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Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

Vessel arrives to poach YouTube stars for subscription service

You probably haven’t heard of Vessel, but soon it will likely become part of your daily vernacular. The startup video service is trying to bring some of the more prominent YouTube creators under their banner, which offers up both free and paid subscriptions. The free service offers up videos from entities like Funny Or Die, while the paid model brings in homegrown viral stars. The paid service also delivers videos a full week before you’ll see them anywhere else, with an attractive, incentivized model for viral video stars.

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YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

YouTube quietly introduces GIF creator tool

Your GIF collection is about to get bigger. YouTube is testing a GIF creation tool that allows users to select a portion of a video and turn it into a GIF, no third-party tools necessary. The creation tool makes it easy to add text to the resulting GIFs, as well, with options for adding both top and bottom lines of text. Unfortunately, this feature isn't widely available yet, and so it is assumed YouTube is only testing the tool at this point.

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Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV is seeing some new channels today, as well as a totally refreshed version of an old favorite. The most notable news for Apple TV today comes via Google, which have upped the YouTube ante and re-worked the channel altogether. The new-look YouTube brings it into focus with Google’s other YouTube properties scattered throughout other streaming properties, with a full searchable database and easy-access subscriptions. It also has ads, which means you’ll now have access to the full library of content.

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YouTube Audio Library opened to make Copyright more transparent

YouTube Audio Library opened to make Copyright more transparent

The team behind Content ID on YouTube have just opened the doors to their Audio Library, making it super simple to make certain the content you're uploading won't be the subject of Copyright Infringement. With the YouTube Audio Library search system, you'll be able to search any specific track of music - any track that'll be in the video you're about to upload - and you'll be able to find it. This track will have a listing of its rights, including "If you use this song" rules for each individual piece of music.

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YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube creators being lured away by startup, Facebook

YouTube has become a place where anyone can upload creative content in an attempt to be noticed. Though the service has given plenty of viral heroes their start, a new report suggests the video service is in a panic. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources inside Google, say YouTube is in a “fire drill”. The reason for all the concern is talent poaching, where startup Vessel is said to be leading a surge in competing platforms who are trying to lure YouTubers away.

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Google plans kid-friendly products starting in 2015

Google plans kid-friendly products starting in 2015

Google sees a lot of traffic pop through their servers, but how much of it is from kids? The search company has no real idea, but they’d like to have a better grasp on that knowledge. Whether it’s YouTube, Search, or other properties, kids are using Google stuff now more than ever. To that, Google promises to release kid-friendly versions of their various properties next year. The aforementioned YouTube and Search are likely going to make the cut, as could Chrome.

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YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

YouTube can’t hang with Gangnam Style

Today's generation is much different than what we saw back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. With technology being so advanced, we get to share cultures all across the world with a simple click on YouTube. And that's exactly what PSY did with his notorious song Gangnam Style (강남스타일). His music video has been viewed over 2 billions times on YouTube that it literally broke the internet. Well maybe not the "internet" but the video view counter, close enough.

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Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo re-works mobile site hoping you’ll start using it

Vimeo may not be the video service you go to, but changes introduced today may change that. The streaming media service today is rolling out changes to their mobile website, aimed at getting people watching and sharing more than they ever did via Vimeo. According to Vimeo, the mobile site now does a few things well, but no longer attempts to recreate the desktop experience on your phone or tablet. They’ve even rolled in the ability to save videos for viewing later, should you not have an account or forget to sign in.

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Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google app updates aren't rare, sometimes happening weekly, but today's Play Music refresh is a bit noteworthy in light of recent events. YouTube's new Music Key subscription service already makes a reference to Google's own music streaming service and this app update goes full circle. Now Play Music users will be informed if the tune they're listening to has a corresponding YouTube video and provide a link to said video right then and there.

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YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

This week Google released YouTube Music Key Beta, and this afternoon, Beta invites are being sent to users in the United States and in several European countries. Though it was originally assumed that only Google Music Subscribers would receive invitations to join the party at first, we've seen invites sent to several non-Google Music Subscribers as well. If you're invited, you'll know it - what you might not know is what the difference is between standard YouTube Music and the subscriber model. It's not exactly obvious right off the bat.

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