September 6, 2012 |
Google "childbirth video," and hundreds of videos pop up, some with millions of views. "The Unassisted Birth of Jason Shawn II," a YouTube video which shows a woman grunting and shrieking in an inflatable pool before giving birth on her own, has 3.5 million views, with a lot of opinionated strangers weighing in on this intensely personal moment. Some videos are so graphic you want to turn away, and so vivid that it can trigger memories women might rather forget. Nonetheless, documenting every minute has become a form of 21st century scrapbooking.
January 29, 2011 |
The quality of Taco Bell's beef may have been called into question, but the company's sense of humor hasn't. Fighting back against a lawsuit that alleges the company's beef isn't very meaty, the Irvine-based Mexican fast food chain launched a massive marketing campaign Friday that includes full-page newspaper ads that declare, "Thank you for suing us. " The ads in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times and...
November 6, 2009 |
A T- shirt a day has kept unemployment at bay for an American man who is making about $85,000 a year by selling advertising space on his torso. Jason Sadler, 26, a former marketing professional from Florida, founded his own company, www.iwearyourshirt.com, in 2008 with the idea to wear a T-shirt supplied by any company and then use social media tools to promote the firm. For his human billboard service, Sadler charges the "face value" of the day so January 1 costs $1, while December 31 costs $365.
February 23, 2013 |
Ha! I was just starting to write a post about Mira Winery in Napa Valley experimenting with aging wine in the ocean - yes, it's true! - when a video showing just what they're up to popped in my in-box. According to the winery, divers have placed four cases of the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in specially designed cages in Charleston Harbor. Why? Mira Winery president Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr. has Charleston, S.C., roots. "The South is beginning to really distinguish itself as a food and wine destination," he says on the two-minute YouTube video . Okay, but why put wines in the ocean?
October 4, 2012 |
AT&T will carry the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone in time for the holidays, the company said Thursday. The Texas-based network said it will exclusively begin selling Nokia's flagship device in November. The Lumia 920, which runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system, features a 4.5-inch screen and an impressive 8-megapixel camera with technology that is supposed to allow it to shoot steady video and great shots in low-light scenarios. The phone also features a front-facing camera and near-field communication technology, and runs on a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor.
October 25, 2012 |
Elizabeth Emken, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's underdog Republican opponent, has gone CGI on us in her latest attempt to shame Feinstein into debating her. With a nod to "Forrest Gump," in which the Tom Hanks character was digitally inserted into scenes with famous people, Emken has posted a YouTube video in which an inert-looking Feinstein seems to be sitting across from Emken at a debate. Feinstein doesn't speak, but she does sip from a cup of coffee. Emken lays into Feinstein about Obamacare, the national debt and California's economic ills, and there's also a dig at Feinstein's age. (Maybe, Emken wonders, Feinstein lacks the "energy" to debate?
August 7, 2012 |
Along with the news that there would not be a native YouTube app on iOS 6, Apple injected some humor -- a very unusual move for the Cupertino, Calif., company -- and "Rickrolled" its developers in a recent change log for its next mobile operating system. As you might know, Rickrolling is emailing someone a link that claims to go to a particular website but actually sends them to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " In this instance, Apple was explaining the proper way to embed videos in iOS 6 and used the Rickroll as its example.
September 19, 2011 |
Netflix Inc., just a few months ago considered the unstoppable titan of the entertainment industry, is suddenly looking more like the Titanic. The company that transformed DVD rentals with its subscription mail service, added easy-to-use Internet video streaming and amassed 25 million subscribers throughout the Western hemisphere has found itself pummeled over the last two months by furious and departing customers, balky suppliers in Hollywood and...
September 6, 2011 |
Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin launched her bid for the Senate on Tuesday, an effort that if successful would make her the first openly gay senator in U.S. history. The label Baldwin is more interested in running on is "progressive fighter," which is the title of the YouTube video her campaign released Tuesday announcing her candidacy. "I've made standing up for the middle class my top priority, and I've never hesitated to speak my mind," she says in the video. But her campaign is not shying away from the potentially groundbreaking nature of her candidacy.
May 11, 2011 |
Now, it's official. Newt Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman who became the first Republican speaker of the House in decades in 1995, announced Wednesday afternoon his candidacy for president in 2012. "I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity," he says in a YouTube video, in which he refers to both his work with President Reagan and later as speaker, when the federal budget was balanced. "There's a much better American future ahead. " The announcement, teased by aides on Monday, came on Twitter with a link to his official website, which was at times inaccessible because of demand.