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Weekly Update - January 13, 2018: Google Assistant, YouTube vetting, tools for Webmasters

This week’s updates include new gadgets, more YouTube struggles with controversial content, new tools for webmasters, information for Chromebook owners and more.
Plus there are tips and news for Google+ers, YouTubers, Live Streamers, AdSense Publishers, Webmasters, Business Owners and more.

Image: CPUs from retired computers waiting for recyclation by Ondřej Martin Mach on Wikimedia Commons ( licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)


  • 14 January: Google+ Post of the week deadline: #MyMotivator
  • 26 January: Google Partners 'Discover' - Digital Transformation: Mobile Solutions
  • 31 January: AdSense on Air: Introduction to AMP

CES 2018

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

  • The YouTube homepage now highlights channels you subscribe to that are live right now (BarbaraEMac)


  • Google+ #CommunityExperts: Azlin Bloor on How to sustain long term success in your Google+ Community (Google+ Moderators Community)
  • Google+ Post of the Week topic: share what motivates you! (Rachel Bakker)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • New Google Search Console (beta) rolling out to everyone (Google Webmasters)
  • Webmasters: Google's PageSpeed Insights now includes real-world data (Google Webmasters)
  • Google PageSpeed Insights Unavailable Notice (SEO Roundtable)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (January 9) (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (January 12) (Google Webmasters)

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi

  • Google Assistant is coming to more devices: smart displays, Android Auto, more headphones and speakers and more (Google Blog)


Privacy and Security

  • Keeping Spectre secret (The Verge)
  • All Chrome OS devices, their Linux kernel versions, and status of mitigations¹ for Meltdown (Francois Beaufort)

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links