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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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YouTube beta feature allows viewing from multiple angles

YouTube beta feature allows viewing from multiple angles

YouTube is rolling out a new experiment today, allowing you to see videos from multiple angles. The feature, in beta of course, brings in multiple camera angles you can cycle through as the video is playing. There’s currently only one video that is known to have this multi-angle feature, which of course would need to be shot with multiple cameras from different perspectives. The goal seems to be aimed at encouraging creators to upload to YouTube, but it could have a more social aspect, too.

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Imgur just made GIF creation much easier with free online tool

Imgur just made GIF creation much easier with free online tool

Creating a GIF might seem like witchcraft to the uninitiated, but it’s really not that difficult. Apps like GIFBrewery for OS X make quick work of taking your videos from full-length to looping clips in seconds. Thanks to Imgur, you can do the same with any video, now. Via their GIF creation tool, which is now live, videos from a hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo can become GIFs. Keep in mind that whatever GIF you create becomes public domain.

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Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Instead of just issuing takedown notices to those gamers that hoped to share Nintendo content on YouTube, the company has decided to launch a "Creators Program" this week. Instead of aiming to take down all content or take control of all revenue, Nintendo has started a program which aims to share revenue. This program requires that content sharers register with Nintendo and report every video they share - or they can share their entire channel if it's entirely Nintendo-based. Then there's a 3-day wait period.

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Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

It seems like Sony is putting to rest a few of its services, probably much to the dismay and even worry of its customers. Hot on the heels of an announcement that will swap out its Music Unlimited service for a Spotify-powered PlayStation Music, the tech giant is now announcing the impending shtudown of two PS Vita apps, Maps and YouTube. It isn't saying exactly why it is doing so and, in at least one case, isn't offering a replacement.

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Snapchat, online studios buddy up for new ‘SnapperHero’ mini series

Snapchat, online studios buddy up for new ‘SnapperHero’ mini series

The latest Snapchat news is a bit weird, to understate things. The company is apparently on the prowl to attract entertainment entities, as it'll be shoving a new series of sorts into users' feeds soon: SnapperHero. This series will be comprised of several short video episodes starring popular users from Vine and YouTube as superheroes; Snapchat won't actually be involved in the creation process. A couple studios will be taking care of that part, and oddly enough, AT&T will be helping foot the bill.

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