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Out in Silicon Valley, the last bastion of full employment, the Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerbergs of the future are staying up all night writing code in dorms.
Feross Aboukhadijeh (YouTube Instant).   (Photo: Dan Winters)


Feross Aboukhadijeh likes to tell the story of how he got famous. It happened last fall, as he was beginning his junior year at Stanford. Google had just unveiled a feature called Google Instant, which shows search results in real time, as you type. “I thought it was kind of gimmicky,” says Feross. But it gave him an idea: If Google could pop out instant search results, why couldn’t YouTube produce instant videos? He bet a friend he could slap something together in an hour. “I lost the bet,” he says. “It took me three hours.” 

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College Students Online: A Parallel Life on Social Networks

The 18 million US college students that head back to campus this fall will be the most wired yet. Some 17.1 million of them, or 95%, will use the Internet at least once a month, and their time spent online will measured in hours per day–not per week.

The College Students Online report looks into the future of the Internet by analyzing what US collegians are doing online today.

Social networking is an essential part of campus life. So much so that even parents, professors and future employers are signing up. On many campuses, upward of 80% of students use social networking sites on a regular basis.

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'MySpace' Parody Launches Film Career

Mon Feb 27, 8:11 PM ET

Amateur filmmaker David Lehre first screened his short film "MySpace: The Movie" about a month ago at his 21st birthday party.

Since then, the spoof of the popular networking site has been viewed more than 6 million times through various online sites and has prompted a development deal offer from MTVU, contact from Hollywood managers and a complimentary e-mail from MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson.

"I've never had stuff go as fast as it is now," Lehre, who still lives at home with his parents in Washington, Mich., told the Los Angeles Times.

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