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12 Memorable Mashable Videos of 2012

We’ve had a lot of interesting moments at Mashable in the past year — and luckily, we also happened to be filming many of them. In 2012, we followed an Internet celebrity singing with a turkey leg, talked to folks who lined up for the iPhone 5 for a week, and a tracked down a filmmaker who did documentaries for the Arab Spring. We also peered into Martha Stewart’s bag and survived a takeover attempt from Conan O’Brien.

1. Conan O’Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO

In an April Fools’ Day prank, TeamCoco and Mashable got together to create a zany story line that includes Conan buying the site and ousting founder and CEO Pete Cashmore. The Conan O’Brien takeover launched at midnight on April 1 in a 24-hour story arc that shows O’Brien’s attempts to make paper-based tweeting happen.

2. Mashable Goes ‘Behind the Launch’ With New Documentary Series

We follow the journey of Vungle, an in-app advertising startup, as they court investors, hire new employees, and finally launch their company. Catch up on all fourteen episodes here.

3. How to Learn a Language on YouTube

Reporter Neha Prakash embarks on an attempt to learn Russian from YouTube tutorials, which culminates in a trip to a Russian restaurant as she tries to order from the fluent waitress. Her favorite word? C??????, which means “thank you.”

4. What’s in Martha Stewart’s Tech Bag?

America’s pioneering DIY expert has three iPads. What else does she carry in her seemingly endless bag of gadgets?

5. Watch Calexico Play Two Songs Live At Mashable

Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico fill Mashable HQ with the distinctive sound of the American southwest. They talk about their new album, Algiers, being a musician in the digital era, and sticking to an analog recording experience.

6. What Does Siri Know About the iPhone 5?

Tech editor Pete Pachal grills Siri for inside information about the phone, only to get coy replies.

7. Who Lined Up For the iPhone 5?

Meet the colorful characters who camped out at the Apple flagship store for a week.

8. iPhone 5 Line: Unnecessary But Fun

We do an early morning stakeout at the Apple Store right before it opens its doors.

9. This Is What Happens When Comic Con Attendees Try to Impersonate Bane

At the New York Comic Con, we asked everyone from Wolverine to Batman himself to demonstrate their finest Bane super-villain vocal talents, with mixed results.

10. This Man Fights in and Films the Last Gasps of the Arab Spring

Activist and filmmaker Matthew VanDyke spent years traversing North Africa and the Middle East by motorcycle, befriending Libyans and other travelers along the way. We talk to him about his work in this two-part series.

11. Nicole Westbrook Talks Turkey With New Yorkers

Watch 12-year-old YouTube viral video star Nicole Westbrook as she interviews people on the street with a turkey leg. You can’t make this stuff up.

12. Internet Feline Luminary Talks Big Data and Facebook Stock

Watercooler Editor Annie Colbert picks the brain of one of the Internet’s foremost felines, Grumpy Cat.

BONUS: Mashable Isn’t the Only 7-Year-Old Digital Expert

When Mashable turned seven years old, it got us thinking: How does a 7-year-old media company compare with actual 7-year-olds? We talked to kids from 92nd Street Y’s Camp Yomi to discuss Facebook’s valuation, LinkedIn tips and the fate of the BlackBerry.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/12/06/12-memorable-videos/

This Song Was Recorded in Space

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Using Soundcloud and YouTube, astronaut Chris Hadfield beamed a song from space to Earth. Hadfield recorded “Jewel in the Night” aboard the International Space Station this week, saying, “You can hear the slight buzz of the station’s fans in the background.”

He adds the song is “some of the first original music written for and performed on” the ISS.

Hadfield, with the Canadian Space Agency, is the commander of the 147-day ISS mission.

Hadfield shared the Soundcloud player and a YouTube video on Twitter, where he has been keeping people updated on his space adventures. Here’s a sampling of his holiday tweets:

Days before launching into space to arrive on the ISS, Hadfield participated in “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. In his introduction, he explained that he attempts to routinely check his social media for questions and comments from followers.

Netflix Aside, Emmys Jury Honors 4 Interactive Digital Media Programs

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LOS ANGELES — During the tape-delayed Primetime Creative Arts Emmys aired on Saturday, Netflix wasn’t the only web entity winning awards. A YouTube series and several TV networks’ digital media programs were honored for their achievements in multiplatform storytelling, interactivity, social TV experience as well as user experience and visual design.

Although the television academy has recognized interactive media in the past, it placed a bigger emphasis this year on the digital content and second-screen experiences from creators on platforms like YouTube or from major networks.

In addition to the four juried Emmy winners (below) in interactive categories, the Emmys added an Outstanding Interactive Program category, which ComedyCentral.com won for its Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs. The special featured Katy Perry’s viral “Firework” duet (pictured, above) with a girl living with autism.

“More than ever before, television has become an interactive medium in which the audience has a role in driving the storytelling, participating as a fan and engaging in community and sponsorship activities,” Lori Schwartz, a governor on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Interactive Media Peer Group, said in a statement earlier this month.

Here are the Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media winners:

Multiplatform Storytelling

Winner: Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen at BravoTV.com

“We are honored to be recognized for achievement in multiplatform storytelling,” Lisa Hsia, EVP of digital media at Bravo, told Mashable. “Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen was a wonderful confluence where great content met the desires of the fan and our partner Toyota. The digital series impacted the results of the on-air show. The second-screen participation and social conversation amplified it even further. Multiplatform storytelling turns our one-hour show into a seven-day-a-week experience.”

Jurors’ Comments:

Top Chef‘s award-winning linear series was expanded into a comprehensive digital “buffet” and tantalizing interactive experience for foodies with the companion Last Chance Kitchen series. This component, available on web and mobile platforms, Bravo’s Now app, VOD and EST, required active input from the viewing audience, which in turn influenced and impacted events on the linear series on. Each week, as Top Chef competitors were eliminated, they got a second chance to battle that week’s winner on this digital series. Fans interacted with the contestants and judges, and even got cooking themselves to determine which of the dismissed chefs would be the last one standing in the digital series and would have a chance to appear on the Top Chef finale. 52% of Top Chef‘s on-air audience engaged in Last Chance Kitchen and experienced the series in a collaborative way.

Recipients: Bravo Production Team, Magical Elves Production Team, Bravo Digital/Social Team and Bravo Creative Team

Social TV Experience

Winner: Oprah’s Lifeclass at Oprah.com/Lifeclass

Jurors’ Comments:

The award-winning series Oprah’s Lifeclass is a richly interactive, worldwide social experience for millions of students who participate in inspiring conversations with Oprah Winfrey on-air, online and via social media. For each class, Oprah is joined by a hand-picked expert, and together they interact with viewers to share principles and tools that can help people live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Prior to the scheduled airing of Lifeclass on OWN, key influencers in the social sphere on that topic are given a sneak peek of the episode, and invited to participate in the Sunday night social dialogue. Lifeclass consistently ranks in the top ten “most social shows” in primetime, according to BlueFin Labs. After airing, the conversations continue throughout the social space and in a digital classroom at Oprah.com, where tools are provided to help viewers reach their own “Aha” Moments via an extensive companion curriculum, including class notes (thanks to Storify) and assessments, and Life Work questions that can be saved in their custom profile.

Recipient: OWN Digital

User Experience And Visual Design

Winner: The Nick App from Nickelodeon

Jurors’ Comments:

The Nick App is a branded experience that allows kids to watch and play Nick in unprecedented ways. This free App features a moveable tile layout that can be swiped in any direction, promoting discovery and exploration and offering kids instant and on-demand access to more than 1,000 pieces of Nickelodeon-themed content. It includes short-form videos of original skits, sketch and comedic bits, behind-the-scenes clips and photos from Nick stars and animated characters, full episodes, polls, new games, and surprising random hilarity. The Nick App supports the full Nickelodeon on-air line up as well as specials such as the annual Kids’ Choice Awards. The App boasts new content daily and includes fun and funny interactive elements such as the “Do Not Touch” button that triggers an array of disruptive comedy and surprises. Nickelodeon’s goal was to go beyond a typical app that offers free video viewing and instead offer more interactive content, games, and video not seen on television — whenever and wherever the user wants it.

Recipients: Nickelodeon Digital

Original Interactive Program

Winner: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube from Pemberley Digital

Jurors’ Comments:

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is the award-winning, record-breaking, modern multiplatform adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” based around a fictional vlog kept by Lizzie Bennet, a 24-year-old grad student with an uncertain future, a mountain of debt and her best friend Charlotte behind the camera. When the LBD began in April of 2012 with two videos a week posted at Lizzie’s YouTube channel, there were only four characters appearing on screen. Unbeknownst to the audience, several other characters were conversing with each other over social media which kicked off a rapidly coruscating expansion of the LBD storyworld. Characters that only existed on Twitter soon began appearing on camera and even started their own channels, with one of them posting song recommendations and movie check-ins a full 10 months before they were to ever appear on camera. Throughout the entire process, the LBD characters used their social media presence to interact with the audience, creating an addictive world of engagement, while driving important plot points for the main video through their separate channels.

Recipients: Transmedia Producer Jay Bushman, Executive Producer Bernie Su and Transmedia Editor Alexandra Edwards

On Sunday, be sure to follow Mashable’s entertainment editor Brian Anthony Hernandez, who will be providing live coverage on Twitter (@BAHjournalist) and Instagram (BAHjournalist) from the Emmys red carpet and inside Nokia Theatre during the awards ceremony.

Internet Cat Video Film Festival Underway in Minnesota

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We know what you’re thinking: Why am I not in Minneapolis right now at the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival watching the best clips of cats chasing laser pointers, purring and ignoring the camera?

Attendees will get to watch the 79 finalist videos, selected from a field of 10,000, in high-quality, on a large outdoor screen — and for free. The winner will be announced Sept. 8 on Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.”

Lucky for you, the Walker Art Center will post a playlist from the festival online after it ends. We’ll bring you that the moment it’s released. It’s the next best thing to being there.

BONUS: The Most-Viewed Cat Videos of All Time

Music Monday: Catchy Songs

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Last week we introduced Watercooler. Our newest channel, and your destination for web culture and what’s trending. We are happy to report that you love viral content just as much as we do. The channel has grown, and it is picking up steam.

Needless to say, we’ve spent the last week engrossed in all kinds of trending content. From adorable cat videos to the newest GIFs — you’ll find it on Watercooler. Like its namesake, Watercooler is where you can hear what people are buzzing about around the web.

We are bringing you the Internet’s finest memes, viral videos and outrageous pictures.

In honor of Watercooler’s success, we put together a list of songs just as addictive. On this Music Monday the Mashable staff is proud to bring you a playlist of our favorite catchy songs.

Listen at your own risk.

These are the songs that get in your head … and stay there.

So join us. Jam out to classics like Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” and sample a few new ones like Karmin’s “Brokenhearted.”

Then head on over to Watercooler and check out these adorable pandas playing on a slide.

You know you want to.

Music Monday is a weekly post that allows us to share our love of music with you. Every Monday we will publish a Spotify playlist crafted around a certain theme. Last week we shared our favorite songs to listen to while we make the morning commute, and we invited you to send in your own picks.

Think you know a better (or worse) song? Send it along, and we’ll add to the list! We can’t wait to hear what you come up with.

Here’s how you can send us your pick for our catchiest songs playlist:

    • Tell us in the comments. Make sure to include the artist and the song so we can be certain to find it.

    • Tweet us your song choice @mashableHQ and use the hashtag #MusicMonday. If you send us a Spotify link, we’ll give it a listen and add some of our favorites

    • To grab a Spotify link, control-click on any song in Spotify and “Copy HTTP link.”

How to Get a Spotify HTTP Link

  • If you’re not a Spotify user, you can still send us a link to wherever the track is hosted, and we’ll do our best to listen.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/09/music-monday-catchy-songs/

Top 10 Unproduced Film Scripts Revealed on Twitter

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The Black List, an annual ranking of most-liked unproduced screenplays, unleashed its top 10 scripts one-by-one in tweets this week. A Twitter chat to discuss the selections is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

Among the topics for the scripts are the NFL draft, Dr. Suess and Hillary Clinton (pictured).

Films that have made previous year’s Black Lists include such critically acclaimed titles as The Social Network, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire.

This year, organizers revealed the Black List inclusions on Twitter and then tweeted the top 10 in reverse order (see tweets below along with each screenplay’s description; full list here).

Scott Rothman, a writer for the top-mentioned script, tweeted his reaction to earning the number one spot for his screenplay Draft Day: “@theblcklst Holy crap! Thank you!”

More than 290 film executives submitted their top choices for the 2012 Black List, with each script needing at least six mentions to enter the list.

Screenplay description: “On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.”

Screenplay description: “Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.”

Screenplay description: “As a young man, Ted Geisel meets his future wife Helen, who encourages his fanciful drawings, and in the 1950s when Ted is struggling professionally, Helen helps inspire the children’s book that will become his first big hit, ‘The Cat in the Hat.'”

Screenplay description: “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”

Screenplay description: “Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.”

Screenplay description: “A Mossad employed father and his CIA agent son team up to hunt an escaped Nazi.”

Screenplay description: “Based on a true (and ultimately surprising) story, a promising young law student fights an oppressive legal system and growing public scrutiny when his routine traffic stop snowballs into shocking criminal charges, imprisonment, daring escapes, and ultimately acting as his own attorney in a nationally televised murder trial.”

Screenplay description: “When three friends go missing on a camping trip in a forest rumored to be haunted, the two left behind discover clues that lead them to a safe deposit box containing video tapes… showing exactly what happened to their friends.”

Screenplay description: “Based on Andrews’s eponymous novel, a quirky high school student who enjoys making films sparks a friendship with a classmate dying of leukemia.”

Screenplay description: “In the Soviet Union in 1937, a worker of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs finds a list of traitors, which he thinks is going to be his way out.”

Image via JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/12/18/2012-black-list-twitter/

Deadmau5 Debuts ‘Phantoms Can’t Hang’ While Racing in Nyan Cat Ferrari

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Joel Zimmerman a.k.a. Deadmau5 performs at the Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park in Miami on March 29.
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It’s a game of cat and Deadmau5 at the Gumball 3000 international motor rally, where the electronic music producer is driving through Europe in a half-million dollar “Purrari” — a Nyan Cat-themed Ferrari.

Amid his vehicular antics, Deadmau5 is world premiering a new song (listen below) exclusively on Mashable on Monday, one day before it becomes available on iTunes.

This is the final album version of “Phantoms Can’t Hang” from while(1<2), which comes out June 17. Fans have previously heard snippets and rough cuts of the track because Deadmau5, born Joel Thomas Zimmerman, routinely uploads works in progress online.

People can follow Deadmau5’s Gumball 3000 live-streamed #TeamPurrari journey at live.deadmau5.com to catch a glimpse of the meme-infused car.

“I only know one dude who would do this to a half-million dollar Ferrari: me,” he told Mashable via Skype chat earlier this year before Gumball 3000 got under way. “LAWL. Suck it, world. Nyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyan.”

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Deadmau5 participates in Gumball 3000 on June 5 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Deadmau5 and his Purrari are on the European leg of the two-week, 3,000-mile trip, which includes stops in eight U.S. states and three countries in Europe.

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BONUS: The Complete Hiss-tory of Cats on the Internet

Curiosity Rover to Broadcast Will.i.am Song Live on Mars

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Whether or not you’re a fan of will.i.am‘s songs, his music will soon be out-of-this-world.

NASA‘s Curiosity rover is set to broadcast a new song by the Black Eyed Peas singer live from the surface of Mars on Tuesday, NASA announced. It will take place at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Called “Reach for the Stars,” the song is about will.i.am’s passion for science, technology and space exploration, NASA said. Check out the video above for more.

In addition, members of the team that successfully landed Curiosity earlier this month will describe the rover’s mission at the event. They will also explain the technology behind the song’s interplanetary transmission.

Will.i.am announced via Twitter that “Reach for the Stars” will be the first song from Earth ever to be broadcast from another planet.

He then encouraged other celebrity tweeters, including Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber, to “spread the word.”

The event will be streamed on NASA’s website, and broadcast on NASA TV.

Will.i.am, through his i.am.angel Foundation has also partnered with digital-learning company Discovery Education to develop a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative featuring NASA resources, such as Curiosity.

If you could choose a song to be broadcast on Mars, what would it be? Tell us in the comments below.

Video courtesy of i.am.angel Foundation

Image courtesy of Flickr, evarinaldiphotography

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/27/curiosity-william-song/

Katy Perry’s Victorian Dreams Go Up in Flames in ‘Unconditionally’

Katy Perry has found an era that suits her perfectly — Victorian.

The pop star went retro-chic in a visually stunning music video for power ballad “Unconditionally,” the second single from her “Prism” album. There are gowns, snow, pearls, flower petals, an owl, underwater scenes and a bed on fire — so nothing really out of the ordinary for Perry.

The singer recently told MTV that this music video would be a departure from her other videos because it “doesn’t have a complete narrative.”

“I usually have quite a big story line,” she said. “This time I wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don’t usually go for. But it’s mostly just a beautiful video that is supposed to evoke this power of love.”

Mission accomplished, Katy.

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Perry also released a lyric video for the song in October, featuring models Janell Shirtcliff and Erika Linder.

10 Crazy Ways to Use a GoPro

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