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Weekly Update - March 18, 2017: Advertiser-friendliness, Family Link, YouTube

The top stories in the Googleverse this week:
  • The new Google Family Link app helps you control what your kids can access on their phone
  • Google was “under fire for posting UK government ads on YouTube hate videos”. In a quick response, Google announced they will be giving advertisers more control over where ads appear on YouTube and the Google Display Network 
  • YouTube announced the Annotations editor will be retired May 2
  • Google Voice got a nice update on Android and web 
Plus there are updates and tips for webmasters, bloggers, live streamers, Google+ers, YouTubers and more.

Image: Four leaf clover by KEBman on Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

  • The YouTube Annotations editor is being retired (YouTube Creator Blog)
  • Tom’s Take: Annotation Changes (YouTube)
  • YouTube and Daydream working together to improve VR videos (YouTube Developers Blog, Google Blog)
  • Google's Area120 launches Uptime app for collaborative YouTube video viewing (The Verge)
  • How to block a YouTube Contact

Go Live


  • Google+ Community Owners: use the "Hold for Review" moderation option to keep your Community spam free (Google+ with Margaret Tompkins)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

  • Russian hackers and government officers indicted for Yahoo hacking (Yahoo blog)

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


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