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Unskippable YouTube 'Bumper ads' coming in May

Those who have watched a YouTube video on their phones or tablets are used to sitting through five seconds of an ad before skipping it to get to the video. YouTube is introducing short ads that cannot be skipped, called Bumper ads.

Millennium Falcon drone helps dad remove daughter's loose tooth

When this father helped his daughter remove a loose tooth, the Force was with him. Along with a toy Millennium Falcon drone, which removed said tooth. And the whole episode was caught on video by mom in their home in Marin County, California.

Op-Ed: Amazon launches standalone streaming service, undercuts Netflix

New York - As sure as night follows day, Amazon has made an obvious but necessary move in to the streaming market. The new service bypasses Amazon Prime, which is interesting, but also delivers a significant market blow to competitors.

Teens, youth, vastly prefer YouTube, digital media, to TV: Survey

The digital entertainment company Defy Media has released results of a survey it conducted and it found that Gen Z and teenage consumers say digital video is their "daily lifeline." So where does that leave TV?

Digital video’s growth shows demand for specialists

As digital video consumption shows more growth into 2016, novel agency models begin to take shape to address the challenges and potential of the landscape.

Google to join the livestreaming space with YouTube-branded app

Google is reportedly building its own livestreaming app for iOS and Android devices. The service will be branded as YouTube Connect and is designed to rival services including Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live as livestreaming gains in popularity.

FacePalm Friday: YouTuber jailed for bomb hoax prank

London - A popular prankster on YouTube was arrested and jailed after he was convicted of bomb hoaxes and mock robberies in London.

New study proves social media abuse can be detrimental to sleep

Can't sleep at night? Maybe you're spending too much time on Facebook or Youtube. A new research found an association between sleep disturbances and Social Media (SM) abuse.

YouTube superstar Bart Baker announces presidential campaign

YouTube sensation Bart Baker has announced that he is interested in becoming the next president of the United States, via a billboard in Times Square.

YouTube music videos may get teens hooked to booze, cigarettes

A study examining Youtube music videos from Britain's top 40 chart has questioned whether the high prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption in the videos might be a strategy by companies to target teenage audiences.

Turkey YouTube ban violated freedom of expression: Europe court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Turkey had violated conventions on freedom of expression when it banned YouTube for more than two years.

YouTube Kids app criticized over junk food marketing videos

Groups in the United States found promotional videos for Oreos, Coca-Cola and other junk food products in YouTube's Kids app, and the groups want regulators to investigate it.

Google launches YouTube Music to mixed reviews

Google has officially launched YouTube Music in the U.S. The service is designed to take on rival streaming apps including Spotify and Apple Music. Users can listen for free or enjoy an "amplified experience" for a $9.99 per month subscription.

Mat Clayton, one of the creative minds behind Mixcloud Special

Online radio platform, Mixcloud, has recently launched an exclusive app for the latest version of Apple TV. Co-founder, Mat Clayton, filled Digital Journal in on the details.

Corey Vidal: The art of YouTubing is not what you think Special

Corey Vidal has never had a video with as many hits as the one that made him "go viral" — but that's completely okay, as he explained at Toronto's nextMEDIA conference.

Google unveils ad-free subscription YouTube for $10 a month

Google has today taken the wraps off its long-rumoured YouTube subscription service. For $9.99 a month, members will get ad-free access to every video on the service as well as exclusive benefits including offline download and background playback.

Google launches YouTube Gaming to compete against Twitch

Google has launched its new version of YouTube dedicated to gamers. The website and app will make it easy for players to watch and broadcast the games they love most, throwing YouTube into direct competition with the Twitch streaming service.

Watch this rare video of the Stygiomedusa Gigantea jellyfish

YouTube user Phillip Trudeau says the Stygiomedusa Gigantea was spotted by a remotely operated vehicle at about 3,330 feet below sea level near the Gulf of Mexico. This jellyfish has only been seen around 100 times in the last century.

Facebook faces allegations of video copyright infringement

Facebook's video platform is booming, but some video makers claim that users are taking content without permission from YouTube and posting it on Facebook without credit.

YouTube begins rollout of new transparent, smoother video player

Google has begun to update the main YouTube website design to use a new transparent video player that has less intrusive controls than before. The change is the first of several planned additions this year.

Sage Summit 2015: YouTube’s Chad Hurley on entrepreneurs

New Orleans - Chad Hurley, the long-time CEO of YouTube, told an audience of 8,000 people in New Orleans for Sage Summit 2015 that a key business tip is to “surround yourself with great people, and have fun.”

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

Facebook beats YouTube at getting ad clicks, says report

A new report from Adobe shows that when it comes to getting users to click on ads, Facebook is doing a better job than YouTube and other competitors.

YouTuber PewDiePie made $7.45 million profit last year

YouTuber PewDiePie made a massive $7.45 million in profit last year, according to a new report. PewDiePie gained such fame for his video game reviews, playthroughs, tutorials and vlogs that he has become the most successful YouTuber ever.

Video goes viral of tiny animals having a miniature BBQ

Watch this viral YouTube video of adorable furry animals nibbling on a tiny-sized barbecue. The video recreates a July 4 cookout, except the diners are a hamster, rabbit, and hedgehog, all wearing tiny hats.

Heartbroken husband saws couple's belongings in half

When marriages end, couples will divide their belongings. A heartbroken husband took matters in his own hands and literally divided the communal property with electric tools and mailed them to his estranged wife.

Google announces YouTube Gaming, coming this summer

Google has announced that it is creating a special variant of YouTube for gamers, throwing it into direct competition with Twitch. The site will allow players to stream footage of their games and make it easy for viewers to keep track of their favourites.

Man builds neighborhood center, ends up beaten for his efforts

Cincinnati - In a tear inducing YouTube video, Ronald Moon Jr. claims he suffered a brutal beating at the hands of the very community members he is trying to help.

Angry mob in Guatemala beat and then burn 16-year-old girl alive

An angry mob of over 100 people, including young children, stood back and watched as some members of the group beat a 16-year-old-girl bloody, knocked her to the ground and then set her on fire. VIDEO HAS BEEN EDITED

Op-Ed: Walter Isaacson on U.S. media and public diplomacy

American writer Walter Isaacson, in a Broadcasting Board of Governors conversation about U.S. public diplomacy and news outreach abroad, did not get web and social media coverage from Voice of America.
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