Online Jihadist Makes Plans to Invade Facebook

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via WIRED

Online jihadists have already used YouTube, blogs and other social media to spread their propaganda. Now, a group of internet Islamic extremists is putting together a plan for “invading Facebook.”

“We can use Facebook to fight the media,” notes a recent posting on the extremist al-Faloja forum, translated by Jihadica.com. “We can post media on Facebook that shows the Crusader losses.”

“We have already had great success in raiding YouTube,” the poster adds. “American politicians have used Facebook to get votes, like the house slave Obama.”

Groups like al-Qaida were pioneering users of the internet — to train, share ideas and organize. But some observers, like George Washington University professor Marc Lynch, see a reluctance to embrace Web 2.0 tools like Facebook. “One of the biggest problems for a virtual network like AQ today is that it needs to build connections between its members while protecting itself from its enemies.  That’s a filtering problem: How do you get your people in, and keep intelligence agents out?” he asks Continue reading

YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money

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via NY Times

Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.

One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site. For some, like Michael Buckley, the self-taught host of a celebrity chatter show, filming funny videos is now a full-time job.

Mr. Buckley quit his day job in September after his online profits had greatly surpassed his salary as an administrative assistant for a music promotion company. His thrice-a-week online show “is silly,” he said, but it has helped him escape his credit-card debt. Continue reading

YouTube Bans ‘Suggestive’ Vids

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via Daily Sun

YOUTUBE is cracking down on sexy videos in a bid to clean itself up.

In a blog posting, the video-sharing website revealed it would be enforcing a “stricter standard for mature content”.

The popular site – which already bans porn – said it will be “tightening the standard for what is considered ‘sexually suggestive'”.

“Videos with sexually suggestive (but not prohibited) content will be age-restricted, which means they’ll be available only to viewers who are 18 or older,” the Google-owned website said.

“Our goal is to help ensure that you’re viewing content that’s relevant to you, and not inadvertently coming across content that isn’t.” 

YouTube also said videos which contain sexually suggestive content or profanity would no longer appear on its lists of ‘Most Viewed’ or ‘Top Favorited’ videos.

The internet’s top video-sharing site also said it would step up enforcement of rules banning misleading descriptions in the tags and titles of a video.

And thumbnails will now be randomly selected to cut down users who manipulate frames within their videos to get a provocative thumbnail to appear with their video listing.

Some YouTube users have been known to give videos misleading titles such as “sexy” in a bid to increase the view counts of a particular video.

YouTube, which receives 13 hours of video from users every minute, said repeat violators of the new rules will have their accounts terminated.

YouTube to Post Full-Length MGM Films

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – YouTube, the largest video-sharing website, will show full-length television shows and films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s archives in its latest step to boost advertising revenue by adding professional programing, the company told Reuters on Sunday.

The site, owned by Google Inc, plans to make the announcement about the new partnership on Monday.

MGM Studios will kick off the partnership by posting episodes of its decade-old “American Gladiators” program to YouTube on one channel.

On another channel, MGM will post full-length action films like “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven” and clips from popular movies like “Legally Blonde.” These will be free to watch, with ads running alongside the video.

YouTube in October forged a similar partnership with CBS Corp to run full-length archived shows, including “Star Trek,” “Young and the Restless” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

Many TV networks already run short clips on YouTube, which also offers millions of home videos uploaded by users.

But until now, YouTube videos were predominantly short clips of ten minutes or less. The company has been experimenting with full-length shows for some months with Time Warner Inc’s HBO and CBS’s Showtime cable networks.

The new partnerships put YouTube in more direct competition with Hulu, the online video site owned by News Corp and General Electric’s NBC Universal.

Hulu features up-to-date full-length shows from News Corp’s Fox networks, NBC and CBS. It also has a YouTube channel which features short-clip versions of its shows.

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Cavalcade’ Amassing Heavy Viewership Online

via Media Week

Seth MacFarlane’s experiment in original content for the Internet is off to a roaring start.

The first six of a planned 50 animated shorts to be produced by the Family Guy creator— dubbed Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy—have generated 14 million total views since their Sept. 9 debut across various syndication partners, according to distributor Media Rights Capital. One short, Super Mario Rescues The Princess, has amassed over 6 million views on YouTube alone.

Last month MacFarlane and MRC launched Cavalcade in a unique partnership with Google, which besides launching a branded channel on YouTube (which to date boasts of 100,00 subscribers), is distributing these shorts across the Google Content Network–often in the form of ad placements. Thus far however, it appears that YouTube is responsible for the lion’s share of traffic; the Cavalcade channel was YouTube’s most popular during the week ending Sept. 12, generating millions of views in less than 48 hours. Among the other popular YouTube clips is A Dog on the $25,000 Pyramid, which has been viewed over 1.5 million times on the site to date.
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YouTube Partners with CBS for Long-Form Content

via Media Week

YouTube has undertaken a major shift in strategy, as the online video giant will begin streaming long-form professionally produced content, starting with a host of show from CBS’ library such as Star Trek and Beverly Hills 90210.

And unlike the majority of YouTube clips, this content will carry pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll video ad spots.

Executives at the Google-owned property said the decision to break from the site’s traditional emphasis on short video clips was based on demand from its own user base and the fact that long form Web viewing has proven popular on other sites such as ABC.com. YouTube has been quietly exceeding it’s previous nine-minutes-or-less limit for video length by offering several documentaries and excerpts from political debates, and it’s users have responded positively, said officials. Continue reading

YouTube Bumps Video Clip Upload Size to 1GB

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YouTube is testing a new video upload tool that lets you edit your clip’s metadata while the upload happens, and they’re bumping the upload size limit from 100MB to 1GB. (Nice!) Here’s the tester link to the new uploader. While you’re all up in the ‘tube, check out our top 10 YouTube hacks. [via]

Youtube Bangs on Gang Banging Clips

via Times Online

YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, this week removed over two dozen videos glorifying gangs and gang violence which had been on its website in some cases for over 18 months.

Following a Times investigation into harmful and inappropriate material on Youtube, the website took down 30 film clips, most shot in grainy video showing hooded youths brandishing illegal weapons such as machetes, hand guns and even sub-machine guns. Google admitted they were clearly in breach of its own user guidelines which had recently been revised to deal with gang videos.

Google’s Head of Communications in Britain, former Newsnight editor Peter Barron, said that as a result of concern about the use of the website by gangs, it had now introduced new guidelines prohibiting users from showing weapons in their videos in order to intimidate people, but that these had only “gone live” on Friday. Continue reading

People & YouTube are Looking For the Next Celebrity Red Carpet Interviewer


You think you got what it takes to commandeer the red carpet and snap into a celebrity reporter? Where here is your chance to show ’em what you got. People and YouTube are hosting a contest and taking submissions for a celebrity reporter for an unnamed event in September that I’m assuming will be aired live. Tape a 2:00 minute clip of you interviewing whoever, brother, sister, neighbor, pastor…whom ever you desire and send it into the good folks at YouTube. Good luck, and if you land the position make sure to give STREET KNOWLEDGE a shout out on the red carpet.

Judge orders Youtube to give up user data…

In a lawsuit that may change what online videos we watch, Viacom has just been granted the right to see user data of those who log on everyday and watch content on Youtube.

If these lawsuits are ruled in favor of Viacom and others, no longer will we see bits of our favorite tv shows, movies,or Kobe Bryant highlights on Youtube or sites that show online video.

via Huffington Post

Dismissing privacy concerns, a federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright-infringement lawsuit against YouTube has ordered the popular online video-sharing service to disclose who watches which video clips and when.

The data would not be publicly released but disclosed only to the plaintiffs, and it would include less specific identifiers than a user’s real name or e-mail address.

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Philly Man Jailed After Posting Anti-Police Video

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via Hip Hop DX

The right to free speech cost one Philadelphia man his freedom after a YouTube video threatening police officers caught the attention of local police.

Andre Moore, posted a clip titled “Dissin Philly Cops,” in which he displayed a silver firearm and proclaimed his joy when an officer is shot in the line of duty.
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[video] Round3: Ice T Responds to Souljah Boy’s Rebuttal

Ice-T returns to clean up some fire he sent Souljah Boy’s way. He didn’t renege on his feelings towards Souljah Boy’s music but he acknowledged that he misstepped when he invited the lil homie to his genitals..so he let his 16-year-old son do the honors! He also apologizes to Hurricane Chris for hitting him with a stray shot about his braids. Iceberg promises to wage a Youtube campaign against what he feels is the latest incarnation of sh*t hop.

[video] Diddy Proclaims “The Game Has Changed”

Diddy sounds the alarm about the changing landscape of the music industry thanks to the much-needed shot-in-the-arm by Lil Wayne. He instructs all inspiring rappers on the quest for the title of “Immortality” to get their asses in the studio. He proclaims that Wayne’s million-units in a week feat has placed him amongst the classics…BIG, Pac, Nas, Jay & Dr. Dre. “Get In the F*cking Studio and Figure It Out!”

YouTube Jumps Into Film Arena with ‘Screening Room’


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At the Henry Fonda Theater on Hollywood Boulevard last night, YouTube introduced its new “Screening Room,” an area of the site devoted exclusively to selected independent films. The Screening Room will feature four short films every two weeks, as well as the occasional full-length feature. The first several slates of films are chock-a-block with recognizable names and Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, but as the program continues, YouTube expects to include films submitted to a kind of cinema slush pile, to keep at least a modicum of the “You” in YouTube.

The first four films showcased both the flexibility of the short form and the way it seems to lend itself to limited-attention, online viewing. “The Danish Poet,” a precious animated love story by Torill Kove, won the 2007 Oscar for best animated short, and the mind-bending puppet opera “Love and War” won the same award at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Miranda July’s “Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?,” starring John C. Reilly, represented Wholphin, the quarterly DVD magazine from McSweeney’s. Rob Pearlstein’s “Our Time Is Up,” starring Kevin Pollak, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006.
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Google Can’t Figure Out How to Cash in on Youtube Yet

San Francisco (CA) – Google’s CEO says the company still hasn’t figured out how to make money from YouTube. In an interview with The New Yorker, Eric Schmidt said Google hasn’t yet monetized the millions of video views daily from YouTube, but added that the company isn’t in that big of a hurry. “We have the luxury of time,” Schmidt said.

Two years ago, Google paid $1.65 billion for the world’s most popular online video site. According to Schmidt, it was “obvious” that Google could make “significant” amounts of money from YouTube, but so far that hasn’t happened just yet. Google recently added in-video ads that appear briefly along the bottom (like a news broadcast lower-third). Viewers can click on these ads and be taken to another site.

In the same interview, Schmidt denied Google was monopolizing the ad space and gave credit to Yahoo which excels in display-based ads.

You can view the entire video interview at the New Yorker’s site here.

Dupri Signs Online Sensation Phatfffat…Dupri To Market Through YouTube

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via Allhiphop/Huffington Post

Music mogul Jermaine Dupri has found his next superstar on the internet and hopes to capitalize on a groundswell of support online.

Under the name Phatfffat, Dondria Nicole has garnered hundreds of thousands of viral views of her singing on video platforms like YouTube and her appeal prompted the veteran producer to sign her.

“The fans are getting the whole album in two months. I’m giving them access to the entire process of making the album,” Dupri said in a post on his blog for The Huffington Post.
“We’re showing everybody how we get down in the studio. I’m posting raw, uncut video on YouTube that keeps the audience involved in her life and expands on what she already started. The people who follow her are investing their time and sending messages and feedback on the music by the thousands. They care about what she does next.”
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Black Panther Comes To B.E.T…

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Little is known about the Black Panther comic book character and hope fully that will change as B.E.T has added a new series set to debut in 2009. Lets also hope that the series is given a chance to build an audience and not yanked if it is not an instant hit. Don’t blow this B.E.T!

Complex.com:
For some reason (probably because he’s black), Marvel character Black Panther has never quite gotten his due. Since being created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuting in a 1966 issue of Fantastic Four, he’s never achieved the marquee status of his peers, despite being the first major black superhero. Wesley Snipes tried for 15 years to turn the character into a movie, but all we got is three Blade movies instead.

Well now, BET executive Reginald Hudlin—who also started writing the Black Panther comic for Marvel in 2005—is bringing the icon to the small screen. In early 2009, a prime-time animated Black Panther series will debut on the BET network. And if the series is a success, you can bet the live-action movie (which John Singleton was recently rumored to be directing) won’t be far behind. After the jump, check out the trailer from 2006’s Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther, one of BP’s rare TV appearances.

[Video]Is This The Face Of Black Fashion?

Hard day at work? Bossman got you stressed? Need a stress-reliever? A quick laugh? We got you covered like none other, this is sure to have you rolling all over your cubicle…we warned you!

Editors Note: You mean to tell me this dude could snag a show on network and they can’t even secure a slot for Chapelle or Paul Mooney?

STREET KNOWLEDGE MEDIA Featured on FrontPage of Myspace Music

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STREET KNOWLEDGE MEDIA continues to embark on historic territory.  On the verge of cracking a million views on YouTube and after acquiring a global audience we have made a substantial online partnership with Myspace who will feature us on there Myspace Music page and include us in the Top 8 Friends.  What a good look for the New Year!  Our video features will be seen and enjoyed by millions, oh yeah the secret is out!  Stay tuned friends, much more to come…CLICK HERE for the LINK