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About 52 million people watched YouTube’s live stream of Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s Oct. 14 free-fall from space. Just 7.6 million people watched on the Discovery Channel. It was the biggest indication so far of the potential for YouTube’s venture into funding channels for viewing original programming. (Red Bull Stratos via Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.