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November 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
When music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs launched his television channel last month, he did so with a shout-out to hip-hop history. Standing in front of the childhood home of the late hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G., Combs introduced Revolt TV, a 24-hour music video and news channel in the vein of MTV's early days, before it became a reality TV hub. "To all the dreamers out there, all the believers out there, all the people that want a change in...
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November 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
We may not know how many people have watched "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black," but there's no doubt that Netflix causes a lot of traffic jams on the Web. Netflix accounted for 31.6% of the Internet traffic in North America, according to Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomena Report for the second half of 2013, which used data from September.  That means Netflix is still the leader, though its share fell from last year's...
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Earlier this year, Google revamped the comments section of YouTube, integrating it with its Google+ social network. And now, more than 47,000 people are petitioning YouTube to revert the comments section to its original form. The petition, hosted on Change.org , says Google is forcing users into creating accounts for a social network they don't want to use with the new comments section. The change has also stripped users of their ability to post comments anonymously, the petition says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Lee, This post has been updated, as indicated below
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It was a noble experiment. The YouTube Music Awards commissioned director Spike Jonze -- the vision behind "Being John Malkovich," the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video and Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" clip -- to produce its inaugural ceremony, which celebrated the video platform's musical element and was broadcast live on YouTube from Pier 36 in New York on Sunday. The 90 minutes of musical chaos honoring superstars of viral videos featured eight "live music videos" as performed by Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Tyler the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt and others, and was interspersed with variety-show-on-LSD-style antics.  PHOTOS: YouTube Music Awards 2013 | Arrivals Between performances, hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts doled out awards for video of the year, artist of the year, response of the year (basically best cover song)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - As the first YouTube Music Awards came to a close Sunday night, creative director Spike Jonze thanked the powers that be at the video-sharing website for "letting us make this mess. " He couldn't have chosen a more apt word. The inaugural 90-minute webcast, held in New York City and hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, was conceived as a more spontaneous answer to the Grammys or the Video Music Awards, one in keeping with the anarchic spirit of the Internet.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With more than 190 million views in two months, the YouTube viral sensation "The Fox" by Norwegian comedy weirdos Ylvis hardly needed help getting seen. It got that help anyway, thanks to an 'SNL' spoof of the song starring "Scandal" star Kerry Washington and Jay Pharaoh. Titled "My Girl," the song finds Pharaoh confronting a righteously jealous Washington as she demands to know about all the "hos" in his phone. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The nonsensical and hilarious Ylvis refrain "What does the fox say?"
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Grammys have the unrivaled prestige. The MTV Video Music Awards go for unpredictable, deliciously viral irreverence. And the BET, Billboard Music and American Music awards are better known for A-list performers than who wins which trophies. So what will the inaugural YouTube Music Awards look like on (potentially) millions of computer screens Sunday? Well, no one actually knows -- yet. There are awards, with honors handed out in six categories including video and artist of the year, YouTube phenomenon, and innovation of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With Netflix streaming its way out of original content obscurity via popular shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," the Internet is making a serious play at competing with traditional TV to create shows of its own that attract eyeballs on a level with cable and network channels. That's why it was so astonishing to watch the mess that was the inaugural YouTube Music Awards, as homegrown YouTube sensations like the compelling and bizarre Tay Zonday shared screen time with international superstars like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The inaugural YouTube Music Awards kicked off Sunday night with a live music video of the song “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig. Gerwig danced with the same awkward Turrets style that was so endearing in "Francis Hah. " She grooved through a fake kitchen and into some fake snowy woods. She danced right up to Arcade Fire, which was performing on a stage at Pier 36 in New York City where the show was being shot. A bunch of kids joined her. A little more than 155,000 viewers watched the stream.
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