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Led Zeppelin reunion is hottest ticket in rock September 22, 2007

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Led Zeppelin is reuniting for a charity concert at London’s O2 Arena on November 26.

The British rock band’s three surviving members, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer, John Bonham.

The event at the 20,000-capacity venue is in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Turkey. The late Ertegun was the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

“During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord,” Plant, 59, said in a statement.

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968, named after an in-joke that the band’s heavy sound would “go down like a lead balloon.” The group has sold more than 300 million albums, pioneering heavy-metal music with songs such as “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

Pete Townshend of the Who, former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini will also play at the concert. All were mentored by Ertegun. Nutini, 20, was the last British artist he signed.

Tickets will cost $254 and fans can register at www.ahmettribute.com for a chance to get some. Hours after the concert was announced, an estimated 20 million fans around the world had tried to register and the site had crashed. Successful applicants will be notified by October 1.

Led Zeppelin broke up after drummer Bonham died, at 32, in 1980. Ertegun died in New York last December from a head injury suffered when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in October. He was 83.


YouTube U? Learning from clips of skateboarding dogs September 22, 2007

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Here’s a dream-come-true for Web addicts > college credit for watching YouTube.

California’s Pitzer College this fall began offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view content and post comments. Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a video of himself juggling.

Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was “underwhelmed” by the content on YouTube but set up the course, “Learning from YouTube,” to explore the role of the popular site.

Class members control most of the class content and YouTube watchers from around the world are encouraged to comment, Juhasz said. She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of “corporate-sponsored democratic media expression.”

YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied,” student Darren Grose said. “You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”