How YouTube became an internet video giant

Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Landslide’ Boasts Come Back To Haunt Them

CNN’s “Newsroom” hit President Donald Trump with a montage of his old boasts about winning the 2016 election in a “landslide” after it was projected that President-elect Joe Biden would win the 2020 election by the same margin of electoral college votes.

There’s one key difference between Trump’s claims four years ago following his defeat of then-Democratic Hillary Clinton and the reality now, though.

Biden is projected to beat Trump by more than 5 million in the popular vote.

Trump, meanwhile, lost the popular vote to Clinton by almost 3 million.

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Twitter users also threw Trump’s brags back at him:

Similarly, this Nov. 2016 tweet from former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also went viral again Friday:

It attracted the attention of The Lincoln Project, the GOP anti-Trump group founded by her own husband, the attorney George Conway:

And others too:

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McDonald’s franchisees face inspections over ‘COVID fatigue’

McDonald’s is upping its inspections in hopes of warding off “Covid fatigue,” The Post has learned.

The Golden Arches in a memo Friday told its franchisees that it will be conducting new safety inspections of its 14,000 US eateries as the number of Covid-19 cases soar across the country — raising fears of a second wave. 

The inspections, which kick off Friday, will include a review of safety protocols “to assess each of your locations so everyone on your team is aware of the opportunities and what is needed to improve,” according to the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

The inspections will focus on procedures for contactless payment systems and social distancing, wrote McDonald’s chief field officer, Charlie Strong, and two franchisee owners.

“It is apparent we are entering what many predicted would be the most difficult period of the pandemic,” the memo stated, adding that “McDonald’s may do safeguards follow-up visits where deemed necessary.”

“Our actions are being watched very closely by consumers, crew, and other external stakeholders,” the memo says. “In some cases, allegations have been made by critics with an agenda. However, we welcome that … because we are committed to addressing any concerns that impact the safety of our people and customers.”

McDonald’s said the inspections will be completed by the end of the year.

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Philippines’ Typhoon Death Toll Rises as Rescue Continues

The death toll in the Philippines fromTyphoon Vamco has increased to at least 32, according to the disaster monitoring agency, as rescue operations on the main Luzon island continue.

Dozens remain missing or injured, the agency’s spokesman Mark Timbal said. Typhoon Vamco barreled through Luzon from Wednesday, triggering some of the capital’s worst floods in years. Spilling dams have also submerged farms and towns in provinces north of the capital, where rescuers are still trying to reach stranded individuals.

The 21st storm to hit the Philippines this year is now making its way to Vietnam. It passed regions already battered about two weeks ago by Super Typhoon Goni, which killed at least 25 people.

An average of 20 typhoons pass through the Philippines each year. This year’s storms have complicated coronavirus containment efforts, as thousands of people evacuate.

Divided States podcast: A transition in limbo

Joe Biden is the president-elect, but Donald Trump is yet to concede. His loyalists are pursuing legal challenges, but we still haven’t seen any evidence of electoral fraud.

US correspondent Cordelia Lynch and Washington bureau chief Emily Purser Brown discuss why Washington has gone quiet, the global response to a Biden/Harris White House and whether we can ever expect a concession speech from Donald Trump.

They’re joined this week by longtime Republican strategist Rory Cooper.

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Trump Almost Admits He Lost Election, Says ‘Time Will Tell’

President Donald Trump almost went there and admitted that — contrary to the constant stream of falsehoods he has sputtered for the last 10 days — he actually lost the Nov. 3 election to Joe Biden.

The key word, of couse, is “almost.” Because — like “Happy Days” character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli —Trump can’t ever admit being wrong about anything.

It happened Friday in a news conference in which Trump discussed how the White House planned to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months.

“Ideally, we won’t go to a lockdown ― I will not go, this administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully, the, uh, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be,” Trump said. “I guess time will tell.”

Considering that Biden reportedly won 306 electoral college votes, you’d think it’s a done deal.

But not as far as the president is concerned. He has made all sorts of bizarre claims that he really won the race.

For instance, Trump on Friday took credit for what the Department of Homeland Security called the most secure election in U.S. history — and then he argued it was rigged.

The president’s comments attracted a lot of snarky political analysis from Twitter users.

But one person suggested that Trump’s comment was probably as good as it’s going to get.

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How YouTube became an internet video giant

With more than 500 hours of video uploaded every minute and more than one billion hours watched every day, Google's YouTube is the world's second-largest search engine. And its meteoric growth hasn't subsided. More than two billion users visit the site every month.

For Google's parent company Alphabet, it represents a significant portion of its business. In 2019, YouTube generated $15 billion in revenue. It's likely to surpass that this year with $12.89 billion in revenue so far, up about 24% from the same time last year.

While YouTube has dominated internet video and remains one of the top used streaming apps on mobile, it faces increasing competition. Steaming services like Netflix and Disney+, and social media apps like TikTok, are all vying for people's attention.

CNBC takes a look at how the video platform has changed over the past 15 years and if it can stay on top.