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Man Goes to Prison for Threatening Eric Cantor on YouTube

A man named Norman LeBoon is headed to prison after making threats to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a video posted to YouTube. In the clip, the 38-year-old LeBoon called the Republican "a liar" and "a Lucifer," and promised to shoot him. LeBoon pleaded guilty to the charges in November, and, on Thursday, was sentenced to two years in prison, along with an additional three years of...

Google Adding 'Channels' to YouTube, Looking to Compete With TV

Google is looking to make some major changes to YouTube in an attempt to keep up with the expansion in services that allow users to stream content directly to their TVs. Sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal that YouTube is planning to introduce new channels on the site, featuring both professionally produced, original content, as well as content that already exists on the...

Oops: YouTube's April Fools' Button Also Makes Horrible Things More Horrible

YouTube's April Fools' gag -- a "1911" button that turns any video into an old-timey silent film, complete with syncopated piano and sepia tone -- maybe isn't so hilarious for all videos. Gawker points to 9/11 footage, the Rodney King beating, WikiLeaks' infamous Apache helicopter footage and newscasts of the Japanese tusnami as examples of video not exactly benefiting from YouTube's...

April Fools' Day: The Most Horrible Time of the Year

Sadly, April Fools' Day has arrived. Every year on this day, tech companies across the country and the globe spend countless man hours and millions of dollars playing pranks on hapless consumers and frustrated tech journalists. In the past, we've been treated to such delightful jokes as Gmail Paper and every link on YouTube leading to a rickroll. Even NASA got in on the action by announcing it...

The Biebs's 'Baby' Dominates YouTube With 500 Million Views

Oh, Justin Bieber. How did the Internet even cope before you were around? His music video for 'Baby' just surpassed 500 million views, making it the most viewed video in YouTube history. But with 1.1 million "dislikes," the video also, and ever so slightly, edges out Rebecca Black's 'Friday' for the distinction of most hated. Basically, Bieber's stuff is the most watched, most disliked, and...

Time to Turn Those YouTube Accounts Into Google Accounts

Anyone still using old-school YouTube accounts (created before May 2009) will have to bite the bullet in the coming weeks and transition to a Google account. Understanding that there may be some resistance, Google points out the convenience of a single sign-on system, and touts the added features and improved security that a Google account can provide. So suck it up, holdouts, and link those...

Google Goes Gaga When the Lady Drops by Mountain View

If the Google facility were suddenly transported to another dimension, most of the more influential individuals in the Western world would disappear. And, in many ways, The Googleplex was transported the other day -- by the weird and wonderful Lady Gaga, who stopped by for a marathon interview with Google's Marissa Mayer (using fan-voted questions). She talked bullying, her next single and...

YouTube Launches Person Finder for Japanese Earthquake Victims

With Japan still reeling from the recent tsunami and earthquakes, social media continues to play an invaluable role. The latest comes in the form of the YouTube Person Finder, a channel that aggregates videos posted by disaster victims, and allows them to pass along messages to their loved ones. Currently, the channel hosts only a few dozen videos taken at shelters and shot by the Japanese...

The Web Turns a Bullied Boy Into a Hero

A boy from Sydney, Australia has gone from victim to Internet hero practically overnight. A recently posted video shows the 16-year-old Casey Heynes absorbing abuse from a much smaller (and younger) bully before finally snapping, lifting the other boy in the air and slamming him to the concrete -- hard. The footage has made the rounds not only online, but onto mainstream media news shows in the...

Japanese UC Student Finds Family Safe and Sound on YouTube

Akiko Kosaka, a 20-year-old student at the University of California Riverside, was one of many people looking everywhere she could for information about her loved ones in Japan -- a family that includes two sisters, parents and paternal grandparents, all of whom lived under one roof in the fishing village of Minami Sanriku. Kosaka eventually received word that her youngest sister was safe...

Kanye's 'All of the Lights' Video Can Trigger Seizures, Epilepsy Group Says

Kanye West's new video for 'All of the Lights' features, well, a lot of lights -- so many, in fact, that it could cause some people to have seizures. Epilepsy Action, a U.K.-based awareness organization, has reportedly urged YouTube to pull the video, claiming that the strobe light-intensive clip had already elicited seizures in viewers with certain epileptic conditions. YouTube duly removed...

Google Discusses Broadcasting Live NBA, NHL Games on YouTube

Last year, when YouTube broadcast an Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, rumors began to circulate about Google's plans to show more live sporting events on the video site. Now Google, the NBA and the NHL are discussing a plan to broadcast entire live games on YouTube -- possibly as soon as this fall or winter, according to Bloomberg News. Clearly, Google wants to broadcast live sports on...

Vladimir Putin Not Laughing at YouTube Video Mocking Russia's Corruption

Vladimir Putin is none too pleased with a YouTube video celebrating the glamorous lifestyles of Russia's government employees. As Reuters reports, the faux rap video was created by a group of customs officers and features many of the luxuries you'd expect most oligarchs to enjoy: champagne, expensive cars, and topless women. "You can't even imagine how the customs officials have fun," the...

The Flaming Lips Release New Song, Divided Into 12 YouTube Videos

It's been more than a decade since the Flaming Lips released 'Zaireeka' -- an album consisting of four CDs meant to be played simultaneously. Now, Wayne Coyne & Co. have applied essentially the same concept to YouTube. Yesterday, the band released "Two Blobs Fucking," a song that's divided into 12 separate YouTube clips meant to be played at the same time. Sounds like a pretty cumbersome...

See New York Fashion Week Shows Stream Live, Thanks To YouTube

In a partnership that makes so much sense it is almost shocking that it didn't happen earlier, YouTube is going to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The video site is streaming shows direct from Lincoln Center, letting the rest of the world witness what select New York Elite fight, starve and release hound-like interns to see. Partnering with Maybelline, and with backstage editorial help from YouTube...