July 12, 2013 |
After Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) turned to YouTube to announce her retirement from Congress, I wrote a post about politicians using new technology to evade public scrutiny. Though these tools have made it easier for politicians to more effectively control their messages, I argued it will always remain important for elected officials to face the public and the media. Former Democratic congressman and now San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who recently came under fire for alleged sexual harassment, is the newest case in point.
July 11, 2013 |
Music publicist and advocate for LBGT rights Shane Bitney Crone was in Washington two weeks ago when the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and left standing a ruling overturning Proposition 8, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California. “It was a surreal experience and a very bittersweet one,” Crone, 27, said over the phone from his home in L.A. Because of DOMA and Proposition 8, Crone was never able to marry his long-time companion, Tom Bridegroom, who died in May 2011 when he fell off the roof of an apartment building while taking photos.
July 9, 2013 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
Don't trifle with fans of Taylor Swift. That seems to be the message delievered to Abercrombie & Fitch after the company offered T-shirts bearing the message "# more boyfriends than t.s.," a nod to the singer's much-talked-about dating history. Cutting to the chase, the shirt - viewable here - is no longer in A&F stores, the retailer says. Whether the shirt was pulled or simply faded away appears to be a matter of debate, however. An A&F rep told Buzzfeed on Friday that the company "set the shirt at the end of February, marked it down in the middle of March and it is no longer available.
June 18, 2013 |
Dwight Howard has a big decision to make this summer, but suffice it to say that he's not sitting at home agonizing over his future. The Lakers center recently appeared in a YouTube video by RelativitySports in which he and other famous athletes tried out their acting skills. Howard read lines from "Forrest Gump" and "300" which, of course, brought back memories of the "300"-themed speech that he gave at a Laker practice before the team played the Houston Rockets in their final game of the regular season, a game that potentially could have determined whether the Lakers made the playoffs.
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June 6, 2013 |
South Pasadena police are investigating a fight between an unidentified skateboarding teen and a janitor on Tuesday at South Pasadena Middle School. The incident, apparently filmed by another skateboarder and posted to YouTube, put school custodian Lupe Garcia in the hospital overnight with a fractured cheekbone, broken nose and a number of bruises, South Pasadena Unified Supt. Joel Shapiro said. In the YouTube video, which has since been made private, Garcia orders a group of skateboarders to leave the campus when one of the youths tells him to “relax” and another mouths off. Garcia then appears to push, verbally challenge and then chest-bump one of the teens before the two begin to grapple.
June 5, 2013 |
Just days before Google stars in the comedy "The Internship," the Silicon Valley giant has posted a video giving users a look at the experience some of their real interns have. Google and its internship program serve as the backdrop for the film, which is set to release Friday and stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as down-on-their-luck watch salesmen who turn to Google for a midlife career change. This summer, Google will hire 1,500 interns from a pool of 40,000 candidates, but the film is expected to pique the interest of working at Google for even more people.
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June 5, 2013 |
High school and college students who have been asking President Obama to visit their campuses during his brief Los Angeles stay Friday will probably be disappointed. The president is scheduled to land at LAX at 10:35 a.m. Friday and leave at 2:05 p.m., meaning he'll probably miss both the Phi Theta Kappa honors society ceremony at Santa Monica College, which begins at 2 p.m., and the Santa Monica High School graduation, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Santa Monica College student Elias Saigali sent the president an invitation to the ceremony several months ago when he heard that Obama would be in the area, and the high school posted a YouTube video several days ago asking the president to attend.
May 30, 2013 |
DeAndre Jordan is extremely athletic on the basketball court -- but apparently his skills don't necessarily translate well to other sports. In a Youtube video by RockinRefuel, last season's Major League Lacrosse MVP, Brendan Mundorf, attempts to teach the Clippers center the basics of the sport. When Mundorf demonstrates how to shoot, he lobs the ball through the net at a scorching 98 miles per hour. When Jordan tries, he clocks in at 17 miles per hour. Here's to hoping there's a follow-up video where Jordan takes Mundorf onto the basketball court and teaches him the art of dunking. ALSO: College athlete violates NCAA rules by washing car on campus Dennis Rodman got North Korea gig after Michael Jordan declined Jallen Messersmith comes out as gay, a first for men's college basketball
May 6, 2013 |
The next time you click on a YouTube video, you might be asked to pony up some cash before it plays. The Google-owned online video site is getting ready to enter the subscription business, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The Internet's dominant source for online videos will allow content creators to charge a monthly fee to bring a broader range of entertainment to the platform, these people said. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The move -- which has been under discussion since last fall -- could happen as soon as this week, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.