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Weekly Update - April 8, 2017: YouTube, Google+, Fighting Fake News

New this week:
  • The big news for Creators was that the YouTube Partner Program has new eligibility requirements. Channels must have at least 10,000 lifetime views to show ads on videos. While this comes amidst a lot of criticism from advertisers about where their ads are displaying, YouTube says this change has been in the works since last November.
  • YouTube TV is now live in five US Metro areas: New York, Los Angeles, SF Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia 
  • Now you can remove your current Google+ or YouTube custom URL, and then - if eligible - be offered a new one. This is great for folks who have changed their name or rebranded their business.
  • Android 7.1.2 was officially released, with bug fixes and improvements for Pixel and Nexus phones 
  • And the fight against fake news rages on: ”Fact Check” is now available in Google Search and News around the world. And Facebook is implementing changes to stop misinformation and false news.
  • Plus tips and updates for YouTube, Google Photos, Blogger, AdSense, Webmasters, Android, and much more. 
Image: Detail from Wet Afternoon by Ethel Spowers (1930), public domain

Did you miss what happened in March? See my recap of the top updates at Blogger, YouTube and Google+ for Creators:


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • How to import your Google Photos and Google Drive videos into your YouTube channel (blog post, video)
  • How to set up Google Photos (Android Central)
  • Turn horses into zebras, apples to oranges and other object transfiguration (Jun-Yan Zhu et al)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

  • The official AdSense Plugin for WordPress is going away

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

  • Google Account login page update starting April 5

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links