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Mandela tops 2013 Google searches
Mandela tops 2013 Google searches

Nelson Mandela topped Google's list of the hottest searches for 2013 as the Internet giant on Tuesday provided a look at the "spirit of the times" online.

Mandela tops 2013 Google searches
Developer Maximiliano Firtman. ©Reuters/Ints Kalnins
Google Glass eyewear lets winking snap pictures

Google Glass on Tuesday announced updates to the software in its Internet-linked eyewear to allow users to snap pictures by winking

Google Glass eyewear lets winking snap pictures
Concern for US man held in UAE for comic YouTube video
Concern for US man held in UAE for comic YouTube video

Comedians including Will Ferrell are lending star power to a campaign to free a 29-year-old American jailed since April in the United Arab Emirates after making a YouTube video poking fun at Dubai teenagers.

Concern for US man held in UAE for comic YouTube video
South Korean pop star Psy performs "Gentleman".©Reuters/Phil McCarten
PSY and Ylvis top YouTube 2013 video hit list

A Norwegian comedy duo and South Korean rap music sensation PSY topped a list of hit videos shared at Google-owned YouTube this year.

PSY and Ylvis top YouTube 2013 video hit list
You Tube music awards winners are unveiled
Eminem takes top honor at YouTube music awards

YouTube's first-ever music awards thrilled and spilled, with Eminem named Artist of the Year though most winners were lesser known acts who featured in an eclectic show filled with stunts.

Eminem takes top honor at YouTube music awards
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YouTube revamps much-criticized comments feed

YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing website, said Tuesday it was revamping its comments feed which some web users claimed had turned into a magnet for crude and vulgar postings.

YouTube revamps much-criticized comments feed
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Japanese sports teacher beats boy in YouTube video

A video showing a volleyball coach repeatedly slapping a schoolboy -- just days after Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics -- is the latest example of brutality to tarnish Japanese sport.

Japanese sports teacher beats boy in YouTube video
YouTube launches paid channels, in TV challenge
YouTube launches paid channels, in TV challenge

YouTube on Thursday unveiled its first paid subscription channels as the Google-owned video service made a long-anticipated move to challenge streaming services like Netflix.

YouTube launches paid channels, in TV challenge
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Musicians find fame and fortune at YouTube

YouTube is proving to be a powerful launch pad for a new generation of Internet-savvy music stars from Psy to Macklemore and beyond.

Musicians find fame and fortune at YouTube
Psy's 'Gentleman' hits 200 mn YouTube views
Psy's 'Gentleman' hits 200 mn YouTube views

"Gangnam Style" star Psy's new music video has garnered 200 million views on YouTube in the nine days since its release and smashed the video-sharing site's record for single-day hits.

Psy's 'Gentleman' hits 200 mn YouTube views
Psy back in saddle with new single 'Gentleman'
Psy back in saddle with new single 'Gentleman'

"Gangnam Style" star Psy unveiled Friday the follow-up to his global hit with another catchy dance tune infused with his signature self-mocking humour -- but fans had to wait for the all-important video.

Psy back in saddle with new single 'Gentleman'
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YouTube announces shutdown in April Fool's prank

In an elaborate April Fool's prank, YouTube announced Sunday it was going dark for a decade, and that the site was merely an eight-year contest to find the best video.

YouTube announces shutdown in April Fool's prank
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'Harlem Shake' tumbles off top of Hot 100 chart

"The Harlem Shake" is moving on.

'Harlem Shake' tumbles off top of Hot 100 chart
Minami Minegishi. Photo courtesy of nautiljon.com
Japan pop idol shaves head after sex scandal

A Japanese starlet who shaved her head and issued a tearful YouTube apology after spending the night with a man was scrambling Friday to redeem the girl next door image of all-female group AKB48.

Japan pop idol shaves head after sex scandal
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YouTube confirms eyeing subscription 'channels'

YouTube confirmed on Wednesday that its evolution as an Internet stage for video may include subscriptions to content that creators believe people will pay to see.

YouTube confirms eyeing subscription 'channels'
Psy goes nuts for pistachios in Super Bowl ad
Psy goes nuts for pistachios in Super Bowl ad

South Korean rapper Psy is going nuts.

Psy goes nuts for pistachios in Super Bowl ad
Psy's 'Gangnam Style' closes on one billion views
Psy's 'Gangnam Style' closes on one billion views

Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was galloping towards the one-billion-view mark on YouTube Friday, a fresh milestone in the enduring global craze for the South Korean rapper and his horse-riding dance.

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' closes on one billion views
Pros dominate YouTube greatest hits in 2012
Pros dominate YouTube greatest hits in 2012

"Gangnam Style" topped YouTube's list of the most attention-grabbing videos this year, as other professionally produced works outshined the amateur clips that had originally made the website famous.

Pros dominate YouTube greatest hits in 2012
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Russia briefly bans YouTube 'by mistake'

Web-surfing Russians endured a brief scare Wednesday that the authorities had blocked YouTube after the video-sharing website appeared on a list of banned addresses, in what officials later called a "technical mistake".

Russia briefly bans YouTube 'by mistake'
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Petronas yanks Diwali video over funeral dance blunder

Malaysian state energy firm Petronas has pulled a YouTube music video it posted to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali after angry viewers pointed out that it depicted an inappropriate funeral dance.

Petronas yanks Diwali video over funeral dance blunder