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Weekly Update - April 25, 2020: Meet, Duo, YouTube, Live Streaming

While we’re staying at home, tech companies are rapidly adding new features for video calling and live streaming. This week there are updates for Google’s Meet and Duo, Facebook’s WhatsApp and new Messenger Rooms, and Zoom, plus new features for YouTube Live Control Room and Facebook Live. And if you aren’t a live streamer yourself, there is a lot of video content to watch, both live and on demand. Plus there are updates for businesses, advertisers, and more. 



Go Live

  • Live Control Room in YouTube Studio has some nice new features, including improved navigation and live stream management, automatically unlist live stream archives, edit your completed live stream before the archive has processed, and use the “Publish Format” metric in YouTube Analytics to compare views, watch time and other stats for your live streams, uploads and premieres. Take a tour. You can still return to Classic Stream Now and YouTube Live Events, at least for the time being.
  • Facebook announced number of new live streaming features: Use “Live With” to add a guest to your live stream, add Facebook LIve to a Facebook Event, fund raise for a non-profit, and support more creators and live streamers with Stars. You will also soon be able to go live from Facebook Portal to Pages and Groups.
  • The new Facebook Gaming app lets you live stream games from your Android phone, and watch other gaming content. There is also a new option to create gaming Tournaments.


Websites and Advertising


  • Google will now let you know if they can’t find a good match to your search. They will suggest alternative searches and search tips to try to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Spammers, hackers and malicious “government actors” are nothing if not adaptable. According to Google, they have shifted tactics to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. They have detected “18 million malware and phishing Gmail messages per day related to COVID-19, in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages.” Google, of course, is working to keep accounts safe.
That’s all the updates for this week. Subscribe to get the Weekly Update in your email inbox or favorite feed reader every week. Miss last week’s update? Get it here.

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