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Mystery Brand responds to scam, gambling accusations after YouTube controversy

Now, Tim Perk, a representative for the company, is addressing a number of complaints. Perk told The Verge via email that the company doesn’t own some of the prizes offered on the site, including a mansion listed for $250 million or expensive luxury cars. The house in question is a Beverly Hills residence listed on Zillow for $188 million. Top-of-the-line Lamborghini and Ferrari models also appear on Mystery Brand’s website. – Julia Alexander, The Verge http://bit.ly/2Tpwzrc
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Disney+ won’t debut any Star Wars movies for streaming

[CEO Bob] Iger also said he doesn’t know how much subscribing to the service will cost. “We haven’t even decided what we’re going to charge for it,” he said. Iger previously said that Disney’s streaming service will be priced below rival Netflix’s monthly rate, which is $11 a month for a standard plan in the US. – Joan E. Solsman, CNET https://cnet.co/2LPqSjV

Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart

YouTube’s policy allows for responsible gambling ads, with restrictions and protections for those watching, but the site doesn’t consider Mystery Brands or loot box-style games as gambling. Essentially, Paul’s and Le’s videos exist in a very specific gray area. YouTube’s policies do state that creators can not promote spam, deceptive practices, or scams, even through partnerships. – Julia Alexander, The Verge http://bit.ly/2F56IB4

Netflix pleads with people to stop doing the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

One viral meme shows a blindfolded family paddling away in their bathtub. Another shows a family running through their living room and one managing to hit the wall instead. There are numerous videos of random people walking blindfolded in cities like New York because sure, why not. One person put a hat over his head while driving. – Kirsten Korosec, TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2Tq14NP

YouTuber reportedly shot and killed while filming prank video

Rana Zuhair—who was part of a trio who performed for the Lahori Vines YouTube channel—reportedly was taking part in a video where the YouTubers tried to scare people by acting like a ghost. The newspaper reported that Zuhair approached a family at the park with a white sheet over his head and was shot to death by a family member. – Josh Katzowitz, The Daily Dot http://bit.ly/2ETHari

YouTube Responds After Failing to Credit Video From One of Its Own Creators in Tweet

The issue was surfaced Dec. 25 by YouTuber and domino artist Lily Hevesh, the creator of the video from which the clip was pulled. Hevesh quoted YouTube’s tweet in question and replied: “I’m a bit disappointed that YouTube would take my video and re-upload it with absolutely no credit. People rip off my work everyday and it’s honestly saddening to see this happen by YouTube itself.” – Catie Keck, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/OaVy1Gz

YouTube let a contentID scammer steal a popular video

Büttner, being a serious channel operator with millions of subs, tried to get relief from his liaison at YouTube. He was told he had to work it out with the scammer (who was still being paid the revenue the video was generating) through the scammer’s fake email address. YouTube gave him no other recourse and refused to provide more information. – Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing http://bit.ly/2QNRXtk
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