NEW YORK (AP) — In another move to break from YouTube, music video brand Vevo has cut a deal to license videos from Warner Music, repairing a rift between major labels that began with the launch of the service seven years ago.
Erik Huggers, who took over as CEO of Vevo in April, on Tuesday called the deal an important milestone as it forges a “new relationship” with Warner. Vevo is co-owned by major labels Sony and Universal. Warner has its own channel on YouTube.
Warner CEO Steve Cooper called the deal the latest way it was attempting to “unlock the true value of music videos.”
Vevo relaunched its mobile app last month in a refresh that Huggers said paved the way for more original content and an ad-free subscription plan.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge overseeing Mateen Cleaves’ criminal sexual conduct case says a video featuring the former Michigan State basketball star and his accuser may be allowed into evidence.
The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting the woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2akjOL5 ) Genesee District Judge Catherine Dowd discussed the video on Friday.
The judge also requested affidavits from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Cleaves’ accuser that detail any relationship between a county task force on which the alleged victim may have served.
Defense attorney Frank Manley wants Worthy’s office removed from the case. Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey says her office should remain on the case.
Genesee County’s prosecutor did not take the case due to a possible conflict of interest.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina woman seen bound and gagged in a video sent to her mother made up the kidnapping incident and has been charged with filing a false police report.
An arrest warrant released Thursday by Simpsonville Police said Jessica Johnson insisted she was kidnapped after she was found at a motel Tuesday morning, tied up and incoherent.
Investigators said they went to the motel when Johnson’s mother called 911 after being sent video of her daughter gagged, bound and crying.
But later that day, Police Chief Steve Moore said his investigators weren’t getting a lot of answers. Police refused to give more details Thursday to why Johnson would have made up her story.
It wasn’t known if Johnson had a lawyer.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a Baton Rouge man was jailed for posting online videos threatening violence against Baton Rouge police and a former Ku Klux Klan leader who is running for the Senate.
Online records show 22-year-old Anthony Moore was in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail Thursday on charges of terrorizing and cyberstalking. Bond was set at $15,000.
Sgt. Jared Sandifer said Moore was arrested Wednesday after investigators were made aware of two YouTube videos. In one, police say Moore threatened Baton Rouge police in retaliation for the police shooting of Alton Sterling. In the other, they say Moore threatened former Klan leader and U.S. Senate candidate David Duke.
Sandifer said there is no evidence Moore actually plotted to carry out attacks.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has chosen not to appear in person at his resentencing next month in Chicago and will instead make his first appearance in a public forum in four years via video from a Colorado prison, his attorney told a federal judge Wednesday.
The 59-year-old Democrat preferred to return to his hometown but reluctantly agreed with officials that the logistics of the 1,000-mile journey would be complicated, attorney Leonard Goodman told Judge James Zagel at a status hearing.
His warden refused to grant Blagojevich a furlough enabling him to travel to Chicago on his own, Goodman said. So, transferring the one-time contestant on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” could have taken two weeks, requiring he go through a transfer center in Oklahoma and then board a government-run prisoner plane. Had Blagojevich invoked his right to attend the Aug. 9 hearing, “he would have come on Con Air,” Goodman joked after the hearing.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons didn’t have an immediate comment.
Famously fastidious about his black hair as governor, Blagojevich has granted no interviews in prison, so the resentencing will be the first chance to see how his appearance has changed behind bars. His barber said in 2012 that Blagojevich’s hair was dyed and that, since dyes are banned in prison, it would quickly turn all white.
An appeals court last year ordered Blagojevich to be resentenced after tossing five of the 18 corruption convictions that included attempting to exchange an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash.
Prosecutors want Zagel to impose the same 14-year term, saying Blagojevich doesn’t deserve leniency. The defense wants the sentence slashed to just five years, potentially freeing Blagojevich within months.
Defense lawyers say Blagojevich has been a model prisoner, citing more than 100 letters of support from fellow inmates. They noted the Elvis Presley fan even formed a prison band called “The Jailhouse Rockers.”
Blagojevich expected to make a statement directly to Zagel via the live video link, Goodman said. But an appeal for leniency could be a tough sell: At the original 2011 sentencing, Zagel repeatedly rebuked Blagojevich before imposing a longer sentence than many expected.
“When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily or quickly repaired,” he told Blagojevich. “You did that damage.”
Virtual reality has moved into the classroom, with a host of online resources to allow students to watch 360-degree videos. Young people can search YouTube for these navigable videos and even use a Google Cardboard for a true virtual reality experience.
So how can students create their own virtual reality experiences? Recently I had the opportunity to visit Unarthodox, a special space in New York City that hosts classes designed to promote creativity and self-expression. One of their newest classes focuses on virtual reality and gives participants a chance to create their own videos. I had the chance to ask the folks at Unarthodox a few questions about how to create virtual reality videos.
For our introductory class, we use an entry-level camera. Specifically, the Ricoh Theta S, which shoots 360 degree video at 1080p.
YouTube is definitely a very accessible way to watch 360 videos; however, recent changes to iOS mean that iPhone users are locked out of 360 videos and have to download a separate app. We’re also exploring sharing and viewing through Facebook, but it’s still very early to call any one option the “best.” Everyone wants to be the “Netflix of VR,” but as we’ve seen with the revolution of Hulu, Vimeo, Netflix, Amazon, etc., people will ultimately go wherever the best content is.
With any new platform and technological evolution, there’s a growth in excitement, which translates to motivation. Children are naturally intrinsically motivated, and if you increase the amount of options they have to express themselves and lower the barriers to do so, they’re more likely to accumulate whatever skills they need to create their vision, including literacy skills.
Virtual reality is an exciting tool that can connect to your curriculum. If you’ve tried using VR in your classroom, share your experiences below!
Monica Burns is an Author, Speaker, EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.