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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik