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Last week we told you that Google was doing a bit of spring-cleaning to its Google Video service, which was Google's rival to YouTube - before YouTube became part of Google. The big G said it was going to delete all users' uploaded videos on April 29, and gave users the ability to download them - but not any automatic way to transfer them to a YouTube account.

This was, clearly, ridiculous, and a degree of gnashing of teeth on the internet duly took place. So now Google has backed down. They've added an automatic method for transferring Google Video material to YouTube, but they're also abandoning the 29th April deadline.

'We work every day to make sure you have a great user experience and should have done better,' reads an email Google sent out to all Google Video users. 'Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible.'

So it's a victory for people power, we guess. If you're ready to transfer your videos to YouTube, go here to get started.

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