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Weekly Update - September 23, 2017: YouTube Sponsorship, Project Fi Phone, Google+ Bulk Moderation

This week there are updates and tips for YouTubers, live streamers, Google Plussers, webmasters, advertisers, photographers and much more!
YouTube announced a new way for Creators to make money: Sponsorships. Fans can sponsor your channel for a small amount each month, and in return they get access to private chats, custom live chat badge and emoji and more. The catch? Sponsorships are currently only available to gaming channels. If you don’t have a gaming channel, you can submit an interest form .While YouTube said hello to Sponsorships, it bid goodbye to Paid channels and videos. Current paid channels will only be available through the end of November.Also this week, the YouTube Video Editor and Photo Slideshows was retired. While there are decent free video editing apps for Windows, Mac and most mobile devices, creators with Chromebooks unfortunately have few alternative options. The YouTube Creator Studio app is now officially YT Studio, and has some nice new features, including …

Weekly Update - September 16, 2017: Google News Local, Google+ apps, iPhone X

This week there are updates for Google Plussers, video watchers, advertisers, webmasters, smartphone buyers and much more.
If you have a phone running Android 8 (Oreo), Google+ 9.20 has new notification options. The catch: unless you are familiar with Oreo’s new notification options, they are a bit hard to find. The Google+ iOS app also got an update with bug fixes.Google News added Community Updates so you can easily find out what's happening locallyYouTube TV is available in 8 more US metro areasYouTube is making HDR playback available on select Android devicesProPublica discovered that Facebook enabled advertisers to target anti-Semitic ad categories. These were algorithmically created based on self-reported profile information. Facebook is implementing changes to help prevent this from happening in the future. The Google AdWords keywords planner also allowed anti-Semitic ad targeting - but according to Google such queries would be filtered so no ads would appear. They have tu…

Weekly Update - September 9, 2017: YouTube Live, Google My Business, Privacy Settings

This week in the Googleverse there are updates video makers, live streamers, business owners, webmasters, travelers and much more. Here are my top updates:
YouTube Live got a sweet update, with real-time ultra-low latency streaming and new chat moderation tools. You can also now stream games or apps on your iOS device using the YouTube app. If you want to give ultra-low latency streaming a try, check out BarbaraEMac’s encoder setting tips.If you are a YouTube Partner, and you have a video that is “not suitable for all advertisers”, check out the latest update on the YouTube monetization appeals process for videos with yellow $ icon. Your channel needs at least 10,000 subscribers, or your video has to have had at least 1000 views in the past week to appeal. Uptime is an iOS app from Area120 at Google that lets you watch YouTube videos with friends. It’s latest feature is “Parties” - invite your friends and the YouTube videos will be synced for all of you, even when you jump from vide…

Weekly Update - September 2, 2017: YouTube's New Look, Monetization, User First Beta

New this week in the Googlevers  there are tips and updates for video watchers and creators, live streamers, business owners, webmasters, bloggers and much more.  This week YouTube unveiled a redesigned and very bright logo, plus a new look and new features on mobile and desktop.YouTube Creators have been understandably concerned when their monetized videos started showing the yellow “"not suitable for all advertisers" icon. In response, Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt (Head of Global Gaming, Content & Partnerships at YouTube) posted a FAQ to explain “what’s up”. The take-away message is there is now an option to appeal: “... no system is perfect. When you appeal, our reviewers take a look and their decisions help our systems get smarter over time. Deleting the video and re-uploading won't help.” Another change for YouTube Creators is the new requirement that monetization be enabled before you can link to your own website on a video Card or End Screen. There is an exception for no…

Weekly Updated - August 26, 2017: Android Oreo, International Webmasters, YouTube Borderline Hate Content

This week was pretty sweet:
Android Oreo was unveiled and may be coming to a device near you soon. Super sweet! There are a number of overviews of what’s new to dig into.YouTube updated the Blur Faces tool with improved face recognition. You can now select specific faces, and YouTube will blur them throughout the video, even when they are moving or partially hidden.YouTube videos with “borderline” hate speech or violent extremism content may now have their features limited, with content behind a warning message, and no comments, likes, suggested videos or monetization. This is the implementation of policy that Google originally announced in June. If you believe your video has been incorrectly categorized, you can appeal.A New York judge ruled that Ethan and Hila Klein (the husband-and-wife team behind popular YouTube channel h3h3productions) use of clips from MattHossZone in a "reaction video" was fair use. Franklin Graves at Tubefilter has a good overview.

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Weekly Update - August 19, 2017: Google+ Discover, Allo on Desktop, Solar Eclipse, Online extremism

As the summer winds down, updates are heating up. Here’s what happened this week:
Google+ launched Discover, a new way to find content and Communities from across Google+. The web navigation menu has been simplified, making it a bit more difficult to find Events and your own Collections.Google Allo is now available on desktop - sort of. You need to be running the Chrome Browser and have your Android phone running Allo linked. Now you can use your Google Home to make phone calls hands free. Calls to the US and Canada are free, and calls to other countries are available for Google Voice and Project Fi customers.Google will be revealing Android O live on Monday (2:40PM Eastern) and has done some teasing about the name (Oreo? Oatmeal Cookie? Orangina? Omelette?)Android devices are getting a redesigned Google app with emphasis on topics and news. Plus there are video previews help you find what you're looking for faster.There are a bunch of new Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides feature…

Weekly Update - August 12, 2017: Monetization, YouTube Sharing, Diversity

So first my good news. My YouTube channel finally reached 1000 subscribers (yay!). Have you subscribed? Why not? Do it now! Next stop, 10k …

Here’s what else was new this week:
If you’re curious about where Google+ers are from, I shared the results of a totally non-scientific poll. The short answer: mostly the United States and India. For the long answer, read my post ;)YouTube introduced a new option for YouTube Partners. If your video is "not suitable for all advertisers" that is more clearly shown in your video manager, and there is a new chance to appeal. At the least this should help Partners understand why their monetized video is never (or rarely) showing ads.Sharing in the YouTube mobile app is now rolling out to all users. If this doesn't sound new to you, it may not be. Sharing has been available by invite for almost a year, and was launched in Canada in January.Facebook is introducing a new video platform "Watch" for personalized discovery and soci…