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Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blocked in Turkey

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube blocked in Turkey

Turkey has (once again) blocked access to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, this time due to the reported military coup that is underway. This isn’t the first time Turkey has tried to block social networks, and per the tweets and videos still making their way out today, it appears it hasn’t been entirely successful. The nation often attempts to censor access to Internet sites like these during times of social or politic unrest.

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Warner Bros blasted by FTC for shady Shadow of Mordor Youtube videos

Warner Bros blasted by FTC for shady Shadow of Mordor Youtube videos

Warner Bros. is finding itself in a bit of trouble with the Federal Trade Commission today, based on how it handled YouTube reviews for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game, which was launched back in 2014, drew the attention of many fans and critics, but today the FTC is saying that Warner Bros. misled consumers with the disclosure requirements it placed on YouTube partners who received money to play the game on camera.

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YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

YouTube livestream broadcasting coming to mobile app really soon

The game is on! The live streaming game, that is. Facebook was recently reported to be signing up and paying networks celebrities to use its Facebook Live platform and naturally YouTube isn't going to take things sitting down. No, it won't be making such contracts (not that it doesn't already for all we know). Instead, YouTube is going to put the power into hands of the masses, by rolling out the live streaming feature baked right inside the regular YouTube app soon.

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Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Today Tumblr launched Tumblr Live Video, an initiative that uses other services to do the blog platform's dirty work. Instead of hosting the live video and streaming with Tumblr's servers, Tumblr is simply enacting sharing to Tumblr from a variety of 3rd-party services. So it's not entirely unlike how Twitter doesn't actually do the Live Video bit, they use Periscope.

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YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

If you're old enough to remember using MySpace in its prime, you're probably also familiar with the early YouTube sensation of Lonelygirl15. It started off exactly 10 years ago as just an everyday teenager speaking into webcam in a simple format that become known as the "vlog." This was long before everyone knew what "web series" or "going viral" meant. It went on to be revealed as a scripted series, and still survived for two years before fizzling out. But now it's back, with Lonelygirl15 posting her first video in eight years.

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LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

This week the folks at LG have decided to celebrate World Environment Day with a spherical video hosted by YouTube. As such, users will be able to view the video in 360 vision using the YouTube app, or view the scene with the ability to move and adjust their view in their web browser - just so long as it's Chrome. While the real World Environment Day is this Sunday, June 5th, the video is rolling out today - have a peek at it right this minute.

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Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Internet mega-brands Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and YouTube agree on a "code of conduct" with the European Commission to remove "hate speech" from their networks in less than 24 hours. This update does not necessarily hold these companies accountable the same way a hard-and-fast written law would in any one individual country. Instead, this would be more of an agreement - a hand-shake - between the companies to combat hate speech. According to this code of conduct, they'll be "developing counter-narratives promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect, including through awareness-raising activities."

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YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

If you've not signed up for YouTube Red, you're not alone. Despite YouTube's offer to let people pay for the option of not having ads, most people would rather watch ads than pay. Or probably more correctly, people will rather block ads for free, than pay to not see them. But Google wants to reward some of those people who have signed up for the service.

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See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

This morning Google gave a first glance at their newest VR app - YouTube VR for Daydream. This app will show off both spherical 360 videos as well as flat videos all in a virtual space. This release will build on Google's releases of new video and audio formats on YouTube for VR - both Spacial Audio and 360-degree video included. What we're able to see thus far is limited - but extremely encouraging and full of potential.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

Last year, the NFL partnered with YouTube to bring a variety of content to the video service. These include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps, and more. However, thanks to a new deal, we will start seeing entire games show up on the company's YouTube channel.

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YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

Amazon may have just launched its Direct service to compete with YouTube, but the latter's upcoming feature widens its lead in the market yet again. As if it weren't enough to waste spend hours on YouTube actually watching videos, or even commenting on them, YouTube wants you to waste spend even more hours on its app chatting about those videos as well. Rolling out to a select few users at first is a new "native sharing" feature which is really just a fancy way of saying "YouTube Chat".

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