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“Nightline” Gives YouTube a Fifth Birthday Present

YouTube continued its fifth birthday celebration last night with a segment on ABC’s “Nightline.” Topic: “Hey! Everyone watches YouTube!”

Since you’re reading this site, it’s likely that there’s little news for you in this one. But it does let you see the inside YouTube HQ, a giant bunker in San Bruno, Calif., that used to be the home of The Gap. There’s minigolf and a tiki bar!

The segment also features a lot of YouTube viral clips, including Greyson Michael Chance, whom I’d never heard of before, but he’s apparently going to be the next Justin Bieber.

Oddly or not, I can’t find the ABC clip on Google’s video site itself. So you’ll have to watch it on ABC’s mugly proprietary player.

And here’s Chance, a 12-year-old, doing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald