Pres. Obama calls Off. Crowley to express regret over his earlier “stupidly” comments about Gates arrest

July 24, 2009

Pres. Obama throws out first pitch at All Star game

July 14, 2009

Click here for Pres. Obama throwing out the 1st pitch–a strike! Below is a video before the game, with the President talking about his strategy.

YouTube suspends the account of PS22 chorus — why?

July 11, 2009

News: I am sad to report that YouTube has suspended the account of PS22 chorus, the wonderful bunch of 5th graders from PS22 who inspired Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks, and other singers with their amazing renditions of the musicians’ own songs. The kids’ videos generated over 7 million views, and got the kids on Nightline, Good Morning America, and other national TV shows. Here is the link to the blog post from the teacher and music director Gregg Breinberg.

Analysis: Unbelievable. Is this suspension at YouTube’s own initiative? Or did one of the copyright holders complain? Usually, you can see a claim of copyright asserted, with the copyright holder’s name, for removed videos that received DMCA notices on YouTube. The teacher says that, being very “diplomatic” about the ordeal, the YouTube suspension was all a “mistake” by YouTube, but all of the old videos are lost (with their 7 million views count). The teacher is starting another YouTube channel. In any event, this is very sad. How can children learning how to sing well be a “terms of use” violation, YouTube?

UPDATE: SchoolTube, a different site for schools, has all of the videos — click here. Also, the teacher has started a new YouTube channel – click here. Here’s my favorite song, Landslide, the second one performed in front of Stevie Nicks:

Michael Jackson memorial: Brooke Shields

July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Mariah Carey

July 8, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Al Sharpton

July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Jermaine Jackson

July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial: Usher cries

July 7, 2009

Wait until the end. Touching.

Michael Jackson memorial: Stevie Wonder

July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial closing: We Are the World

July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris says he was the best father you can ever imagine and she loves him so much

July 7, 2009

Madonna tribute to Michael Jackson

July 5, 2009

Gov. Sarah Palin resigns

July 3, 2009

Surprising she did not at least finish her term.

Supreme Court declines cert in Cablevision’s victory for remote storage DVR

July 2, 2009

News: Cablevision’s victory over several television networks will stand. Cablevision was sued by several networks for using centralized servers to allow its subscribers to record shows for later viewing. (The other way to store the shows is through a set top box or device in each home, ala Tivo.) The Second Circuit held that such storage by Cablevision’s servers and subsequent replaying of the copyrighted shows did not constitute direct infringement. More here

Co-founder Steve Chen leaves YouTube for Google — is YouTube now officially dead?

July 1, 2009

News: The rumors are true. Steve Chen, one of the co-founders, its CTO, and and one of the most prominent “faces” of YouTube, has left YouTube. He’s moved on to Google to work on other projects. (More)

Analysis: Wow, this is sad, but not surprising news. One of the chief architects has left YouTube. Not surprising given that YouTube has been changing over the past year to become more like the professional-content site Hulu. Still it is a sad day for YouTube. Oh, what could have been. (It’s even more sad that neither Google nor YouTube made an official announcement of Steve Chen’s change.) The original YouTube may well be now dead, for all intents and purposes.

Here’s the historic video of Steve with Chad Hurley announcing back in 2006 being bought by Google.