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YouTube, the Web site that enabled anyone with a computer to watch just about whatever video they wanted as long as it didn’t exceed 10 minutes, has decided to scrap its time limit, making it possible to stream full TV episodes for the first time on the Google-owned portal. YouTube already has started running full episodes of oldies but goodies such as “Star Trek” “MacGyver” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” USA TODAY (10/23)

The number of people watching the online clips of Sarah Palin’s appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is growing and will soon surpass the 15 million that viewed her guest spot on television. Pirated versions alone have been viewed nearly 3 million times on sites like YouTube. (Iwantmedia 10/24, http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=131981 10/23)

Fans of Tina Fey’s screwball  sitcom 30 Rock don’t have to wait until next week for NBC to premiere the show’s third season.  As of yesterday, devotees can catch the season’s first episode of the Emmy-winning comedy. (http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/10/hulu-airs-seaso.html 10/23)

Bebo‘s latest interactive series Chelsey:OMG! launched this week, its first crack at the comedy genre produced by Channel X. The fish-out-of-water tale stars Kelly Anne Lyons as a rich American girl who is forced to adapt to British culture. (Cynopsis 10/24)

The New York Times is hurting financially these days, and its online business doesn’t seem to be helping much, but at least it keeps pushing forward. One area where the NYTimes.com has put a lot of effort is in video, and it has just redesigned its video page around the new Brightcove 3 player. Previously, the NYTimes was using the FeedRoom as its main video platform. (This swap doesn’t come out of the blue. The New York Times is an investor in Brightcove). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/24/the-nytimescom-prepares-for-hd-video-drops-the-feedroom-for-brightcove 10/24)

Comcast’s online and VOD network FEARnet will launch the original The Dark Path Chronicles on Nov. 6 – written and directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary I and II, The Attic) – following the journey of a newly awakened vampire and a teen girl. FEARnet will also be profiling 10 new locales this month in a second go around of Street of Fear produced by Atlas Media Corp. Ghost stories behind true places are explored such as Mt. Misery Road in Huntington NY, where a Woman in White was supposedly burned alive in a hospital fire and still haunts the area. (Cynopsis 10/24)

Recently acquired photo archive Getty Images purchased rival Jupiter Media‘s online images business Jupiterimages for $96 million in cash. Jupiter Media will continue to operate its online media business, which consists of internet.com and EarthWeb.com for IT and business professionals; DevX.com for developers; and Mediabistro.com and Graphics.com for media and creative professionals. (Cynopsis 10/24)

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