December 12, 2010 |
Nudity. Sexual activity. Animal abuse. All are reasons YouTube users can flag a video for removal from the website. Add a new category: promotes terrorism. YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been criticized by lawmakers for refusing to prescreen militant speeches and propaganda videos that have been cited in more than a dozen terrorism investigations over the last five years. But rather than submit to policies that many argue would amount to an erosion of 1st Amendment rights, particularly in an open-access environment such as the Internet, YouTube is taking a decidedly more democratic path ?
September 17, 2009 |
Amid a firestorm of criticism, the community organizing group known as ACORN announced Wednesday that it would launch an independent review into "the indefensible action of a handful of our employees" who were secretly videotaped while giving advice to actors posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to buy a home and start a brothel. The announcement by Bertha Lewis, ACORN's chief executive, came on the day that her organization's actions were strongly condemned by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and days after conservative members of Congress called for a complete cutoff of federal funding for the group.
July 19, 2012 |
A Silicon Beach start-up run by two men from London, including the son of music legend Sting, just launched an iOS app that takes video from people shot at the same event and edits it into one multi-angle collaboration. Vyclone, as the app and the company are both called, is available now on iOS for free. The app takes videos shot by up to four people using the app and combines them into one video using various algorithms to mix up the multiple angles and synchronize them. Vyclone Inc. founder said the app is good for events where multiple people are already shooting videos such as concerts, sporting events or breaking news.
July 25, 1999
"Small Video Shops Surviving Behind the Green Door" [July 1] estimates that adult videos generate between 25% and 40% of the Los Feliz Video Hut's business. As a longtime patron of the store, I venture to estimate that the remaining 75% to 60% is generated by the Naldzhyan family's courtesy, efficiency and personal concern for customers. I have only to ask about a particular film and in seconds a younger family member comes rushing to the check-out desk with it. Frequently, they greet me with, "Hey, we got in a film you'll like!"
June 14, 2013 |
Tongal, a Southern California start-up that has crowd-sourced video ads for big brands such as Pringles and McDonald's, is expanding into music. The Santa Monica-based firm has made a name for itself linking writers, directors and actors with brands to create video ads in exchange for cash prizes. The sponsoring brand chooses the best entries from the users' submissions. Tongal will now use its platform to field ideas and production for music videos as online streaming becomes a key way that people consume content, the company said Thursday.
January 24, 2014 |
A year ago, Twitter released Vine, an oddly green app that let users film six-second videos. Right off the bat, many questioned whether six seconds was enough time to film anything of significance, but a community of creative users immediately flocked to the new mobile app and proved a lot can be done in six seconds. Whether artistic videos or hilarious skits or even footage of real, breaking-news events, Vine proved its worth. The app became so popular that it eventually forced Facebook's Instagram to add video-recording capabilities to its app. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Now Vine is celebrating its 1-year anniversary with a new website called " A Year on Vine . " The site hosts a collection of the top Vines posted in 2013 as well as the first few weeks of 2014.
November 20, 2011 |
In the opening lines of "Take Care," her duet with Drake on his new CD, Rihanna sings in a mesmerizing low voice, "I know you've been hurt by someone else / I can tell by the way you carry yourself. ... If you let me, I'll take care of you / I've loved and I've lost. " Covering, in snippet form, the blues staple "I'll Take Care of You," she gives one of the best vocal performances of her career. That's not damning with faint praise. Her voice here is world-weary and mournful, bruised and compassionate, qualities that nudge "Take Care" into conversation with both the singer's current No. 1 hit, "We Found Love," and with the darker turn her music took with her last two CDs. (Her latest CD, "Talk That Talk," is available this week.)
September 4, 2012 |
For the last 28 years, MTV's Video Music Awards have provided a wealth of zeitgeist pop culture moments and delicious train wrecks. Sure, they dole out cute trophies in the shape of astronauts, but people don't tune in for the ridiculously uncontentious races celebrating the music videos they likely watched on YouTube or Vevo. Viewers want drama and the show serves up a heaping helping of tension, whether onstage or in the audience. The VMA stage is where Britney Spears has equally sparkled and crumbled, Courtney Love upstaged Madonna and Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift's moment (West and Swift returned, seperately, to address their feelings through song)
December 12, 2012 |
Viddy, the Los Angeles-based social network that has been described as the Instagram of videos, has released an Android version of its app. For more than a year and a half, Viddy had been exclusive to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. On those devices alone, Viddy has amassed 42 million users. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 Viddy now hopes to keep growing its user numbers by making its service available to mobile devices that run on Google's Android operating system.
November 6, 2012 |
It's election day. You've voted. You're home from work. And you're ready for definitive election results RIGHT NOW! But you can't have them. So what should you do to pass that endless time until the West Coast polls close and the results start coming in? How about catching up on the campaign videos you missed. First, a rousing cri de coeur from '60s pop star Lesley Gore and a lot of very contemporary young women reprising Gore's 1964 hit “You Don't Own Me.” The video is clearly aimed at motivating the female vote against the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket, and you'll love it or hate it depending on your political leanings.