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YouTube Star Michelle Phan Fights Back Against Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit

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YouTube celeb Michelle Phan is fighting back against a copyright infringement suit that alleges she used songs without permission on her lucrative, home-grown YouTube channel.

The video blogger, who rose to fame for her wildly popular makeup tutorial videos, is being sued for copyright infringement by Ultra Records, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles last week

The label alleges Phan—…

What Does the New Google+ Name Policy Mean for YouTube?

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Google has dropped all of its profile name restrictions, meaning users can now choose any name they want for their profile pages

This change back to old ways has obvious benefits for anonymity on the Internet — but, to be honest, could it also lead to a resurgence in trolls?

Lamarr Wilson discusses this new policy and what it could mean for YouTube users in the latest episode of YouTube Weekly

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The United States of ‘Game of Thrones’

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Who needs 50 states when you can have 50 warring nations of crazy murder-knights?

Thanks to Reddit and HBO’s Game of Thrones-style sigil generation tool Join the Realm, that nightmare is a bit closer to reality.

Redditor Boo-yay painstakingly created a custom sigil for each state (and territory), posting the images to the popular Game of Thrones subreddit.

Drawing from actual state mottos, American history and…

Australia Embraces #TimCahilling After Striker Tweets Shock Over Brazil’s Loss

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Australia didn’t exactly kick the ball out of the park at this year’s World Cup, but Socceroos striker Tim Cahill has taken to thrashing Brazil on Twitter.

With one hand covering his mouth and eyes wide open, his expression says it all:

What. A. Shocker.

Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany was an absolute wipe-out, with the latter scoring five goals in 29 minutes. At this devastating moment, Cahill expressed what the world was…

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16 Crucial Things J.K. Rowling Reveals in New Harry Potter Story

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J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter story on Tuesday morning, which briefly crashed her Pottermore website. But once it was up and running again, muggles were treated to a Daily Prophet column from tabloid diva Rita Skeeter

The fictional news story is set at the Quidditch World Cup, but more importantly, it hints at more Harry Potter stories (and scandals) to come

1. Our World Cup has NOTHING on the Quidditch World Cup

Which we now know takes place in Patagonia

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Wrote the Most Canadian Song Ever

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Things sure are nice up there in Canada, eh? Astronaut Chris Hadfield definitely thinks so.

In honor of Canada’s 147th birthday, Hadfield and his brother, Dave, have written a song that celebrates all the wonderful things they love about Canada. The folksy, polite little song lauds every Canadian thing from bagged milk to hockey.

This isn’t the first time Hadfield busted out his guitar to serenade millions of YouTube fans. His popular…

8 Things You Should Know About the New ‘Super Smash Bros.’

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This year’s E3 was all about the Smash. Nintendo’s looming E3 booth was always crowded with fans waiting to play Super Smash Bros., and one of the most popular attractions of the conference was a huge screen showing constant live four-player matches.

It’s been eight years between the upcoming Smash Bros. and its previous iteration the Wii. Fans of Nintendo’s fighting franchise, which stars most of its popular characters, are clamoring for any new information about the game.

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Everybody Calm Down. ‘Bubbling’ Is Not a Thing in Australia

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There is a so-called trend that involves doing something pretty horrific to yourself that some say is a big thing in Australia.

(Warning: Here’s your chance to stop reading. It’s pretty gross. You’ve been warned.)

The trend, which involves urinating into one’s own mouth, has gotten waves of media coverage and ended the career of at least one prominent rugby league player.

Called “huge” by Vice News, “viral” by The Australian and “a craze that…

Watch a 5-Minute Playthrough of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Break a Record

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You probably never played Super Mario Bros. like this as a kid. Gamer “Blubber” posted a video of his speedrun through the original Super Mario Bros. from 1985, in which he beat the previous record by a second.

Blubber broadcast his run on Twitch over the weekend. He utilizes every possible warp pipe and glitch, along with excellent timing, to defeat bowser and save the princess. His total time was 4 minutes and 57.69 seconds, and he never stopped for a single mushroom.

See also: The Secret…

Watch a 5-Minute Playthrough of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Break a Record

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You probably never played Super Mario Bros. like this as a kid. Gamer “Blubber” posted a video of his speedrun through the original Super Mario Bros. from 1985, in which he beat the previous record by a second.

Blubber broadcast his run on Twitch over the weekend. He utilizes every possible warp pipe and glitch, along with excellent timing, to defeat bowser and save the princess. His total time was 4 minutes and 57.69 seconds, and he never stopped for a single mushroom.

See also: The Secret…