Pokémon Go church stunt could mean hefty jail term for Russian blogger

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You can watch free episodes of Amazon shows on YouTube and Facebook

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Google responds to music biz critics, points to $2B it has paid out

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YouTubers under fire for promoting their own CS:GO gambling site in videos

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Grace Helbig, Tyler Oakley and other YouTube stars read some truly bizarre mean tweets

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Is it still an insult if you can’t tell what it means?

Several YouTubers, including Grace Helbig, Lily Singh and Tyler Oakley, are likely grappling with this question after reading a few truly perplexing tweets from their #haters in a new Jimmy Kimmel Live clip.

Be careful making mom jokes, tweeters. You never know when a mom might show up.

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YouTube doubles down on original series, creator outreach

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YouTube knows that the stars that emerged on its platform are key to its success. 

On Thursday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced a series of new tools and investments in those stars.

Speaking at VidCon, the annual event that attracts thousands of fans as well as a large chunk of the online video industry, YouTube rolled out new community tools, mobile live streaming and a slate of new and renewed original series.

Wojcicki acknowledged that YouTube faces growing competition, stopping short of calling out Facebook and Snapchat in particular. Read more…

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YouTube unveils mobile live streaming at VidCon

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ANAHEIM, California — Add YouTube to the growing list of digital companies doubling down on mobile live streaming.

The Google-owned video giant announced Thursday it is finally offering live streaming on its mobile app.

The news, dropped during YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s keynote at VidCon, comes after months of speculation. It positions YouTube to directly compete with not just Facebook, but also Periscope, Meerkat and a handful of other live streaming platforms that have popped up in the last year. 

The new app will give users the ability to live stream by clicking a red capture button in the corner of the app. They can then take or select a photo to use as a thumbnail, and you broadcast live to fans and chat in near real time. Read more…

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John Green at VidCon: ‘Growth has not always been good news’

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ANAHEIM, California — Fault in Our Stars author John Green and his brother Hank found a huge following on YouTube with their channel Vlogbrothers. 

Now, at the seventh annual VidCon — the biggest conference to date — the two men seemed torn over what that growth has meant for their audience, and the Internet community as a whole.

“We’ve all heard the business maxim that if you aren’t growing, you’re dying,” John Green said in his keynote Thursday. “But for my career and with our audience, growth has not always been good news.”

It was an odd theme to hit on, considering the success of VidCon seemingly correlates with the growing popularity of digital influencers. Read more…

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