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In Quest for YouTube Views, Couple Loses Custody of Kids

YouTube stars Mike and Heather Martin lose custody of 2 of 5 kids after abuse allegations

(Newser) - A Maryland couple famous on YouTube for what they originally painted as "pranks" on their kids have lost custody of two of their five children after a public outcry, the Independent and Washington Post report. Rose Hall of North Carolina, the biological mom of 9-year-old Emma and 11-year-old Cody—... More »

April Is a Cash Cow for Zoo

Giraffe frenzy raked in $150K in GoFundMe, likely hundreds of thousands more

(Newser) - April the giraffe has become a cash cow for a tiny zoo in upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that riveted viewers around the world. Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much... More »

Surprisingly Popular YouTube Niche: Videos of Hikers

Nothing much happens, and that's apparently the appeal

(Newser) - There are cult followings of just about any kind of (presumably legal) footage you can imagine on YouTube—people popping zits, people blowing bubbles, people (and other animals ) giving birth, and so on. But there is one type of video that has the Outline somewhat perplexed: hiking videos. Hiking... More »

N. Korea Propaganda Clip Shows US Warship 'Exploding'

Happy Tuesday from Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea wasn't shy about disseminating apocalyptic (and even just plain weird ) propaganda during former President Obama's tenure, and it appears that President Trump is going to get equal time. Per the Telegraph , Pyongyang released a fiery clip on YouTube over the weekend depicting a US aircraft... More »

Google's Big Headache Involves Its Ads, Nazis, ISIS

There's a boycott underway in the UK

(Newser) - Major British advertisers wary of being associated with Nazis, Islamic radicals, and homophobic preachers have been pulling their ads from YouTube and Google. The British government joined big banks and other companies in the ad boycott in recent days after their ads appeared next to extremist content, Mashable reports. The... More »

Internet Really Ready for Arrival of 150-Pound Baby

Baby giraffe, that is

(Newser) - After 15 months gestation, giraffes are born hooves first, weighing about 150 pounds. And the internet is really, really ready for April's baby to be born. Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park's giraffe live stream has picked up steam on YouTube —minus a brief incident in... More »

Insomniacs Fuel Popularity of 'Brain Orgasm' YouTube Videos

If videos of hair brushing and shoulder rubbing get you sleepy, you're not alone

(Newser) - The grating sound of nails on a chalkboard that leads many to shudder is a well-known phenomenon, but it has an opposite, and people call it Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, aka ASMR. People may have different triggers—whispering, light touches on the face, hair brushing, etc.—but the end... More »

Disney Cuts Ties With YouTube's Biggest Star

PewDiePie paid men to hold 'Death to Jews' banner

(Newser) - Felix Kjellberg—better known as PewDiePie—is YouTube's highest-paid star, making an estimated $15 million last year, but he has lost his deal with Disney over posts deemed to have crossed the line from "provocative and irreverent" to simply hateful. Disney said it was cutting its ties with... More »

Mom Uses YouTube Videos to Build a Home With Her Kids

Cara Brookins could afford the land, but not a new home. So they built it themselves

(Newser) - In 2008, Cara Brookins had just left a husband she describes as "physically violent" and wanted desperately to give her four children a home where they'd each have their own room. Her solution? She began studying home-construction tutorials on YouTube. The computer analyst calculated that she could afford... More »

'Known Prankster,' Delta Battle Over Truth of Plane-Removal Story

Airline denies his claim that it was over him speaking Arabic

(Newser) - A YouTube star with a history of provocative stunts on planes says this time, the incident was real. Adam Saleh says Delta Air Lines removed him and fellow YouTube star Slim Albaher from a New York-bound plane in London Wednesday for speaking Arabic, Al Jazeera reports. In a video retweeted... More »

5 YouTube Stars Who Make Millions

Forbes releases second annual list

(Newser) - YouTube: for some, a way to kill time watching cat videos; for others, a way to make millions. Forbes has released its second annual list of the highest-paid YouTube stars:
  1. Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie : The video gamer, who adds his own commentary while filming himself playing games, has around 50
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One Klutz, 4 Big-Screen TVs, and a Retail Disaster

UK's HBH Woolacotts simply labels this video 'Customer Fail!'

(Newser) - A guy browsing in a British electronics store has now been gawked at by millions of people for what the retailer is calling the ultimate "customer fail," per CBS News . HBH Woolacotts uploaded a video to YouTube (currently boasting more than 3.3 million views) on Thursday that... More »

Man Faces Felony Terrorism Charges Over YouTube Video

Bryce Cuellar said he couldn't wait to start killing people

(Newser) - A Las Vegas man is being held on felony terrorist charges after posting a YouTube video of himself holding a sniper rifle and AR-15-type rifle and threatening to kill government officials, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryce Cuellar, 24, posted the video July 1. According to KTNV , Cuellar shows off... More »

Pro-North Korea Video Is Most Disgusting Thing on the Internet

British YouTuber sings North Korea's praises

(Newser) - Apparently the problem with North Korea is we're all being a little too hard on it. Let British YouTube star Louis Cole explain. Cole, whose YouTube page has nearly 2 million subscriptions, released a music video called Surfin in the DPRK following a state-run vacation to North Korea. He... More »

He Killed a Bear With a Spear. The Video Caused Outrage

Canadian government says it will outlaw the 'archaic' type of hunting

(Newser) - Killing a bear with a hand-thrown spear isn't an everyday feat—but the government of Alberta, Canada, is not impressed by the prowess of American hunter Josh Bowmar. The government promised to introduce a ban on "archaic" and "unacceptable" hunting with spears after video surfaced of Bowmar,... More »

'Dancing Baby' May Head to Supreme Court

High court may hear mom's case against 'abusive' infringement claim by Universal

(Newser) - Of all the YouTube videos that could pose legal problems, a 30-second clip of a dancing baby seems less than likely. But almost 10 years after Stephanie Lenz posted her young son bopping to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," her video may now appear before the Supreme... More »

That Crazy Viral Video You Saw Was Actually Made by This Firm

Australian company says part of project was publicly funded

(Newser) - The numbers are remarkable, as tallied by the Guardian : Eight viral videos published to YouTube over the past couple years were seen in 180 countries more than 205 million times, totaling 164 years of viewing time on YouTube alone and amassing half a million comments and almost 2 million likes.... More »

Forget Cat Videos, YouTube Debuting 1st Drama Series

It involves Channing Tatum and dancing

(Newser) - YouTube is hoping Channing Tatum will catapult them into the realm of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The cat-video provider just announced Step Up as its "first full-fledged, big-budget original drama series," Deadline reports. The series will debut in 2017 on the subscription-only YouTube Red. Step Up is based... More »

It's Been 10 Years Since Lonelygirl15 Lied to us All

Lonelygirl15 has posted a new video

(Newser) - Around the time of its 2005 launch, many people "dismissed YouTube as just a repository for cat videos." That was until ostensible confessional blogger Lonelygirl15 came along in 2006 and changed everything. In a lengthy piece for the Guardian , Elena Cresci recounts the story of YouTube's first... More »

Hit Man Who Killed Hundreds Has New Career on YouTube

'Remorseful Popeye' killed hundreds in Colombia

(Newser) - A Colombian hit man who has admitted murdering around 300 people and playing a role in the killings of thousands more is now making what he calls "clean money from honest work"—as a YouTube star. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, former chief enforcer for Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel,... More »

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