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Weekly Update - September 24, 2016: YouTube Heroes, Google+ in Google Apps, Allo

This week’s top updates:
  • YouTube Heroes program announced
  • Google Allo launches
  • Google+ becomes a core Google Apps for Work Service
Plus Google Trips, Google - and Bing! - get AMP’d, Yahoo's 2014 security breach, and more tips and updates for Hangouts, YouTube, Google+, Blogger, AdSense, Google Maps, Google Docs & Slides, and more.

Image: It’s officially autumn: the air is crisper, the leaves are changing and YouTubers are freaking out ... Painting "Autumn Leaves" by Sarah Jane Prentiss (1823-1877), public domain


  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours
  • 23 September: French-speaking YouTube Creators - apply for YouTube NextUp Paris!(YouTube Space Next Up)
  • 29 September: Join #AskAdSense on Google+ and Twitter every Thursday
  • 29 September: Google Feed API ceases operation
  • 29 September:, the Search Box gadget on Blogger blogs will only present search results from the blog. Search results from pages linked in posts, from the Web or from the Blog List and Link List gadgets will not be presented anymore.
  • 29 September: the Blogger Slideshow gadget will no longer function, and will be removed from your blog
  • 2 October: Brazilian Creators: Apply to be part of the next class of YouTube NextUp 2016 São Paulo
  • 4 October Google teases that *something* will be announced - probably a new phone and maybe more?
  • 17 October Everyone updated to the new Hangouts Chrome Extension experience

YouTube and Video Creation

  • New YouTube Heroes: making YouTube a better place for everyone (YouTube)
    • Why you should not freak out about the new YouTube Heroes program (Rob Lee)
  • New YouTube introduces Creators for Change: making the world better through video (YouTube)
  • Brazilian Creators: Apply to be part of the next class of YouTube NextUp 2016 São Paulo (Google Brazil)
  • Tip How flagging content on YouTube works (YouTube)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • New Google+ is now a core Google Apps for Work service (Google Apps Updates blog)
  • New Use Friends+Me to schedule posts to your Google+ Profile and Collections (Friends+Me)
  • Update Google now refers to " Brand Accounts " across properties. Instead of "Pages". (Robert Wallis)
  • Tip Use Google+ Collections to boost exposure to your content (Robert Wallis)
  • Update iPad support in the Spaces iOS App 1.06 (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Update Sharing in Google Spaces on iOS is now faster and easier (Luke Wroblewski)

Other social media 

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Update Google Photos update: faster sharing and new auto-created movies (Google Blog)
  • New Google's Show and Tell automated captioning system has learned to identify and describe photos (Google Research blog)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi

  • Update Wi-Fi Assistant available in additional countries for Project Fi
  • Google teases *something* happening on October 4th


  • New Google Trips helps you plan and organize your trip (Google Blogs)
  • Update Google Drive update: improved search, split docs into columns, access non-Google files after editing (Google Drive blog)
  • Update Use your Android Wear watch to control your Google Slides presentation
  • Update Google Maps now shows which way you are headed (Google Maps blog)
  • New Google Play Books introduces “Discover” (Android blog)
  • Redesigning the Chrome Desktop (Sebastien Gabriel)

Privacy and Security

More around the web

Posted by Peggy K


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