Google hire lobby firm behind the Al Gore YouTube Fraud

googleBoingBoing is reporting today that Google have appointed controversial Washington-based lobying and 'astroturffing' firm DCI to represent them in the US. DCI, run by Republican Party officials, came into public controversy earlier in the year when the Washington Post revealed it had pretended to be a 29 year old basement filmmaker to post a YouTube video attacking Al Gore and his film An Inconvenient Truth, released this week in the UK.

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YouTube's top vlog turns out to be LA filmmaking trio

"We did this with zero resources. Anybody could do what we did"

lonely girlIt was only a matter of time. LonelyGirl15, the most subscribed channel on YouTube - whose very username suggests nubile illicit desperation - has been revealed to actually be an 20- year old New Zealand actress Jessica Rose. LA filmmakers, since picked up by CAA, Miles Beckett, 28, a Web-obsessed medical school dropout; Mesh Flinders, 26, a screenwriter; and Greg Goodfried, a 27-year-old lawyer - worked together to script a series of vlog entries featuring the character Bree talking to camera bout her life, love, with a slightly obsessive boyfriend and a slowly emerging  satanic sub plot.

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MySpace builds in revenue model for unsigned bands

The social network giant MySpace is introducing a way for the three million bands hosted on the network to sell downloads of their music, through a partnership with Napster-founder Shawn Fanning's venture Snocap. This actually was announced on Tuesday but I've been moving house.

"The goal is to be one of the biggest digital music stores out there," MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe told Reuters. "Everyone we've spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative."

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Amazon unboxes TV and Film with downloads to own service

Amazon has unveiled its download service, Amazon Unbox, which offers thousands of TV programmes and films. Content appears from 30 major studios and production companies - including the BBC - with the notable exception of  Disney, whose largest shareholder is Apple boss, Steve Jobs. Apple is expected to launch a similar service next week.

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First imprisoned US blogger Josh Wolf continues to update from jail

josh wolfJosh Wolf, the US vlogger who was put in jail at the start of August after refusing to hand over video footage of a demonstration to US federal authorities, is continuing to blog from prison via friend's transcripts at  The Revolution Will Be Televised. A recent post quoted Malcolm X, whose biography Josh read while in prison:

Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ’safe’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid, that is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.

Metroblogger and BoingBoing reports that there is a benefit tomorrow (Thursday the 24th) at House of Shields. Violet Blue says:

 

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Chavved Up and Ready to YouTube

 

Vicky Polard - the ultimate chavA home video by two teenagers entitled "How to be a Perfect Chav" is proving a big draw on the internet, attracting some 30,000 hits since it was posted on Monday.

Kellie Munckton and Lucy Whiteside from Somerset posted their eight-minute guide on how to get the tracksuited look of Vicky Pollard, a teenage character in hit TV series "Little Britain", on YouTube.com.

To join the baseball cap-wearing tribe, they scraped back their hair, donned hooded track suits and hit the streets of Chard, flicking V signs at the camera.

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Chavved Up and Ready to YouTube

 

Vicky Polard - the ultimate chavA home video by two teenagers entitled "How to be a Perfect Chav" is proving a big draw on the internet, attracting some 30,000 hits since it was posted on Monday.

Kellie Munckton and Lucy Whiteside from Somerset posted their eight-minute guide on how to get the tracksuited look of Vicky Pollard, a teenage character in hit TV series "Little Britain", on YouTube.com.

To join the baseball cap-wearing tribe, they scraped back their hair, donned hooded track suits and hit the streets of Chard, flicking V signs at the camera.

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UK Networker Generation Deserting Traditional Media

 

Change Accelerating in Communications Industry

Now 11 Million UK Broadband Homes

Ofcom - UK communications regulatorOfcom's annual Communications Market Report shows significant changes are now happening in consumer behaviour, including today's generation of online consumers deserting traditional media like TV, radio and newspapers. For the first time. the UK national communications market exceeded £50 billion, more than a 4% share of the GDP, Britain's gross domestic product.

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Yahoo Enlists Film Students to Announce Redesign

 

Yahoo goes in for a design makeoverYahoo's new home page has gone live in the U.S., and the company has enlisted several film school students to spread the word. The new, dynamic site has been in a preview phase since May. It is more customizable and interactive than the previous version, utilizing technologies like AJAX to refresh content on the fly, which Yahoo hopes will keep users on the page longer.

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