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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Chromecast support (finally) comes to Vimeo on iOS

Consuming video on your mobile device is awesome, but sometimes you want more. Some videos just need to be seen on the bigger screen. If you happen to be on the couch, the TV might appear to be mocking you with it’s big display, which is just meant for video. Today, Vimeo is announcing they’re about to bridge that gap for iOS users. Via an update to their app, available for iPhone and iPad, Vimeo viewers will now be able to Chromecast their favorite videos!

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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Google+ and YouTube are both Google entities, and have a pretty close relationship already. That melding is about to get stronger, too. Today, Google is announcing you can port your Google+ videos right over to your YouTube channel. Not only useful for distributing videos to the world, it’s also a great way to backup your videos.

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Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Cloud storage and streaming service Streamnation has just added a new feature to its arsenal that could potentially ruffle the feathers of a few entities in the entertainment industry. It will now be allowing users to not only upload "DRM-free" copies of their favorite films and TV shows, but actually let others watch them as well, at practically no cost.

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YouTube expands Live Streaming feature to more accounts

YouTube expands Live Streaming feature to more accounts

YouTube began experimenting with live streaming a few years ago, offering it to show a few big events as they happened. In 2010, the feature was expanded a tad to a few networks, with plans to expand it again in the future. It has been a slow process, but the offering is being expanded again, this time to a wider range of users who have "eligible accounts." Along with the expansion is a tool to give users a thumbs up or down about whether they qualify.

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YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are big in your city

YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are big in your city

Inside the USA, YouTube has ushered in a Trends Map, this map allowing you to see which videos are showing up most often in the area you live in. While it would appear that most of the United States is watching a trailer for the 6th season of True Blood at the moment, there's no shortage of YouTubers out there looking at a Bad Lip Reading engagement with The Walking Dead from East to West Coast. YouTube's new map will allow you, the user, to break down which videos are trending hardest across the country based on a variety of breakdowns.

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YouTube’s newest milestone: 1 billion unique monthly users

YouTube’s newest milestone: 1 billion unique monthly users

Where do you go when you want to see clips of your favorite movies, check out music videos, or watch cats in various states of irritation or derpiness? If you're like most Internet users, you turn to YouTube, which is celebrating its newest milestone: over 1 billion unique monthly users. Such a huge number is hard to fathom, and so the video website has dropped a few examples to help put it into perspective.

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