While several sites and companies try to outright prank visitors with fake news stories and bogus announcements, YouTube's taking a bit of a different approach. In a bit of a roleplay scenario, YouTube is pretending to celebrate 100 years on the Web with a look back at what the video sharing site would have been like in 1911. Say what?
Fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) may be able to tune in and watch live streaming games of their favorite teams on YouTube next year (assuming owners and players can hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement in time to avoid a lockout). According to a report in Bloomberg, the Google-owned video site is in negotiations with the NBA and "most pro sports leagues" to show more live sports.
Evan Daniel Emory, a 21-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan, may have the next 20 years to ponder what prompted him to edit a YouTube video that subsequently caused such an uproar. The video, which as since been removed from YouTube, makes it appear that Emory is singing provocative lyrics to a group of children in a first-grade classroom. He was actually singing Adam Sandler's "Lunch Lady Land," but later altered the video, earning him a lengthy felony charge, MLive.com reports.
Making a million dollars is apparently far easier than any of us ever thought. Rather than go out in the real world and toil away for 'the man,' you can just hop on YouTube and ask for the money. Don't roll your eyes, it actually works.
So maybe it won't work for everyone, but it did for Craig Rowin, a 27-year-old comedian who posted a video on YouTube imploring millionaires to give him a million bucks for no particular reason. He even suggested some potential donors, such as Stephen Spielberg and Lady Gaga.
According to ABC News, Rowin's plea for cash worked.
"Hi Craig, Benjamin, I was hoping to catch you in person," a caller told Rowin. "I want to talk about how to make you a millionaire."
Some have accused Rowin of shenanigans and say this all amounts to nothing more than a publicity stunt, but Rowin insists that's not the case.
"I have my doubts," said Brian Sercus, who previously performed in a college improv group with Rowin. "But I have never known him to be a practical joker, just a funny guy, not a guy who would go to such lengths to pull off a prank."
The average Canadian spends more time online than a user from any other country, according to a new report from comScore. The data indicates that, on average, a Canadian spends more than 2,500 minutes online a month. We'll save you the trip to the Google calculator; that's nearly 42 hours. Israel was the runner up with only 2,300 minutes per month.
These numbers are buoyed by the fact that a huge proportion of Canadians are online. Internet penetration in Canada is 68%. By contrast, it is only 59% in the US. Add to that the fact that Canadians watch more YouTube videos per capita than the rest of the world, and the stereotypes begin to melt away.
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have also proved very popular up north. These services were adopted early and continue to be used by a disproportionate number of Canadians. Our friends to the north are also more active on Wikipedia than their population would lead one to believe, making over 200,000 edits per month. It's clear; Canada loves the Internet. Time to catch up everyone.
While it can be difficult to reconcile yourself with the reprehensible acts of violence that gadgets are being subjected to these days by eyeball-desperate Youtubers, there are times when such antics leave behind a lot more than just hugely popular videos and the fragmented remains of these devices. A case in point is the pulverization of the maiden Chrome OS device, the Google Cr-48, by the guys over at Will it Blend? -- a blender-happy outfit that likes to grind to pulp or dust pretty much everything they can lay their hands on.
Upon receiving their Cr-48 from Google, they asked themselves the question that drives their very existence: “Will it blend?” The Cr-48 was quickly squeezed into one of their trusted blenders and reduced to smoking dust in a few seconds.
In the video, the blender operator expresses happiness over the fact that his information is still secure in the cloud. But he leaves us with a thought provoking question: “I wonder where the cloud is?” I believe this is one question that a lot of us have been asking ourselves, haven’t we?
Google’s new Chrome OS doesn’t have much going for it if you’re a power user, but an innovative new YouTube ad campaign might just make you think twice about the benefits of cloud computing.
The video itself is only about 5 minutes long, but the notebook death toll hits a whopping 25 machines which all face horrendous slow motion demises. I could try and describe each one to you, but let’s just summarize by saying Google wants to remind you that Laptop hell is a real place, and at the moment it’s filled with CR-48’s.
I somehow doubt anyone has really lost a laptop this way, but if you have the stomach for it, you can find the full clip after the jump.
Google has today announced the new YouTube Trends. YouTube rends will be a destination site that has all the new and upcoming videos on the video sharing site. The goal is to present viral videos in a single place, so you don't have to wait for them to hit your email inbox of Facebook wall. Being Google, the whole thing will be algorithmically generated.
YouTube Trends will include a twice daily "4x4" with videos from the algorithm along with content from video curation sites. There will also be a blog with in-depth examination of the videos and their associated memes using YouTubes data. Users will also have a new dashboard with exploration in mind. Expect lots of data visualizations and charts too.
YouTube, in conjunction with YouTube hit The Gregory Brothers put together this little video to help put the whole thing in perspective. Enjoy.
YouTube has been toying around with more lenient time limits over the past 6 months, but have finally decided to open the floodgates to videos of any length. The announcement sounds promising in principal, but the reality is that not everyone will actually qualify since it only applies to accounts that are free of any past copyright violations.
Avoiding copyright violations in and of itself isn’t the problem, the biggest issue we hear is from Podcasters who claim that YouTube is great at figuring out if you’re rebroadcasting content, but not so great at determining “fair use” for the purpose of commentary.
Either way this is a step in the right direction, and an amazingly bold move for a company that has to handle more video per hour then we could watch in a lifetime. Got a 2 hour video of your cat sleeping in 1080p? We think you’ll be safe with that one.
The AP is reporting today that Viacom has officially filed for appeal in the YouTube copyright infringement case. You may remember that as the long running case that finally came to an end a few months back. The verdict affirmed YouTube's protection under "safe harbor" provisions. This means YouTube cannot be held liable for copyrighted content that is uploaded by users, provided they make a good faith effort to remove it. Viacom is seeking over $1 billion in damages.
Viacom has retained well-known attorney Theodore Olson to continue the legal battle. Olson has called the last ruling "a very bad decision". Speaking about bad decisions, the original case seemed to turn against Viacom when it was revealed that Viacom employees were instructed to surreptitiously upload copyrighted content to YouTube in the early days. Some of those Viacom clips are alleged to be included in the lawsuit.
Viacom seems determined to spare no expense in its quest to fundamentally break the internet. Do you think they will succeed?