top_apple_iphone.jpgORLANDO, Florida (AP) — It says something about the state of the cell phone industry that the product looming largest over the annual wireless show doesn’t even exist yet. Never mind that it’s coming from a company that’s never even made a cell phone.

Indeed, the “preverberations” from Apple Inc.’s plan to bring its addictive design simplicity and elegance to wireless with the iPhone is palpable across a good many announcements slated for CTIA Wireless 2007, which opened on Tuesday.

While the prototype that Apple unveiled back in January instantly drew drools with its slender, sleek looks, the real test will be whether the iPhone’s large touch-screen interface rewrites the rules for ease of use when it becomes available in June. As Motorola Inc.’s boom-and-bust fortunes with the Razr show, style isn’t everything.

There’s sure to be plenty of hyperventilation about mobile video and music at the show. So a core theme emerging among this week’s planned product launches is how to make these devices less confusing as they get crammed and cramped with multimedia capabilities.

One such offering comes from a small, youth-oriented cellular service named Helio, a joint venture between Earthlink Inc. and Korea’s SK Telecom Co. that on Monday unveiled a $295 handset called Ocean.

Billed as the first “dual-slider,” the Ocean marks one of the more radical attempts to help clean the messy intersection between phone calls, text communications, portable media players and mobile Web access.

For making calls, the screen-side of the device can slide vertically to expose a number pad. For typing e-mail, text messages and instant messages, the Ocean can be turned horizontal and slide up along a different track to expose a full typewriter keyboard.

The handset, designed by Helio and made by Pantech, sports some other notable innovations intended to improve the user experience and combat the clunky factor. There’s a separate microprocessor to run the media player, an efficiency Helio claims will allow 15 hours of music listening on a single battery charge.

There’s also an integrated inbox to display all forms of written communication, combining e-mail, text messaging and instant messaging from the major portals in one place, instead of forcing users to toggle between applications. And while the full keyboard makes for easier text input, the Ocean also features an automatic search function triggered whenever you start typing.

“If you want to search, you want to search. The idea that you have to bring up a search box I think is counterintuitive,” said Sky Dayton, Helio’s chief executive.

He recalled that at a recent celebrity poker tournament, the people next to him were looking at actress Morgan Fairchild, who was seated at a nearby table. They wondered aloud how old she was, and Dayton got the answer for them within seconds. Without opening any applications, “I just typed into my device, ‘How old is Morgan Fairchild?”‘ he said.

Also trying their hands at cobbling an easier-to-use combination phone and music player are Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony Ericsson.

Samsung’s lightweight “UpStage,” offered in the United States by Sprint Nextel Corp., is a “flip” phone, though not in the normal sense. The device is actually a two-sided candy bar that looks like a phone on one side and an MP3 music player on the other. A “flip” button on the phone’s edge is pressed to switch between the two sides.

The phone side has a number pad and small screen for dialing calls and typing text messages, while the reverse features a large screen and touch-sensitive controls to navigate through song lists and view digital photos, video and Web pages.

The $299 UpStage, available for $149 with a two-year Sprint contract, also attempts to address the battery life issue that arises whenever handset makers try to balance size with power capacity. In this case, the price includes a “battery wallet” to slip the device into, providing up to 16 hours of music listening, the companies claim.

Without the wallet, the UpStage weighs just 2.6 ounces and is less than 0.4 inch thick.

Sony Ericsson, owned jointly by Japan’s Sony Corp. and Sweden’s LM Ericsson, introduced the latest addition to its Walkman phone lineup.

The W580, the first slider Walkman phone, is 0.55 inch thick and weighs 3.3 ounces. Sony Ericsson says the W580 offers up to 30 hours of music play time.

The company didn’t announce a price or say which service provider will offer the phone, though it’s based on a wireless technology that’s only used by AT&T Inc.’s Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile USA among the major U.S. carriers.

Like the vast majority of new devices, all three of these handsets come with Bluetooth wireless to connect with a cordless headset.

Thankfully, the industry group that oversees the Bluetooth standard is using the CTIA show to announce a long-needed simplification in the often frustrating process of “pairing” two Bluetooth-enabled devices to communicate with one another.

Though sometimes it goes smoothly, the initial setup for Bluetooth pairing varies from device to device, with inconsistent menus and security code inputs often tripping up users.

The new specification reduces the number of steps in the pairing process while making the process more intuitive, improving security to prevent wireless intruders and also reducing power consumption, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

Under the new procedure, for example, when pairing a headset and phone both configured for the updated standard, all a user would need to do is turn on the headset, select “Add Headset” from the phone menu, and then watch the phone confirm it has found and connected with the headset through an encrypted link.

The improvement, however, won’t begin to arrive in products until later this year.

In Apple time, that means after the iPhone.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


t1_phils_hostages_kids_ap.jpgMANILA, Philippines (CNN) — At least two gunmen took preschool children and their teachers hostage on a bus, as they headed on a field trip in Manila Wednesday morning, authorities said.

“Our hostages are 32 kids and 2 teachers,” a sign in the bus window said. “We have 2 grenades, an Uzi and a .45-caliber pistol.”

The sign also said: “We want housing and schooling for 145 kids in a daycare center.” (Watch the bus and the telephone that’s been placed for the hostage-takers to use Video)

A local politician, Sen. Ramon Revilla, entered the bus early in the afternoon to conduct direct negotiations with the men.

About an hour later, a child was taken off the bus, after complaining of not feeling well. He was placed in an ambulance and taken to the hospital, as temperatures soared into the mid-30s C (90s F).

The engine of the purple-and-gray bus continued to run, providing air conditioning, AP reported.

One of Revilla’s children is the godson of one of the hostage-takers, who’s been identified as Jun Ducat, said Col. Rommel Miranda of the Manila police department, in citing both Ducat and the senator.

Ducat has been “described as very kind and helpful to other people,” Miranda said, adding, “He’s one of those people who helped children go through pre-school” in the local area. (Watch what’s known about Ducat Video)

Another politician, Sen. Alfredo Lim, a former Manila police chief, said Ducat, had once taken two Catholic priests hostage over a pay dispute.

Local media reports said he was the owner of the daycare center, but that could not be confirmed.

“He actually knows all of these children and all of the teachers on the bus,” said Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral, who talked with Ducat on the phone. “He has been a donor to the daycare center and to the school.”

Ducat was disqualified as a congressional candidate in 2001, AP reported. It was not immediately clear why he was disqualified.

The hostage drama just a short distance from City Hall.

Earlier video from the scene showed a woman making the hand symbol for a phone to police nearby, as a man held a grenade next to her arm.

Police later put a wired telephone on the ground next to the bus, but no one came out to claim it.

A second sign later appeared in the bus window, saying, “We need an amplifier so you can listen to what we’re asking for.”

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — TV Guide, which has helped viewers navigate through thousands of TV shows for 53 years, now wants to do the same for Internet video.

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. will launch a test version next month of an online video search tool that allows viewers to find clips and full episodes of TV shows now being posted on the Web. A formal launch is planned for September.

The tool will not try to aggregate the thousands of user-generated videos featuring pet tricks, skits and other antics being posted on sites such as YouTube and Revver.

Instead, it will scour about 60 Web sites from major networks such as ABC and Fox and other video portals such as AOL and Google to find network and original programming produced by major media companies.

“Everybody says, ‘Who’s going to be the TV Guide of online video?’ and we say, why shouldn’t it be us?” said Richard Cusick, senior vice president of digital media at Gemstar-TV Guide. “We’re making a bet, but we think it’s a safe bet and consistent with our mission.”

The company hopes to make money by selling ads on the new search site as well as licensing its technology.

The effort comes amid an explosion of video content on the Web. Sites such as YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc., Revver, Grouper, which is owned by Sony Corp., and others attract millions of visitors and feature short clips uploaded by users.

Meanwhile, TV networks and film studios are searching for new ways to distribute their content and grab the attention of online viewers.

On Thursday, NBC Universal, which is owned by General Electric Co., and News Corp., which runs the Fox network, among others, formed a joint venture to distribute their shows across the Web.

The new company will run its own Internet site and syndicate programs to such popular portals as Yahoo, MSN and AOL.

The move reinforced Gemstar’s belief that Internet viewers want quick access to high-quality network shows, and there is money to be made by providing a tool to sift through such content.

TV Guide is coming late to the video search game. The head start enjoyed by other companies, most notably Google, could be difficult to overcome, said Rob Enderle, a technology analyst.

“If they don’t want to become obsolete, they have to get into the search business,” Enderle said, adding that the strength of the TV Guide brand could be a key to attracting users.

But Google is likely to expand its own video search capabilities.

“Today, TV Guide can be better,” Enderle said. “But fast-forward two years from now, and you wonder if TV Guide has the resources to compete with Google long term.”

The company hopes to learn lessons from the Web that can be applied years from now when video is delivered directly to TV sets through high-speed Internet connections. And it hopes its electronic guide, which already is used on most TV sets and cable systems, will serve to organize both traditional TV content and Web-based shows.

The company is also planning search tools for mobile devices.

“For us, the notion of guidance has changed dramatically,” Gemstar chief executive Richard Battista said. “It used to be about TV guidance, but now its about video guidance and TV Guide needs to be the leading provider of video guidance.”

Other companies are also entering the nascent field of online video search. Time Warner Inc.’s AOL launched its own search tool using technology from Truveo Inc., which crawls the Web and looks for information surrounding a video on a Web page to make the search more relevant.

Search company Blinkx uses voice recognition and transcription software to find clips, then automatically sends them to subscribers.

Google and Yahoo also provide video search tools. But those are either too broad, returning irrelevant and, in many cases, pirated results, or concentrate too much on user-generated content, TV Guide contends.

The often simple titles of TV shows also complicate search. Someone looking for clips from the Fox show “House” might have to wade through pages of results about homebuilding or mortgage rates.

The TV Guide video search technology, like some other search engines, looks for descriptive words, called “metadata,” surrounding a video.

It then marries that information with the vast database compiled over the years for TV Guide’s print magazine and Web site. That kind of cross-referencing is designed to provide more relevant results and also allow TV Guide to group results by celebrity, network or genre.

“We can take relatively unstructured Web data, combine it with our very structured TV data and get much more relevant results and start to draw those connections,” Cusick said.

The TV Guide search tool will also allow users to save videos in an application that can be ‘detached” from the site and sit on the computer screen, allowing viewing at any time.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

t1_faye_ap.jpgLONDON, England (CNN) — Britain will be allowed to make contact with 15 sailors and marines seized by Iran as soon as a preliminary investigation has been completed, an Iranian official has been quoted as saying. “After preliminary investigations are over contacts of the British embassy and consulate with the soldiers will be possible,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told the official IRNA news agency. He did not elaborate, according to Reuters. Britain’s ambassador to Tehran has met with Iranian officials this week in a bid to get the naval personnel released. He has also asked for access to them. Iran will not disclose their whereabouts, but has said they are well. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday his country is prepared to move to a “different phase” if negotiations fail to free those held captive. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards captured the group Friday, while it was conducting what Britain called an inspection of a merchant vessel near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, at the northern end of the Persian Gulf. Britain said the Royal Navy crew were seized in the Iraqi part of the waterway, where the border with Iran is disputed. Iran however says the group was in Iranian waters. In an interview on GMTV on Tuesday Blair said: “I hope we manage to get them (the Iranian government) to realize they have to release them. If not, then this will move into a different phase.” Asked what that meant, Blair said: “Well, we will just have to see, but what they should understand is that we cannot have a situation where our servicemen and women are seized when actually they are in Iraqi waters under a U.N. mandate, patrolling perfectly rightly and in accordance with that mandate, and then effectively captured and taken to Iran.” Blair’s spokesman said later the prime minister did not mean Iranian diplomats would be expelled or military action was likely. His office did say though that officials may have to make public evidence proving the Britons were seized in Iraqi — not Iranian — waters, if there is no swift release of the sailors. “We want to resolve this quickly without having a public confrontation with them, but as the prime minister said we want to resolve it. If we cannot resolve it quickly, then maybe we have to be more explicit,” said the spokesman. CNN’s European Political Editor Robin Oakley said Blair’s reference to a “different phase” intrigued many people. “Downing Street officials said Mr Blair wasn’t hinting at expelling Iranian diplomats from London or at any kind of military action,” Oakley said. “What is likely is that British authorities will shift the dialogue steadily from private exchanges to more public ones. Diplomats also expect there to be more concerted action at the United Nations if the men are not released soon. British authorities are confident that they have evidence to prove their insistence that the Royal Navy personnel never left Iraqi waters.” Earlier Tuesday, Iran said the 15 sailors and marines were healthy and being treated in a humane fashion. “They are in completely good health. Rest assured that they have been treated with humanitarian and moral behavior,” Mohammad Ali Hosseini, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Hosseini said the one woman in the group, Faye Turney, had complete privacy. “Definitely all ethics have been observed,” he said. A file photo of Turney, taken in 2000, was released Tuesday. The official declined to say where the marines were being held and repeated that their case was under investigation. “The case should follow procedures,” Hosseini said. “Media hyperbole will not help (speed things up).” Meanwhile on Tuesday the U.S. Navy started its largest show of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes off the coast of Iran. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl told AP the maneuvers were not organized in response to the capture of the British sailors — nor were they meant to threaten the Islamic Republic, whose navy operates in the same waters. (Full story) Sailors questioned Hard-liners in Iran have urged the government to charge the 15 marines and sailors with espionage and put them on trial. No official word has emerged on whether Iran’s government will do so. But, according to AP, Iran has begun questioning the sailors and marines. “It should become clear whether their entry was intentional or unintentional. After that is clarified, the necessary decision will be made,” AP quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehzi Mostafavi as saying. Competing claims The group was part of a boarding party from the frigate HMS Cornwall, which was on routine patrol to prevent smuggling, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said. (Location of incident) The vessel was intercepted on suspicion of smuggling automobiles, a U.S. military official who monitors the region told CNN. The official insisted on anonymity because the incident did not involve American forces. Britain insists the group was in Iraqi waters, a claim Iraq supports; Iran insists it was in Iranian waters. Competing claims on the waterway, which provides Iraq’s only outlet to the Gulf, was one of the causes of the 1980-88 war between Iran and Iraq. (Read about the contested waterway) The incident could escalate an already fraught relationship between Iran and the West. On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council of Saturday agreed to tougher sanctions against Iran for its refusal to meet U.N. demands that it halt uranium enrichment. Many in the West fear the country’s nuclear program is not for power generation but for arms making, a claim Iran denies. (Full story) Iran’s semi-official FARS News Agency reported the same day that the captives were taken to Tehran to explain their “aggressive behavior,” and that they had confessed to trespassing into Iranian waters. This is not the first such incident. In 2004, Iran stopped three British boats and seized eight Royal Navy Sailors and six Royal Marines. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said at the time the three boats had crossed into Iran’s territorial waters, and the detained servicemen appeared on Iranian television blindfolded. They were released after Iran said it determined they had mistakenly crossed into Iran’s waters, a claim Britain never accepted. CNN’s Aneesh Raman contributed to this report. Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

Páginas Active Server

Páginas Active Server (ASP, Active Server Pages) es un entorno para crear y ejecutar aplicaciones dinámicas e interactivas en la Web.
Se puede combinar páginas HTML, secuencias de comandos y componentes ActiveX para crear paginas y aplicaciones Web interactivas.

El modelo de Páginas ASP

Las páginas ASP comienzan a ejecutarse cuando un usuario solicita un archivo .asp al servidor Web a través del explorador. El servidor web llama a ASP, que lee el archivo solicitado, ejecuta las secuencias de comandos que encuentre y envía los resultados al explorador del cliente.

Puesto que las secuencias de comandos se ejecutan en el servidor, y NO en el cliente, es el servidor el que hace todo  el trabajo necesario para generar las paginas que se envían al explorador. Las secuencias de comandos quedan ocultas a los usuarios, estos solo reciben el resultado de la ejecución en formato HTML.

Desaparece por tanto el problema de si el cliente puede o no ejecutar sentencias de comandos, el servidor Web solo envía el resultado en código HTML standard interpretable por cualquier explorador.

Crear Páginas ASP

Los archivos .asp son archivos de texto normales, no es necesario ningún editor especial para crearlos, puede usarse cualquier editor que genere código ascii.
Un archivo .asp puede contener texto, código HTML, código ASP o cualquier combinación de estos. Si no contiene código ASP se comporta como un archivo .html normal.

(Nota: todos los archivos .asp requieren una parte de proceso por el servidor, por lo cual no es conveniente convertir a  .asp los archivos que no contengan código)

Software necesario para la ejecución de Páginas Active Server

Para la implantación de un servidor Web que soporte ASP el software necesario es, si lo que estamos configurando es un servidor de alto rendimiento:

  • WINDOWS 2000 server
  • WINDOWS NT 4.0 + IIS 4.0(INTERNET INFORMATION SERVER 4.0)  Ó  IIS3.0 + ASP.EXEPara desarrollo o sistemas Intranet los requerimientos son mas sencillos:

    Tanto IIS como Personal Web Server pueden descargarse desde la web de Microsoft en:

    Nota: Personal Web Server 4.0 esta incluido en algunas de las distribuciones de Windows 98 en el directorio ADD-ONS\PWS

    Internet Information Server

    1. Introducción
    2. Instalación de protocolo TCP/IP
    3. Seguridad del sitio Web


    IIS es el software estándar que soporta comunicaciones Internet en Windows NT .

    No es el único, ni proporciona todos los servicios posibles; sin embargo su importancia es enorme al haberse convertido en uno de los más extendidos; haciendo fuerte competencia a los servidores basados en plataformas UNIX.

    El auge viene de la mano de la fuerte penetración de Windows NT, complementándose muy adecuadamente con este desde le punto de vista comercial y técnico.

    Proporciona unas buenas prestaciones en equipos con muy diferentes prestaciones de hardware.

    Es especialmente ventajoso en su utilización en redes Intranet debido a la compatibilidad y posibilidades de uso conjunto con los productos de la familia Microsoft (Word, access, odbc, etc.)

    Todo indica que el conjunto NT-IIS-Explorer será utilizado de forma creciente para la publicación de datos en Intranet/Internet.

    Los servicios básicos que nos proporciona IIS4 son WWW, FTP, Correo y NEWS.

    La instalación de IIS es sobre NT Server 4.0, aunque se puede instalar sobre Workstation o Windows 95-98 la versión PWS 4 con la consiguiente perdida de prestaciones.

    Workstation puede servir muy adecuadamente como banco de pruebas y aprendizaje.

    Una de las principales ventajas de IIS4 es el soporte nativo de páginas ASP (también se soportan en IIS3 mediante la actualización pertinente).

    Para publicar en Intranet necesitamos:

    • Tarjeta adaptadora de red
    • Un servidor DNS o WINS si deseamos usar nombres en vez de direcciones IP numéricas.

    Para publicar en Internet necesitamos:

    • Una tarjeta de comunicaciones
    • Una conexión a Internet
    • Una dirección IP registrada en un DNS

    Todo esto nos lo proporciona los Proveedores de Servicios Internet (ISP), junto con la dirección IP de gateway de su servidor, a través del cual se realizaran los encaminamientos de la información.

    2.-Instalación del protocolo TCP/IP

    Se configura a través de la ventana Red en el Panel de Control de Windows, en esta ventana configuramos los servicios, protocolos, adaptadores y enlaces.

    En la pestaña Protocolos seleccionamos TCP/IP, si no aparece, lo añadiremos con el botón Agregar.

    Una vez escogido pulsamos Propiedades para configurarlo.

    Pestaña Dirección IP:

    Configuramos por cada tarjeta:

      • Adaptador (Tipo de tarjeta)
      • Dirección IP
      • Mascara de subred
      • Gateway

    Pestaña Dirección DNS:

      • Nombre de Host + Dominio (identificación de la maquina que estamos configurando)
      • Orden de búsqueda del servicio Dns
      • Orden de búsqueda de sufijo de dominio (opcional)

    Todos estos parámetros nos los proporciona nuestro proveedor ISP.

    3.-Mecanismos de seguridad

    La seguridad de un sitio Web es especialmente importante, debido a la necesidad de garantizar su utilización por usuarios remotos.

    IIS 4.o utiliza la seguridad de Windows NT y en algunos casos la amplia.

    Se recomienda el uso del sistema de archivos NTFS de NT por su mayor seguridad.

    Windows NT basa su seguridad en el sistema de usuarios y contraseñas, el uso adecuado de estas contribuye a mantener el equipo seguro.

    La mayor parte de las peticiones de paginas Web son realizadas por clientes anónimos, en este caso, el servidor web se encarga de suplantar al usuario real mediante el uso de la cuenta del usuario anónimo.

    Mecanismo de seguridad en una petición:

    1. Comprobación de la dirección IP del cliente por IIS.
    2. Comprobación de usuario y contraseña.
    3. Comprobación de los permisos de acceso a archivos establecidos en el sistema NTFS.

    Si cualquiera de estas comprobaciones es errónea, la petición no tendrá éxito.

    Administración de la cuenta de usuario anónimo.

    Cuando se instala IIS se crea automáticamente en NT el usuario anónimo con el nombre IUSR_Nombre del equipo y con la misma contraseña aleatoria que en IIS y el derecho de Inicio de Sesión en Local.Conviene revisar los derechos de los grupos que tienen los grupos Todos e Invitados a los que pertenece el usuario anónimo.

    Para que el usuario anónimo funcione correctamente debemos activar Permitir Anónimos en las propiedades del servicio Web.


    Si se desea, se puede restringir la utilización de los servicios Web de tal forma que únicamente los clientes que proporcionan un nombre de usuario y una contraseña válidos puedan acceder a las paginas solicitadas.

    En IIS existen 2 formas de autenticación:


      • Autenticación Básica: El usuario y la clave se transmiten sin cifrar
      • Autentificación Desafío/Respuesta de Windows NT: El usuario y la clave se transmiten cifrados; el usuario debe de estar dado de alta en el dominio de la maquina que ejecuta IIS y tener derechos de Acceso al equipo desde la red. Es muy adecuado en redes Intranet; precisa un cliente Internet Explorer en versión 2 como mínimo.

    Generalmente se permiten simultáneamente Anónimos y mecanismos de autenticación, en este caso en primer lugar se usa el usuario Anónimo y si se produce un error por falta de permisos de acceso a un recurso, el cliente recibe una ventana de dialogo solicitándole las credenciales.

    Establecimiento de permisos en los directorios y ficheros de un sitio Web (aspectos Básicos)

    De forma genérica un sitio Web reside en

      • Un directorio particular
      • Los subdirectorios que parten del particular
      • Los directorios virtuales

    Cada uno de los elementos anteriores, en caso de existir, deberá poseer los suficientes permisos para que el sitio Web funcione correctamente, pero con las restricciones adecuadas para que el equipo este seguro.

    Una buena metodología consiste en agrupar los ficheros según su naturaleza y de forma jerárquica; de manera que tengamos separadas distintas aplicaciones en distintos directorios, con sus documentos en subdirectorios.

    La asignación general de permisos sigue la siguiente estructura:

    • Programas CGI, ISAPI, etc

    Permiso de Ejecución

    • Páginas ASP

    Permisos de Lectura y Ejecución

    • Documentos estáticos HTML, Imágenes, etc

    Permiso de Lectura

    • Bases de datos, ficheros auxiliares, etc.

    Permisos de Lectura y Escritura.Se debe tener en cuenta que desde IIS se pueden establecer permisos de Lectura y Ejecución, y desde NT cualquier permiso implementado en NTFS. En caso de discrepancia se toma la opción más restrictiva.

  • story_ok_go_gi.jpgNEW YORK (AP) — The video series “Ask a Ninja” and OK Go’s treadmill-choreographed music video are among the winners in the first YouTube Video Awards.

    The video-sharing site announced the seven winners from its inaugural awards on Monday, a week after the nominees were put forth for voting.

    Each category included 10 nominated videos, which users could rank in order of their liking.

    “These individuals put the first stitches in the fabric of the YouTube community,” said Jamie Byrne, head of product marketing for YouTube.

    “Instead of seeing a way to share videos, they saw an opportunity for worldwide visibility and through their success have changed the landscape of how a ‘star’ is defined.”

    The power pop band OK Go, perhaps the most professional of the mostly amateur nominees, won most creative video for their “Here It Goes Again” music video. “Ask a Ninja,” the popular comedy created by Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, won for best series.

    “Ask a Ninja” triumphed over perhaps YouTube’s biggest celebrity: Lonelygirl15. That bedroom production finished fourth, behind “Ask A Gay Man” and “Chad Vader.”

    Terra Naomi won for best music video for her song “Say It’s Possible,” a one-shot clip of her playing acoustic guitar and singing. Naomi has parlayed her online success into a record deal with Island Records, and will release her debut album this summer.

    Best commentary was one of the most hotly contested categories, as it pitted several of YouTube’s most high-profile personalities against one another. A vlogger known as “The Winekone” won over Peter Oakley (“Geriatric1927”) and Paul Robinett (“Renetto”).

    A video calling for a “Free Hugs Campaign” won for most inspirational video. Australian Juan Mann’s video set off an online wildfire of similar “Free Hugs” campaigns.

    Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, also known as Smosh, won for best comedy video. Dony Permedi’s animated video “Kiwi!” — which began as a master’s thesis on animation, won for most adorable video.

    The winners and nominees are compiled in a gallery at YouTube says it will later unveil what a YouTube Video Award will look like.

    Google-owned, San Bruno, California-based YouTube Inc. was founded in February 2005. Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. recently sued YouTube for $1 billion, claiming the site infringes on copyrights on a “huge scale.” Several other media companies have reached agreements to supply YouTube with clips.

    According to comScore Media Metrix, YouTube attracted 133.5 million visitors worldwide in January.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    t1_hicks_ap.jpgGUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) — Australian prisoner David Hicks on Monday pleaded guilty before a U.S. military tribunal to a charge of providing material support to terrorists.

    The 31-year-old former kangaroo skinner was accused of fighting for al Qaeda in Afghanistan during the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 and has been held at Guantanamo for more than five years. He announced his decision at a hearing in the U.S. war crimes tribunal at the base.

    Hicks answered “Yes, sir,” when the judge, Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, asked if that was in fact his plea.

    Hicks had faced life imprisonment if convicted. The judge ordered the prosecutors and defense lawyers to draw up a plea agreement by 4 p.m. ET (2000 GMT) on Tuesday, which was expected to spell out what sentence he would serve.

    Under a long-standing diplomatic agreement, Hicks will serve his sentence in Australia.

    Copyright 2007 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.