Where to Watch the Indian Premiere League Cricket Season Online

Updated: Turns out, March Madness isn’t the only major sporting event starting this weekend: Cricket fans all over the world have been feverishly awaiting today’s start of the Indian Premiere League Cricket Season. In fact, the first game is already underway while I’m writing this story, with the Deccan Chargers facing off against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and the audience is going crazy on Twitter, posting tweets faster than a Cricket fan’s heartbeat.
So where do you turn to watch the Indian Premiere League Cricket Season? Not ESPN or Fox Sports. U.S. broadcasters tend to ignore the event, but cricket fans can turn to YouTube instead, where the complete season — with all of its 60 matches will be broadcast in real time almost all over the world. Missed a match? No worries, the IPL’s YouTube channel will also offer past games on demand.
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Where to Watch March Madness Online

March Madness, baby! If you didn’t already have a good reason to drive down to Costco (s COST) and pick up a huge new TV, this is it. Of course, that shiny new flatscreen won’t help you much for those games airing during office hours, but there is hope. The good thing about the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament is that all games will be available online and on your phone in real time.
And no, you won’t have to jump through any annoying registration hoops like with the Olympics. In fact, there are so many options to to join in on the fun that we decided to compile a handy little guide for all your March Madness needs.
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Video Interview: How to Go Viral

Jamie Wilkinson, aka Jamie Dubs, is the go-to guy if you want to learn anything about Internet memes. He’s the brain behind Know Your Meme, and until recently used to be Rocketboom’s Internet Research Scientist, complete with lab coat and white board.
Wilkinson looked into the origin of such seminal Internet memes like FAIL or All Your Base Are Belong To Us for the show, and he also dug up a lot of interesting stuff about viral videos like Where is Matt, the Howard Dean Scream or even the Evolution of Dance.
With all that knowledge about videos that gathered millions of views and in some cases went on to become pop culture phenomenons, we thought we’d ask Wilkinson if there’s any formula to virality. What do you need to do to become Internet famous, what should you avoid, and what are the chances that you’re actually going to make any money with this?
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YouTube Caption FAIL: jkOnTheRun’s Secret FBI Edition

Don’t you just love it when new Google (s GOOG) services spark all kinds of creativity? YouTube announced yesterday that it started to automatically add captions to all of its videos, and blogs like Filmfail are already busy finding good examples of auto-captioning gone wrong. Luckily for us, we didn’t have to venture off too far to find a hilarious caption FAIL.

Our own Kevin C. Tofel from jkOnTheRun recently posted a review of T-Mobile’s 21 Mbps webConnect Rocket USB laptop stick on YouTube, and he opted to auto-translate it today. The result is surprising. Who would have thought that you can get connectivity on the go from chicken wings?
We were also stunned by the revelation that Kevin is somehow entangled with the FBI, plotting something against the people’s congress while Clinton has fallen asleep. Then again, does anything surprise you with those two guys from the farm? Click through to the video and enable CC to enjoy the strange spy meets tech love story in its entirety yourself, and let us know in the comments if you have found similarly amusing captions on YouTube.
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March Madness on Demand: What the Online Olympics Should Have Been

The first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off in about two weeks — and as usual, CBS (s CBS) Sports will have broadcast and online coverage of all the games. For those that were disappointed by the lack of live video available from the 2010 Winter Olympics last month, CBS Sports’ philosophy toward its online coverage at March Madness on Demand should come as a welcome change.
Unlike NBC’s (s GE) Olympics coverage, CBS is committed to making the NCAA tournament live, open, and available to anyone who wants to watch it on whichever screen they can. Beginning with “Selection Sunday” on March 14 and extending through the final National Championship game on April 5, March Madness on Demand (MMOD) will stream every game of the 2010 tournament live online, with highlights and full game match-ups available after the games have aired.
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YouTube Silences, Then Restores Lessig Presentation

YouTube briefly blocked the audio track of a presentation given by Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig yesterday, informing users that the clip contained audio material not authorized by a rights holder.  The video in question was a talk about Fair Use Lessig had given late last week as part of a Wireside Chat organized by the Open Video Alliance.
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Lessig immediately filed a counter-notice with YouTube, and the audio was restored earlier today. Open Video Alliance General Coordinator Ben Moskowitz called the incident “cosmic irony,” adding that problems like these wouldn’t be that much of an issue if the online video world wasn’t as centralized as it currently is.
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Josh Silverman: How Video Changes Everything

Whether it’s a clip of “Tajik Jimmy” putting Bollywood soundtracks to shame, catching a friend’s wedding eight time zones away or working “side by side” with coworkers in another country, it’s all video. And it’s changing the way we communicate with one another.

Video technology has become so ubiquitous that we rarely pause to think of the potential implications, both hopeful and sinister. I’ll focus on the sweeter side of its progress.

Take Skype. You could view video calls as a natural upgrade to wideband visuals from narrowband voice conversations. But we believe there’s more to it than just a richer conversation. Voice calls, after all, tend to be transactional: You tell me this; I’ll tell you that. Bye! It can be a difficult way to communicate and we often get little out of it beyond efficient information exchange.

By the way, I’m not dissing voice for the sake of it. I happen to agree with whomever said that radio is television for the mind. But in terms of having a conversation, voice and video are two rather different species.

With video, people are suddenly present without having to be in the same room as one another. The encounter, by extension, is no longer merely transactional. When my friend in Ann Arbor, Mich., turned 40, I joined the party from London over video. The distance between us evaporated — a benefit voice calls cannot deliver. A similar thing happens by way of the permanent live video wall that joins up our offices in Tallinn and Prague: An Estonian engineer’s desk is right next to that of her team member in the Czech Republic.

Video changes the whole nature of “being there” to something between audio and physical presence. (3D holographic video that other companies and researchers are working on makes the experience even more immersive, if not yet affordable.) In other words, a live video conversation is not just a voice call with pictures. It’s not just a milestone in the evolution of the Internet. It’s an entirely different way of communicating.

For hundreds of thousands of years, people have shared meaning through language. Its form has evolved from oral to visual and, for the past few thousand years, written. Yet until the 20th century, true conversations were tied to a shared place or shifted by time (letters). Even then, only being together with someone allowed for rich, full interaction to bloom. Live video conversations are changing all that, combining the oral, visual and written traditions into virtual presence.

Ironically, all this progress means that we can finally return to the basics — stuff that’s worked for eons (but hasn’t transcended place or time). Or, as the Institute for the Future puts it, we’re seeing the “emergence of a new digitally-mediated oral society.” At the very least, real-time video is getting us closer to where the communication medium itself becomes almost invisible, letting people themselves be the platform.

It’s easy to slip into hyperbole. So take it with a pinch of salt when I talk about entering a place of virtual presence that mimics tangible reality, saves time and deletes distance through live video links. Take it with a pinch of salt, too, when IFTF says this new oral society creates a new public sphere. Let’s not forget that it’s still early days. But video already allows Skype users to transcend place and time, whether on the desktop or on a Skype-enabled TV, and some 4 percent of all international calling minutes are now video calling minutes, on Skype. If nothing else, we’ll see a global human video mesh that anyone can tap into, irrespective of location or device. And even that would be pretty cool.

Video is not only an entirely different way of communicating, but a really important one.

Josh Silverman is CEO of Skype.