AP uploads historical videos on YouTube

This is totally welcomed:

The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

Source: AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

We look into books and pictures to tell stories of the 20th century when you have many videos which quality is just insulting sometimes.

YouTube founders acquire Yahoo’s Delicious

Founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, has acquired Delicious from the hands of Yahoo saving it from ceasing operations.

YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward.

Providing a seamless transition for users is incredibly important for both companies. Yahoo! will continue to operate Delicious until approximately July 2011. When the transition period is complete, your information will be moved over to Delicious’ new owner.

Thank you for your patience in this time of transition and thank you for using Delicious! [Source: Delicious]

AVOS is a new Internet company, led by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. AVOS is located in San Mateo, California.

I was more hesitant lately placing new links into Delicious considering its possible closure. Yahoo hasn’t got a good track record of keeping non-revenue-generating ventures up and running. I say it’s great news for Delicious users.

Cisco buys Flip Video for around $590 million

Cha-ching! More on Cisco’s press release:

Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies Inc. San Francisco-based Pure Digital, creator of the best-selling Flip Video(TM) brand, is a pioneer in developing consumer-friendly video solutions with mass-market appeal.

“Flip Video puts the power to instantly capture, edit and share video into the hands of everyday consumers,” said Jonathan Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Pure Digital. “By combining forces with Cisco, we join a company that shares our passion for video and whose global scale and tremendous technology expertise we expect will enable us to quickly expand and enrich the Flip Video experience.”

The Pure Digital acquisition exemplifies Cisco’s “build, buy and partner” innovation strategy to move quickly into new markets and capture key market transitions. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $590 million in stock in exchange for all shares of Pure Digital. In addition, Cisco will provide up to $15 million in retention-based equity incentives for continuing employees. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2009. The acquisition will be accounted for in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. (Source: Cisco)

The Flip is one of those things you can film a video and upload to YouTube.

I love The Colbert Report

I just want to say I love The Colbert Report and it’s wonderful that Viacom has quite graciously allows people all around the world to watch it. I’m sick and tired of Hulu and Youtube (certain videos) telling me of some territorial restrictions. Come on, we’re humans too.

And you think you know a lot about Google

There’s some things you just didn’t realized about Google. I heard many misinterpretations of what Google is doing including one that YouTube was acquired for motion image context search purposes. (Maybe it really is for the long term future, who knows.) This is pretty informative and concise, and I generally quite agree with the whole presentation:

All about Google

[via Techcrunch]

You can go Full Screen to see the words better.

Sex sells and it’s true

This week, Youtube is largely about music games and sex. Sex sells and it’s true:

Those that aren’t highlight are just plain weird videos. I like Hillary and the coffee machine:

Hillary vs. the coffee maker

Hillary Clinton in a convenience store trying to get some coffee. I don’t think she ever made her own coffee. Oh, it’s a coffee machine, you don’t even make your own coffee, silly me.