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Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Election Day is tomorrow and no matter what candidate you support, odds are you want to know who will be in charge of our country for at least the next four years. To help you keep up with what's going on, Google and YouTube have outlined their plans to keep you informed on Election Day. Google is giving a pop-up at the top of the screen that you can click to find where to vote in your area.

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YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube has given its creators a handful of new comment features, better enabling them to refine and tweak the conversations found on their videos. Creators can, for example, give a ‘heart’ to their favorite comments, making it easy for readers to identify which comments are worth reading. There’s also the new ability to pin comments to the top of any comment feed, ensuring viewers see it chief among the rest. YouTube has also detailed some features it plans to launch in the near future.

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CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

CBS signs deal with Google for YouTube’s streaming TV service

YouTube Unplugged, Google's subscription-based live television service, has been rumored for several months now, but it appears to have signed its first major content partner in a new deal with the CBS network. The YouTube-branded streaming video service is expected to launch in early 2017, offering users access to several TV channels for a set price between $25 and $40 per month.

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Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Twitch uploads beta goes live: challenging YouTube at last

Just as YouTube took a page out of Twitch's handbook with the roll out of YouTube Gaming, so too is Twitch now borrowing from its competitor. Twitch has announced a new beta program that allows users to upload pre-recorded videos, which may put some pressure on YouTube - at least as far as gaming content is concerned.

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Google iOS app gets incognito mode, YouTube video playback in search

Google iOS app gets incognito mode, YouTube video playback in search

Google may be gearing up for its big announcement event on October 4, but the massive company has taken some time out of its preparations to deliver an update for the Google app on iOS. It's a pretty straightforward update, bringing only three new changes with it, but those changes are almost certainly ones that users will be pleased to see.

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Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google has announced that it will soon be offering low-bandwidth options for some its more popular apps within India. These low-bandwidth modes are coming to services like YouTube, Chrome, Google Play, and Google News, making them more accessible users who may not have access to the fastest internet connections or are limited severely in what they can do online by low data caps, which is a prevalent issue throughout the country.

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When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

When is the first Presidential Debate? Live Streaming video detailed

Since the year 2008, the last time the United States had a presidential race that the entire world was interested in, a lot has changed in how we're able to access video. The age of Live Video Streams has truly dawned, and we're in a place where it'd more surprising to NOT see the debates available for live streaming online than if they were. And they are. And we've got all the links and video boxes and streamers in the world below, ready for the clicking and the watching.

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YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

YouTube will livestream the election debates, too

Both Facebook and Twitter will be livestreaming the 2016 Presidential debates, and now YouTube has announced that it will be, too. The company is pushing for individuals to get out and vote this election season, and in that spirit it has announced the #voteIRL campaign. Livestreaming and campaigns such as this both largely target young viewer bases, the same group that is unlikely to have a regular cable subscription through which to watch the events.

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YouTube Community lets content makers interact with fans in new ways

YouTube Community lets content makers interact with fans in new ways

Since YouTube launched the way content creators interacted with their fans was by posting videos to the sharing platform for the fans to watch. YouTube is now expanding the capabilities of interaction with fans on YouTube channels with YouTube Community. Community is accessed via the Community tab on your YouTube channel.

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Watch the new Pokemon Generations series on YouTube

Watch the new Pokemon Generations series on YouTube

Fans of the Pokemon Origins miniseries will want to mark their calendars, because The Pokemon Company announced today that it will be launching a new series titled Pokemon Generations later this week. Premiering on YouTube on September 16, this new series seems to be a follow up to Origins, though it also appears to be a little more ambitious than its predecessor, looking to touch on major moments from all of the main series Pokemon releases, from Red and Blue all the way up to X and Y.

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YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

Currently, YouTube is king of the video streaming world, but other competitors like Facebook Live and Snapchat are beginning to rise up. So what do you do when these ubiquitous social networks begin encroaching on your territory and challenging your position as ruler of the roost? You become more like them, apparently, with YouTube rumored to be rolling out a new feature called Backstage later this year.

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YouTube TV gets a facelift

YouTube TV gets a facelift

If you watch YouTube on your smart TV or via a set-top-box device, you’ll be familiar with YouTube’s TV interface, one that differs in significant ways from the desktop and mobile versions. The interface is designed to play well with TV navigation, more so now that YouTube has refreshed the TV design with small but significant changes. Among other things, it is now easier to browse YouTube content on the big (living room) screen.

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