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YouTube Star Died From Heart Condition

He starred in family's popular video series Bratayleys

(Newser) - Authorities have concluded that a 13-year-old Maryland boy who starred in his family's popular YouTube show died of a heart condition that commonly causes cardiac arrest in young people. The Capital of Annapolis quotes the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore as saying that Caleb LeBlanc died... More »

6 YouTube Stars Who Make Millions

PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg, tops the list with $12 million last year

(Newser) - Mixed in with all those cat videos on YouTube, you'll find performances, vlogs, and tutorials from some of the site's biggest stars, who make millions each year off their videos. Check out the six YouTube stars who pull in the most cash, via Forbes , which notes the sums... More »

Man Spent 6 Months Making Sandwich 100% From Scratch

Andy George takes DIY to the extreme, even making salt and killing a chicken

(Newser) - Think you know how to make a sandwich? Think again. Andy George, who hosts the "How to Make Everything" YouTube channel, has just posted his latest episode on YouTube showing that to make a chicken sandwich completely from scratch is, at least for him, a six-month, $1,500 endeavor.... More »

World Leader's Face Seen in Weird Bird Swarm Video

YouTube video is a hit in Russia

(Newser) - Is Russia's leader glowering over America? A YouTube video purporting to show Vladimir Putin's face forming in a flock of birds above New York City has gotten a lot of online attention—especially in Russia, UPI reports. Posted under the name Sheryl Gilbert, it was aired last week... More »

1M Minutes of History Now on YouTube

AP, Movietone upload enormous newsreel archive

(Newser) - If you're a history buff, you may be about to lose a huge chunk of your day. In what the AP says is "the largest upload of historical news content" to be placed on YouTube, the agency's newsreel archives and those of British Movietone are now online.... More »

How YouTube Star PewDiePie Makes His Millions

Felix Kjellberg has more than 37.7M subscribers on YouTube

(Newser) - If you thought it was a fluke when word got out last year that YouTube star PewDiePie was making $4 million a year playing video games and filming his reaction to them, think again. Back then Felix Kjellberg had 27 million subscribers; today he sits atop YouTube with 37.7... More »

Cat Videos Are Good for You

This study's no time-waster, researcher says

(Newser) - Two million cat videos posted on YouTube with around 26 billion views last year adds up to an awful lot of time watching funny cats, but it's not completely wasted time, according to an Indiana University researcher. Media professor Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed around 7,000 people and discovered... More »

See 11 Years of WTC Construction in 2 Minutes

Time-lapse video shows One World Trade Center being built

(Newser) - New York City's One World Observatory opened Friday, and in honor of the occasion, EarthCam has released a time-lapse video showing the 11 years of construction of One World Trade Center—in two minutes. The 1,298-foot building is the world's fourth-tallest and the Western Hemisphere's tallest,... More »

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 »

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