Video: When CGI became a useful means of creating animated features, it changed the shape of films radically. New contenders such as Pixar entered and then dominated the animated filmmaking space. And according to one interpretation, they changed more than just the visuals.
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YouTube's latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O'Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as "being dedicated to terrorist propaganda".
Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.
The operators of YouTube-MP3.org, a popular website for turning the audio tracks of YouTube videos into MP3s, have agreed to shut down the site and hand over the domain to the RIAA. This predictable outcome comes after 15 of the world's largest record companies filed a complaint in a California court. Poor little YouTube-MP3.org never had a chance.
As they say: Life comes at you fast. Yesterday, you were looking at a YouTube logo with the red thing on the right side, highlighting the word "Tube". Today, it's on the left side, sporting a play icon. It's a small update to the design of a popular website, you might say. But will any of us ever be the same?
US federal authorities recently searched the property of Kyle Lamar Myers, the guy who's famous for pretending to be Russian then shooting huge guns and causing violent explosions on the popular YouTube channel FPSRussia. Before the search, the sheriff of Franklin County, Georgia arrested Myers for receiving drugs in the mail. And the story only gets crazier from there.
The world's largest video sharing platform has started rolling out measures to restrict the reach, visibility and profitability of "controversial religious or supremacist content". Is it working? Let's find out.
Matt Hosseinzadeh (AKA Matt Hoss) is easy to mock. The parkour-loving comedian runs a YouTube channel full of misogynistic videos, including "a comedy series about a confident and funny man who picks up women, beds them, and gets into all sorts of crazy trouble". But when two other YouTubers made a video mocking him and included clips of his fictional pickup artistry, Hoss sued them for copyright infringement. This week, Hoss lost.
When you see a video online that seems a bit too wild to be true, chances are it probably is. Along with fake news stories, fake viral videos are all over Facebook and YouTube, a lot of them made by people who know what they're doing, which makes it hard to determine whether or not they're on the up and up. Fake videos like that one of a bald eagle snatching a child, or the video of a friend accidentally causing another's death, can be alarming when you don't realise they're stunts.
Facebook has announced the rollout of Watch, what it is calling "a new platform for shows on Facebook". It's yet another foray by the social media company from the business of distributing other people's content into producing and licensing its own, and differs from its existing video content in that it looks a lot like Netflix or YouTube's apps.
TED talks are great to watch when you have time to spare, the problem is finding a good collection of them without having to jump through a bunch of different websites. To combat this, a new channel called the "TED Archive" has begun the long process of cataloguing and uploading talks, making it easier for the rest of us.
Google is more than happy to put its weaker and less-used services out to pasture. Come September, we'll have another casualty — YouTube's web-based video editor, which made its debut seven years ago.
Game of Thrones will be over in two seasons, but HBO is already peering around the corner for what's next. Showrunners The network is working on at least four spinoffs, with George R.R. Martin pitching in on a couple of them. We have no clue what they will be about yet (although Dunk & Egg seems like a shoo-in), but one animated video is making a case for one of A Song of Ice and Fire's most mysterious tales: The Doom of Valyria.
Video: The '90s were a mixed time for superheroes on film and TV. Sure, there was Tim Burton's Batman Returns, but there was also Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin. Then you had Lois and Clark: The Corny yet Harmless Adventures of Superman. So, you can imagine that Zack Snyder's ultra-mega-dark Batman v Superman would have looked a tad bit different back then.
Video: The original 1960s Spider-Man theme song might be a classic, but it isn't one of "those" kind of classics. You know, the ones they teach in high school to inspire you to stand on your desk at shout at captains. But that isn't stopping Zendaya from giving the theme song the dramatic reading it "deserves".