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YouTube Video Awards An Answer to Vloggies?

Mashable is reporting YouTube will today announce the launch of the “YouTube Video Awards”.

The seven categories are Most Inspirational, Most Creative, Best Series, Best Comedy, Musician of the Year, Best Commentary and “Most Adorable Video Ever.”…The winners will be announced on March 25th, and trophies will be awarded.

It seems a little late in the year to start honoring the best videos of 2006, doesn’t it?. As Robert Scoble suggests, YouTube appears to be reacting to the Vloggies – which has been around for six months.

Did You Know?; Video Presentation Offers Mindblowing Statistics

Have you seen this video? “Did You Know?” is a six minute video that could blow you mind with data. Everything from the growth of China to the growth of information is covered in this thought-provoking and well put together piece. Now, anyone know how to validate its claims?

Tip of the hat to Scott Gardner.

Former Disney CEO Eisner Launches Online Video Project

CNET is reporting former Disney chief, Michael Eisner, is involved with the launch of Vuguru, an independent studio for the production of online videos.

According to a statement from the new company, Vuguru aims to focus on “high-quality, story-driven content for the Internet” on a par with professional television and cinema productions.

Vuguru – anyone know the origin of the name, sounds like some kind of venereal disease – also plans to be platform agnostic, with content available for mobile and your living room.

YouTube Banned by Turkey, Subpoenaed by Cuban

In case you missed it, the Turkish government banned YouTube from the entire country. One judicial decision and they flip a switch—bam. No more Lazy Sunday in Turkey. (I’m not being flip; apparently the ban really is that simple.) (Okay, I’m being flip about Lazy Sunday.)

The questionable video that prompted the decision, which criticized Turkey’s founder, has been removed from the site. Philipp Lenssen reports that YouTube is working to get back into Turkey. This is only natural since Turkey was one of their most profitable markets ;) .

As if that weren’t enough, Mark Cuban has subpoenaed YouTube/Google to get the identities of users who posted pirated versions of copyrighted works from his Magnolia Pictures.

He tells Reuters:

SEO: The Best Way to Get People to Your Website Video

I know we all miss Andy. I’m sure he misses us, too, if he ever thinks about the blogosphere while vacationing in Tahiti (but why would you?).

I know I’m a poor substitute for Mr. Beal himself, so here’s something to make us all feel better: a video interview with Andy. Podtech Networks’ Jennifer Jones interviewed Andy on SEO. Enjoy (and don’t worry; Andy will be back next week)!

Hearst to Deal 12 Blows to YouTube?

William Randolph Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887. Since then, and even after his death, his empire has continued to grow. 120 years later, the media conglomerate that started with the San Francisco Examiner owns dozens of newspapers, magazines and television channels—and would like to ‘pwn’ YouTube.

Hearst has already begun its online video channels with TeenMag.com‘s branded video player. Hearst plans 12 more channels to be debut over the next three months, including branded players for magazine sites like Good Housekeeping, Esquire and Cosmopolitan.

Hearst relies on MSN for online video syndication now, but VP & General Manager of Hearst Magazines Digital Media Chuck Corddry says, “We may or may not avail ourselves of the syndication portion of the product.”

The rest of the story

Here’s some of the news also going on in the search world now:

  • Google Blogoscoped features an FAQ of Google censorship, including a pretty comprehensive history of censorship by Google—and not just on Google.cn. Says Phillip Lenssen: “For the scope of this FAQ I’ll define censorship as missing results which are filtered for reasons of politics or regulations, not because they’re spam, non-family friendly, or copyright-infringements (though your mileage may vary).”
  • Today is Yahoo’s 12th birthday, according to Wired. That explains why they’re having such a hard time lately—they’re in the ‘awkward’ stage.
  • eMarketer reports that Facebook is tops with the 17-25 demographic (free on a limited basis). As a member of that demographic, I say, “Duh. MySpace is for my 15-year-old sister and child predators.” Females in the demographic name MySpace and YouTube as numbers 2 and 3, respectively. Males pick YouTube and Yahoo! as 2 and 3 (MySpace is #6—ight above Wikipedia).