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North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

Seoul - North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

Op-Ed: Academics protest YouTube's closure of North Korean channels

San Bruno - Academics are angry that YouTube has shut down two North Korean news, and propaganda channels and has urged the company to reinstate them as they provided valuable insights about the country including into their nuclear program.

YouTube shuts down North Korea propaganda account

Seoul - YouTube has cut off access to a state-run North Korean propaganda channel, as the US seeks to impose tougher sanctions following Pyongyang's recent nuclear and missile tests.

Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the "smiley" and dismissed fears about a potential World War III.

YouTube unveils built-in direct messaging feature

YouTube has started rolling out an in-app messaging feature designed to keep conversations about videos within the walls of its platform. The mobile-only chat hub lets you send messages directly to other YouTube users, without using public comments.

Smash hit 'Despacito' becomes most viewed YouTube video

New York - "Despacito" -- the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo -- racked up another record Friday, supplanting "See You Again" as the most watched video on YouTube.

Google to merge YouTube Red and Play Music into a single service

Google is preparing to merge together its YouTube Red and Play Music streaming subscriptions into a single combined service. The company wants to offer potential customers "one offering" after hearing reports that the current system is too confusing.

Huge growth in mobile video to push ad market to $18bn in 2018

The continued trend towards mobile video is expected to increase spending on adverts for the format by 49 percent in 2018. It will push the total value of the market above $18 billion while causing a decline in the spending on desktop video ads.

Woman shoots boyfriend in YouTube stunt gone wrong

In a social media stunt that has gone terribly wrong, a woman has shot her boyfriend dead as part of a YouTube stunt. The aim was for the boyfriend to stop a bullet with a book while his girlfriend shot him.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

San Francisco - Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Google launches new experimental YouTube party app for the iPhone

Google has opened up access to an experimental YouTube app to all iPhone users. Called Uptime, the app offers a more social YouTube experience that lets you watch videos together in a group. It's meant to be accessible, fun and focused on sharing.

Kremlin woos bloggers but YouTube generation is not 'selling out'

Moscow - Russian authorities may have succeeded at quashing dissent on television and mass media but a new generation of voters has found a way to still get relevant news: on YouTube.

YouTube to ban ads on hateful and demeaning videos

YouTube has announced a revision of its ad policies that will see all monetisation revoked from videos with hateful, incendiary and demeaning content. The company has also addressed videos which use characters from family entertainment "inappropriately."

YouTube's dramatic design overhaul is now official

Over a year since Google started public testing of a radical overhaul of YouTube's website, the company has made the new look official. The revamped design is the most substantial change to YouTube in years. Google said future features will arrive faster.

U.K. MPs want social media companies fined for illegal material

A Commons committee is recommending social media companies be fined for not removing illegal material from their platforms quickly enough or at all. The report also recommends these firms be required to pay policing charges regarding illegal content.

Scientists find extremely rare live giant shipworm in Philippines

We have known about giant shipworms for a long time but no one has ever seen a real live specimen until now. Scientists got their first look at some of the strange creatures after spotting their shells on a YouTube video.

YouTube is working on a new look that includes a dark theme

YouTube is quietly testing a substantial overhaul of its web interface on desktop devices. The design is bigger, bolder and brighter, unless you enable its optional dark mode. The feature has long been requested by YouTube fans.

YouTube blocks ads on channels with less than 10,000 views

In an effort to weed out bad actors, such as people uploading copyrighted content, YouTube will no longer allow creators to make money until their channel reaches 10,000 views.

Google could lose $750 million from YouTube advertiser boycott

Google could lose up to $750 million from the advertiser boycott related to ads appearing next to extremist content, according to a note from analysts at Nomura Instinet.

Thor doesn’t know how to pay his rent and it’s hilarious Special

Thor’s adventures on Earth continue in part two of what is beginning to look like a Marvel web series starring the Asgardian god.

Netflix celebrates International Women’s Day with fave women Special

Netflix releases video in support of International Women’s Day and “A Day Without a Woman”, featuring some of their most popular female characters.

YouTube targets cable TV with new streaming subscription

YouTube has unveiled a new live TV streaming service that aggressively targets cable channels. Billed monthly, the service is half the price of most TV subscriptions and includes access to dozens of national and regional networks on every device.

The world now watches YouTube for one billion hours every day

YouTube has reached a new milestone, announcing people watch videos on its platform for over one billion hours every day. As the company fights increasing competition from rivals such as Facebook, the figure highlights the amount of content available.

YouTube's unskippable 30-second ads are finally going away

Google has announced it is ending support for the 30-second "unskippable" adverts that currently play before many YouTube videos. The unpopular pre-roll advertisements have long been criticised by users. Google acknowledged the format isn't ideal.

YouTube livestreams now have their own tip jar

Google has unveiled a new YouTube feature designed to help creators make more money from their livestreams. Super Chat acts as a kind of virtual tip jar, letting viewers pay to have their comments promoted to the top of the stream.

Families of Orlando victims suing Google, Facebook and Twitter

Detroit - Families of three men killed in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last June are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google (as the owner of YouTube). The suit alleges the defendants gave material support to ISIS by enabling the shooter to become radicalized online.

YouTube now supports brighter, sharper high dynamic range videos

YouTube has announced support for HDR videos. It's now possible to watch and upload HDR videos on YouTube, although an HDR display is required to take advantage of the benefits. The technology brings more vibrant colours and detailed shadows.

YouTube MCN leaders UUUM and Yoola announce their partnership Special

The top largest Japanese and Russian Multi-Channel Networks (MCN) on YouTube, Yoola and UUUM, announced their upcoming partnership. The two entertainment giants aim at expanding their reach by bringing millions of dollars in the production budget.

YouTube-to-MP3 converter service sued by record labels

YouTube-mp3.org is a popular site that rips audio from YouTube videos and it is being sued by a group of major record labels.

Google unveils YouTube Go, an app designed for offline playback

On its 18th birthday, Google has announced a new YouTube app that places an emphasis on offline viewing. Users will be able to download content to watch when disconnected. The app will target emerging markets and particularly concentrate on India.
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