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Weekly update: February 4, 2017: YouTube, Google Photos and more

Some smaller updates in the Googleverse this week:
Dominating the news:
  • Alphabet (including Google), Facebook, Apple and other tech companies announced their 4th quarter 2016 earnings 
  • The Trump administration’s immigration restrictions caused turmoil and pushback within the tech industry (and elsewhere)
There are also tips and updates for Google Plussers, YouTubers, live streamers, Bloggers, Webmasters, AdSense Publishers, Hangouts chatters and more.

Wondering what happened last month? Check out my overview of the top updates for YouTubers, Plussers and Bloggers in January 2017

The Super Bowl - this Sunday - is an unofficial holiday in the US, where Americans gather with friends to eat snacks, drink beer and watch commercials. Also there may be football.
Image: Are you ready for some football? Football field stock photo

Upcoming

  • 8 February: Google Partners Event: Learn how online advertising can help your business grow 
  • 9 February: #AskAdSense office hours
  • 10 February Google Webmasters Office Hours Hangout
  • 16 February: Google Partners Event: Make a professional video for your business with YouTube Director Onsite
  • 28 February: YouTube Fan Funding retired
  • 25 April: Most Hangouts video call apps will be retired

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • What was new in January on Google+ (Google+)
  • New features for Brand Account management. (Robert Wallis)
  • Google+ and business: using Google+ Collections (David Kutcher)
  • Businesses using G Suite + Google+ to collaborate (Google blog)
  • How to create a Google+ Event for your Hangout on Air (ICYMI)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google Photos on Android gets a redesigned Albums tab (The Verge)
  • Snapseed update: Curves for precise control, and more (Snapseed)
  • Free Google Photos webinar with Russ Buchmann (archived) (Michael Daniels)
  • Facebook’s AI now lets you search for photos by describing them (The Verge)
  • 3 styling tips for food photography (Mango Street)

Google for businesses

  • Updated: how to contact Google Business Support (Online Ownership)
  • Event: Make a professional video for your business with YouTube Director Onsite (Google Partners Events)
  • Google Partners Event: Learn how online advertising can help your business grow (Molly Youngblood Geiger)
  • Google Starting to Support Temporary Business Closings (Mike Blumenthal)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Blogger tip: How to add a link to any blog post image, no HTML editing required (video, blog post)
  • Update - New Google Sites - Image pasting and backgrounds (Steegle)
  • How to Recognize a Compromised Website | Online Safety Series Live Q&A (Google Advertiser Community)
  • 5 Answers to frequently asked questions about Google Analytics (Digital Marketing Institute)

AdSense and advertising

  • AdSense tip: grow revenue by improving ad visibility on mobile (Inside AdSense blog)

Hangouts and Messaging

  • Don't want people on Hangouts to know when you are online? Turn off the "Last Seen" setting (How to Geek)
  • After reading this, I'm convinced anyone on Android should just stop using Snapchat… (Michael)
  • Interesting look at how Snapchat is trying to justify its valuation: user engagement (Roberto Boyardo, Bloomberg)
  • How WhatsApp is fighting spam after its encryption rollout (TechCrunch)

Nexus, Android, Project Fi

  • Android N 7.1.2 rolling out starting today (Nexus 6 not included) (Android Developers)
  • Android version visualization 2009-2017 (Viktor Bohush)

Productivity

Privacy and Security

More around the web

Tech company fourth quarter earnings reports

Tech companies vs the US immigration ban

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links

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