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Further expanding public access to its intellectual riches through one of the most popular Web destinations, the University of California, Berkeley, announced on 3 October that it is making entire course lectures and special events available, free of charge, on YouTube. UC Berkeley is the first university to make videos of full courses available through YouTube. Users can view more than 300 hours of videotaped courses and events. Topics range from bioengineering over peace and conflict studies to "Physics for Future Presidents", the title of a popular campus course. UC Berkeley has been a leader in the open-source video movement in higher education since fall 2001, when the campus's Educational Technology Services (ETS) launched webcast.berkeley.edu, a local site that delivers course and event content as pod casts and streaming video. Building on its initial offerings, UC Berkeley intends to further expand the catalogue of videos available on YouTube.
YouTube, created in February 2005, is the leading online video community where one can upload, view and share video clips. The US-based company offers a platform for a wide variety of video content, such as movie and TV clips, music videos as well as amateur content. In 2006, Google Inc. acquired the platform for US$1.65 billion in Google stock.