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Weekly Update - February 25, 2017: (In)Security, Spaces, Messages

It was a topsy-turvy week. My top updates:
Plus more updates and tips for brands, businesses, webmasters, YouTubers, and more.

It's Carnaval!
Google+ wants to see your Carnaval photos  - use the #mycarnaval tag!
Image: Ceres (Float design from Krewe of Proteus 1886 in the Tulane Digital Library > Carnival Collection)


  • 27 February: Deadline to to apply for Google I/O tickets
  • 28 February: YouTube Fan Funding retired
  • 2 March: #AskAdSense office hours
  • 3 March: Google Spaces becomes read-only
  • 7 March: Firefox 52 release, which does not support Hangouts video calls
  • 14 March: AdSense livestream: Grow your online business in Latin America (Spanish)
  • 14 March: AdSense livestream: Grow your online business in Brazil (Portuguese)

YouTube and Video Creation

  • Three reasons YouTubers keep imploding: churning out content, with no feedback or guidance (Michael Sawyer @ Polygon)
  • Create a YouTube channel for your brand or business, no real name required! (see the blog post and video)
  • Patreon for YouTube Creators (ChrisPlaysGames)
  • Facebook testing mid-roll ads and expanding live video ads to more publishers (Facebook blog)
  • Pixar in a Box: learn the secrets of Pixar's animation in this free Khan Academy course (Khan Academy)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

  • AdSense expands category blocking with more sub-categories and languages (Inside AdSense Blog)
  • Google allowing external audit of ad performance (Wired)

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Pixel, Android, Project Fi

  • Apply for Google I/O tickets by February 27!


Privacy and Security

  • Cloudflare vulnerability (Cloudbleed) may have leaked personal information for months (Project Zero, Ryan Lackey, Hacker News)
  • Google researches show common crypto tool SHA-1 is insecure (Elie Bursztein, Google Security blog, Wired)
  • Google Account Action Required notifications and unexpected sign out issues on February 23
  • Google's phone prompts for 2-step verification are getting updated to show more info (Android Police)

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


  1. Google is making a modest bunch of declarations identified with RCS today, yet the bit of news you're well on the way to notice is that the default SMS application Google offers is presently called "Android Messages" rather than "Emissary." Or rather, it will be the default RCS application. RCS, in the event that you don't review, is the cutting edge informing standard upheld by a gathering of bearers and Google. It offers media messages, read receipts, and different elements you'd anticipate from a typical talk application like WhatsApp or iMessage.

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