August 16, 2010 |
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.
December 11, 2008 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
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.
March 27, 2014 |
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)
July 6, 2010 |
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.
April 8, 2013 |
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.