CIA Buys Stake in Firm That Monitors Social Networking Sites

U.S. spies hope to glean intelligence nuggets from blog posts and Twitter

Twitterati and other netizens should already know that their Internet musings are public and could potentially become fodder for intelligence analysts. But now U.S. spy agencies have officially invested in a software firm that monitors social media and half a million web 2.0 sites daily.

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The Social Media Revolution

The amazing story of social media told in an equally amazing video by Socialnomics on YouTube. This is must see!


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How Much Can You Really Learn With a Free Online Education?

The world’s most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out

I was not screwing around. When I took the first physics class of my life, at age 35, it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and my professor was Walter Lewin, one of that institution's most respected instructors. Lewin is a man so comfortable with his vectors that he diagrams them in front of a classroom audience while wearing Teva sandals.

OK, I wasn't really "at" MIT. And "took" the class may be a stretch. I was watching the video of one of Lewin's lectures from the comfort of my backyard in Brooklyn, and I too was wearing sandals (but not Tevas; I have standards).

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YouTube Uploads Doubled To 2GB, HD Embeds And Linking Added

Get more out of YouTube with extended data limits and HD video

If you upload videos to YouTube and feel restricted by the 1GB limit, YouTube now offers 2GB of wiggle room as well as the ability to directly link to and embed high definition video.

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Is YouTube the Best Way to Find Videos on the Web?

There are a lot more clips out there than what turns up using YouTube's keyword-search function. On sites such as, you can watch free TV shows and movies. And "vertical content" Web sites focus on single subjects, whether bird-watching or extreme sports.

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Hammer Of The Gods, Indeed

Townsfolk fight locusts with the power of rock, Vice gets technical, and students break down geology on the M-I-C

As a respite from the nonstop flu blogging, I decided it was time to have a little fun and show the lighter side of science.

First up is a story from the Wall Street Journal about the residents of Tuscarora, Nevada, driving off a swarm of insects by blasting Led Zeppelin.

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How Stimulating!

Electric shocks to the muscles of the face cause painful, hilarious contortions

Daito Manabe sticks electrodes on his face and films the results. Last month we found out why -- now here's a look at how it works.

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Download YouTube Videos to Your Computer

If you're gonna try this do it quickly, who knows how long this site will remain live for?

Story from Lifehacker Australia

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Die Neue Zero to Sixty

With the help of YouTube, a lap around the legendary (and publicly accessible) Nürburgring in Germany is becoming a new gold standard of auto performance

Back in 1946, Mechanix Illustrated writer "Uncle" Tom McCahill began measuring cars' performance by how quickly he could launch them from a standing start to 60 miles per hour. That measure, evocative in its simplicity, quickly became the standard for judging a passenger car's performance, and a perfect proxy for advertisers to capture the excitement of driving in a single phrase. Zero to 60 in a scorching 5.5 seconds!

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Yawning cats relegated to computers? Not anymore

Your TV just came another step closer to your computer. TiVo has partnered with YouTube to bring its content to broadband-connected subscribers with the Series 3 and HD set-top boxes. This means youll no longer have to drag the laptop downstairs or force everybody to huddle around the tiny screen of your iPhone at parties to show your guests the latest pratfalls. Just flick on your TV and youre set.

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The Case of the Disappearing Octopus

Roger Hanlon's cephalopod research hits the mainstream in a popular YouTube video

You likely don't know Roger Hanlon by name, but you may very well have been forwarded the video clip above in the past year--which means you know his research. Dr. Hanlon studies cephalopod camouflage. In addition to controlled experiments in his lab, he has been on thousands of dives following cuttlefish, squid and octopuses through their natural habitats. Using underwater digital video cameras, he and his team are able to capture the intricate physical patterns these animals display across their bodies when they want to go unseen.

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Pakistan Accidentally Hijacks YouTube

A global YouTube outage is traced to a single country's censoring attempt

All across the globe yesterday, users tried and failed to get their daily dose of yawning kittens and manic explosions. The problem? Pakistan accidentally hijacked YouTube. It started when the government of Pakistan tried to limit access to a video critical of Islam. In order to keep its citizens from playing the clip, reportedly a portion of an inflammatory film by the Danish Dutch politician Geert Wilders, Pakistan Telecom had local Internet service providers block the site by rerouting users—instead of getting the video site, they'd hit a blank page.

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YouTube To Open Ad Program to Amateur Filmmakers

YouTube, the online video giant, announced plans yesterday to expand its advertising program to a number of amateur movie-makers. Ads will be spliced into the videos, and the creators will get the chance to share the revenue with Google, YouTube's corporate parent.

The ad program itself isn't brand new. YouTube picked a small group of established content producers to test its pilot program. But now the site will let users apply to be part of the revenue-generating machine. The favorites will be those who post frequently, have a loyal following, and stick to YouTube's rules. Currently, it's available in the US and Canada, but will probably expand soon, if the community's demands have anything to do with it. The very first comment to YouTube's blog post on the subject: When are you going to expand this to Slovenia? It's the big question on all of our minds.—Gregory Mone


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The Breakdown: Fast Freezing Beer

This little party trick is guaranteed to impress, and you don't need any special materials, just a decent freezer and a bottle of beer. Emory University physicist Sidney Perkowitz, the author of the forthcoming book Hollywood Science, says the phenomenon at work here is most likely supercooling - a process by which water can remain in a liquid state below its freezing point. It's a delicate balance, though, as the water will turn to ice given the slightest shock.

If supercooling is the culprit, the hidden scientist in this video most likely left the bottle in the freezer long enough for it to drop down below the freezing point - some other sites recommend about 30 minutes. Next, the shock of slamming the bottle on the table jolts the beer, and this added energy forces it to crystallize into ice.

Of course, it's hard to say for sure what's happening in this clip, and the many other frozen beer related videos posted on YouTube, because we don't have all the information. The best way to test the idea would be to try it yourself. I'd do the same, but I don't believe in waste.—Gregory Mone

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