Nov 8, 2008

Bappi Lahiri - Koi Yahan Nache Nache ~ Video Killed the Radio Star

One of Bappi Da's most popular song
Koi Yahan Nache Nache - Disco Dancer

copied from
Video Killed the Radio Star

whatever the case, music rocks.

Nov 6, 2008

YouTube in 1985

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We have seen Google’s Mountain View Headquarters as well as Google’s office in Zurich. This time around let’s take a look at the office of Youtube, the popular video sharing website which was acquired for US$1.65billion in Google stock. Youtube’s office space is located in San Bruno California and even have a lovely large swimming pool. Definitely one of those offices you would love to work at.

Check out more of Youtube’s office with 10 more pics after the jump.

Source: Office Snapshots

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Dec 11, 2007

Who do you trust, on YouTube?

Looking for quantitative proof that people prefer dark intimations of doom over well-meaning public service announcements? Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed 153 YouTube videos that addressed the topic of health risks associated with vaccinations. Guess what? The videos that portrayed vaccinations negatively were viewed more often and rated more highly.

Even more distressingly, in a "Research Letter" published in the Dec. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the authors reported that the anti-vaccination videos were also more likely to be filled with "unsubstantiated" assertions that contradicted the "reference standard" employed by the researchers for assessing that ever-so-slippery subject: "truth." The standard is the 2006 Canadian Immunization Guide. Among the claims the authors considered unsubstantiated are the assertion that there are links between thimerosal and autism, or that HPV immunization may increase high-risk sexual behavior.

The conclusions are presented with restrained rhetoric but it's clear that the results of their analysis disappointed the researchers. What ever happened to the theory that good information drives out the bad?

Approximately half of the videos posted were not explicitly supportive of immunization, and information in negative videos often contradicted the reference standard.The video ratings and view counts suggest the presence of a community of YouTube users critical of immunization. Clinicians therefore need to be aware of Internet video-sharing sites and should be prepared to respond to patients who obtain their health information from these sources.

Of course, if you don't accept the Canadian Immunization Guide as the arbiter of truth, you are unlikely to be alarmed by the high rankings and popularity of YouTube videos railing about the evils of vaccination. How the World Works is going to refrain from tiptoeing into that postmodern morass. But before we join in the mass wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth by the medical community, it might be worth considering that YouTube might be the beginning of the journey toward enlightenment, and not the end.

I went to YouTube and searched for the keywords thimerosal, autism and vaccinations. The first hit was Part 1 of a series delivered by a Dr. Rashid Buttar, a sober-enough sounding man who calmly explains his reasons for believing that thimerosal is a deadly toxin. I then did about 15 minutes of Googling to get some context on Dr. Buttar.

On Nov. 20 the North Carolina Medical Board formally accused Buttar of unprofessional conduct. Among the charges: providing "unproven and wholly ineffective therapies," and charging exorbitant fees. A copy of the complaint can be found here. An article in the Charlotte Observer covering the controversy is here. Further Googling indicates that the autism community on the Web, such as it is, is split between those who regard Buttar as a hero fighting against an entrenched bureaucracy out to get him, and those who think he's a snake-oil-selling quack.

My own opinion, judging from the contents of the North Carolina Medical Board's complaint, is that Dr. Buttar is not a man I personally would go to for medical advice. But I could be wrong; maybe he has been, as he claims, unfairly targeted by a "rabid dog" medical board. But there's a larger point here. The University of Toronto researchers are alarmed at the popularity of what they regard as inaccurate medical information. But taken in total, our ability as consumers of information to gain context for and judge the accuracy of the information presented to us has taken a qualitative leap forward since the mainstream debut of the Internet.

If 15 years ago, Dr. Buttar had come to Berkeley, Calif., and given a speech outlining his views on thimerosal, it would have required a not insubstantial amount of legwork to get a sense of where he stood on the quack/healer spectrum. A day or two of reporting might have been required just to discover that he was embroiled in a fight for his medical license in North Carolina, much less top obtain a copy of the actual text of the formal complaint.

My guess is that information seekers who go to YouTube looking for information about autism and vaccinations will not stop there -- they'll use the same tools to do additional homework. And yeah, clinicians need to be aware of this, because like it or not, they are going to be dealing with patients who have been reading up. Some of them may be misinformed. Others may be better informed.

NEW YORK -- Google's YouTube said Monday that it is expanding its Partners Program, a project that lets users who upload videos to the site share in r

NEW YORK -- Google's YouTube said Monday that it is expanding its Partners Program, a project that lets users who upload videos to the site share in revenue created from their content.

YouTube started the project in May but, initially, the only way to gain entrance was from an invite from the video-sharing site. Google, though, has opened the program and now any content creator in the U.S. or Canada can apply to monetize their videos.

A Google spokeswoman declined to say how many users originally were in the Partner Program or how many would be added to the expanded versions. She noted, though, that the size of the program has doubled since May and the number of monetized videos has grown by 10 times its original size.

New partners would be judged on "popularity of the user's videos, number of subscribers, the user's involvement with the YouTube community and the user's track record of compliance with the YouTube terms of service," the spokeswoman said. The program is intended for users "who regularly produce videos intended for viewing by a wide audience rather than those who upload personal videos to share with friends," she said.

More than 100 users have since been added to the new program, including Tay Zonday of "Chocolate Rain" fame, and several hundred more could be added in the coming months.

Videos on YouTube are monetized through semi-transparent overlay ads and banner ads.

A bold sales pitch on YouTube

Mark Littell was an athlete. Now he's an athletic supporter.

The Associated Press finds that the former major league pitcher has one of the most unusual products on the market - the Nutty Buddy, a form-fitting cup that sells for $19.95 and promises maximum comfort and protection for the higher price. He has a Web site ( and a most persuasive YouTube clip, showing him being struck in the cup by a ball thrown from a pitching machine.

Littell, 54, has put $40,000 into the project. He says his cup is a better fit than the standard shell-shaped one. The big corporations express doubt. Littell says: Bring it on.

"Let's get the CEO of every cup company," he says. "You put your cup on, and I'll put my cup on, and we'll see who's left standing."

And that ain't the Pepsi Challenge.

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