, available on GitHub, offers a reference app designed for the Android operating system that creates a YouTube Live Streaming Event. The app also introduces a simple interface allowing an end user to press a button to start broadcasting from their phone to YouTube, and another button to end the event.

Obviously, the app included on GitHub is just reference material – the real goal is to offer a toolkit for developers who want to add a similar capability to their own apps. This could be for apps that already focus on sharing video, and now want to offer a “Live” component, or it could be a function within a broader news or event-focused application, perhaps.

In addition to offering the ability to start and stop a live streaming session with buttons, the app’s interface allows users to tap a thumbnail to kick off a live broadcast session, from the looks of things, as well as “+1” the event -meaning recommend the broadcast on Google’s social network, Google+.

The new app takes advantage of several APIs, including the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services and Plus API, says the company in a blog post announcing the new project on the YouTube API Blog. To get started, developers have to sync with the Github repo, then utilize the Google Developer Console to enable the YouTube Data API and the Google+ API, and create a client ID for Android.

The company says the app being offered today is still in the experimental phase.

YouTube, of course, already offers live streaming functionality, which allows event creators to capture and share live video using either custom encoders and controls, or, for something simpler, users can opt to live stream a Google Hangout using their webcam. However, the YouTube “WatchMe” project is designed for mobile app developer use – starting, stopping, viewing and sharing live events from an Android app interface.

The technology being offered here to third-party developers is the same live broadcasting functionality that has previously been available to OEMs, including Xperia with its “Live on YouTube” app and “Re” by HTC, says YouTube. The latter involves a handheld camera and accompanying app that’s used to view and share the videos the camera records – videos that can be instantly streamed when you push the button. That means this new project would also work for others in the market who want to build or augment their own mobile apps associated with hardware devices like cameras and video recorders.

YouTube is bringing its live broadcasting capabilities to the world of third-party app developers starting today with the launch of the new open source project called “YouTube WatchMe for Android.” The project, available on GitHub, offers a reference app designed for the Android operating system that creates a YouTube Live Streaming Event. The app also introduces a simple interface allowing an end user to press a button to start broadcasting from their phone to YouTube, and another button to end the event.

Obviously, the app included on GitHub is just reference material – the real goal is to offer a toolkit for developers who want to add a similar capability to their own apps. This could be for apps that already focus on sharing video, and now want to offer a “Live” component, or it could be a function within a broader news or event-focused application, perhaps.

In addition to offering the ability to start and stop a live streaming session with buttons, the app’s interface allows users to tap a thumbnail to kick off a live broadcast session, from the looks of things, as well as “+1” the event -meaning recommend the broadcast on Google’s social network, Google+.

The new app takes advantage of several APIs, including the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services and Plus API, says the company in a blog post announcing the new project on the YouTube API Blog. To get started, developers have to sync with the Github repo, then utilize the Google Developer Console to enable the YouTube Data API and the Google+ API, and create a client ID for Android.

The company says the app being offered today is still in the experimental phase.

YouTube, of course, already offers live streaming functionality, which allows event creators to capture and share live video using either custom encoders and controls, or, for something simpler, users can opt to live stream a Google Hangout using their webcam. However, the YouTube “WatchMe” project is designed for mobile app developer use – starting, stopping, viewing and sharing live events from an Android app interface.

The technology being offered here to third-party developers is the same live broadcasting functionality that has previously been available to OEMs, including Xperia with its “Live on YouTube” app and “Re” by HTC, says YouTube. The latter involves a handheld camera and accompanying app that’s used to view and share the videos the camera records – videos that can be instantly streamed when you push the button. That means this new project would also work for others in the market who want to build or augment their own mobile apps associated with hardware devices like cameras and video recorders.

TG

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