Viral Video Recap: Purr-kour, Planet of the Pugs and More

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Cats are back on top this week in our round-up of viral videos, thanks largely to their unlikely Purr-kour skills Sure, felines are known for their incredible jumping skills, but coupled with some clever editing and pumped-up theme music, one YouTube user takes it to a whole another level . But cats aren't the only pets that captured the Internet's attention this week. Cute, squishy-faced dogs took a dark turn in the parody trailer for a fictional film called Dawn of the Planet of the Pugs . The premise: how one man's rescuing of a lone puppy signaled a pug invasion See also: 16 Totally True Facts About Pugs Read more... More about Cats , Social Media , Youtube , Videos , and Viral Video Recap Read more »

Shark Dies After Large Australian Sea Lion Gets Stuck in Its Throat

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A shark that died at a Western Australian beach had a sea lion stuck in its throat. A video posted on YouTube on July 12 showed a great white shark in the shallows at Coronation Beach thrashing around, before swimming out 50m and repeating the weird sequence The post was edited two days later to say the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. See also: Panic, Then Tears, as Humans Save Beached Whale As the video garnered shares on YouTube, at last count 18,000, the Department of Fisheries investigated the strange death. Scientists travelled to the nearby town of Geraldton to try and find out what happened to the four-metre beast. Read more... More about Us World , Shark , Australia , Great White Shark , and Sea Lion Read more »

Russian Dashboard Cam Catches Driver Running Over a Man and Fleeing

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Editor's Note: The video above contains very graphic content that could be upsetting to some viewers. A shocking video showing a driver in Russia running over an elderly man after a short dispute has surfaced on YouTube . In the video above, taken from a dashboard cam of a third vehicle, an elderly man steps out of his car, a green Nissan Almera, and says something to a person in a white BMW 116 behind him. That person reacts by running over the man before he had a chance to enter his car. The driver then he stops, gets out of his car (apparently checking it for damage) and drives away. According to RT, which has confirmed with the local police that the video is real , the incident takes place in Moscow. The date stamp on the video shows that the incident took place on July 14, at 7:54 p.m. local time Read more »

Report Pegs YouTube’s 2013 Revenue at $3.5 Billion, Below Estimates

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YouTube brought in $3.5 billion in 2013, according to a report published on Monday, a number that comes in below many analysts' estimates. The user-generated video site is profitable, but its overall income isn't quite as high as the $5 billion number that had been widely floated, according to a story by The Information , which cited two anonymous sources. See also: 30 Funny YouTube Videos Shorter Than Your Attention Span Google does not publicly release YouTube's financials. YouTube declined to comment. The report comes just a few months after Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube after having run AdWords and AdSense, Google's advertising and analytics offerings. Her appointment was widely regarded as a move to increase focus on monetization of YouTube amid increased competition from other entrants into the online video market including Facebook and AOL. Read more... More about Google , Youtube , Online Advertising , Business , and Media Read more »

Leaked ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Set Footage Is Fake, But Still a Must-See

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Sometimes fake leaked footage is convincing, and other times it's so unconvincing that it's only good for a laugh. But it's rare that fake leaked footage is both unconvincing and absolutely amazing at the same Such is the case with a new video claiming to be leaked footage from the set of Star Wars Episode VII See also: The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Photo Is Even Better in Lego Posted by German YouTube user Frank Wunderlich, the video shows what it might look like if all those Star Wars air vehicles were real and waiting to be deployed from a present-day airport Merging footage from the very real Frankfurt Airport in Germany with an imagined "Imperial Starport Frankfurt," the video shows off an AT-AT Walker trudging down a runway while a van drives underfoot and an Imperial Destroyer sits in the background Read more... More about Star Wars , Entertainment , Film , Video , and Youtube Read more »

YouTube: Slow Buffering Is Totally Your ISP’s Fault

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YouTube wants you to know that if you're experiencing playback issues, blurring video or excessive buffering, it's probably your Internet service provider's fault. Taking a cue from Netflix , YouTube has initiated its own Video Quality Report to let users know what type of performance they get from their ISP. See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed YouTube initially rolled out the Video Quality Report at the end of May , along with a video explaining why YouTube-suckage is totally not YouTube's fault Mashable covered the survey's initial rollout, but what makes this worth revisiting is an additional detail noticed by Quartz . Read more... More about Google , Youtube , Netflix , Bandwidth , and Tech Read more »

A Hysterically Sobbing Politician Is Sad But Also Kind of Hilarious

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Crying politicians are nothing new. John Boehner has been known to shed more than his fair share of tears now and again But this week, a video of a Japanese politician sobbing throughout a press conference made waves, racking up more than 3 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on Tuesday. See also: How to Talk About Politics With Someone Smarter Than You Ryutaro Nonomura, a 47-year-old assemblyman, is under fire for allegedly spending government funds (about 3 million yen, or almost $30,000) to take 195 trips to various hot spring resorts without providing receipts . Nonomura openly reported the trips to the assembly, and those trips were not technically illegal, he is being harangued by the public for an explanation Read more... More about Politicians , Viral Video , Politics , World , and Watercooler Read more »

Wanted: Egyptian Police on the Hunt for Sophisticated Surveillance Tool

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Egyptian police are looking to develop social media-monitoring software that experts say would be the first to understand multiple forms of written Arabic, and allow government officials to profile any user. Experts told Mashable this system, first reported on June 2, would be the first to combine proficiency in colloquial as well as Romanized Arabic with the ability to zero in on specific government targets. Egyptian officials would be able to identify and analyze everything from patterns of extremist speech to people "spreading hoaxes and claims of miracles," and would also be able to profile the social networks of people who officials want to investigate Read more... More about Censorship , Social Media , Arabic , Police , and Egypt Read more »

How to Cope With ‘Game of Thrones’ Withdrawal

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Season 4 of Game of Thrones is over ... so now what?! Elliott Morgan offers some suggestions that will help you cope until the next season. Subscribe to Mashable on YouTube and never miss a minute. BONUS: 5 'Game of Thrones' Facts Every Fan Should Know Read more... More about Social Media , Youtube , and Game Of Thrones Read more »