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January 23, 2012

YouTube Now Streaming 4 Billion Videos Per Day

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YouTubeOver the last eight months video views on popular video streaming website YouTube have jumped 25% to 4 billion online videos each day.

Video views continue to increase particularly in the smartphone and Smart TV market where users are able to download YouTube videos faster and with better display quality.

YouTube has also revealed that uploads to the service have greatly increased from 48 hours each minute in May to 60 hours each minute at the current time.

While YouTube users are watching more videos through the service YouTube users only spend 15 minutes each day watching videos on the site while American TV watchers consume four to five hours watching TV every day on average. It’s that low level of engagement that has led investors to question YouTube’s earnings capabilities.  read more

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SOPA Clearly Isn’t the Answer to Online Piracy

I honestly don’t fully know the best way to combat online piracy; but I do know that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn’t it. The bill would create a plethora of problems if it were passed. Let’s be real here, copyright infringement and piracy are real problems that need real solutions, but when you spot a weed growing in your front yard, do you dig up the entire lawn to get rid of it? No, you pull that weed, and ONLY that weed, out of the ground and you do your best to monitor the lawn for any future weeds.

User-Generated Content Sites and SOPA

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One of the complaints that you’ll consistently hear about the SOPA bill is that it is way too generalized and all-encompassing. For instance, under SOPA, a site will be considered dedicated to the theft of U.S. intellectual property if it is “primarily designed or operated for the purpose of offering services in a manner that enables or facilitates copyright infringement”. Well, take YouTube for example; the online video site serves an average of 100 million videos every single day. The majority of it is uploaded by users, who can remain anonymous with minimal effort if they so choose. Under SOPA, YouTube can be considered a site that is primarily designed in a way that enables copyright infringement because of those reasons. Totally nuts. Blog owners might find themselves harboring illegal content through RSS, and pay the price for it; who knows anymore? read more

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January 2, 2012

Bull Riding To Stream Live On YouTube In 2012

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Bull Riding On YouTubeIt’s probably not the first sport you’d think of when discussing live sporting event streaming on YouTube but it turns out bull riding will be coming to the world’s largest media repository in 2012.

YouTube revealed this week that the Professional Bull Riders(PBR) will be airing their events to more than 100 million worldwide fans and they’ll do it through live streaming on the video network.

Along with streaming of the actual bull rides viewers will also receive original programming, interviews with the riders, highlights from the current and past events and more.

Here’s the list of the first PBR events to be streamed live on YouTube: read more

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December 30, 2011

Ben Breedlove Silent YouTube Video Goes Viral After Sudden Death

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Eighteen-year-old Ben Breedlove fought a serious heart condition all of his life, a condition that took his life on Christmas Day but not before he posted a two-part video on YouTube in which he describes his ordeal silently through cue cards.

The video went viral when the rapper Kid Cudi found out that Breedlove claimed to once see him in a near-death experience. Here’s what Cudi had to say: read more

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December 13, 2011

YouTube Acquires Copyright Management Firm RightsFlow

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YouTube CopyrightYouTube on Monday announced the acquisition of copyright management firm RightsFlow, a buyout they hope will provide the video streaming service with better management of licensing and royalty payment services.

RightsFlow works with music labels, artists, music services and distributors to manage music rights in the digital age.

YouTube hopes that the system will allow them to better manage the 48 hours of video uploaded to the service every minute, allowing for better treatment of the company’s creative community.

Writing about the acquisition YouTube Product Manager David King noted:

“By combining RightsFlow’s expertise and technology with YouTube’s platform, we hope to more rapidly and efficiently license music on YouTube, meaning more music for you all to enjoy, and more money for the talented people producing music.” read more

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November 18, 2011

YouTube’s Very Own “Annoying Orange” Gets Own TV Show

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Annoying OrangeAnnoying Orange is a huge YouTube success with more than 850 million combined views for all of its videos combined and now that mass appeal has translated into a new show on Cartoon Network.

Joining the networks 2012 lineup Annoying Orange will feature a half-hour show in which Orange and his friends use a “magical fruit cart” to travel through time.

The show was conceived earlier in the year when management company The Collective began working with creator Dane Boedigheimer to shoot a pilot which was then shown to TV networks.

If you’re unfamiliar with the character it’s literally an orange (pictured above) that talks in a squeaky voice and plays tricks on other fruits and vegetables, all the while using corny puns to get their point across.  read more

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October 14, 2011

Social Media Week In Review: Stories Worth Reading In Case You Missed Them

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In case you’ve been living under a rock or spending every conceivable moment on Facebook and nowhere else on the web here’s a list of five stories from the past week that are worth taking a look at.

1. YouTube Sending User-Submitted Science Experiments Into Space

How cool would it be to have Stephen Hawking and a group of his peers choose your science experiment to launch into outerspace. YouTube is holding a contest through their YouTube Space Lab which allows users to submit 2-minute experiment ideas. Two winners will watch live as their experiments are carried out aboard the International Space Station. This is social media meets social experimentation at it’s finest. read more

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October 10, 2011

YouTube Sending User-Submitted Science Experiments Into Space

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YouTube Space Lab is currently accepting submissions from students ages 14 to 18 for a new program that will send their science experiments into space to be tested by NASA and European Space Agency astronauts.

The two winners will be hand selected by world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking along with a team of judges from NASA, the European Space Agency and Cirque du Soleil.

Once launched into space aboard a Japanese rocket the experiments will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) where they will be tested and those experiments will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The contest is open to students around the world and entries are being accepted until December 7. In order to qualify each contestant must submit a two-minute video explaining their science idea which must be posted on the YouTube Space Lab page. read more

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September 16, 2011

How Video is Changing Copyright for Bloggers

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Video Camera ImageWith more and more bloggers dipping their toes into creating video content for their sites, the climate they’re working in is changing when it comes to copyright.

Though copyright, by design, protects all forms of content equally, how it is enforced and who is doing the enforcing changes drastically with the medium. This means that bloggers who might take some of their habits, both good and bad, from text into video, might be in for a bit of culture shock.

So what are some of the copyright changes a blogger should expect when going from text to video? Here’s just a small sample of some of the ways the two media are very different from both a practical and a legal perspective. read more

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September 14, 2011

YouTube Rolls Out Video Editing Feature

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YouTube on Wednesday began rolling out a new video editing feature that allows users to edit their YouTube clips directly through the website.

Since the editing program allows users to maintain their video IDs they won’t lose view counts and comments, while existing links to their videos from other sources will continue to operate as meant they always have.

To use the program users simply click on the “Edit Video” option from the video’s page or through their “My Videos” page.

In an official YouTube blog post Software Engineer John Gregg explains some of the features which include the ability to stablize hand-held footage, rotate videos and boost the colors and contract for videos. Users can even use the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature to try out one-click color correction. read more

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