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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.
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NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California wants more visitors -- and is "taking over" YouTube in a big way to lure them to vacation in the Golden State. Users in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Britain on Friday will see videos atop the YouTube page -- one every hour for 24 hours -- that showcase California and people who love it as part of a "24 Hours, 24 Dreams" tourism campaign. The partnership with Google will show videos of California dreamers. Footage includes Band of Horses singing amid the letters of the Hollywood Sign, skateboarding pro Bob Burnquist on a floating ramp in Lake Tahoe, and Chef Ludo Lefebvre, king of the pop-up restaurants.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Cat video aficionados know him as Henri Le Chat Noir, an existentialist cat who muses about the meaninglessness of life in a popular series of YouTube videos. But don't be fooled by the vacant stares and the bored looks of disgust. Strip away the undulating piano music and the melancholy French voice-over and what you get is a cat named Henry staring blankly at the camera, usually because filmmaker William Braden is trying every trick in the book to get his attention. A few weeks ago, I flew up to Seattle to meet Braden, a former wedding videographer turned professional cat video maker, and his feline muse.
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
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
November 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
John St., the Canadian advertising agency that brought you the YouTube hits "Catvertising" and "Pink Ponies: A Case Study" is back with a new ad for Buyral, a (fake) service that promises to use a network of clickers to help your Web video go viral. "The viral video. Millions of views. Millions in sales," a warm male voice says as the video begins. "What's their secret? What made them go viral? We did. "  As the camera pans across a room filled with people, he ads, “It's simple.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Steve Marble
A transgender teen who was cheered by students and parents when she was named homecoming queen at a Huntington Beach high school said she later wondered whether it was “even worth it.” In an emotional, nearly nine-minute YouTube video, Cassidy Lynn Campbell said she was hurt and stunned by the negative and hateful comments directed at her after her victory. Campbell, still wearing her tiara and homecoming sash in the recording, said the attacks made her feel like “going back to being miserable” and that perhaps she should “just be a boy and hate myself again … just so everyone can shut up and leave me alone.” In an interview with The Times after her victory, Campbell said she ran for homecoming queen to make a statement about equality for transgender people and was heartened by the response from students, her parents and school administrators.
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