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ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
Marie (Charlotte Lebon) and Thomas (Raphaël Personnaz) are a terrifically attractive French couple until she dumps him - rightfully - after five years because they're no closer to a better apartment, wedding ring or a baby. To get Thomas over his heartbreak, loutish best friend Paul (Jérôme Commandeur) introduces him to "The Stroller Strategy," i.e. buy a baby seat for your car and cruise around picking up vulnerable single mothers. But Thomas doesn't need the prop. A real baby falls - literally - into his hands after its own vulnerable single mother falls down the stairs and has to spend five days in a medically induced coma.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google said the latest version of Google Earth will allow users to navigate their way through the 3-D map using hand gestures, giving a strong vote of confidence for Leap Motion's technology. As seen in the video above, users can control Google Earth 7.1 using Leap Motion's "motion-sensor" control, which works like Microsoft's Kinect device for the Xbox 360. Leap Motion is set to begin selling it in stores next month. The San Francisco company last year unveiled the technology in a series of YouTube videos that drew rave reviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Maker Studios, the digital media company behind some of the most successful channels on YouTube, has raised $36 million in an investment round led by Time Warner Investments and joined by some of the best-known names in the entertainment industry. Other participants include Greycroft Partners; actor Robert Downey Jr.'s investment company, Downey Ventures; British television executive Elisabeth Murdoch; M+C, the investment company of former News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller and Jimmy Yaffe; and "Avatar" producer Jon Landau.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2012 | David Lazarus
Making money from YouTube videos - it's something I've always wondered about. You won't get rich stuffing Mentos into bottles of Diet Pepsi, right? Probably not. But millions of people are at least hoping for some modest returns, thanks to a profit-sharing program run by YouTube's corporate parent, tech heavyweight Google. They're also trying to figure out how the system works - and if they're getting honest numbers about how much money they're due. "There's really no way to know for sure," said Andrew Broadbent, a Santa Cruz Internet consultant who specializes in helping clients with YouTube videos.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats. That may sound inconsequential at best and downright ridiculous at worst -- but in fact, it is very important. The research shows that if a computer is big enough, and programmed correctly, it can learn to make sense of random, unlabeled data, in just days without any help from humans.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Political junkies will soon have a new place to get their campaign coverage fix. YouTube on Wednesday launched an Elections Hub to provide extensive online campaign coverage. The new channel will feature political reporting and analysis from such established sources as ABC News, Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Univision, together with popular online sources Philip DeFranco and BuzzFeed. In a reflection of the Internet's growing importance as a source of news for viewers younger than 30, YouTube's Elections Hub will offer live coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions and, for the first time, provide live streaming of the presidential and vice presidential debates.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
For two years, Microsoft Corp. has urged antitrust regulators to crack down on arch rival Google Inc. Now that the Federal Trade Commission is poised to allow Google to emerge from the antitrust probe without having to make major changes, Microsoft is crying foul. Google is set to resolve a 20-month antitrust probe with a voluntary agreement and a consent decree on the company's use of patents, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. That means Google will voluntarily change some of its business practices, including how it uses content from other websites and allows advertisers to export data.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Did you know that you probably spent more than a full day online in May? And you were probably spending a good portion of that time somewhere on Google, checking out a news site or watching hours and hours of YouTube videos. On average, the nearly 212 million Americans online last month spent about 29 hours browsing the Web, according to Nielsen . An average of just under six hours of that time was spent watching videos -- more than 26 billion videos. [Updated, 2:32 p.m. June 22: The brand with the biggest draw was Google, pulling in 173 million unique visitors.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Two of Napster's founders have rejoined forces to launch another start-up, this time a live social video network. The new service by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning is intended to bring users together through their social networks and shared interests. To use Airtime, which was launched at an event Tuesday in New York City, users need only a Facebook account and a webcam. Once inside Airtime's website, users can choose to video chat or simply instant message with people from their Facebook friends list.
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