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Weekly Update - September 2, 2017: YouTube's New Look, Monetization, User First Beta

New this week in the Googlevers  there are tips and updates for video watchers and creators, live streamers, business owners, webmasters, bloggers and much more. 
  • This week YouTube unveiled a redesigned and very bright logo, plus a new look and new features on mobile and desktop.
  • YouTube Creators have been understandably concerned when their monetized videos started showing the yellow “"not suitable for all advertisers" icon. In response, Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt (Head of Global Gaming, Content & Partnerships at YouTube) posted a FAQ to explain “what’s up”. The take-away message is there is now an option to appeal: “... no system is perfect. When you appeal, our reviewers take a look and their decisions help our systems get smarter over time. Deleting the video and re-uploading won't help.” 
  • Another change for YouTube Creators is the new requirement that monetization be enabled before you can link to your own website on a video Card or End Screen. There is an exception for non-profits.
  • Google wants visitors to your website to have a good experience. AdSense launched the User First beta program to test if fewer ads and better targeting can make more money for publishers. Only a small group of AdSense publishers were invited. The criteria? You “offer your visitors a good web experience, e.g., your pages are fast-loading or your users are happy with the ad layout on your site.”
  • Have you ever asked yourself “Have I been pwned?” The answer is probably yes. Web security expert Troy Hunt just added 711 million records from a massive spam list to the HIBP database, including both email addresses and some passwords. He explains what he found in that data, and what can you do to protect your accounts.
  • On a more positive note, Google has made traveling a bit easier with improved flight and hotel search, and Google Maps helps you find parking for your next drive into the big city.
  • And just for fun, Gboard for Android now supports stickers and Bitmoji

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