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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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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Frank Shyong
Officials at three school districts that hired a former teacher now accused of sexually assaulting two female students -- one of whom made her accusations public in a YouTube video -- said that each time, she passed all necessary background checks. Riverside County prosecutors filed felony charges Monday against 40-year-old Andrea Michelle Cardosa, who was arrested later in the day. Cardosa -- who resigned from her post as vice principal at Alhambra High School shortly after the YouTube video surfaced --  faces 16 counts related to aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, officials said.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
How has Sarah Horn's life changed since she was randomly plucked from the audience at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday and brought onstage to sing an impromptu duet with her idol, Kristin Chenoweth?  For one, type “Sarah” into YouTube's search box and the (until recently) completely unknown vocal instructor from Riverside is the second name, Web-wide, that pops up (after Sarah McLachlan, before Sarah Silverman!). The now-viral video of Horn and Chenoweth performing the song “For Good” from the musical “Wicked” has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube so far. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Onstage at the Bowl, Horn more than held her own beside Chenoweth, belting out the song with stage presence, vocal depth and polish.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Lucas Cruikshank and his hyperactive Fred character had millions of YouTube fans and a line of merchandise when Hollywood came calling. Then a manager from the Collective pitched the Nebraska teenager a vision for his squeaky-voiced character that would result, three years later, in a holiday album, three made-for-TV movies, and a series on Nickelodeon. "So many people in the industry didn't know if you could take something on the Internet and cross it over to mainstream TV and movies," said Cruikshank, now 18. "It felt really good to prove them wrong.
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.
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.
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
July 9, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fullscreen, a digital media company with one of the biggest channels on YouTube, has helped build followings for five-second films and a dubstep violinist, and now it's doing more to help creative types make money. The Culver City company, founded in 2011, Tuesday introduced a platform to help its video creators and brands manage their content and track their audiences. The collection of apps in its new offering gives users channel analytics, earnings reports and features to facilitate collaboration.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, This post has been updated, as indicated below
The Internet's most dominant online video site is about to get a new boss. Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki appears will become the next head of YouTube, according to reports published by online sites The Information and Re/code. The executive would succeed Salar Kamangar, who has run the unit since YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley left the company in 2010. A YouTube spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment. UPDATE: Confirming the appointment, Google chief executive Larry Page said in a statement, "Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing.  Like Salar, Susan has a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former teacher charged with multiple counts of sex abuse after one of her accusers went public in a YouTube video is expected to appear in court Wednesday to be arraigned on  16 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, allegedly  confessed to detectives she molested the former student when she taught in Riverside County , court records show....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former teacher 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 High School 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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