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Pauly Shore rose to fame in the 90s through a combination of stoner antics on MTV and various catchphrases (he was the weeee-zuhl). But it’s been a long time since Encino Man, and Shore is now taking to the web for a documentary-type series called Pauly […] Read more »

Check out TimeTube, a mashup from San Francisco startup Dipity, which makes an interactive timeline out of any YouTube keyword. Videos are embedded directly into the timeline on the dates they were added. I’m a little unclear on what garners more emphasis within the timeline– it […] Read more »

A couple of new services are sending video to the iPhone, which has been hampered by a narrow choice of supported video formats (Flash being… Read more »

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If you ever wondered how dragonflies mate, let Isabella Rossellini demonstrate in her online series Green Porno, which went live this week. Each episode shows Rossellini dressed in a different lo-fi (yet elaborate) bug costume to show how they have sex. It’s not freaky because it’s […] Read more »

The Microsoft damage control machine kicked into high gear yesterday afternoon, denying that the company was working with NBC on filtering software for the media device. From the Microsoft Zune Insider blog: We have no plans or commitments to implement any new type of content filtering […] Read more »

If you’ve got a YouTube account, a camera, and a deep-seated yearning to get behind the wheel of a plug-in hybrid, Google wants to hear about it. Google.org’s RechargeIT program is hosting a contest soliciting videos from wannabe plug-in drivers, as well as testimonials from proud […] Read more »

Comcast is reportedly considering monthly caps on bandwidth usage and may charge customers who go over these limits. DSLreports writes that users would get to use up to 250 GB per month and be charged $15 for every 10 GB over the limit. When contacted for […] Read more »

This is no joke. PaidContent wrote last night that Turner will fold comedy site SuperDeluxe into Adult Swim and lay off much of the SuperDeluxe staff. Turner sent us the following statement this morning: “Effective immediately, we will begin transitioning the content of Super Deluxe.com to […] Read more »

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While online video has done much to connect the world by allowing us to share our stories with one another, we often enjoy the tales in front of our computer screens, alone. What if the connective and collective experience of enjoying a film could unite people […] Read more »

Hollywood studios won legal victory against file sharing today, as a judge awarded a $111 million judgment against BitTorrent site TorrentSpy for copyright infringement. But the MPAA, which represented the studios, shouldn’t spend that money yet. Valence Media, which operated TorrentSpy shut the site down in […] Read more »

Yesterday we wrote that the Microsoft Zune was like the football character Rudy, only it turns out that the Zune is actually more like Rudy’s uptight college R.A.. One of the reasons NBC went with Microsoft, according to The New York Times, is because the Redmond […] Read more »

Mike Gravel, now running as a Libertarian candidate for president of the United States, apparently knows a thing or two about pandering to pop culture and tech geeks. In a video released today by Barely Political, he woos Obama Girl in song, dances the Soulja Boy, […] Read more »

Fora.TV Raises $4 Million; high-brow video aggregator closes Series A from William Randolph Hearst III, Adobe Ventures and others. (Beet.tv) Blinkx Starts Content Management Service; the Advanced Media Platform automates content discovery, indexing, distribution and presentation on a publisher’s site. (MediaPost) Congressional Panel Split on Net […] Read more »

Viacom and Google amped up their war of words over the past couple of days, as each side braces for a big fight in the looming $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit Viacom brought against Google-owned YouTube. Sumner Redstone fired off a round during a speech yesterday […] Read more »

TV advertising startup Spot Runner has raised $51 million from media company and private equity, bringing its total investment to $111 million. The new money comes from the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Grupo Televisa, Legg Mason Capital Management, Groupe Arnault/LVMH, and will be used […] Read more »

RedLasso, a pre-launch startup, says it had 24 million unique visitors in April. And I don’t mean pre-launch like Gmail-is-still-in-beta pre-launch, I mean you can’t actually get in through the front door of the site if you aren’t explicitly given special access. Only 18,000 people are […] Read more »

Kontiki, an early commercial peer-to-peer platform provider, formally acknowledged today that VeriSign has sold the company back to its investors at MK Capital. We wrote the news story this morning, but just got a chance to check in with the newly independent company’s president, Eric Armstrong, […] Read more »

The winners of the 2008 Webby Awards were announced today (read Liz Miller’s previous take on the nominees), with the Onion News Network, Hometown Baghdad, My Damn Channel, The New York Times, PBS and Revision3 taking home multiple awards. The Onion took home both the judges’ […] Read more »

Kontiki, an early commercial peer-to-peer platform provider, is off to the next stop in its life. It has been purchased from VeriSign by its former investor MK Capital, as has been reported elsewhere. The company had been acquired only a year and a half ago by […] Read more »

Super Bowl Ads to Cost $3M; and that’s just the entry-level spot. (The Wall Street Journal) NCTA President: “Broadband providers do not block access to content”; Kyle McSlarrow testifies on Capital Hill that there is “no market failure” warranting Net Neutrality law. (Broadcasting and Cable) Javier […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Zune is like the titular character in the movie Rudy. It’s a small fry with a lot of heart that doesn’t give up despite the giant odds (iPodds?) it’s up against. And just like Rudy, Microsoft suited up and scored a little win today nabbing […] Read more »

Comcast SVP Rich Woundy told the audience of the DCIA’s P2P Media Summit in Los Angeles on Monday that his company is not spearheading the creation of a P2P Bill of Rights anymore. Instead, Comcast will take part in a newly formed working group of the […] Read more »

The Mena Show is a period piece, set in 1994, starring 30-year-old Six Apart co-founder/president Mena Trott as the 17-year-old version of herself. It’s “what my vlog would have looked like if I had the web tools available now … in 1994,” Trott says via the […] Read more »

Ever wish you could watch those cats playing piano on the big screen? Then today is your lucky day, as HP announced that YouTube videos will be viewable on its MediaSmart connected devices like the upcoming MediaSmart Connect and MediaSmart TV. Users will be able to […] Read more »

Jinni, a video search and discovery service, has raised $1 million from Israeli investment collective Startup Factory, according to Globes Online. Jinni doesn’t have a live site, but it appears to be looking to license its personalized recommendation technology to TV and online video operators, similar […] Read more »

In a long-anticipated and legitimizing move, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today released its new approved video advertising guidelines, agreed upon by some 145 video sites and advertising companies. Like those for other forms of online advertising, the guidelines should make new forms of video advertising […] Read more »

For all of you too lazy to drive to the video store or too impatient to wait for your DVDs in the mail, 2008 is shaping up to be a banner year for you. The video-on-demand (VOD) space is heating up, which means you have one […] Read more »

Thanks to the web, cartoons aren’t just for Saturday mornings anymore — they’re for every morning, and afternoon and night, too. Independent animators are reaching wide audiences by putting their work online and there’s a ton of great cartoons to be found. Here are four places […] Read more »

Media Execs Expect Big Revenue Growth for Short-Form Video; 38 percent of respondents to Accenture’s latest media survey say short videos will generate biggest growth. (release) Quincy Smith on YouTube Users; during a keynote, CBS Interactive president notes that clips often do better when posted by […] Read more »

Think of the web series Take Me Back as the Canadian version of Saw. First, it’s created by two dudes from Montreal (Joseph Baron and Seth Mendelson). Second, instead of a puppet making a victim gouge their own eyes out, the mysterious kidnapper forces our abducted […] Read more »

A four-year-old startup called Vusion today comes out of stealth mode, launching a streaming video platform competitive with Move Networks. I was blown away by a demo over my dinky home Internet connection — the service is responsive, instant, and incredibly high quality (see showcase). Vusion […] Read more »

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