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February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, This post has been updated. See the note within for details
A former teacher arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex abuse after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video confessed to detectives that she molested the former student, court records show. Riverside police Det. Roberta Hopewell, in seeking an arrest warrant for Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, stated that the former Alhambra assistant principal "admitted to having a sexual relationship" with the teenager when she taught in Riverside County. The detective said Cardosa initially stated the girl was 15 or 16 but later acknowledged she may have been as young as 14, according to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A former Alhambra school administrator pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual abuse charges that were filed after a former student went public with her accusations and uploaded a recorded phone confrontation with the woman to YouTube. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, former vice principal at Alhambra High School, resigned in January after the video posted by former student Jamie Carillo went viral. Soon after, another woman came forth with her own sexual abuse allegations involving Cardosa.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube, the world's dominant online video site, just got even bigger -- averaging 1 billion visitors every month. That's 1 in 7 people on the planet stopping by YouTube to watch viral videos such as the most recent phenomenon, the Harlem Shake. YouTube announced it had reached the milestone in a preview of the presentation it plans to make to advertisers May 1 in New York City, during the digital upfront.  It hit 800 million monthly viewers in October 2011. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Robert Kyncl, global head of content partnerships for Google Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong.  Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday. The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials, the companies said.
NEWS
August 16, 2010 | Reuters
A Hungarian Roman Catholic priest has become a YouTube hit with his distinctive method of spreading the word on wheels. The Reverend Zoltan Lendvai, 45, who lives and preaches in Redics, a small village on Hungary's border with Slovenia, believes skateboarding can open the way to God for young people. The video of him in action, Funny Priest Skateboarding, has so far attracted close to 170,000 hits and now also has a music version. Lendvai says he follows the ways of Saint John Bosco, an Italian priest and educator in the 19th century who dedicated his life to improving the lot of poor youngsters and used games as part of their education.
NEWS
December 11, 2008 | David Sarno, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
On some bright, parched morning back in the Old West, folks must have heard grumbling as a boy nailed a list of new town laws to the wall of the saloon. And when they saw the sheriff and his fresh-faced deputies looking on with a satisfied grin, that's probably when they knew the West wasn't going to be so wild anymore. A similar scene has been playing out digitally at YouTube, the Internet's video town square. In addition to its long-standing campaign to crack down on illegally copied material, in September the site outlawed videos depicting drug abuse and last week tightened its guidelines further to restrict profanity and sexually suggestive content.
OPINION
July 6, 2010 | By Joe Penna
A recent court ruling that found YouTube not liable for copyright infringement drew praise in a Times editorial, then was denounced in a Blowback by Rich Bengloff of the American Assn. of Independent Music. Here's my two cents. I make a living doing something that would have been unimaginable 10 years ago: I make videos for the Internet.  It all began as a creative release when I was a pre-med in college. Fast forward five years to today — I've just finished directing my first national commercial for McDonald's and Coca-Cola, and have been featured in the New Directors' Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports.  The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.   VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Meg James
In an epic clash between old and new media, Google Inc.'s video website YouTube has scored another huge victory in the long-running skirmish over copyright infringement brought by television giant Viacom Inc. A federal judge in New York on Thursday ruled that YouTube had not violated Viacom's copyright even though users of the popular online site were allowed to post unauthorized video clips from some of Viacom's most popular shows, including Comedy...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By Meg James
Ellen DeGeneres' discovery on YouTube of two British cousins -- who loved to sing and dance in pink frilly dresses -- marked "the beginning of a beautiful friendship," to borrow from Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca. " In this case, the friendship that blossomed was between "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and YouTube, the popular video website owned by Google.  Executives at YouTube and Warner Bros., which produces DeGeneres' afternoon talk show, pinpoint the first appearance of the pint-sized crooners, Sophia Grace and Rosie, on DeGeneres' show in late 2011 as a spark that helped ignite DeGeneres' social media supernova status.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from  Relativity Media  worth up to $1.1 billion.  "As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday, hours after a recording of a sensitive national security meeting was leaked by an anonymous user on the video sharing site. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency confirmed the ban as an "administrative decision" by the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, while the Foreign Ministry issued a statement promising the "heaviest punishment possible" against the source of the leaks. "Eavesdropping on a top secret meeting and leaking recordings is a wretched attack and a grave offense on national security," the statement read, according to Anadolu.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports.  The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.   VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Walt Disney Co. is buying Maker Studios, the digital media company behind YouTube successes such as "Epic Rap Battles of History" and PewDiePie. Burbank-based Disney said Monday that it will pay $500 million to Maker shareholders. Based in Culver City, Maker Studios has about  55,000 YouTube channels with 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month.  Shareholders could receive up to $450 million more, depending on Maker's performance after the acquisition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Jean Merl
In an already crowded race to replace a retiring congressional veteran, journalist and radio host Matt Miller put his early campaign pitch on YouTube on Thursday morning. Miller, a Democrat and former Clinton administration aide who wants to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), used a short video clip to outline his reasons for jumping into the race. "I'm running because we need bolder answers on things like runaway healthcare and college costs, climate change and retirement security, not small thinking or symbolic gestures," Miller said in the video.  "I'm determined to make this an honest conversation about renewing America," added the co-host of National Public Radio's "Left, Right and Center" public affairs program.
OPINION
March 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Surreptitiously recorded videos of Supreme Court proceedings that surfaced on YouTube last week aren't much of a viewing experience. The most revealing video, which captures a few moments from two oral argument sessions, is a jerky affair that makes Abraham Zapruder's amateur footage of the Kennedy assassination look like the work of an auteur. And the justices are bit players: The star of the video is Noah Kai Newkirk, a Los Angeles man who stood up during arguments Wednesday to denounce the court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations to spend money on politics.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Talking computers are inherently creepy, so it should come as no surprise that a mini-spate of Siri-gone-mental films are making the rounds on YouTube. The Internet's favorite (for now) is Psycho Siri, a no-budget, 4-minute, 25-second video in which the actors are amateur in the very best way and the computer graphics are kind of unexpectedly awesome.   So far it has racked up almost 300,000 views thanks mostly to people tweeting and Facebooking it. The narrative is pretty basic: A young man finds an iPhone 4S outside his school and starts to try it out. Siri plays normal for about 10 seconds before she starts murdering people.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube is getting a new boss with expertise in advertising, in an appointment that signals the Internet's dominant online video site has entered a new phase in its evolution. Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki will take over as head of YouTube, bringing years of expertise running the search giant's lucrative advertising products - including AdWords, AdSense, Analytics and DoubleClick. She succeeds Salar Kamangar, who has run the unit since YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010.  Google Chief Executive Larry Page confirmed Wojcicki's new role in a statement Wednesday.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California wants more visitors -- and is "taking over" YouTube in a big way to lure them to vacation in the Golden State. Users in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Britain on Friday will see videos atop the YouTube page -- one every hour for 24 hours -- that showcase California and people who love it as part of a "24 Hours, 24 Dreams" tourism campaign. The partnership with Google will show videos of California dreamers. Footage includes Band of Horses singing amid the letters of the Hollywood Sign, skateboarding pro Bob Burnquist on a floating ramp in Lake Tahoe, and Chef Ludo Lefebvre, king of the pop-up restaurants.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A Venice company whose technology helps brands find their most passionate YouTube fans and incorporate their enthusiast videos into marketing campaigns has attracted $30 million in new funding. Zefr attracted the fresh round of financing from a group of investors led by Institutional Venture Partners, a  late-stage venture capital fund that previously backed Netflix, Snapchat and Twitter. The fund's general partner, Dennis Phelps, will join Zefr's board. “The new investors believe it has the potential to be a billion-dollar business, and I believe that too,” said Mark Terbeek, who led an early investment in the company.
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