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MIT grad led team that built faster YouTube player

Despite its vast archives of video, YouTube has been dogged by an Achilles heel: those spinning wheels that tell you to wait while the video of Justin Bieber or the cute kittens loads ever so slowly. Frustration with the slow downloads extended beyond viewers to include YouTube’s employees, particularly Andy Berkheimer, the company’s engineering manager.

Early last year, in the Kendall Square office­ of YouTube’s corporate owner, Google Inc., Berkheimer faced a seemingly impossible question: “How do you get rid of that spinning wheel?”

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