Tag Archive 'youtube'

Information Imperialists unite! You have nothing to lose but your gmail.

Yes, "information imperialists." That’s what the People’s Republic of China is calling us now, thanks to Google and the US State Department. Hey, it’s as good a description as any. The blowback against Google’s announcement that it was hacked by Chinese cyber agents– and in response would be lifting the restrictions that keep users of […]

Windows 7: Here are the real Whoppers

As operating system launches go, Windows 7 has been a pretty sweet one for Microsoft. The reviews are mostly thumbs up. And aside from some unintentionally hilarious videos promoting Windows 7 launch parties, they’ve mostly done things right. Today, the Microsoft site is featuring a running series of tweets praising the new OS (though they’re […]

If you use Stickk will you get Stuckk?

It’s that time of year again when I look down and think: "My God, I can’t believe how much weight I gained over the holidays. I’m so stuffed I should have a meat thermometer sticking out of my ribs." But this year, in addition to renewing our gym membership and feeding the last of the […]

The president gets the boot(s)

Yesterday, President George Bush was attacked by an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at him. Thanks to the power of YouTube, footage of the attack may be what some people remember most about his administration. Call it ShoeTube. During a press conference on his farewell tour of Iraq, President George Bush was attacked by […]

Sex, censorship, and the Net

There’s a war going on between wanna-be Web cops and those who like their Net unregulated. Is Internet censorship inevitable?

Tis the season to be prudish

Social networks are starting to censor their edgier content — and some folks want to apply the same rules to video games.

Today’s Internet has been brought to you by porn

YouTube and Ning are trying to shed adult-oriented content to appeal to mainstream advertisers. Will it work, or will people just go elsewhere to satisfy their prurient desires? After a wild and passionate youth, YouTube and Ning have both announced they’re adopting a policy of abstinence. Heck, they might even join a convent. Why? Money, […]

Politics 2.0

The Internet has changed presidential politics forever – and mostly for the better As I write this column, the U.S. presidential race is still tighter than a pair of $2 shoes. But this time around, it might not be hanging chads or hockey moms that determine who wins. It might just be the Internet. [Note: […]

Politics, YouTube, and how to skin a moose

I did a podcast yesterday with Jeff Powers, the force of nature behind Geekazine.com.  We talked mostly about the YouTube effect on politics and the fact that we haven’t yet had a "Macaca" moment (but there’s still plenty of time), and also about Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Hulu, and the new crop of amateur video […]

Geek Week: Campaigns mired in sleaze, Microsoft & Google make peace

Politics is infecting everything these days, from YouTube to email to, yes, Cringely’s blog. Thank god Microsoft and Google finally decided to get along. Right?

Embarrassing Photo #6: Moronic at Any Speed

Quick, what’s more stupid–driving 140 mph or filming yourself while driving 140 mph? How about filming yourself driving 140 mph and then posting the evidence on YouTube? That was only the tip of the dunce-berg for 23-year-old Andrew Kellett of Leeds, England. He posted more than 80 videos of himself driving recklessly, stealing gasoline, using […]

Embarrassing Photo #3: Muscle bound or muscle brained?

What is it about firehouses that makes people want to take off their clothes? In this case, Boston fireman Alberto Arroyo got in trouble for stripping down to take part in a body-building competition last May. (He finished eighth in the 2008 Pro Natural American Championships, by the way.) There’s nothing wrong with fire fighters […]

Is Scientology Attacking YouTube?

From Jon Newton at P2Pnet comes this report: A group apparently acting as a proxy for the Church (ahem) of Scientology has issued 4000 takedown notices to YouTube for any videos relating to CoS — including things like city commission meetings for the city of Clearwater, Florida (where CoS has its HQ). To wit: The […]

Anonymous returns, Scientology responds

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) It seems Anonymous has resurfaced and hired a publicist. Two days ago I received an email alerting me to two new YouTube videos from the anti-Scientology crusader(s). I’d been wondering what had happened to it/them, since things had been so quiet lately on that […]

Everybody’s got something to hide (except for me and my YouTube)

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) So a New York judge last week ordered Google to hand over 12 terabytes of YouTube user information to Viacom. Yes, we know what you watched last summer, or at least Viacom’s attorneys soon will.  The owners of Comedy Central and VH1 are attempting […]

Do not attempt to adjust your Internet

(This post originally appeared in Infoworld’s Notes From the Field Blog.) It’s been a wild week here in Cringeville. My blog posts on YouTube v. Viacom and the FCC’s proposal for a pørn-free wireless Internet have inspired raging debates about copyrights and corporate rights, free speech and free sex. Here are some of the highlights. […]

Quiz: Tech Celebrities 2.0

(Note: An edited/augmented version of this piece appeared on Infoworld.com.) Sure, you may know all about the garage where Apple was born, Michael Dell’s dorm room, or Bill Gates’ youthful indiscretions. But that’s all so 1997. The old guard of the PC revolution are giving way to the young Web 2.0 turks redefining technology for […]

Whose Tube is it, anyway?

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) Frankly, I thought Viacom’s $1 billion law suit against YouTube was dead. YouTube has been kicking people off its site left and right for posting copyrighted material, even if they didn’t always deserve it. And Viacom had started allowing its best material — like […]

YouTube, copyrights, and copy wrongs

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) The longer I stay in this business, the more I think I should have listened to my mother and become a copyright attorney. Don’t get me wrong — I love digging for dirt and punishing the technologically wicked, but just think of the employment […]