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Every minute, YouTube’s busy servers pull in over 300 hours of fresh, new videos. Where are they stored? Who owns them? Which get the most views? Keep reading to learn more about the world’s leading video sharing service.
1. Where is YouTube actually located? The business is run in California in a huge glass building (901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA). Here’s the street view https://goo.gl/maps/YoX7H9scCo22
2. Who started YouTube, who owns it? Back in 2005 three friends used money they earned by investing in PayPal to launch the service. They then sold it to Google for $1.65 billion. That’s a small fraction of what it’s worth today, according to Fortune http://for.tn/1WcVXPJ.
3. Where are the videos stored? In a server farms, scattered around the world. We found a description of how it all works, at http://bit.ly/1UfELml
4. What to see the first YouTube Video? Back in 2005, Jawed Karim (one of the three guys) posted an 18-second video, called “Me at the zoo.” It’s still live at https://youtu.be/jNQXAC9IVRw
5. Which videos have the most hits? Music videos get the most traffic, and are listed here http://bit.ly/1Fhe0LU. One of the most popular non-music videos is called “Charlie bit my finger” with https://youtu.be/_OBlgSz8sSM
APPLICATION: Explore the 360 Videos One of the coolest new YouTube features is a new section dedicated to VR (Virtual Reality). As you watch, you can look around the scene, such as with this 360 view of a tornado https://youtu.be/TCXp9Y5uPn4. See more, at https://www.youtube.com/360
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