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Week in Review - April 30, 2016: YouTube, Google Photos, AdSense

This week’s big news was YouTube’s announcement of an improved Content ID process that lets Creators earn while the claim is being disputed. That means that false claims won’t cost Creators money. YouTube also updated the mobile app with improved suggestions, launched the new YouTube Space in Toronto, and introduced new 6 second “bumper” ads. Plus Google Photos lets you edit auto-created movies, there are new Page-Level ads for AdSense Publishers, and updates for Inbox, Gmail, Google Calendar, webmasters and much more! And there is also plenty of Google news - in this year’s “Founders’ Letter” Sundar Pichai took a look at where Google is heading (AI all the way!), and the company is reportedly starting its own hardware division and an in-house business incubator for employees. Read on for more! Image: Mardi Gras float design for Krewe of Proteus, New Orleans, 1887. "The Elfin May-Pole" by Carlotta Marie Bonnecaze (d. 1930). Work is in the public domain in its c

Week in Review - April 23, 2016: YouTube 360 Live, Google Play Podcasts, Google+

This week there are big updates from YouTube, Google Play Music, Google+ and more: YouTube launched 360-degree live broadcasting (live from Coachella this weekend) and introduced #hashtag search. Google Play Music now hosts podcasts - you can even play podcasts inside the Google Search app There's a new home in your Google account for the list of people you’ve blocked in Hangouts and Google+, plus hovercards are back in the Google+ web preview.  Plus there are tips and updates for Blogger bloggers, webmasters, YouTubers, live broadcasters, AdSense publishers, and Search, Chrome, Inbox, Google Docs, Project Fi and more.

Week in Review - April 16, 2016: Facebook Live & Video, AdSense, Google+

This week was Facebook’s F8 developer conference, so lots of Facebook-related announcements about live streaming, videos, VR, instant articles and more. (Google will have its turn with Google I/O May 18-20). In a nutshell: Facebook’s F8 in 90 Seconds (Mashable on YouTube) Google updates this week: On Google+ there are Community spam filters and improved search results, Google Photos for Android has manual backup, AdSense is now available for Filipino websites and has new defenses against clickjacking, Google Calendar lets you set Goals, and much more! Image: Android N Developer Preview emoji, via Emojipedia

Week in Review - April 9, 2016: Live streaming, HTTPS Everywhere, TC Experiences

What's new this week? Going Live: Facebook and YouTube announced updates for live streaming. Facebook is continuing its focus on mobile live broadcasting, with a major launch this week of new livestream features, new tools for finding broadcasts, and better live stream metrics. YouTube rolled out improvements in live chat moderation tools and more livestream stats for nerds. HTTPS everywhere ! HTTPS is coming to all Blogger blogs by late April. And Wordpress now offers HTTPS for custom domain blogs hosted by If you are interested in the Google Top Contributor program , there is a new series of videos with TCs from different Google Products talking about their experiences. Plus there are tips and updates for Google+, YouTube, Google Photos, Google My Business, Google Calendar, Webmasters and more! And also this week my Video Creator Tips & Updates Google+ Collection reached 1 million followers - thank you! Image: Bluebonnets in Spring ,

Thanks a million!

Hi YouTube creators and video fans - thanks a million for following my Video Creator Tips and Updates Collection on Google+. Today that Collection reached a million followers!  That’s almost 100,000 more folks following my collection than have me in their circles, which is unexpected and amazing. Thanks so much for reading, sharing, commenting and plussing! If you aren’t a follower yet, check the Collection out. I regularly share information about YouTube updates, how-to articles for managing your YouTube account and channel, tips for creating videos and more. Thanks again for following and see you on Google+! Learn more about Google+ Collections Follow my Video Creator Tips and Updates Collection: Find featured Collections to follow on Google+: Enable or disable Collection notifications: How to get creative with your own Google+ Collections! 

Weekly in Review - April 2, 2016: April Fools' edition!

April is upon us and much foolishness was posted - I've rounded up a bunch of yesterday's April Fools' gags from around the web at the end of this post. Some were amusing , some were boring, and some had to be apologized for . But there were plenty of real life updates this week: Nonprofits can use YouTube Spaces production facilities free, the Google Photos Android app got non-destructive photo editing and emoji search, Periscope turned one, and now you can easily bookmark and organize images from Google Image Search on desktop.  There were also several stories this week that showed how internet-linked computers are becoming more human-friendly, from improved text-to-speech in Google Now, to Twitter enabling image descriptions for the visually impaired, to improvements in the way Siri responds to questions about traumatic experiences. I've collected them under the "more human - or more humane?" heading.  And, as always, there are lots of other