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Michael Jackson Memorial Service Sets New Ustream Record

Attention from all over the globe focused today, July 7, on the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the memorial service for Michael Jackson was held.  Thousands today said goodbye to Jackson within the Staples Center, and what’s more, millions were able to be part of it from afar on Ustream.

It was the biggest traffic event in Ustream’s history. We hosted nearly 4.6 million total streams and 1.6 million total uniques from fans around the world, including the breaking news feed from our partner CBSNews.com. It was truly an interactive event, with more than 12,000 messages sent per minute in our chat rooms from viewers throughout the world. More than 3,000 Tweets were sent mentioning @cbsnews – the vast majority came from people watching on Ustream.

Ustream was also the only place to watch the service on the iPhone, via the Ustream Viewing Application.

Check out our homepage with highlights from notable moments of the service, including the Jackson family’s remarks, performances by Usher, Stevie Wonder, and speeches from Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.

Here’s a screenshot of the interactive experience on Ustream, with viewers explaining where they were watching from:


Ustream Parties With Ashton and Diddy At This Year’s Annual White Party!

What a way to celebrate the 4th of July! Over 230,000 of you tuned into the White Carpet, Malaria No More, and PTWITTYTV streams live from this year’s annual White Party! Besides being held in Los Angeles this year, the White Party was co-hosted by P.Diddy and Ashton Kutcher and helped raise money for Malaria No More, a charity dedicated to ending malaria.

Check out John Ham, founder and CEO of Ustream, hanging out with Diddy!
John Ham and P.Diddy

And here’s Brad Hunstable, founder and President of Ustream, chatting it up with Russell Brand:

Here are some of our other favorite highlights from the party:

Ashton and Demi say “hi” to Ustream
Diddy gets the word out about Malaria No More
Russell Brand for Malaria No More
Ashton pulls off some Cirque du Soleil moves
Chris Brown dances to Thriller

What were your favorite moments? Leave a comment with a link to your favorite White Party moment!

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