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February 19, 2007 | By Mark Franek
Back in the early 1980s, when I was simultaneously mastering middle school and Rubik's Cube, a new fad hit town that turned my peers, literally, on their heads: breakdancing. I was fascinated. But how was a white boy from the burbs supposed to learn how to breakdance? There was no manual and only an occasional sighting on TV. "Look, look!" my mother would yell from the living room, but by the time I got there: "Oh, you missed it. " For months I begged my parents to take me to New York City, the breakdance capital of the world.
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February 10, 2013 | By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
CAIRO - A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered YouTube blocked for carrying the film, which he described as "offensive to Islam and the Prophet [Muhammad]. " He made the ruling in the Egyptian capital, where the first protests against the film erupted last September before spreading to more than 20 countries, killing more than 50 people.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
L ADY GAGA HAS been booted from YouTube after her account was suspended yesterday. The notice read that the suspension was due to "multiple or severe violations of YouTube's copyright policy. " Who complained, Madonna ? The Google-owned YouTube declined to comment (but maybe someone could post a video commenting for YouTube). YouTube's policy is to remove accounts after three copyright violations, though they can be restored after being corrected. Reports have suggested that the infringing video was a recently uploaded clip of Gaga's performance on Fuji TV. The account, "ladygagaofficial," is one of two for Gaga and is run by Gaga's camp, which isn't really a camp except it involves a lot of athletic, young people who have fun. Gaga also has an unaffected Vevo account.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
REBECCA BLACK'S icky "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube vids of 2011 with 180 million views. This is the level of non-news culture you will inherit when newspapers are no more - one of fake Jon Bon Jovi -is-dead stories that traverse the Internet like the Silver Surfer, babbling babies, genius cats and insipid songs like "Friday. " The second-most-popular video, announced yesterday by the Google-owned YouTube, was "Ultimate Dog Tease," in which an owner taunts a dog with food and voices its reactions.
SPORTS
November 16, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FORMER North Carolina coach Butch Davis posted a video on YouTube defending himself from allegations following an NCAA investigation into the UNC football program, saying he is "absolutely committed to a clean program. " In the 9 1/2-minute clip, Davis says his philosophy has always been to succeed academically and on the field. "Those who have implied my ethics were different at the University of North Carolina couldn't be more wrong," Davis said. He said he didn't know about ex-assistant John Blake's close friendship with an NFL agent, a focus of the NCAA probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
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April 24, 2012 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Cherry Hill father said he sent his autistic son to school with a recording device and has posted a video of what resulted on YouTube. He said school staff can be heard speaking inappropriately in class and using bullying language toward his son. Now, he said, he wants the staffers involved to publicly apologize to his son, and has posted an online petition calling for legislation that would require educators who bully students to be fired....
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With online video the wave of the future, Comcast Corp. has taken a financial stake in a Los Angeles-area company with 10,000 "channels" of younger musicians, comedians, and other video-content creators on YouTube. The company is the two-year-old Fullscreen Inc. - which comScore, which provides digital analytics, calls one of the largest independent YouTube networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Comcast is participating in the venture with the investors Chernin Group and WPP Digital.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philly R&B musician Damon Hamilton is a bit amazed how he's finally getting lots of attention after creating a YouTube spoof of South Korean pop sensation Psy and his viral "Gangnam Style" video. In less than two months, the Asian rapper, real name Park Jae-Sang, has skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50, a measure of international Internet buzz, propelled by a catchy single, a music video featuring his funny "invisible horse" dancing, appearances everywhere from Ellen (where he taught X Factor judge Britney Spears the dance)
NEWS
August 28, 2010 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's become as routine as dirty boots in a battle zone and as entertaining as a USO show? The answer's all over YouTube, as troops performing choreographed dance numbers - not exactly with military precision - and lip-synching to mega hits have transformed desert bases into music-video sets. A remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" by soldiers from the 82d Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan has been viewed more than six million times since it was uploaded in April. Troops in Iraq made news in May when they posted (and quickly took down)
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February 27, 2007
Did you hear the one about the archbishop, the vice president, and the piano-playing cat? Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, Vice President Cheney, and Nora the Piano-Playing Cat all wander in to a popular meeting place known as YouTube. The cardinal looks around and thinks, Mercy, this venue is a great place for me to spread the word of God! So Cardinal Rigali posts a video called "Living Lent Faithfully," offering reflections on the Scriptures for each week of Lent.
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July 7, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who knew the city had its own stash of movies? Both delightful and dreadful, the historic films depict Philadelphia life between the 1950s and 1980s in the earnest, unironic, relentlessly square cinematic style of scratchy old high school hygiene movies, along the lines of "Foot Care and You. " The creation of the 150 or so films was supervised by the Office of City Representative, the agency charged for decades with promoting Philadelphia....
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May 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christina Grimmie was runner-up in her high school's "Cherokee Idol" singing competition in 2011. It was largely a popularity contest, friends said, and the introverted, video-game-loving Grimmie came up short in the votes. On Monday, Grimmie, a Marlton native, will compete in the highest-rated singing popularity contest in the country as a finalist on NBC's The Voice - and with 500,000 Twitter followers, two million YouTube subscribers, and a strong cohort of South Jersey support, she has a good chance at redemption on a national stage.
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February 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
TORONTO'S CRACK-SMOKING mayor, Rob Ford , and his brother Doug Ford , a city councilor, are launching a YouTube series called "Ford Nation. " Ford asks people to "please judge me on my record, not my personal life" in a preview posted yesterday. Ford last year made international headlines when he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He's also drawn attention for repeated erratic behavior - essentially the norm now for a politician - but he has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.
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October 18, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, RONNIE POLANECZKY & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MOST PHILLY COPS do it right. One shift after another, they put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They lock up the bad guys and try to make it home to their families in one piece. Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They've lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009. But Officer Philip Nace - the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love - is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as "idiotic behavior.
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October 11, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
NO ONE GOT PUNCHED in the face - this time - but YouTube has given the Philadelphia Police Department another black eye, proving once again that smartphones are a bully cop's worst nightmare. Let's just hope that Officer Philip Nace doesn't land in the city's tourism department when the dust settles. "Don't come to f---ing Philadelphia. Stay in Jersey. " That's one of Nace's rage-induced zingers that were recorded in a disturbing 16-minute YouTube video of a recent stop and frisk.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comedian Steve Hofstetter spends more time on college campuses than most professors do. "I've always been the comic where people say, 'I've never heard of you but my kids love you,' " says Hofstetter, who appears Friday night in a show for La Salle University students. "My act is questioning the status quo. I think that resonates with college kids. Once you graduate, you have to worry about a mortgage and kids and money. It's easier to be an idealist when you're young. " Being the original writer for the popular website CollegeHumor.com also raised his campus cachet.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | BY MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - He's a musician without a record label, a cardholder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls "food money" may now be in jeopardy. But after the events of the last week, Steve Grand said, "I would die a happy man today. "Grand's first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad "All-American Boy," was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By Sunday, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views - nothing for top-charting videos from big-name recording artists, but an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown whose only promotion has been Internet buzz.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With online video the wave of the future, Comcast Corp. has taken a financial stake in a Los Angeles-area company with 10,000 "channels" of younger musicians, comedians, and other video-content creators on YouTube. The company is the two-year-old Fullscreen Inc. - which comScore, which provides digital analytics, calls one of the largest independent YouTube networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Comcast is participating in the venture with the investors Chernin Group and WPP Digital.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra was divided but not conquered. The orchestra's 40th anniversary tour of China was moving on to Macau on Friday - its last and glitziest tour stop - when a handful of musicians and orchestra executives on the early-bird flight from Beijing were stuck on the tarmac due to heavy rain. The takeoff was delayed six hours. Nonetheless -. "Our musicians would like to offer you a musical surprise," announced orchestra president Allison Vulgamore to the marooned, disgruntled passengers.
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May 24, 2013
Zach Sobiech, 18, a Minnesota teen whose farewell song became a YouTube sensation, has died after a 31/2-year fight with bone cancer. Mr. Sobiech died Monday at his Lakeland home. His mother, Laura, said on the CaringBridge website that he was surrounded by his family and girlfriend. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November 2009. When he learned last year that he did not have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write farewell notes to his loved ones. Instead, he wrote music.
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