AOL Buys Silicon Valley Website TechCrunch

AOL, the parent company of DailyFinance, has agreed to purchase TechCrunch, a top news blog covering Silicon Valley and tech startups. The deal was announced by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington (pictured) on Tuesday morning.

Google's YouTube Wins Another Copyright Case

A Spanish court side with YouTube, saying it was the copyright holder's responsibility, in this case Telecinco, to notify YouTube whenever it noticed its copyrighted broadcast video had been uploaded to YouTube.

YouTube Launches Live Streaming Experiment

YouTube will enter the live streaming market today with an experimental platform involving four media partners. The Google-owned (GOOG) video website will preview a new live streaming platform in a two-day trial, The Associated Press reported.

Google Eyeing Pay-Per-View Movies on YouTube?

Google is talking to Hollywood studios about a pay-per-view video service based on YouTube, according to a new report. The move comes as Google girds for battle with Apple, and telecom and media companies jostle for control over the next generation of high-speed content delivery.

Microsoft Co-Founder Files Big Patent Lawsuit

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen slapped a host of tech titans with a patent infringement lawsuit Friday, alleging that they were utilizing technologies developed by a lab that he had invested in. On his his naughty list: Google, YouTube, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Netflix and AOL, among others.

TV Networks Balk at Supplying Google TV

Google plans to launch a combined service of online and TV program listings and shows, but TV networks are leery of partnering with the search giant. They worry a deal may help Google encroach on their turf.

Viacom Appeals 'Flawed' $1 Billion YouTube Verdict

Media giant Viacom has appealed a judge's ruling that threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube for copyright infringement. Viacom called the decision, which said YouTube was protected by the "fair use" doctrine, "fundamentally flawed." This battle is far from over.

The Justin Bieber Effect Reaches Books and Film

No matter how you feel about the YouTube-launched sixteen-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber (and if you are older than 30, we can probably guess your feelings on the subject), there's no denying that he's an entertainment industry juggernaut. Why, just this past Monday came news of not one, but two major deals.

The Coming Boom in Videoconferencing Technology

The concept of the videophone is nearly as old as the phone itself, and prototypes predate the Beatles by many decades. But while other new modes of communication, from email to instant messaging to cell phones have been adopted at astonishing rates, video has lagged -- until now.

Pakistan Threatens to Block Anti-Islamic Web Content

Pakistan plans to monitor Google and its YouTube site, as well as Yahoo, Amazon, and Microsoft's MSN, Hotmail and Bing for anti-Islamic content, saying it will block links to certain content on those sites if it deems it necessary.

Love the Vuvuzela? YouTube Has a Button for You

Online video giant YouTube has added a new button to its website -- one that adds the distinctive sound of the vuvuzela. The button, shaped like a soccer ball, unleashes the drone of the plastic trumpet to any clip.

YouTube gets vuvuzela button

Earlier today, YouTube added a vuvuzela button to some videos. Users can locate a little soccer ball icon next to the 360p video-enhancing button....

Legal Briefing: BP-Anadarko Fight Stays Out of Court

BP and Anadarko will battle over whether the former was grossly negligent in the Deepwater Horizon project before an arbitration panel, not a court. This means the fight won't help oil-spill plaintiffs. Plus, Viacom vs. YouTube and dangerously industry-friendly regulators.

Viacom to Appeal Defeat in
$1 Billion Google Lawsuit

Viacom has vowed to appeal after a federal judge threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube. In his landmark decision, Judge Louis L. Stanton said YouTube is covered by the "safe harbor" protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

BP Breaks Ground in Crisis Management on the Web

BP has purchased search terms on Yahoo, Google, Bing and YouTube, grabbing the top spot on the page for the phrase "oil spill" and related terms. Like it or not, this represents a new phase of corporate crisis communications.

Legal Briefing: Generic Pharmas on the Hook for Drug Safety

An FDA "bioequivalent" certification doesn't exempt generic drugmakers from responsibility for their medication's safety, a judge has ruled. Teva Pharmaceuticals had been sued for the problems its version of antidepressant Wellbutrin has caused users.

Japanese Anime Puts Crunchyroll on the Fast Path

If you live outside Japan and are familiar with the television series Naruto Shippuden and Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee then you are, no doubt, also familiar with Crunchyroll, an online video service that provides full length episodes and movies of Japanese anime. The site is quickly signing up viewers all over the English speaking world.

Viacom vs. YouTube/Google: Piracy or Not?

As Viacom's three-year-long copyright lawsuit against YouTube/Google reaches a crucial moment, the public finally gets to see each side's briefs in the case. Which company has the better argument? DailyFinance legal correspondent Abigail Field offers us an opinion, and a brief history of the alleged crimes.

Viacom Tried to Buy YouTube Before Google Did

Viacom, the media giant suing YouTube for $1 billion, tried to buy the video site until the very last moment before Google snatched it in 2006. Viacom said buying YouTube would be a "transformative acquisition," according to court documents.

YouTube Knew Illegal Content Drove Growth

YouTube's founders were well-aware of the potential for infringing material on their site to drive growth, court records show. But U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton will have to decide how specific the founders' knowledge of the infringing content was to determine if the site broke the law.

Viacom and Google Trade Barbs in a Billion-Dollar Battle

Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube -- which is owned by Google -- burst into public Thursday as both sides released opening statements in the three-year old case. Viacom is trying to show that YouTube flouted the DMCA before and after it was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006. Google maintains that it has been vigilant about following the law, and accuses Viacom of hypocrisy for actually using YouTube as a promotional vehicle while simultaneously suing the site.

Coming Soon to YouTube: Free Caption Service

As 700 million people worldwide are expected to have hearing impairment problems by 2015, Google's YouTube division says that is releasing a caption service so that those who cannot hear the audio on the site's videos will be able to read along.