• Viacom, YouTube

    The Threatdown, On the Stand

    The deposition request lists are out for Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against Google. Viacom wants the YouTube and Google founders on the stand. Google wants to depose Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, CEO Philippe Dauman, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Presumably Google wants to ask whether Daily Show or Colbert Report employees uploaded videos to YouTube, […]

    / Aug 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM
  • Media, YouTube

    Law and Order: Special Online Victim’s Unit

    Viacom, already suing YouTube for $1bn, spends $100k a month on a proprietary content task force, and even more time whining to the media about it. The task force’s mission is to find Viacom content on YouTube, tell YouTube about it, and wait until YouTube takes the clip down. Then Viacom slams the door to […]

    / May 15, 2007 at 1:54 PM
  • Companies, Google, YouTube

    Why We Are Not Shannon Hermes And Why We Should Have Been

    Okay. Here’s a little story. Around a year ago we were doing a lot of freelance writing, growing unpersuasive facial hair and trying to figure out what to do with ourselves now that we had bailed out of the world of high yield finance. One of the things that kept us entertained during this period […]

    / Feb 9, 2007 at 9:26 AM
  • Banks, Merrill Lynch, YouTube

    Don’t Make Us Use The Chain…

    Maybe the only things thinner than the ranks of the defenders of Sarbanes-Oxley these days are the arguments the defenders are marshaling to hold off the charge of the reformers. Thomas Palley’s recent attempt—”In Defense Of Sarbox”—is so batty it more or less made us want to pick the pale, beaten body of Palley up […]

    / Feb 8, 2007 at 12:37 PM
  • Banks, Merrill Lynch, YouTube

    Merrill Lynch Banker & Super Model Sex Vid May Get YouTube Banned in Brazil

    A steamy video of Merrill Lynch banker Renato Malzoni and Brazillian supermodel Daniela Cicarelli may get YouTube shut off in Brazil. A Brazilian court ordered the popular video sharing service YouTube, a unit of Internet search provider Google Inc., to be shut down until it removes a celebrity sex video from its site, a judicial […]

    / Jan 5, 2007 at 11:46 AM
  • YouTube

    YouTube for Data

    Techcrunch takes notice of a tech start-up called Swivel. The first sentence caught our eye. Swivel Co-founders Dmitry Dimov and Brian Mulloy start off by describing their company as “YouTube for Data.” That’s a good start for someone trying to understand it, because the site allows users to upload data – any data – and […]

    / Dec 6, 2006 at 9:32 AM
  • YouTube

    YouTube: ‘We Will Live In Our Glass House And Throw Stones And, You Know, Whatever Else We Want, For That Matter, And We Don’t Give A Hoot What Any Of You Have To Say About It!’

    [Michael] Arrington, the force behind and a self-proclaimed YouTube fan, was dumbfounded yesterday when the company sent him a cease-and-desist letter. YouTube’s attorneys claim he aids people in making unauthorized copies of videos posted on YouTube’s site. The charge is ironic considering YouTube is struggling with similar issues. The company has said it complies […]

    / Nov 16, 2006 at 12:31 PM
  • Google, YouTube

    The Great YouTube Flattening

    The rise of YouTube from nowhere to being one of the most popular sites on the web is the biggest start-up story of the year. But is the rise of YouTube over? Over on the Alexa Web Discovery Machine blog, Geoffrey Mack has posted the graph above. It clearly shows that YouTube’s traffic growth flatlined—at […]

    / Nov 9, 2006 at 10:09 AM
  • Google, Googtube, Verizon, YouTube

    Verizon To Plunder The Sanctity Of LonelyGirl15 In The Name Of Revenue

    An agreement would allow Verizon’s customers to view some of the most avidly watched entertainment on the Internet. That could advance the long-expected convergence of video and cellphones. It could also, at least temporarily, give Verizon a marketing edge over its rivals in the wireless and cable industries, furthering the company’s efforts to expand into […]

    / Nov 7, 2006 at 12:16 PM
  • Google, Viacom, YouTube

    Comedy Central Versus YouTube

    The news that Google owned YouTube took down the ubiquitous Daily Show clips and other material from Comedy Central got a lot of play over the weekend. But, as TechTraderDaily noticed, it’s not at all clear that the purge is actually working. There are hundreds of Daily Show, Colbert Report and South Park clips still […]

    / Oct 30, 2006 at 12:08 PM
  • Google, Googtube, YouTube

    Google-YouTube: It Starts With The Japanese Porn

    You’re on notice, Page. Brin– you escaped our ire only because we realize you’ve got bigger– Lonlier– fish to fry. YouTube Removes 30,000 Files Amid Japanese Copyright Concerns [WSJ]

    / Oct 20, 2006 at 1:28 PM
  • Friendster, Google, Googtube, YouTube

    NYT to Friendster: There’s Really Nothing Left To Say Except That You Fucked Up Big Time

    The New York Times has never crossed a wound she didn’t want to rub salt in and Friendster, the poor man’s MySpace, YouTube, etc, etc, etc is no exception. (To all the fourteen year olds out there who read our site– there was a time before FaceBook, you snot-nosed punks, and we know that because […]

    / Oct 16, 2006 at 11:14 AM
  • Companies, Google, Googtube, Mark Cuban, YouTube

    Mark Cuban Admits He Was Wrong But GoogTube Might Still Be In Trouble

    A few weeks ago bloggging tech mogul Mark Cuban wrote that anyone who bought YouTube would be immediately sued by the media companies whose copyrighted materials make-up so much of the most popular material on the video sharing website. Now he’s admitting that not only hasn’t this happened following the acquisition by Google, but it […]

    / Oct 13, 2006 at 11:01 AM
  • Google, YouTube

    Google-YouTube: Another Day, Another Nerd’s Virginity Lost

    Two Three Kings: For Jawed Karim, the $100,000 or so he would have to spend on a master’s degree at Stanford was never daunting. He hit an Internet jackpot in 2002 when PayPal, which he had joined early on, was bought by eBay. On Monday, still early in his studies for the fall term, he […]

    / Oct 12, 2006 at 10:18 AM
  • Companies, Google, YouTube

    Did YouTube Cost Less Than Nothing?

    We pointed out the other day that Google had bought YouTube for about 1% of its equity. The Big Picture takes the analysis one step further, noting that after the rise in Google’s share price following the acquisition, Google essentially picked up YouTube for free. And if the stock keeps climbing, well, then Google picked […]

    / Oct 12, 2006 at 10:02 AM
  • Google, video, YouTube

    YouTubers React to YouTube Purchase

    YouTubers have begun posting videos reacting to the Google acquisition. Despite fears that getting scooped up by a big company might tarnish the YouTube’s image in the minds of its most loyal users, the overwhelming majority of these videos seem very positive. Far from crying “sell out,” most users seem happy with the Google buy—perhaps […]

    / Oct 11, 2006 at 10:48 AM
  • Google, M&A, YouTube

    The Two Kings

    Chad and Steve talk about Googtube. They are so goofy and normal it will make you hate them even more. Because It. Could. Have. Been. You.

    / Oct 10, 2006 at 10:30 AM
  • Aleksey Vayner, Google, YouTube

    Mark Cuban Still Thinks Google Is Dumb

    We have to admit that sometime in 2001 we became convinced that the era where you could start an internet company and two years later sell it for hundreds of millions was over. After the first internet bubble burst we assumed that companies located on WWW street would forever be discounted by big money burned […]

    / Oct 10, 2006 at 10:09 AM
  • Google, M&A, YouTube

    Some Quickie Thoughts On The Google Conference Call

    Okay. The conference call just ended. There will no doubt be lots of commentary on the deal over the next few days and weeks. Here’s our quick take on the call. Search: Sergey Brin twice emphasized the “search” potential of including video. It’s clear that Google’s founder is still very focused on Google’s core competence. […]

    / Oct 9, 2006 at 5:05 PM
  • Google, M&A, YouTube

    Google Buys YouTube for $1.65 Billion In Stock

    Yep. It’s on. Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community. It’s […]

    / Oct 9, 2006 at 4:08 PM
  • Google, YouTube

    Google Mayhaps To Buy YouTube

    DealBook reports this morning that Google is in talks to acquire video sharing site YouTube for around $1.6 billion. Soon Sergey may have LonelyGirl15 all to himself. Rumor: Google in Talks to Buy YouTube [DealBook]

    / Oct 6, 2006 at 12:00 PM
  • Business Media, CNBC, video, YouTube

    On The Money On The YouTube

    CNBC’s On the Money hit YouTube recently, signing up for the site last week and starting to put video clips up this week. Right now there are about a baker’s dozen of clips, with more promised to come. This one is our personal favorite of the first batch. But we’re pretty sure that when Playmates […]

    / Oct 6, 2006 at 10:32 AM
  • YouTube

    YouTube’s Paris Hilton Video

    The first corporate sponsored YouTube channel is up, and it’s doing…pretty well. Two videos—one an introduction to the Paris channel and the other a “making of” video about a song on the heiresses new album—are on the most viewed page, with a total of nearly 700,000 views. Both, however, sit behind YouTube’s most viewed video […]

    / Aug 23, 2006 at 3:16 PM
  • YouTube

    Podcast & Videos: Questions About New Web Biz Metrics

    Mark Cuban asks some useful questions about new web business metrics. For podcasts, is a listen a download ? I hope not, i have several podcasts in Itunes i subscribe to, and that download every episode, but I havent listened to in a long while. A couple others I have listened to the first several […]

    / Aug 15, 2006 at 9:11 AM

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