March 7, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted. The "Dr. Phil" show reached out to Livermore resident Robert Gibbs, 23, after he posted his three-minute video last week. Gibbs mentioned the program in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired dozens of responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement. A crew from the "Dr. Phil" show was scheduled to come to his house and film him today, Gibbs told the Associated Press.
October 2, 2012
VIDEO of a Philadelphia police supervisor striking a woman during a Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration was posted to YouTube on Sunday night. Go to phillyconfidential.com to see the video. In these still shots from the video, Lt. Jonathan Josey II, in white shirt, punches Aida Guzman in the face (far left photo), then handcuffs her while she is sitting on the ground, blood pouring from her face (left); then Guzman is led away by another cop (above).
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
January 23, 2016 |
In the scope of all things teenybop, Alessia Cara is not your typical kid pop star. Not if her anthemic "Here" (which just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, finally toppling Drake's "Hotline Bling") or her accompanying Know-It-All album on Def Jam Records are any indication. This weekend, Cara is set to play the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street to prove that, despite "Here's" antisocial rhetoric, she's ready to party. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter - Canadian-born Alessia Caracciolo - grew up in an Italian household as a theater kid who wrote her own poetry.
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.
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.