Nov 8, 2008
Koi Yahan Nache Nache - Disco Dancer
Video Killed the Radio Star
whatever the case, music rocks.
Nov 6, 2008
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
Dec 11, 2007
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
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.
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 (www.nuttybuddy.com) 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.
December 11, 2007
Vivid Entertainment Group filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against PornoTube and its parent, Data Conversions Inc., which does business in Charlotte, N.C., as AEBN Inc.
The suit is apparently the first of its kind in the adult film industry, which has done a better job than the major Hollywood studios in finding ways to profit from putting entertainment products on the Internet.
But in the last year or so, the rapid increase in consumption of all manner of videos on the Web has in some ways hurt the porn producers more than the mainstream companies because consumers of adult fare often get what they are looking for in clips of five minutes or less. Free short clips are easy to find on the Web, undercutting the established porn producers, which earn most of their money from long-form videos.
"We've decided to take a stand and say 'no more,' " Vivid co-Chairman Steven Hirsch said. "We will go after all the free sites."
In legal terms, the Vivid suit echoes the claims of a lawsuit Viacom Inc. filed this year against YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc. The question at the heart of both cases is just how hard a website must work to ensure that users don't post videos belonging to someone else.
The law on that matter is unsettled, attorneys said. YouTube and other sites have compromised with some mainstream producers, agreeing to split ad revenue generated while their clips are played.
Hirsch said he wasn't interested in negotiating a similar deal or in constantly keeping watch for Vivid material popping up without the company's permission.
"I can't be a policeman, and I don't intend to be," Hirsch said.
Vivid has an additional beef with PornoTube. Although Vivid is required by law to record the ages and birth names of its performers, PornoTube has an unfair competitive advantage because it doesn't always comply, according to the lawsuit.
An AEBN executive didn't respond to a request for comment.
The suit accuses PornoTube of hosting excerpts of tapes that include such Vivid titles as "Night Nurses," "Where the Boys Aren't 7" and the private work of TV personality Kim Kardashian. The suit seeks damages of $150,000 per infringed work.
Other porn companies also are upset by the explosion in Web video sites, many of which rely on user submissions that borrow heavily from copyrighted material.
"What's happening in the industry is an unacceptable amount of theft," said Jon B., a vice president at Red Light District who asked that his full name not be used because family members don't know what he does.
He said Internet piracy might be reducing his company's profit 35%.
The executive said suing websites was likely to prove futile because so many existed and because file-trading occurred over decentralized networks, leaving no single party to sue.
Instead, he said Red Light was considering suing individual downloaders for pirating copyrighted material, as the music industry is doing.
"If it scares them enough, if it can take away 20% of the illegal downloads, we'll be doing the best that we can," he said.
Hirsch said the Internet remained a positive overall for Vivid, helping to provide new ways to generate revenue to make up for declining DVD sales.
Piracy has always existed, but it's more detrimental for the company as it tries to sell more of its content over the Web, Hirsch said. Competing with free Internet videos is bad enough, but competing with free versions of Vivid's material is maddening, he said.
Industry revenue as a whole is up, but it is getting split into more pieces, said Farley Cahen, publisher of Adult Video News Online magazine.
"In the past, it was peer-to-peer networks" that took a modest amount of technical ability to use, Cahen said. "Now, there's PornoTube, XTube, RedTube -- any kind of -Tube you can think of."
"There are longer and longer clips that are free, and the companies are at a loss over what to do."