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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 »

Court Orders YouTube to Yank Anti-Muslim Video

Federal appeals panel sides with actress in 'Innocence of Muslims'

(Newser) - The anti-Muslim video that set off worldwide protests in 2012 can no longer be seen on YouTube. A federal appeals court today ordered Google to take down Innocence of Muslims, reports the San Jose Mercury News . The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to back the request made... More »

HBO Posts Girls Premiere on YouTube

That means anyone can watch Season 3's first 2 episodes, for free

(Newser) - In a move that seems fairly out of character, HBO is putting the first two episodes of Girls' third season—which just aired last night—on the HBO YouTube page , where anyone can watch them for free as of 10am today. Why? The show's audience is very active online,... More »

Rebecca Black Releases "Saturday," Sequel to "Friday"

Apparently it's not as bad, but just as viral, as first video

(Newser) - Rebecca Black is back. Though Black said she wasn't working on any more "days of the week" songs, the viral YouTube star has released a follow-up to "Friday," tweeting, "IT IS HERE. YES. THE OFFICIAL SEQUEL TO FRIDAY. I PRESENT TO YOU, SATURDAY." And... More »

Teen With Cancer Finds YouTube Fame Before Death

Olivia Wise's Katy Perry cover gets Perry's attention

(Newser) - A 16-year-old with terminal brain cancer died Monday—but not before her YouTube cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" moved countless viewers, including Perry herself. After learning that she had exhausted her treatment options, Olivia Wise recorded the song in a Toronto studio in September. The video , which shows... More »

YouTube's Debut Awards Show Was ... Kind of a Mess

Critics weigh in on the 'YTMAs'

(Newser) - YouTube threw its first awards show last night, and the results were ... interesting. The unscripted show, directed by Spike Jonze and hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts, took place in New York City and was livestreamed on YouTube. Awards were handed out and artists offered up performances (er, "... More »

YouTube Preps Spotify Rival

Free and paid versions of subscription music service planned

(Newser) - Spotify will soon have a new rival in the subscription-music game—and the competition has video. YouTube is readying a subscription service of its own, insiders tell Billboard . It's set to include both free and paid versions. The free one will probably offer unlimited listening, even on mobile devices,... More »

Viral Video Maker Quits Job ... via Viral Video

Says it was the best way to

(Newser) - For the past two years, American Marina Shifrin has worked for Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese animator that does those hilarious and bizarre cartoon recreations of news stories. On Saturday, Shifrin created her final viral video: a message for her boss telling him or her that she quits, while dancing... More »

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