Potter Puppet Pals’ ‘Mysterious Ticking Noise’ is 10 years old, so you’re basically dying

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If you’re part of the Harry Potter generation, you probably remember the hit 2007 club banger “The Mysterious Ticking Noise” from Potter Puppet Pals. That video is exactly 10 years old now, so we’re going to go drown in wizard angst over the passage of time.

In “The Mysterious Ticking Noise,” Severus Snape wanders the blue-curtained halls of Hogwarts in search of the source of a “kind of catchy” ticking sound he can’t seem to shake. He starts singing his name to the tempo of the ticking, and Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione and Harry catch on. The video has been viewed over 172 million times.  Read more…

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It only took us five minutes to find a big brand advertising on a hate group’s YouTube

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Google’s facing an advertiser revolt this week after it came to light that several big brands’ ads were served on YouTube videos promoting terrorism, extremism, and other violent forms of hate.

More than 250 brands have split from YouTube after various investigations in the Times of London outed the ad placements. Needless to say, brands don’t want their ads being served on YouTube’s most hateful content. And how often are their ads served in these cesspools?

Well: It took us just around five minutes on YouTube to confirm how big of a problem this is. That’s it.

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YouTube really wants you to watch this stop-motion film featuring a stranger’s butt

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YouTube has 67.3 million followers on Twitter — and I’m one of them.

For years, I’ve followed the account to get updates on featured videos, YouTube Red originals and news items.

But on Wednesday, I was shocked to find YouTube’s Twitter account promoting the butt of a “perfect stranger.”

Pale and weird, but oddly … comforting?

Meet a perfect stranger → https://t.co/q3GBBNXF21 pic.twitter.com/sPu006xBGj

— YouTube (@YouTube) March 22, 2017

On social media, YouTube described the animated figure as “pale and weird, but oddly … comforting?”

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YouTube is finally paying a big price for hosting hateful content

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Some of America’s biggest advertisers are joining their British counterparts in boycotting Google.

AT&T, car rental giant Enterprise, and pharmaceutical company GSK have each decided to suspend all YouTube ads after The Times of London reported that the brands had appeared alongside videos with hate speech and extremism.

The companies are among the first in the United States to join what’s become a full-scale revolt among advertisers in the UK this week.

The decisions all come the day after Google announced a handful of new tools meant to give advertisers more control over where their ads appear. The search giant has also apologized repeatedly and vowed to beef up the staff dedicated to sussing out extreme content. Read more…

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Google finally gives brands more ways to keep ads off hateful Youtube videos

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Google has apologized repeatedly to outraged British brands and government groups that found their ads surfacing on hateful YouTube videos.

Now it’s finally delivering on its promise to do better.

The company announced a host of changes to its advertising systems on Tuesday meant to give brands more control over where their ads appear.

The move comes after the Times of London set off a firestorm with reports that major advertisers were being featured alongside terrorist sympathizers, Nazis and other extremists on YouTube. Read more…

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Even more brands have joined a boycott against Google over ads on extremist videos

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Google now has a full-scale advertiser revolt on its hands.

A host of British brands and governmental groups pulled their business from the search giant’s platform last week after reports showed that ads were surfacing on YouTube videos from terrorists and hate-mongers.

Several more joined in over the weekend, including three of the UK’s largest banks — HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds — and British department store Marks & Spencer.

The crisis was enough to prompt ad industry analyst Brian Wieser to downgrade parent company Alphabet’s stock from “buy” to “hold” on Monday. Read more…

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‘John Wick’ kicks just as much butt when he’s using Nerf guns

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John Wick is known for its incredible fight sequences. It turns out they are no less amazing when all of the real guns get substituted with Nerf guns.

YouTube channel Corridor, which specializes in Nerf action videos, demonstrates this perfectly by showing us what John Wick would be like if the weapons were Nerfed, literally. The action is still so captivating, we almost wish all movies would use Nerf guns instead of real guns. At the very least, movies would be more colorful that way. Read more…

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Some LGBTQ+ videos are being filtered on YouTube and vloggers want answers

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Several popular LGBTQ+ YouTube vloggers have claimed that YouTube is using the site’s “restricted mode” to hide some of their videos, according to Gizmodo.

The restricted mode for YouTube, according to Google, enables users to filter out “potentially objectionable content,” leading some LGBTQ+ vloggers to accuse YouTube of implicitly categorizing their material as not “family-friendly.”

That’s the complaint British vlogger Rowan Ellis made to Gizmodo, saying, “there is a bias somewhere within that process equating LGBT+ with ‘not family friendly.’”

Ellis posted her own video addressing the issue after she found dozens of her videos fell victim to the process.  Read more…

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What’s Disneybounding? Meet the newest, semi-cosplay fashion trend you’ve never heard of

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There’s cosplaying—and then there’s Disneybounding.

The increasingly popular activity, which some deem “closet cosplay,” is when Disney fans dress up as their favorite characters using contemporary fashion.

With the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters this weekend, we decided to take a closer look at Disney’s subculture of fashion.

So…how did Disneybounding even start?

Leslie Kay

The fashion trend began with blogger Leslie Kay (pictured above).

She came up with the term as she was getting ready for a trip to Walt Disney World.  Read more…

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Twitch should be worried about YouTube’s latest esports deal

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Twitch is the veritable king of esports broadcasting, with nearly every tournament worth its salt streaming its competitions live on the platform. Twitch is the host platform to all sorts of tournaments: from the few dozen viewers checking out a community Rocket League tournament to the over 1 million fans tuning into the grand finals of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major.

Of course, some tournaments are broadcast on other platforms like MLG.tv, Twitter or YouTube, but they’re rarely exclusive from Twitch. Until recently, that is.

Within the past two months, YouTube has landed two exclusive deals with popular Counter-Strike leagues — ESL Pro League and the Esports Championship Series. The internet video behemoth is planting its flag in esports, and if it keeps buying exclusive streaming rights out from under Twitch, Twitch could lose its throne. Read more…

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