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YouTube Cards will replace pop-ups, work on mobile

YouTube Cards will replace pop-ups, work on mobile

If you’ve watched a YouTube video lately (or ever), you may have noticed the hideous pop-ups that want you to subscribe the channel, or possibly check out another video from that channel for better context. They’re unsightly in 2015, and YouTube is doing something about it. Today, the streaming video service is announcing Cards, which replace those ugly pop-ups (or ‘annotations’, as YouTube puts it). More beautiful, Cards also show up on mobile devices, tying YouTube together across screens.

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YouTube rumored to have paid tier in the works

YouTube rumored to have paid tier in the works

Would you pay for YouTube? If a new report is accurate, you might soon have to think critically about that. Google is cited by sources as being interested in a video-on-demand (VOD) subscription model for YouTube. The move is believed to be in response to other platforms, many of whom offer a pay-to-play layer wherein the content is ad-free. It may also be a move to retain talent, something YouTube has quietly been battling for a year or more.

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FAA says publishing drone footage to YouTube is a no-no

FAA says publishing drone footage to YouTube is a no-no

There are rules in place that allow the average consumer to fly small drones for personal use. Those same rules also stipulate that drones can’t be flown for commercial uses without falling under more strict control by the FAA. The line that separates what is commercial use from what is a private use of a drone aircraft is probably not what most of us thought it was.

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YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

YouTube 360-degree video activated, ripe with VR potential

Today Google activated 360-degree video on YouTube. This system works with a number of 360-degree or otherwise bubble-lens camera video media available to consumers now, and will be coming your way via SlashGear imminently. We've got a couple on hand, that is to say, and we'll be presenting large amounts of video from events, hands-on experiences, and much more in the near future. For now you're going to want to check out some of the most basic media uploaded to YouTube by a variety of artists.

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YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

When it comes to videos, everything about the sharing process is more difficult than their photo brethren. The troubles with them have gotten easier over the years, but after shooting a video, any edits that the footage needs are a cumbersome process for those without video-editing software -- and the trouble is amplified when the edits need to be made from a mobile device rather than a laptop. There are existing apps, of course, that try to simplify the process, but YouTube wants you to bypass those entirely.

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YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

YouTube may have targeted ads later this year

You watch YouTube — everyone does. Whether it be some new product or a funny montage, we all use YouTube on a fairly regular basis. It’s the hosting site many turn to when they launch a product, find something cool, or want to share something potentially viral. The onslaught of Twitter, Facebook, and others like Twitter-owned Vine are having an effect on YouTube. According to The Wall Street Journal, YouTube raked in about $4 billion last year, but there was no profit. The answer might be a new ad system.

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YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

Today is a turning point for the Google-owned YouTube video environment. Today children are able to use YouTube Kids, an app made specifically for children, made to allow kids access to the ever-growing video environment without risking unwanted sights for young eyes. While Wu-Tang may be for the children, their music videos decidedly are not. The YouTube crew have taken care of this situation by creating this portal - one that's long overdue, as we discussed in brief at rumors of YouTube Kids last week.

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YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

Kid-friendly YouTube app coming February 23

It seems that Google is making good on its promise to have child-safe products this year, starting with probably the most engaging one of all: YouTube. USA Today reports that a colorful and limited new YouTube app will be debuting 23rd February to help give parents a bit of peace of mind, not to mention more control, over their kids' online viewing activities. And, of course, the app will be filled to the brim with contents that kids will love, or supposedly love, while keeping more mature videos out of the way.

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Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

It was supposed to be a sign of Nintendo embracing gamers and YouTube reviewers, but the new Creators Program has become mired in controversy after terms tweaks demanded complete devotion to the company's titles. Announced at the end of January, the Nintendo Creators Program was, if viewed generously, a compromise by the Japanese firm: rather than issuing take-down notices to YouTubers using in-game footage in their monetized videos, Nintendo would instead share the bounty. Some sifting through the conditions, however, suggested that Nintendo was at best myopic, and at worst aggressively controlling, and subsequent adjustments to the language have seen things go even further downhill.

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