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December 14, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Christmas makes old men of us all, particularly the women, who grow grumpy and put-upon because most of the holiday prep falls to them. Christmas is a glorious celebration till it gets its claws into you. If you're not too careful, you grow cynical over the drumbeat of sales-sales-sales, the idiot radio stations that start the yuletide tunes in mid-November, the whole colossal runaway holiday sled. Our Thanksgiving was a triumph of the human spirit, and by Sunday of that weekend I was nearly Christmased out. I'd had just the right amount, yet there stood before us several more weeks of holiday mayhem.
December 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Advertisers are projected to spend about $5.6 billion on YouTube this year, a 51% jump over 2012 levels, according to a new analysis from researcher EMarketer. YouTube's corporate parent, Google Inc., doesn't report revenues for the site. Instead, it touts statistics that speak to YouTube's global reach -- more than 1 billion monthly visitors -- and sheer breadth of content (100 hours of video are uploaded every minute). EMarketer said it analyzed hundreds of data points, as well as studies about the site's revenues and ad impressions, to estimate YouTube's global ad revenues.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The researcher projects that YouTube's will clear $1.96 billion, once its splits ad proceeds with its video content creators.
December 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube vocal sensation Pentatonix joins such major-label acts as Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé and Mary J. Blige with seasonal albums topping Billboard's top 200 chart. The a cappella group's holiday-themed PTXmas (Delux Edition) landed at No. 7 on the album chart for the week ended Dec. 8, with more than 59,000 copies sold. The music video for its rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" has racked up more than 17-million views on YouTube in the last two weeks.  Pentatonix came to prominence as the winner of the third season of NBC's "The Sing-Off Competition.
December 5, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The world turned to social media to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, the statesman who emerged from 27 years in prison to lead South Africa out of apartheid. Mandela's death produced more than 3 million tweets in the first two hours after news outlets around the globe reported that the former South African president had died, according to measurement firm Topsy. Google searches for news about Mandela spiked by 400%, as word spread of Mandela's death at age 95, according to the site's trend data.
December 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
British diver Tom Daley, a teenage star at the 2012 London Olympics, has revealed that he is in a relationship with a man. Daley made his announcement by posting a video Monday on YouTube. "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great," he said. "And that someone is a guy. " He also said: "Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. " The bronze medalist said he took to the Internet because of continued speculation about his private life.
November 29, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
You'll feel like Superman after this press-and-pull exercise that works most of the major muscle groups in your body. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey who uses it in his "Core Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great get-it-all-done move to use on days when you're short on time. What it does Crouch to Superman works your legs, back and shoulders. What to do Grab the tubing by the handles and step onto it with feet hip-width apart.
November 20, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
INDMUSIC had big success monetizing the viral success of Baauer's "Harlem Shake" this year. Now it's expanding its reach by partnering with TuneCore, a distributor and publishing administrator for digital music, to make it easier for artists to make money from YouTube.  INDMUSIC (pronounced "indie music") helps artists monetize the use of their music on the video-sharing service by placing ads on videos that use their songs. With the new deal, TuneCore's artists, who are largely independent, can get access to that revenue.
November 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
When music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs launched his television channel last month, he did so with a shout-out to hip-hop history. Standing in front of the childhood home of the late hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G., Combs introduced Revolt TV, a 24-hour music video and news channel in the vein of MTV's early days, before it became a reality TV hub. "To all the dreamers out there, all the believers out there, all the people that want a change in...
November 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
We may not know how many people have watched "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black," but there's no doubt that Netflix causes a lot of traffic jams on the Web. Netflix accounted for 31.6% of the Internet traffic in North America, according to Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomena Report for the second half of 2013, which used data from September.  That means Netflix is still the leader, though its share fell from last year's...
November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Earlier this year, Google revamped the comments section of YouTube, integrating it with its Google+ social network. And now, more than 47,000 people are petitioning YouTube to revert the comments section to its original form. The petition, hosted on , says Google is forcing users into creating accounts for a social network they don't want to use with the new comments section. The change has also stripped users of their ability to post comments anonymously, the petition says.
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