Charlie Rose interview Gov. Tim Kaine — is Kaine the VP choice for Obama?

July 31, 2008

VIdeo here

UK committee says YouTube should police videos

July 31, 2008

News:  The Culture, Media, and Sport select committee in the UK has recommended that YouTube and other video sharing sites monitor their sites more proactively for inappropriate content, in order to protect kids.  (More)  Hat tip: techdirt.

Mediaset sues YouTube in Italy for copyright infringement

July 31, 2008

News: YouTube was sued again for copyright infringement, this time by Mediaset in Italy for allegedly infringing its programs in 4,643 unauthorized clips on YouTube. Mediaset seek 500 million Euros ($779 million US). More.

Analysis: YouTube already faces 2 major copyright lawsuits in the U.S. (one by Viacom for $1 billion and a class action lawsuit, both in NY). YouTube also was sued by Telecinco in Spain, and some news reports indicate that YouTube lost. The lawsuit in Italy just adds to YouTube’s headaches. The U.S. cases will test the scope of the DMCA safe harbors. I am not sure whether Spain and Italy have any comparable safe harbor.

McCain ad attempts to associate Barack Obama with Britney Spears + Paris Hilton

July 31, 2008

The ad is titled “Celeb.”  It seems like a stretch.  I wonder how Britney Spears and Paris Hilton feel about their images being used for a political campaign ad.

The Obama campaign has issued a response video titled “Low road,” referring to McCain’s negative ad.

UPDATE:  barelypolitical has come out with a response to McCain that shows John McCain running with Britney Spears.

Kevjumba is off to college

July 30, 2008

Kevjumba, the No.1 comedian on YouTube, just graduated high school and is now off to college.

NYPD officer knocks guy off bike, caught on YouTube video

July 30, 2008

Patrick Pogan is the officer who shoved the bicyclist, who luckily was not seriously injured.  Pogan reportedly has been suspended pending an investigation.  (More)

Obama girl v. McCain girl

July 26, 2008

Prof. Randy Pausch dies of cancer at 47; created inspiring “Last Lecture” video

July 25, 2008

For more about Prof. Randy Pausch’s death, click here.

Charlie Rose interview Walt Mossberg, Steve Levy + Michael Arrington on iPhone 3G

July 24, 2008

Video here

John McCain visits German Village, in Columbus, OH

July 24, 2008

Hey, I used to live right by that place.

Watch Barack Obama speak in Berlin at 7 pm (Berlin time) to crowd of 100,000 or more

July 24, 2008

News: The Guardian estimates that Barack Obama will draw a crowd of 100,000 tonight in Berlin, if not 1 million. Here’s the news report. The 1 million mark would be impressive.  You can watch the speech live on the Internet by clicking here.  If you missed the live speech, below is the full version video:

Below are 1 minute highlight reels:

And if you click here, here’s what it sounded like in German.

Cell phone use + brain cancer

July 24, 2008

Video here  Scary.

Chris Abani on ubuntu + stories of humanity

July 24, 2008

Incredibly inspiring.  If you need a pick-me-up, play.

Barack Obama to speak in Germany on Thursday

July 24, 2008

You can watch the speech live by clicking here.

West Ham v. Columbus Crew soccer brawl among fans

July 23, 2008

A soccer brawl here in Columbus?  You’ve got to be kidding me.

Kucinich to speak to impeach Bush on Friday before Judiciary Committee

July 23, 2008

The power of speech: Obama v. McCain

July 23, 2008

The X-Files movie

July 23, 2008

Gillian Anderson’s new do looks great, but does anyone think we needed another X-Files movie?

Charlie Rose interview David Chang of Momofuku restaurants

July 23, 2008

Video here.

Chef David Chang is one of the rising stars in the food world.  This interview is excellent.  I love Charlie Rose.

Charlie Rose interview Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia

July 23, 2008

Video here

Sen. Jim Webb just got an important GI bill passed for returning soldiers from Iraq to receive support for an education.  His son is serving in Iraq.  He himself was Secretary of Navy for Ronald Reagan, though he is a Democrat now.  He took himself out of the running for the VP slot with Obama.

McCain ads against Obama gain viewers on YouTube

July 23, 2008

News: This week, the McCain camp has launched a series of ads against Barack Obama. Compared to McCain’s earlier videos, these videos appear to be doing very well on YouTube, getting thousands of views. I hope to get another full report on the candidates’ videos on YouTube in the near future.

Obama Love ad mocking the media for coverage of Obama

“Pump” ad blaming Obama for high gas prices

Troop funding ad against Obama

Iraq video against Obama

Court of Appeals overturns as “arbitrary” FCC fine of Janet Jackson naked breast at Super Bowl

July 22, 2008

The decision sounds right to me. What the FCC has been doing lately in restricting speech is very questionable.

Danica Patrick gets into fight with Milka Duno

July 21, 2008

Danica Patrick is not making friends on the IRL circuit.

Charlie Rose interview Neil Young

July 19, 2008

Video here

Shazam is the best app for the iPhone (music identifier) — is this magic or what?

July 18, 2008

You have to see it to believe it. Shazam is like magic. When the app is put onto the iPhone (which you can do free), the program will listen to any music recording playing in the room — yes, you heard that right! Talk about a clever way to spy on people in the future through their iPhones, but that’s another review.

Shazam then will identify the music that is playing by title and artist, plus give you links to iTunes to buy the music and the video on YouTube. This is so wickedly unbelievable and cool!

BTW, this technology does suggest that finding copyright infringement on the Internet should be far easier than the music industry lets on.

Off topic, but check out this restaurant review:

Al Gore speech on energy, fuel, + environment

July 17, 2008

“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet,” Gore said. “Every bit of that’s got to change.”  (More)

What is waterboarding? — Vanity Fair expose

July 17, 2008

Coldplay in LA

July 16, 2008

McCain praises Obama at NAACP convention

July 16, 2008

Jib Jab, new 2008 election video: “Time for Some Campaignin'”

July 16, 2008