YouTube begin a limited trial of a new live streaming platform, starting at 8:00 a.m. PT, in conjunction with four partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood. “This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. Included in the test is a “Live Comments” module which lets you engage with the broadcaster and the broader YouTube community. For the purpose of the trial, this offering will only be available today and tomorrow. Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide,” informs Google.