Viral Video of the Week

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What would it look like if Michael Bay directed Angry Birds: The Movie? Probably something like this. This video from Roosterteeth, the same guys who brought the world the popular machinima Red vs. Blue, explores the world of bird chucking if it had a silverscreen deal.

OMG, the Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words! We ‘Heart’ It! LOL!

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by Brenna Ehrlich Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online. According to the OED‘s site, the newest edition of the dictionary (which comes out online today) revises more than 1,900 entries and includes a ton of new words — …

YouTube To Invest up to $875,000 in Rising Stars

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by Ben Parr YouTube is launching another campaign to cultivate more original, quality content on its servers, promising to invest $35,000 in up to 25 of its partners. The new initiative, YouTube NextUp, is not focused on discovering new talent, but more on “accelerating the growth of the next big YouTube stars.” Existing YouTube partners (those with less than 300,000 subscribers) …

Viral Video of the Week

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Starting on Friday, March 11, 2011, the viewcount for Rebecca Black’s music video for “Friday” jumped from around 3,000 views to over 7 million on YouTube in five days. Kevin Rutherford, a columnist for Billboard magazine, wrote, “Black’s video for ‘Friday’ is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don’t know where to begin. From the …

YouTube Takes Another Step Toward Legitimacy With New Acquisition

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by Brenna Ehrlich In a move that’s been grinding through the rumor mill since December, YouTube has acquired web video production company Next New Networks. The New York-based company is the independent online video producer behind more than 25 branded networks and popular Internet programming distributed through YouTube. Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz from YouTube’s camp about ramping up …

Meet the Newest Member of YouTube’s Billion Views Club: Eminem

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by Muhammad Saleem Muhammad Saleem is a social media consultant. Follow him on Twitter for more social media commentary. Eminem is quickly becoming a digital force to be reckoned with. On Presidents Day, the rapper became only the third artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. Last October, when Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were racing to 1 billion views on YouTube (which Lady …

10 Fascinating YouTube Facts That May Surprise You

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by Amy-Mae Elliott YouTube is huge. Humongous, even. More video content is uploaded to YouTube in a 60 day period than the three major U.S. television networks created in 60 years. The average YouTube user spends between 15 and 25 minutes a day on the site, but how much do we know about the world’s largest video sharing website? Do you …