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August 12, 2007 | David Sarno, Times Staff Writer
Many of the most explosive and virulent online videos -- think: "Star Wars Kid," "Numa Numa" and the recent interpretation of "Thriller" by Filipino prisoners -- manage to be at once bizarre, hypnotic and borderline upsetting. Tay Zonday's new hit YouTube song, "Chocolate Rain," is no exception. "Chocolate raiiiiiin," belts Zonday again and again, in a voice so cavernously deep that it couldn't possibly be coming from the skinny, sweet-faced young boy on the screen (he's actually 25).
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April 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. will begin showing homemade videos on its online photo-sharing site, Flickr, in a long-anticipated move that might be too late to lure most people away from the Internet's dominant video channel, Google Inc.'s YouTube. Flickr's video technology, which debuted late Tuesday, represents the latest example of Yahoo trying to catch up to Google in a crucial battleground.
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BUSINESS
July 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt says he plans to aggressively fight a $1-billion lawsuit from entertainment company Viacom Inc., saying the technology company has been obeying the law with its YouTube video-sharing service. Viacom has claimed that YouTube is a massive center of copyright infringement because it allows users to upload video clips from Viacom properties such as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The Queen of England has her own YouTube channel now, the Royal Channel (The Official Channel of the British Monarchy), located at www.youtube. com/theroyalchannel. If you go there hoping to see Her Royal Highness demonstrate a rude noise she can make, or the Prince of Wales begging in tears for everyone to leave Jamie Lynn Spears alone, or some unfunny comedy short princes William and Harry made, you will be sorely disappointed.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
British Broadcasting Corp. has begun showing excerpts from its news and entertainment programs on the YouTube video-sharing website. In an agreement that analysts described as a key step for both the BBC and YouTube, the British broadcaster is offering three branded channels on the site, including one showing as many as 30 news clips a day. The deal gives the BBC access to millions more viewers and gives YouTube the credibility of the venerable British broadcaster.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Iran has blocked access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube.com. Internet users in Iran who try to call up the YouTube site are met with the message, "On the basis of the Islamic Republic of Iran laws, access to this website is not authorized." The message appears in place of many websites the government blocks.
MAGAZINE
September 3, 2006 | Dan Neil
I missed the recent Teen Choice awards--such are the scheduling conflicts when one holds a valid driver's license. However, I had no trouble catching the webcast rerun of the night's most exciting moment: The world premiere of Kevin Federline's career-ending single "Lose Control." Having seen it, I would like now to publicly take back all the mean things I ever said about Vanilla Ice. I watched Mr. Britney Spears' performance on YouTube.com, which recently surpassed MySpace.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
Media mogul Sumner Redstone has had a love-hate affair with YouTube Inc. this week. No sooner had one company he controls, Viacom Inc., sued the online video site for $1 billion than CBS Inc., which he also controls, struck a major deal with it. Under an agreement announced Thursday, YouTube will show CBS clips from the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"Sen. Clinton, I think you would make a great president," says Gavin of Las Vegas, speaking to the camera in a homemade video on YouTube. "But there's a question that deserves to be answered before the end of the primaries, because it could affect your ability to run against a strong Republican: Has your husband, Bill Clinton, engaged in adulterous behavior since he's left office?"
WORLD
December 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched her own video site on YouTube, featuring old news reels and film snippets of daily royal life. Buckingham Palace said the 81-year-old monarch keeps up with new ways of communicating with people and was hoping to reach a wider, younger audience. The palace plans to add new clips regularly on the official Royal Channel, and the queen's televised Christmas message will be available on the website.
WORLD
December 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II launched her own video site on YouTube, featuring old news reels and film snippets of daily royal life. Buckingham Palace said the 81-year-old monarch keeps up with new ways of communicating with people and was hoping to reach a wider, younger audience. The palace plans to add new clips regularly on the official Royal Channel, and the queen's televised Christmas message will be available on the website.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Jessica Guynn and Times Staff Writers
Almost a year after paying $1.65 billion for YouTube, Google Inc. is seeking some return on its investment. YouTube on Tuesday unveiled a new form of advertising to cash in on its 130 million registered users, who watch 3 billion videos a month. Dozens of other sites have tried ways to make money from the burgeoning popularity of online video.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2007 | David Sarno, Times Staff Writer
Many of the most explosive and virulent online videos -- think: "Star Wars Kid," "Numa Numa" and the recent interpretation of "Thriller" by Filipino prisoners -- manage to be at once bizarre, hypnotic and borderline upsetting. Tay Zonday's new hit YouTube song, "Chocolate Rain," is no exception. "Chocolate raiiiiiin," belts Zonday again and again, in a voice so cavernously deep that it couldn't possibly be coming from the skinny, sweet-faced young boy on the screen (he's actually 25).
NATIONAL
July 24, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writers
Embracing the Internet in all its brashness and irreverence, eight Democratic presidential hopefuls differed over Iraq, Darfur, same-sex marriage and more offbeat issues in a lively Monday-night debate driven by dozens of amateur inquisitors. A mix of serious policy talk and sophomoric humor, the session sponsored by CNN and YouTube broke ground in style and content.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2007 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"Sen. Clinton, I think you would make a great president," says Gavin of Las Vegas, speaking to the camera in a homemade video on YouTube. "But there's a question that deserves to be answered before the end of the primaries, because it could affect your ability to run against a strong Republican: Has your husband, Bill Clinton, engaged in adulterous behavior since he's left office?"
BUSINESS
July 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt says he plans to aggressively fight a $1-billion lawsuit from entertainment company Viacom Inc., saying the technology company has been obeying the law with its YouTube video-sharing service. Viacom has claimed that YouTube is a massive center of copyright infringement because it allows users to upload video clips from Viacom properties such as Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. will begin showing homemade videos on its online photo-sharing site, Flickr, in a long-anticipated move that might be too late to lure most people away from the Internet's dominant video channel, Google Inc.'s YouTube. Flickr's video technology, which debuted late Tuesday, represents the latest example of Yahoo trying to catch up to Google in a crucial battleground.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The eagerly awaited iPhone will be able to play YouTube videos when it ships next week, Apple Inc. announced. About 10,000 YouTube videos will be available for the iPhone's launch, according to Apple's news release. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google Inc., will be recoding the rest of its videos into the H.264 format used by the iPhone by fall. The iPhone will be the first cellphone to use H.264, Apple said.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
EMI Music has reached an agreement with Google Inc.'s YouTube that lets the website carry music videos and other content from EMI artists and clears the way for users to post videos with select EMI content, the companies said. San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube now has permission to host videos from all four of the major recording companies.
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