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YouTube plans to develop its own interactive original shows

YouTube plans to develop its own interactive original shows

YouTube is working on its own interactive original shows, the company has confirmed, joining Netflix in embracing the experimental format. The original content will enable viewers to participate in the shows by choosing what happens as the story progresses. The project has been handed to YouTube's Ben Relles, who was behind the company's unscripted programming.

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It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

It’s the beginning of the end for Google Play Music

Those of you still holding onto a Google Play Music subscription might want to prepare to jump to YouTube Music. It's been clear since YouTube Music launched that the company planned to move away from Google Play Music, and it's gotten the ball rolling on that front today. Google has sent out an email to artists hosted on the service to tell them that the Google Play Artist Hub will be shutting down at the end of this month.

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YouTube execs allegedly favored engagement over clean content

YouTube execs allegedly favored engagement over clean content

Facebook may be the scapegoat of privacy violations these days but Google's YouTube is under fire for a different kind of violation: trust. The latest string of harmful content spliced into kids' videos is actually just the latest chapter in an ongoing saga that revolves around questionable content that gets passed YouTube's supposed protections. It turns out, according to anonymous insiders, YouTube execs are well aware of the problem but are supposedly turning a blind eye all for the sake of this thing called "engagement".

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Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

With Google Stadia, cloud gaming is about to get a lot more interactive - especially on the streaming front. Users will be able to stream gameplay in the Stadia platform (in a web browser), and can use Crowd Play and State Share to invite viewers in to play, too. With Crowd Play, it's about joining in live, with State Share, it's about a challenge. All of this was announced with the promise that Stadia would work on desktop and mobile platforms alike.

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YouTube Music, YouTube Premium expand to more countries

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium expand to more countries

YouTube is most popular for being the world's biggest video streaming site but, ironically, many use it for listening to music more than watching videos. That is what prompted the service to launch YouTube Music, its "made-for-music" app dedicated to, well, music. Unlike with videos, though, rolling out a music streaming service in other countries can be a tricky thing. Fortunately, the wait finally ends for India, South Africa, and a handful of Latin American countries as both YouTube Music and YouTube Premium make their way to those markets.

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YouTube tags Brie Larson search results as news, pushes trolls down

YouTube tags Brie Larson search results as news, pushes trolls down

Just like its parent company, YouTube has taken no small amount of flack for how it surfaced videos that some consider to be fake news, inappropriate, or even downright trolling. Often, YouTube has hidden behind its automated but not always perfect algorithms almost as an excuse. It turns out, however, it might have a rather simple solution to at least some of those cases. It has silently labeled "Brie Larson" as news and, lo and behold, trolling videos have been buried by actual authoritative news on the actress.

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YouTube videos featuring minors will have comments disabled

YouTube videos featuring minors will have comments disabled

YouTube is once again on the hot seat after no small amount of advertisers pulling out over problems related to minors. Given the PR and monetary consequences of such lapses, the video hosting giant has had no choice but to take drastic action, some of which will probably inconvenience some YouTube creators. Of course, many will argue that such "fixes" wouldn't have been necessary had YouTube been doing its job properly in the first place.

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Google Clock app lets Pandora and YouTube Music wake you up

Google Clock app lets Pandora and YouTube Music wake you up

While all Android clock apps have a built-in selection of alarms, some prefer to personalize what they wake up to each day. Over time, however, you may become desensitized to that all too familiar sound. Fortunately, Google's Clock app for Android does over a pinch of spontaneity and randomness by letting you select a Spotify playlist or album. With the latest version 6.1 update, you can also do the same with Pandora and YouTube music as well.

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YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

YouTube videos aimed at kids discovered to include self-harm tips

YouTube just can't get a break, which is probably nothing new for it. As the world's biggest Internet video service, YouTube carries a heavy burden in protecting its users, especially the wee ones. Sometimes it gets things right, like when it announced less harsh strikes on first-time offenders. Sometimes it gets things wrong, like when advertisers pull out over child abuse concerns. And sometimes it gets things terribly wrong, like when it lets in kids' videos that apparently have been altered to include instructions on how to harm themselves with deadly results.

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YouTube changes strike system to go easier on first-time rule breakers

YouTube changes strike system to go easier on first-time rule breakers

Ask any YouTube creator who has dealt with the platform's community guidelines strike system and they'll probably tell you that it's confusing and at least fairly inconsistent. Those are issues YouTube is looking to solve today by updating its community guidelines and overhauling how it hands out strikes. This includes consistent punishments for channels that break its rules, as well as a cushion for first-time offenders who may not have done anything with malicious intent.

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YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music finally gets Android Auto support in latest update

YouTube Music is finally getting support for Android Auto, joining Google Music and other audio apps already supported by the platform. With this addition, Android Auto users are able to directly access their YouTube Music content via the platform's interface using a couple taps. When launched, the YouTube Music inclusion offers recommended content, downloads, and more.

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YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

YouTube Music arrives on your Sonos speakers today

If you're a YouTube Music subscriber who happens to have an arsenal of Sonos speakers, then today is a good day. Google and Sonos have flipped the switch on YouTube Music integration for the latter company's speakers, making it the latest on a long list of music services that play nice with Sonos' products. With this new functionality comes the ability to control YouTube Music from within the Sonos app as well.

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