June 26, 2013 |
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.
April 15, 2013 |
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
December 20, 2012 |
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.
February 21, 2011 |
YouTube videos that show teens deliberately cutting and injuring themselves are viewed by millions of online watchers -- something a new study suggests might make these disturbing acts seem mainstream and normal. The study, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, notes that nonsuicidal self-injury -- cutting or physically hurting oneself in some way -- consistently appears in about 14% to 24% percent of children, teens and young adults. Researchers studied the top 100 videos of such acts on YouTube and found they had received more than 2 million page views.
July 25, 2009 |
Thanks to the Internet, the humble ukulele is pushing its recent popularity well beyond anything that old-time performers Don Ho, Arthur Godfrey or even Tiny Tim could imagine. From YouTube to manufacturers' websites, from bulletin boards to iPhone and BlackBerry applications that mimic ukes and teach chords, the Internet has been stoking the craze for nearly two years and unveiling fresh talent.
June 27, 2012 |
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.
November 25, 2012 |
In a Playa Vista aircraft hangar that turned out Army helicopters during the Vietnam War, an actor wearing a multicolored princess gown, tiara and wand waits for a crew of about 25 to finish lunch and resume filming. The building that once was part of Howard Hughes' sprawling Hercules complex, where the famous Spruce Goose was assembled during World War II, now provides a setting for another kind of American innovation - YouTube videos. The Google Inc. division has converted the 41,000-square-foot hangar into a state-of-the-art digital production facility that is believed to be one of the largest in Southern California devoted exclusively to content distributed online.
January 2, 2013 |
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.
June 22, 2012 |
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.
November 4, 2013 |
Google kicked off November by killing off one of its little-used features. The Mountain View, Calif., company got rid of iGoogle, a tool that let users set up personalized home page on their Web browser. The service was essentially Google's version of the MSNBC, AOL or Yahoo home page. The decision isn't too surprising considering that these days, few set up a home page for their Web browser. Nowadays, most users set the Web browser to either bring up the last page viewed or their Facebook News Feed, for instance.