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Censored Romney Videos Highlight YouTube Abuse of Copyright Claims

Censored Romney Videos Highlight YouTube Abuse of Copyright Claims

Earlier this week, YouTube took down videos attacking President Obama due to a copyright claim by music publishing giant BMG Rights Management. The clips, which featured Obama singing Al Green’s hit “Let’s Stay Together,” fell squarely within the Supreme Court’s fair use guidelines. YouTube’s action illustrates how its copyright…

Censoring YouTube Comments Cuts So Derp, It Herps

Censoring YouTube Comments Cuts So Derp, It Herps

The Herp Derp Web Extension is a browser plug-in that aims to make YouTube comments palatable by making them read “herp derp.” The world needs such a function, as conventional wisdom would have it, because YouTube comments are the scum of the Internet, a repository of “everything that is terrible about humanity.” But is that a reason to…

YouTube Protects Protestors With New Facial Blur Feature

YouTube Protects Protestors With New Facial Blur Feature

YouTube announced in a blog post on Wednesday a new tool to blur faces in videos. In recent years, YouTube has gradually shifted from a place to share cute kitten videos to a global activist platform that has helped document (and foment) unrest throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. With the facial blur feature, the company…

Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

Traveling by train from Glasgow to London can be such a bore – but not when you’re sitting next to fascinating people like Tim and Freya. Scottish comic and writer Janey Godley overheard the soon-to-be-ex lovers squabbling and seized the opportunity to live-tweet the event. Analyzing Godley’s technique, we’ve uncovered some tips to help you…

What the Heck Is a Higgs Boson? Watch These Videos

What the Heck Is a Higgs Boson? Watch These Videos

The party at CERN to honor last week’s discovery of the Higgs boson was crashed by hipsters, religious fundamentalists and nonphysicists wondering what the fuss was about. To help you avoid sounding like a total buffoon when your friend sends you a link to “Higgs Boson: The Musical,” we’ve compiled a list of videos that explain this “most…

20 Hours Left to Help 300 Kids Learn to Code This Summer [Updated]

20 Hours Left to Help 300 Kids Learn to Code This Summer [Updated]

Editor’s note: Black Girls Code has reached its goal, but you still have until midnight to support the Summer of Code campaign. San Francisco-based Black Girls Code is within a few thousand dollars of funding a campaign that will teach programming to more than 300 kids from underrepresented areas around the U.S. over the next three months.

Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart’s Facebook Campaign

Internet Pranksters Hijack Walmart’s Facebook Campaign

Walmart’s Facebook campaign for Energy Sheets, a caffeinated equivalent to Listerine strips, promises to send rapper Pitbull to the Walmart store with the most likes on Facebook. But what happens if the Walmart store with the most likes is on a tiny Alaskan island, accessible only by plane or ferry?  

Netflix Streaming Tops 1 Billion Hours in June

Netflix Streaming Tops 1 Billion Hours in June

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
More and more people are getting their entertainment through online distribution services, a niche Netflix is poised to dominate. The online-rental-service-now-turned-video-streaming giant just hit a major milestone, when it streamed 1 billion hours of video in June.  

YouTube Conference VidCon Hits Milestones with Awkwardness

YouTube Conference VidCon Hits Milestones with Awkwardness

The unofficial three-day YouTube users conference, known as VidCon, is currently going through puberty (as were many attendees), and the awkwardness on display was on par with a single father explaining to his daughter how a training bra works. Like any teen at this pivotal stage in their life, the conference is also having an identity crisis…

U.S. Trying to Extradite Brit for Sharing Links

U.S. Trying to Extradite Brit for Sharing Links

Richard O’Dwyer and Jimmy Wales
The United States government is currently trying to extradite a 24-year-old British citizen, Richard O’Dwyer, to the U.S. for creating a site that linked to – but never hosted – online videos. It’s another example of the federal government and Hollywood’s antiquated sharing-equals-piracy mentality and their…

YouTube’s Top 5 Channel Partners Saw 1.5 Billion Views in May

YouTube’s Top 5 Channel Partners Saw 1.5 Billion Views in May

YouTube’s top five corporate channels – which include music video distributor Vevo, video game network Machinima, and a new media company named Maker Studios – gathered a total of 1.5 billion views in May. This is good news for YouTube, which has struggled to find audiences and ad dollars for its premium channels.

Seth MacFarlane’s Extremely Unfunny Joke Leads to Cyberbullying

Seth MacFarlane’s Extremely Unfunny Joke Leads to Cyberbullying

For the past two days, one young Pennsylvanian man has found himself facing hours of celebrity-endorsed cyberbullying on Twitter after telling Family Guy creator and Twitter favorite Seth MacFarlane his rape joke wasn’t funny.
MacFarlane had tweeted “The lyrics to “Call Me Maybe” sound like the prelude to a horrific date rape,” a joke that saw…

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Smile Film Resurrected as iPhone App

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Smile Film Resurrected as iPhone App

Yoko Ono wants to document all the smiling faces in the world, and earlier this month she released an iPhone app to do just that. So far she’s collected 2,700 jovial expressions, but it’s unclear how the app is different from all the smiling pictures which currently exist on Facebook and Twitter, except that Miss Ono is now indirectly involved.