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The YouTube Earthquake–Video From Japan

There are plenty of places to learn about today’s earthquake in Japan, and its aftereffects. But do take a minute to stop by YouTube’s “CitizenTube” channel, where Google’s video site is collecting users’ homemade documents of the quake.

These clips won’t give you context or details. Just the visceral sense of what it’s like to be in the middle of this thing.

Meanwhile, if you want real-time news coverage of the quake but don’t want to leave YouTube, the site is happy to oblige. It is prominently advertising a link to its Al Jazeera English portal, where it is providing a live stream of the cable channel’s feed.


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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