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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus