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YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

If you'd hoped to stay out of the Google+ party whilst remaining a commenting member of YouTube this season, you may be out of luck. The folks at YouTube have made clear this week that they're not about to let their commenting system go stagnant - as a result, they'll be integrating Google+ commenting and log-ins to make certain the nature of YouTube videos is more in tune with the comments they receive. The newest videos aren't always the most relevant - that's what they say, and that's what this update is going to be all about.

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Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.

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YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

Readying itself for the likes of Chromecast, PlayStation 4 (already on PS3), Google TV, and more, YouTube has been updated this week in its iOS and Android forms. This app already allowed the user to play any and all (save no-mobile) videos with ease, now the app will allow users to watch a video or Cast a video. This added bit of functionality had worked with devices like the Nexus Q and PlayStation 3 and Google TV in the past, but here we're seeing a "preview" screen appearing along with the ability to add said video to a queue.

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YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

YouTube app has Google and Microsoft throwing punches over HTML5

User of the Windows Phone mobile operating system glad that the Microsoft-made YouTube app was reinstated recently with approval by Google will be disappointed this afternoon: it's gone again. Now the two companies are tossing punches online, releasing statements in kind over the reasons for their continued dispute. It would appear that the whole mess comes down to one coding issue: HTML5.

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Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

Security firm reveals unauthorized advertisement injections on YouTube

The security firm Spider.io revealed that a California-based company called Sambreel was using its software to inject advertisements on YouTube, according to a report on the company's website. Sambreel's subsidiary Yontoo was responsible for two programs designed to make downloading videos off of YouTube simple, both of which have been pulled after Spider.io revealed its findings.

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Windows Phone YouTube app re-launched following Google appeasement

Windows Phone YouTube app re-launched following Google appeasement

In the middle of May, Microsoft received a nastygram from Google demanding that it pull its YouTube for Windows Phone app within one week due to certain issues with the app, namely the lack of advertisements and ability to download certain videos. Late that month, an agreement was struck betwixt the two companies, and today the app has been re-launched, adding advertisements into the mix.

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YouTube is down, it’s not just you

YouTube is down, it’s not just you

This afternoon Google's YouTube video hosting service appears to be suffering a service outage, though as of this article's initial publication time, representatives have not made an official statement. Watching this event through several "likely service disruption" websites makes the situation clear from user perspectives, with one site, Down Detector, showing less than 10 reports of problems from YouTube throughout the day and a whopping 69 reports in the last hour.

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