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YouTube Music app will come preinstalled on all Android 10 devices

YouTube Music app will come preinstalled on all Android 10 devices

YouTube Music, the platform's dedicated music service, will be preinstalled on Android 10 devices by default going forward, Google revealed on Friday. The app will be taking the place of Google Play Music, underscoring the company's transition away from that service as it sets its focus on YouTube. The YouTube Music app remains available to download in the Google Play Store for everyone else.

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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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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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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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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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YouTube Kids’ parental control lock is a simple math question

YouTube Kids’ parental control lock is a simple math question

The dedicated YouTube Kids website has launched and it comes with a parental lock so simple that one may think they're being trolled. Upon launching the website, kids are introduced to a big, bright screen that advises them to get a parent in order to answer a question and unlock the portal. That question? A simple math problem that most kids could easily solve without a calculator.

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YouTube simplified subscriber counts have users in a tizzy

YouTube simplified subscriber counts have users in a tizzy

Relying on continued success on YouTube to make your living can be a stressful thing. YouTube recognizes that, and in an effort to reduce stress among its creators, the company is about to roll out a controversial new feature on a broad scale. Starting next month, it will begin hiding exact subscriber counts on YouTube channels, instead giving viewers only a general idea of how many subscribers a channel has.

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YouTube will now remove disturbing videos targeting kids

YouTube will now remove disturbing videos targeting kids

YouTube has been heavily criticized for years over the growing number of faux videos for kids on its platform that show violent, disturbing, or otherwise mature content unsuitable for young audiences. In regards to that, the company quietly announced a policy change on its support forum this week stating that it will remove 'misleading family content' going forward, including videos that target 'younger minors.'

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Waze adds YouTube Music controls for a safer dashboard

Waze adds YouTube Music controls for a safer dashboard

Waze is getting YouTube Music integration, bringing more streamlined access to streaming music to the navigation app without having to jump between the two. The update pulls everything from albums and playlists, through personalized mixes, into Waze's new app.

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Future YouTube Originals will be totally free starting next month

Future YouTube Originals will be totally free starting next month

With few exceptions, YouTube's original shows have only been available to YouTube Premium subscribers, locking them behind a relatively pricey paywall. That will change starting late next month, Google has quietly revealed, when many YouTube Originals will be made free for everyone to access. This doesn't mean YouTube Premium subscribers should cancel their plans, however -- there will be perks available only to those who pay.

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W Hotels caters to YouTubers with new mukbang room service

W Hotels caters to YouTubers with new mukbang room service

W Hotels, specifically the W Hotel in Washington, DC, has introduced a new room service option that'll appeal to YouTubers: the Sip & Slurp menu for filming mukbang videos. The new menu is pricey and only available for a limited time, offering customers more than just food -- they also get a lapel microphone and cell phone stand for recording the content.

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YouTube Premium deal offers three free months for students

YouTube Premium deal offers three free months for students

For many college students, the end of August marks their return to school -- and for many people, they're starting university for the first time, opening the door to all sorts of student discounts and promotions. Companies are vying for students' limited budgets, offering incentives for people to sign up in the form of free promotions and discounts. Among those companies is YouTube, which has three free months for eligible students.

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