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Weekly Update - July 8, 2017: AdSense, YouTube Gaming, PhotoBucket

There weren't too many updates this week, perhaps because of the US July 4th holiday, or maybe because it's summer. But there are always a few new things for Creators.

Here are my top announcements:
  • AdSense introduced Native Ads. There has been some speculation that the ads could violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, and Google hasn’t responded to that. Perhaps use with caution?
  • Photobucket breaks images across the internet. In a quiet ToS update, Photobucket disabled imaged embedding and linking, which are now only available to paid accounts that cost $399 per year. That has resulted in images disappearing from blogs and forums across the web.
  • YouTube Gaming has provided more details on sponsorships and custom emojis. Sponsorships are still in beta, but when they launch, creators will be able to offer custom emoji in live chat - the more sponsors, the more custom emoji for the channel. If you are interested testing sponsorships you can apply for the beta program.
  • You can now you can add accessibility details to places on Google Maps, helping make the map better for everyone.
Plus there are updates and tips for video creators, live streamers, bloggers, webmasters, business owners and more.

Image: Photo of watermelons by Scott Bauer at the United States Department of Agriculture (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


  • Google+ Community owners: keep your moderators invested in the community (Cliff Wade)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • How to get cinematic video footage with your Android phone (xda-developers)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi

  • Is Project Fi Google's gateway drug to the post-phone world? (Mike Elgan)


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links