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October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
Flying Lotus and Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator seem like artists who could most benefit from an alternative, online-centric music video awards show. Each indie act is known for visually striking clips and an outsider aesthetic that riffs on a universe of musical and pop cultural references. So maybe fans should take their criticism of the YouTube Music Awards seriously. Each act lambasted the new ceremony  - at which Tyler is expected to perform on Nov. 3 - as essentially an extension of the same mindless top-40 shenanigans as the VMAs (via Spin ; note, language advisory)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Joe Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A 5-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn't book its stars on "Good Morning America" or "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " It made a video for YouTube. YouTube has elbowed out radio, MTV, Yahoo and Myspace as the leading way to reach young music listeners, and some of its personalities have emerged as tastemakers, serving much the same role as KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean have. "For teens through age 24, YouTube is where people listen to the most music," said David Bakula, a senior vice president at audience measurement firm Nielsen.
OPINION
October 10, 2013 | Meghan Daum
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to say that you can consider yourself still young. If you remember this movie at all - especially if you remember the hype around its status as a cultural touchstone - I'm afraid you're tilting ever so slightly (or falling at a 90-degree angle)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former West Hollywood real estate executive wanted for suspected fraud was arrested and charged after he was seen on a YouTube video promoting a restaurant he owned in Mexico, authorities said Thursday night. Alejandro "Alex" Martinez, 44, was the president of West Hollywood escrow firm and allegedly stole $1.3 million from the company's trust account, according to authorities. The victims included newly married couples and military personnel stationed overseas, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and songs. A day of musical performances from Seoul, Moscow, London and Brazil will precede the 90-minute show, to be live-streamed from Pier 36 in Manhattan. "It's our chance to really celebrate the artists and the songs that have become hits on YouTube over the past year," said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube's vice president of marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
International Web surfers may be seeing more of Chris Farley's "Saturday Night Live" skits on YouTube.   The long-running sketch comedy series has launched its first official YouTube channel with the help of ZEFR, a Venice, Calif., start-up that makes technology for media companies on the Google-owned Web video site. The "SNL" channel is available on YouTube to viewers everywhere except in the United States, where Yahoo  runs an online video outlet for the show.  FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers The "SNL" deal is a big get for ZEFR, which has partnered with Lorne Michael's company Broadway Video Entertainment to eventually deliver 4,500 clips from all 39 seasons, starting with 2,500 videos.  "'SNL' is huge and it's basically built for YouTube," said ZEFR's Zach James, who co-founded the company as MovieClips in 2009.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
YouTube is known for drawing users who like to leave vile and mean comments on videos, but now, the Google-owned video service is rolling out changes that could help weed out such commentary. So how exactly is YouTube changing the way users leave comments or read them? Here's what you need to know. Most recent comment no longer at top Comments on YouTube can be tough to follow because they're primarily displayed based on the time they were posted. The most recent comments fly up to the top. That means more interesting comments can easily be lost while nasty comments from others can stay at the top, as long as they were just posted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A transgender teenager who was named homecoming queen at her Orange County high school Friday night was overwhelmed by negative comments directed at her shortly after the victory, she confessed in a YouTube video. In the video, Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, said she put herself up for the title because she hoped to make a statement and draw attention to the push for equality for transgender people. In doing so, she also became part of a small but growing movement of transgender teens nationwide entering competitions for traditional honors such as homecoming and prom king and queen.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A 30-plus-minute recap of Tomorrowland, a popular electronic music festival in Belgium, is garnering notice on YouTube. The highly produced video that features vignettes from the live music performance with popular tracks, inclulding Avicci's "Wake Me Up" and Martin Garrix's "Animalsaas" has attracted more than 2 million views, making it one of the top four trending videos on YouTube on Thursday morning. The Tomorrowland video serves to promote the upcoming TomorrowWorld concert Sept.
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