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YouTube considers plan to scrub children’s content from main app

YouTube considers plan to scrub children’s content from main app

YouTube may introduce a massive change to how it handles children's content, a new leak claims. Company executives are reportedly considering a plan that would move videos targeted at children from the main YouTube app to a separate app, as well as disabling the auto-play feature that causes new random videos to play after the current one ends.

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YouTube claims to ‘tackle hate’ while LGBTQ harassment continues unabated

YouTube claims to ‘tackle hate’ while LGBTQ harassment continues unabated

This week it's become clear that YouTube is in a rough way between aiming to stop hate speech and actually enforcing their own rules. The biggest case comes in the form of Carlos Maza, writer and producer of research and media coverage of LGBT issues. He's been the target of intense harassment at the hands of ultra-right-wing hate channels on YouTube for the past two years. Upon notifying YouTube about his situation, YouTube suggested that no issue fell within the scope of their policies.

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100 Thieves CourageJD team-up official, YouTube, Twitch in the mix

100 Thieves CourageJD team-up official, YouTube, Twitch in the mix

Fortnite gamers* 100 Thieves just announced they've added @CouRageJD to their team as "the third creator" for their content house. They've picked up Courage (as he's otherwise known) to bring his high EXP in professional gaming and casting to the public through the 100 Thieves lens. They've got winning esports on their mind, and Courage is now in the mix.

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YouTube Gaming app is finally closing up shop this week

YouTube Gaming app is finally closing up shop this week

YouTube may be the king of Internet videos but when it comes to live streaming game (and sometimes other creative endeavors), Twitch, now owned by Amazon, still lords it over many of its competitors. Naturally, YouTube wanted to challenge that status quo and make itself the hub of all gaming-related video activities. Its solution of a standalone YouTube Gaming app failed and it is now shutting that down at the end of the month.

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Google is testing merchandise links under YouTube videos

Google is testing merchandise links under YouTube videos

Google plans to add shopping links below some videos on YouTube, according to a new leak. The alleged business plan is presented as a way to compete with online shopping giant Amazon, though the merchandise links are described as simply a test, meaning they may not stick around. As well, Google allegedly plans to rebrand its Google Express marketplace.

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Future YouTube Originals will be available for free with ads

Future YouTube Originals will be available for free with ads

YouTube has revealed a big new business decision related to its YouTube Originals: all new content will be freely available going forward. This is a big change for the company, which previously required its users to pay for a YouTube Premium subscription to access these shows. The YouTube Originals content will include advertisements when viewed by regular (free) users.

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YouTube’s newest deal brings free MLB games for everyone

YouTube’s newest deal brings free MLB games for everyone

YouTube has penned a deal with Major League Baseball (MLB) to offer free livestreams of 13 games during the second half of the 2019 baseball season. The exclusive deal will cover streaming in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, marking YouTube's first live game distribution partnership with the league. The livestreams will feature regular season games.

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YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

Google is notorious for having a messy messaging platform strategy but its entertainment ecosystem is not any better. It once rallied music, moves, books, and news under a single "Google Play" banner but then probably realized that YouTube is a stronger brand. It has recently decided to eventually sunset Google Play Music in favor of YouTube Music but there has barely been any movement on that front until now. And it's quite a tiny move at that.

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Verizon strikes deal with Google to offer YouTube TV bundles

Verizon strikes deal with Google to offer YouTube TV bundles

Verizon has announced a partnership with Google that'll allow the service provider to offer YouTube TV bundles with some of its products. The option will be made available to Verizon wireless, 5G Home, and Fios broadband customers, the company said in its announcement this week. YouTube TV enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet, serving as an alternative to satellite and cable.

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Google Home speakers get free YouTube Music streaming

Google Home speakers get free YouTube Music streaming

Google Home owners can now use the smart speaker to stream audio from YouTube Music for free. This provides those customers with music streaming on Google Home straight out of the box, but there is a catch: the free service is subsidized by the presence of advertisements. Google Home users will need to setup the speaker to use YouTube Music before they can use the new perk, however.

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Google and Amazon don’t hate each other anymore

Google and Amazon don’t hate each other anymore

For years now, Google and Amazon have been embroiled in a feud that saw the services of one company removed from the platforms of the other. Back at the beginning of last year, for example, Google decided to block devices like Fire TV and Echo Show from accessing YouTube. Amazon, meanwhile, has restricted its Prime Video app on Chromecast and Android TV. It was a particularly petty retail war that ultimately gave consumers fewer options, but today, it seems to be coming to an end.

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YouTube TV price increase lands with new channel additions

YouTube TV price increase lands with new channel additions

YouTube TV is getting more expensive, with Google's streaming service seeing its second price bump since it launched two years ago. Google says that the price change reflects the addition of new channels for YouTube TV, as well as broader availability across the US, though cord-cutters who saw it as salvation from expensive cable packages may be less impressed.

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