YouTube announces shutdown in April Fool’s prank

Updated 02 April 2013
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YouTube announces shutdown in April Fool’s prank

WASHINGTON: In an elaborate April Fool’s prank, YouTube announced Sunday it was going dark for a decade, and that the site was merely an eight-year contest to find the best video. “It’s finally time to pick the winner,” YouTube representatives announced in a 3:32 minute video posted on its homepage.
The message was simple: The world’s most popular video-sharing website would close at the end of the day to review all the video submissions it has received over the years, and would announce the best one in 2023. “We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, youtube.com will no longer be accepting entries.
After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner,” said Tim Liston, named as “competition director.” YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said that “we started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with a simple goal: to find the best video in the world.”
Users have uploaded more than 70 hours every minute to the site, YouTube estimated. “I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight,” said Antoine Dodson, who became an Internet sensation when a musical version of his 2010 TV interview about a house intrusion was posted on YouTube.
“Distinguished” film critics, YouTube celebrities and some of the site’s “most prolific” commentators are on the judges’ panel, according to Liston.


Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

Updated 7 min 26 sec ago
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Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

CAIRO: Once again, Ahlam’s latest appearance on The Voice has left the prorgam’s fans divided on social media.
All eyes were on the Emirati star whom, as usual, sparked controversy with her latest haircut and outfit during Saturday’s night show.
Surprisingly, Ahlam Al-Shamsi applied blue ombre tips to the end of her short, wavy black hair styled by Lebanese hairdresser Tony Sawaya. She also wore a black henna tattoo on her forehead and chin in what fans saw as a bold move.
Her causal outfit was by French fashion house Balmain, made of an embroidered black shirt with a long white cardigan on top.
“What do you think of my look tonight?” the singer wrote on Instagram to see her fans’ reactions.
“It’s different, I know,” she added.
Some fans accepted her appearance, commending how elegant and fashionable the icon looked.
Others wrote to her saying she looked better in simple appearance, with some writing harsh, anti-tattoo comments on her page.