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Weekly Update - April 7, 2018: #YouTubeStrong, Hangouts Meet, Google+ vs GMB

This has been a tough week, without many product updates.
Plus there are tips and updates for Webmasters, AdSense Publishers, Live Streamers and more.

Image: The Rainbow, by Robert Delaunay, 1913 (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

  • Skype for Content Creators lets NDI–enabled software place and record calls for live streaming or video recording (Skype Blog)


  • What's the difference between Google My Business and using a Google+ Page for your business? (Google My Business)
  • Tips for thriving on Google+ from Google+ Create Members (Google+)

Other social media

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • If your site is using a SSL/TLS certificate from Symantec that was issued before June 1, 2016, it will stop functioning in Chrome 66 (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (April 3) (Google Webmasters)
  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout (April 6) (Google Webmasters) 

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

  • Be a Google Voice beta tester to try out wi-fi calling directly from the Google Voice app (Google Voice)
  • Call a US or Canadian phone number for free from a Hangouts Meet video call (G Suite Updates)
  • Send 360-degree photos in Facebook Messenger (Facebook Newsroom)

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

  • Secure your Google account: remove unneeded 3rd party apps with access to your YouTube, Drive, Google+, and account details 

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


  1. Peggy, I was just wondering if you've noticed anything about the Subscribe link in new Blogger templates. I notice yours still has the nice "Subscribe" button up beside "Search" in your header and sticky header.
    Lately when I try applying the 4 new Blogger themes to a new blog, none of them show the Subscribe option there. In the templates, the section for it is still there but there is no content. Is this an "updated feature" or am I just crazy?
    Just wanted to run this by you since you seem unaffected.

    1. In the "Subscribe" section of my Layout using the Notable Theme, I have two gadgets - Follow by Email and Subscription Links (enabled). The "Follow by Email" gadget you have to add using the "Add a Gadget" option. If you don't see Subscription Links there already, you can also add that as a Gadget.



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