Washington Post: Instagram now has its own version of YouTube

Washington Post: Instagram now has its own version of YouTube. “Social media network Instagram made a more aggressive push into the “media” side of its business Wednesday, hosting a splashy launch for a new service for long-form video called IGTV. Several celebrities with prominent social media accounts joined Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom to kick off the new platform. The launch party, in true tech industry fashion, featured colored lights, loud music and photoworthy scenes set in the alcoves of a former Honda dealership — located steps away from a homeless encampment in the heart of San Francisco.”

Bloomberg: United Talent Agency Creates Podcast Network for YouTube Stars

Bloomberg: United Talent Agency Creates Podcast Network for YouTube Stars. “Hollywood firm United Talent Agency represents some of the biggest YouTube stars and podcast networks around. Now it’s trying to bring those two worlds together. UTA has teamed up with Cadence13 to create Ramble, which they say is the first podcast network devoted exclusively to online creators. The first members of the network include Rhett and Link, hosts of the YouTube show ‘Good Mythical Morning,’ and Hannah Hart, host of ‘My Drunk Kitchen.'”

Lifehacker: How to Share YouTube Videos Like a Pro

Lifehacker: How to Share YouTube Videos Like a Pro. “I doubt you’ve given much thought to how you share the latest and greatest YouTube videos you find, because you probably have a routine: click or tap on the video’s URL in your browser’s address bar, copy it, and paste it into a text message or group chat. Easy, right? Absolutely. That’s the simplest way to share YouTube videos with your friends—and it works 100 percent of the time—but there’s so much more you can do with YouTube than that.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated)

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated). “Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to ‘MIT OpenCourseWare’ and the ‘Blender Foundation,’ have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube’s piracy filters have been triggered. It’s unclear, however, who or what is to blame.”

TechCrunch: YouTube rolls its music subscription services into 12 more markets

TechCrunch: YouTube rolls its music subscription services into 12 more markets. “YouTube has rolled out its music streaming service to a bunch more international markets, adding 12 new countries today, and also launching the premium music video version of the service across the full 17 markets. In February CEO YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki discussed the company’s ambitious expansion plans for the service, saying it was intending to expand to as many as 100 countries.”

BBC News: Children exposed to horror film ads on YouTube

BBC News: Children exposed to horror film ads on YouTube. “Children were left distressed after seeing ads for a horror film on YouTube, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed. Three parents contacted the ASA after their children saw ads for Insidious: The Last Key – rated 15 in the UK. One ad for the film was shown before videos of songs from Frozen, instructions for building a Lego fire station and a clip from the cartoon PJ Masks.”

Nieman Lab: La Pulla’s wildly popular YouTube videos (born at a 130-year-old newspaper) are bringing hard news to young Colombians

Nieman Lab: La Pulla’s wildly popular YouTube videos (born at a 130-year-old newspaper) are bringing hard news to young Colombians. “María Paulina Baena gets stopped on the streets of Bogota, Colombia. Young people ask to take selfies with her and tell her how much they love La Pulla. The 27-year-old is the public face of the satirical video column that has shaken up the way young people consume news in Colombia. Created two years ago by five young journalists from the country’s oldest newspaper, the 130-year-old El Espectador, La Pulla has succeeded at what publishers worldwide long to do — connect with millennial audiences.”