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YouTube won’t remove existing channel verification badges after outcry

YouTube won’t remove existing channel verification badges after outcry

On Thursday, YouTube updated its support website to include details on a big change to the way the company verifies channels. At the time, YouTube said that merely having 100,000 subscribers would no longer be good enough for getting verified and that some verified channels would be losing their status as a result. Creators weren't happy with the change, to put it mildly, and YouTube is already reversing parts of its change.

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Twitter users in the US and Japan can now hide replies

Twitter users in the US and Japan can now hide replies

Twitter, especially with its original 140-character limit was meant as a way for people to share thoughts in short, brief bursts. It, however, exploded into a social networking phenomenon that constantly tried to break out of the platform's imposed limits. The social network recently doubled the character limit to 280 but that only increased a different phenomenon: tweetstorms and conversations. Now Twitter is experimenting with ways authors can change the narrative by hiding replies that they deem harmful to the discourse and their followers.

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YouTube is making it much harder for channels to get verified

YouTube is making it much harder for channels to get verified

As with certain social media platforms, YouTube makes it possible for some users to become 'verified,' a status that is meant to ensure that viewers can tell the channel they're looking for from others that may be impersonating it. Channel verification isn't going away, but YouTube has revealed big criteria changes related to it, ones that will cause some users to lose their 'verified' status.

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Reddit is experiencing another outage: Here’s what we know

Reddit is experiencing another outage: Here’s what we know

If you've attempted to get on your favorite subreddit at any point over the past hour, you've likely experienced issues ranging from pages only partially loading all the way to full error pages. The issue is widespread based on current reports, with users in many places complaining about an inability to access the website. Reddit has confirmed that it is looking into the matter.

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Google Search video results will now have links to key points

Google Search video results will now have links to key points

Google Search has become an almost indispensable tool in today's age, much to the chagrin of privacy-conscious Internet users. The way it has been indexing and presenting information on the Web has made it learn anything and everything, sometimes even without having to go to the associated website or service. Videos, however, are not as easy to deal with, which is why Google is presenting a compromise that helps surfers first check if they got the right one before jumping directly at that point in time in the video itself.

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Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple antitrust probe: Why are they in trouble?

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple antitrust probe: Why are they in trouble?

The Capitol's war on tech companies is heating up. The U.S.' biggest corporations - Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple - were all told to hand in information as part of an ongoing antitrust investigation. They're calling for greater transparency in their data collection practices – and to investigate the possibility of corrupt practices to cripple competition.

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Sling TV finally adds Safari support after nixing macOS app

Sling TV finally adds Safari support after nixing macOS app

Live streaming television service Sling TV used to offer a macOS app for accessing the service on a Mac computer, but things changed last year. Users were promised that in addition to its existing Chrome browser support, Sling TV would soon add support for Apple's Safari browser, something that has finally arrived more than a year after the promise was made.

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Google launches new tools for finding local addiction resources

Google launches new tools for finding local addiction resources

Google has launched two new tools to help opioid addicts get help from nearby resources. The tools involve Google Maps, making it easier to find life-saving naloxone medication and to locate recovery centers that can help individuals get over their addiction. Both tools are free to access through Google's newly launched Recover Together website, which doesn't link searches for centers to one's Google account.

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YouTube is discontinuing its TV interface for web browsers

YouTube is discontinuing its TV interface for web browsers

YouTube offers a readily available television interface for people who access the service using an ordinary web browser. This interface is most commonly used by people who have a small computer, such as a PC stick or Linux box, hooked up to their TV as a substitute for a streaming device, but that'll be changing in the near future.

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Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook was always about friends. But now it’s also about love. The social media giants have launched Facebook Dating in the U.S., their answer to Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble and other dating apps. The new feature brings together Facebook’s networking infrastructure and data to help find matches that suit you.

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Google bans ad sales for unproven medical treatments

Google bans ad sales for unproven medical treatments

Google announced a new Google Ads Policy that targets unproven or experimental medical techniques. Google Ads revealed a new Healthcare and medicines policy that prohibits the advertising of "unproven or experimental medical techniques such as most stem cell therapy, cellular (non-stem) therapy, and gene therapy."

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Apple Music web player is the beta we’ve been waiting for

Apple Music web player is the beta we’ve been waiting for

The Apple Music service is finally accessible through an online web player, enabling subscribers to stream content directly through their web browser while on desktop. The web player joins the existing mobile apps available on iOS and Android, as well as the desktop app, expanding the ways users can access the content and making the service more competitive with alternatives like Spotify and Pandora.

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