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Court: No, YouTube Didn't Have to Dump Anti-Muslim Flick

Actress wanted 'Innocence of Muslims' yanked after death threats

(Newser) - In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in favor of Google... More »

How a Single Number Threatens Technology

2,147,483,647 is almost too much for some computers to handle

(Newser) - As complex and incredible as our latest gadgets are, they can be foiled by something very simple: a number that's just too big. The BBC explains the phenomenon in terms of an odometer that only goes up to 99,999 miles. Drive another mile, and it would roll to... More »

Fresh Prince Pregnancy Announcement Goes Viral

It's surpassed 3M views on YouTube

(Newser) - Four days after Jesse and Melissa Meek posted their pregnancy announcement on YouTube on Easter Sunday, it had about 2,000 views. By Saturday, it hit 100,000; by Monday, 600,000. Currently, it's sitting pretty at more than 3 million views. Why? Because the Oregon couple decided to... More »

YouTube Yanks Rand Paul Presidential Announcement

He falls foul of copyright-enforcing robots

(Newser) - The official video of Rand Paul's campaign launch has been blocked by YouTube, but not for political reasons: The rally's use of country singer John Rich's "Shuttin’ Detroit Down" was pulled on copyright grounds after apparently being flagged by YouTube's Content ID system, reports Gizmodo... More »

Ex-CFO Who Slammed Chick-fil-A Lives on Food Stamps

Adam Smith is emotional, apologetic about his video

(Newser) - Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube . Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News . "... More »

Dashcam Viral: Cop Lip-Syncs to Taylor Swift

Dover PD's Jeff Davis seriously gets into This. Sick. Beat.

(Newser) - "While reviewing dashcam footage," ominously begins the Dover Police Department's Facebook post , "we come across some interesting sights to say the least. We hope you enjoy this...and Taylor Swift, if you're watching...we're sorry." What follows is what it dubs a "... More »

Newest Knights: 'Mad Prof,' 'Father of Viagra'

Pair of chemists, including scientist who 'laid the seed' for ED drug, honored

(Newser) - Move over, Walter White. Two chemists—one known as the "father of Viagra" and the other known as the "Mad Prof" of YouTube—have been knighted to kick off the new year, the BBC reports. Simon Campbell kick-started research on the erectile dysfunction drug during his 26-year tenure... More »

Here's YouTube's Top Trending Video of 2014

'Mutant Giant Spider Dog' takes first place

(Newser) - A dog in a giant spider costume beat out bending iPhones and first kisses to star in YouTube viewers' most-watched trending clip of the year. Google has revealed the service's most popular videos this year in a pair of lists, one covering trending videos and the other featuring music... More »

How One Guy Makes $1M a Year Playing 'Call of Duty'

'Nadeshot' used to work at McDonald's

(Newser) - His name is Matt Haag, but he's better known by his video game identity, Nadeshot—a moniker under which he makes almost $1 million a year playing Call of Duty. Sure, the 22-year-old's job is to press buttons, but he and his team have a dietician keeping them... More »

Look Out, Spotify? YouTube Launching Music Service

YouTube Music Key will also give users access to Google Play Music

(Newser) - In what could signal more trouble for Spotify , YouTube announced today that its much ballyhooed subscription music service is launching next week. It's called YouTube Music Key, and like Spotify Premium, it'll set you back $9.99 a month for ad-free and offline listening. Unlike Spotify, it'll... More »

US Fights ISIS Propaganda —With Propaganda

State Department has gotten into the business of posting graphic videos

(Newser) - A new YouTube video depicts ISIS in all its brutality, but this time ISIS isn’t responsible—bizarrely, the US State Department is, the Washington Post reports. Mock recruitment video "Welcome to ISIL-Land" is 69 seconds of graphic violence meant to undermine the abundance of ISIS online propaganda. The... More »

'Dog-Spider' Terrifies in Viral Video

Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega behind YouTube hit

(Newser) - No problem with huge, scary spiders? Then check out this viral YouTube video of a friendly dog in a spider costume that apparently terrifies passersby, the Independent reports. Created by Polish prank-man Sylwester Wardega, the "dog-spider" wears a furry body with big legs that shake ominously as he trots... More »

This Exists: 66-Pound Hot Dog Sundae

FYI's Epic Meal Time guys' creation has 66 ingredients

(Newser) - Well, this sounds ... yummy? The guys of Epic Meal Time have created a 66-pound Hot Dog Sundae. They plan to air their consumption of the feast on their FYI show Epic Meal Empire this fall, reports Thrilist . A partial list of the sundae's 66 ingredients: Bacon chili, pad Thai,... More »

Howard Stern's Ice Bucket Nominee: Casey Kasem

Who died more than 2 months ago...

(Newser) - Howard Stern has nominated an interesting trio to complete the ice bucket challenge after him. Trouble is, one of them is dead, reports E! Online . In a bizarre video posted to YouTube yesterday, a bare-chested Stern plops an ice cube into a shot glass of water, then pours it over... More »

Mystery Woman Makes Millions With 'Toy Porn'

YouTuber's anonymous videos get billions of hits

(Newser) - Want to make millions on YouTube without ever showing your face? Try posting videos of yourself "unboxing" children's toys (with a deliberate crinkle of the packaging) and showing how the toys work. It helps to have a pleasant, sing-song voice and nicely manicured nails, too. All of this... More »

Spotify's Most-Streamed Song Ever Is...

Avicii's 'Wake Me Up,' with 235M listens

(Newser) - If Spotify listens are a barometer for musical quality, then the best song of all time is, apparently, "Wake Me Up," by electronic dance music producer and DJ Avicii. The song has been streamed some 235 million times, the Huffington Post reports, making it the music service's... More »

Teen Dies While Trying to Take Selfie

Indian 16-year-old posed on train tracks

(Newser) - Apparently taking selfies in front of moving trains is now a thing—a thing that got a 16-year-old student from Kerala, India, killed Wednesday. Canadian Jared Frank may have become a YouTube sensation thanks to his video of getting kicked in the head when he tried the stunt in Peru—... More »

YouTube Makes $1B Play for Game Streaming Site: Report

Company looks to acquire Twitch

(Newser) - YouTube is on the verge of a $1 billion-plus deal to buy Twitch, sources tell Variety . If you're not nerdy enough to know, Twitch is a popular destination for video game fans, where top players (or anyone, really) stream video of their play sessions. The company boasts that it... More »

Viral Video Guy Could Get Rich Over Kick in the Head

Jared Frank was standing pretty close to a train, the rest is history

(Newser) - Turns out there is a silver lining to getting kicked in the head by a train worker as you try to take a selfie. That's what happened to Saskatchewan man Jared Frank when he was traveling in Peru, and his video of the incident, posted last week, of course... More »

Now Turkey's Trying to Ban YouTube, Too

Leaked security meeting prompts 'administrative action'

(Newser) - Not content with having blocked/" eradicated " Twitter, Turkish authorities today blocked YouTube, after a video that appeared to show Turkish officials debating their next move regarding Syria leaked to the site. "After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website,"... More »

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