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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.
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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
April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
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.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
  Missy Lynn, an active-duty member of the United States Air Force and freelance makeup artist, won the NYX Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites (FACE) Awards competition on Saturday, beating out 1,000 other online beauty gurus for the title of Beauty Vlogger of the Year. The 23-year-old Louisiana native submitted this video, showing how to create a beautiful alien face worthy of a feature film, to earn her place among the six finalists.  And then she came out on top in the final, live challenge during the BeautyCon convention in Los Angeles.
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
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.
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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