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.
November 7, 2006 |
Comcast Corp. entered the world of lip-synching teens, spewing Coke bottles, and letter-opening rabbits yesterday as the company started testing a Web site featuring home videos. YouTube.com popularized user-created Internet video, but Comcast's service will offer the tantalizing possibility of a real television audience. Comcast - the nation's biggest provider of broadband Internet and cable TV - will select some videos to feature on both the Web and on the company's video-on-demand television service, providing a mix between YouTube and America's Funniest Home Videos, according to people familiar with the site.
November 26, 2006 |
Wide Tube of Sports There's no all-sports version of YouTube, the insanely popular Web site where regular people send in amateur video clips for the world to watch. But a few sports sites are tinkering in the weird world of "user-generated content. " Rivals.com has a site called TailgateTV (tailgatetv.rivals.com) that allows college football fans to upload videos and photos from tailgate parties. Fans are forbidden from posting anything inappropriate - or, more important, any images from games.
December 13, 2011 |
When Steve Markle was 14, he begged for a pool table. His dad was leery. Would he really use it? Would it just end up a storage table for laundry and junk? But NOT getting a pool table was becoming a problem. "Steve was obsessed," said older brother Bill. "He wanted to go to bars because he knew they had a pool table. " Dad bought a Kmart table. Steve was in the basement all the time, banging balls. He broke 15 floor tiles, the computer screen, picture frames.
October 28, 2009 |
She gets Valentines from sock monkeys, date requests from Moscow, unsolicited signed photos from Billy Joel and concertos written in her honor. Yet, this Philadelphia lady still eats on the floor. Nora the Piano Cat, a YouTube piano-playing sensation whose first video has drawn more than 15.7 million hits, will add another trophy to her wall when she accepts the Cat of the Year Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City tomorrow.
January 31, 2013 |
Advertisers used to wait till Super Bowl Sunday to unveil their TV ads. More and more, some jump the gun to justify the king's ransom for a 30-second spot - $4 million this year - by capitalizing on every bit of media hype and advance Internet traffic they can generate, often by using some kind of contest tie-in. Some, like Anheuser-Busch, use the news and social media to build anticipation for spots you'll have to wait till Sunday to see. The beermaker even issued its first-ever tweet to ask folks to suggest names for a recently born Clydesdale , star of an ad called "Brotherhood.
May 23, 2007
It's a little late to order a retreat in what has been dubbed the "YouTube war. " American soldiers' video and blog postings from the front lines in Iraq are as much a part of the stateside understanding of the war as images on evening newscasts. Even the Pentagon is using the Internet video-sharing sites to showcase action in Iraq, both as a means of reaching out to a young, recruit-rich audience and to document U.S. military successes. So it's somewhat puzzling that the Department of Defense just decreed that soldiers overseas will find access blocked to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on the military's computers and networks.
July 22, 2010
Age: 27. Neighborhood: Fishtown. Job: Nielsen?Kellerman Company, which manufactures waterproof electronics and weather devices. "I love my job. " Love me, love my dog: Owns a Jack Russell mix. If her life were a reality TV show, it would be called: "Great Adventure . . . Season Pass. " Dance fever: Former Eagles cheerleader. Claim to fame: "I'm the YouTube 'weather girl' for my job. Weather buffs think I'm cool. " Nominated by: "My sister Deri and my best friend Kristie Gonzales.
October 13, 2008 |
This year, for the first time, the presidential campaign is waged not just in the whistlestops and hustings of America, but also on YouTube and the viral video world. Candidates, partisans and citizens are uploading, downloading and distributing ads, "gotcha" moments, parodies and video bites in an endless series of sliced-and-diced mutations. If 2004 was the Year of the Blogger, 2008 is the Year of YouTube. And in the last seven days, the GOP and Democratic campaigns have stepped up their fierce online-video battle.
September 20, 2010 |
The preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed until Oct. 18 because the officers involved are being investigated by police Internal Affairs. Askia Sabur, 29, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related charges from the incident outside of a Chinese takeout food restaurant. The police officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because Sabur's arrest is being investigated by Internal Affairs.