The Web has made it hard to censor things.
Principally because it is both so open and so Byzantine that there are simply so many things out there for a budding censor to sink his opprobrium into.
I can remember when I lived in Singapore and my NFL VHS's -- mailed to me from Switzerland -- were pored over by men and women with extremely sharp eyes and ears that became highly attuned to the sound of John Madden saying "Boom!"
So imagine how much hard work the world's online censors are having to do.
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Billboard's charts, the gold standard for assessing the most popular music, now have a new metric.
YouTube streaming data is now being incorporated into those charts, Billboard announced yesterday. YouTube viewership will now join digital and physical singles sales, terrestrial radio airplay, and streaming as the metrics that determine Billboard's chart order.
Since there are often thousands of clips of a single music video, Billboard's YouTube data is limited to "all official videos," Vevo clips, and user-generated videos that are using "authorized audio." In other words, only legitimately used songs can be included … Read more
There are a ton of great iPad apps out there, priced 99 cents and up, that are worth every penny.
But you know how it is. Sometime you catch yourself browsing the App Store for some free app that can offer some momentary entertainment.
Apple keeps a running tally of its most popular free iPad apps over on iTunes, which is updated constantly to reflect current trends. At our request, we asked Apple to provide us with a list of the Top 5 most popular apps based on their most recent weekly totals.
Dear Rumor fans,
Don't cry for me, readers, just because I am moving away from you and my partner in rumor sleuthing, Karyne Levy, to voluntarily shovel snow in Massachusetts for the rest of my life.
OK, cry a little bit (aww shucks, guys, I'm going to miss you, too!) but then dry those tears and rejoice because Rumor Has It is continuing on without me. And it's going to grow and change and highlight all the amazing talent CNET has to offer and make me so proud.
The concept for Rumor Has It popped into my … Read more
We all have an alter ego.
For some of us, it comes out when the drinks are flowing and the inhibitions have taken a vacation.
For Emmaneul Polanco, principal of Junior High School 80 in the Bronx, it comes out when he makes rap videos and posts them online, hangs out with comely ladies, and parties as a good rapper should -- at least if a report in the New York Daily News is to be believed.
According to the report, Polanco uses the name El Siki, and in music videos, he raps in Spanish about the things rappers like … Read more
I suppose it's still a fair assumption that more people listen to music than movies with headphones, but there has to be a growing audience listening to movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos via their headphones. Thanks to the booming popularity of tablets, might the ratio of movies-to-music listening time be moving away from music? Or not?
I watch a lot of movies at home with headphones on. They present a level of detail that you can get from speakers only when you play them really loud. With headphones, I don't have to crank the volume. They're … Read more
YouTube might soon invest some cash in Vevo, according to a new report.
Google's video site may be investing $50 million in Vevo, a joint-venture music-video site established by Universal Music and Sony Music Entertainment for music videos, according to a Bloomberg report today, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the negotiations. In return for the $50 million, YouTube would acquire less than 10 percent of the company, indicating Vevo might be valued at over $500 million.
Perhaps more importantly for Google, the deal would also ensure that Vevo's music videos stay on YouTube, according to … Read more
Twitter is tops when it comes to social network mentions in Super Bowl commercials.
The social network was mentioned in 26 of 52 national television commercials at the Super Bowl last night, according to a tally from Marketing Land's Matt McGee. Facebook mustered four mentions in the commercials, followed by one each for Instagram and YouTube. Google+ got no mentions.
In order to arrive at his tally, McGee started counting only after the opening kickoff. He stopped counting when the clock reached 0:00. Only national commercials were included, and anything from the NFL or CBS promoting their own … Read more
I love a good viral video. Who doesn't? In preparing to work on this video and blog post, I decided to rewatch some oldies but goodies. JK Wedding Entrance Dance, anyone? I also made my way through a list of top click-earners on YouTube to find some I might have missed from a few years ago. Six minutes of Judson Laipply showing us the Evolution of Dance was supremely entertaining and I could easily see why it has earned all 209,558,808 views. And then there's the wondrous 17 seconds of a tiny baby panda's gigantic sneeze … Read more