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YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

The truth is in the code, and the code for the latest YouTube mobile app version is telling us the Google-owned streaming video subsidiary is nearing all-systems-go for a full-on music streaming service. It will offer free (ad-supported) and paid (ad-free) subscription models, automatic "radio" station creation, offline and background listening, and other features. Does that sound exactly like a Google-fired shot across the bow of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Xbox Music Pass? It does to us.

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Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One will have access to a Microsoft-developed YouTube app come launch time this Friday (Nov. 22 at 12:01AM). Much unlike the company's official Windows Phone YouTube app, the Xbox One YouTube app will be, well, an actual app. Rather than just serving as a link to the mobile YouTube website (as the Windows Phone app does), the Xbox One YouTube app will contain features. Bonus!

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Super Mario Bros. gets dark real-world makeover in “The Four Players” YouTube series

Super Mario Bros. gets dark real-world makeover in “The Four Players” YouTube series

Nintendo is known for its family-friendly leaning, and the characters of Super Mario Bros. are cute enough to make us forget they inhabit a world filled with carnivorous plants. This isn't the case in an alternative-esque series by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who wrote and directed four short movies in a miniseries called "The Four Players." In Daugherty's world, we see our childhood nostalgia from an entirely too adult reality, complete with grungy sets and dark personal stories.

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Netflix and YouTube consume over 50% of fixed network data in North America

Netflix and YouTube consume over 50% of fixed network data in North America

A new report is in from Sandvine, which is a provider of broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators. The company has published its Internet traffic trends report called "Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013." The report is compiled from data from some of the 250 customers Sandvine has around North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa among other places.

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YouTube makes Google+ commenting system live

YouTube makes Google+ commenting system live

Back in September, YouTube revealed that Google+ commenting would be integrated into the video service, something that would revamp the system to provide better conversations and incentive to converse. It has been a bit over a month, and the change has finally gone live, bringing with it not only more relevant comments, but the ability to better moderate conversations that take place on your own videos.

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YouTube Music Awards goes live tonight at 6PM EST

YouTube Music Awards goes live tonight at 6PM EST

The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are set to go live tonight at 6:00PM EST with a star-studded cast of performers including Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Avicii, M.I.A., and others. Hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and directed by Spike Jonze, the YTMA are written for laughs, entertainment, and of course kudos for the nominated artists. Nominations were determined by user data.

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Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Google Search goes massive with banner ads and YouTube

Branded queries such as "Southwest Airlines" have begun turning up Google results with large-scale banner ads while searches for artists have started a roll-out of specialized YouTube listings. This is all part of a multi-tiered Google Search modification that brings more cash to the search giant and allows brand integration to run in one case, with quicker results for the searcher's wants and needs in the other, done in part as part of the Hummingbird initiative.

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