CNET: YouTube Rewind 2018 tackles Fortnite, K-pop, Kiki Challenge

CNET: YouTube Rewind 2018 tackles Fortnite, K-pop, Kiki Challenge. “The 2018 video, released Thursday, features celebrity appearances by Will Smith, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, music producer Marshmello and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. YouTubers making the video include Markiplier, Ninja, Casey Neistat, Lilly Singh and Emma Chamberlain. The musical mashup, from The Hood Internet, includes the songs I Like It, Idol, In My Feelings, High Hopes and Happier.”

YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated. “How long does it take someone to have a YouTube impersonation claim reviewed, confirmed, and enforced? That kind of data is hard to piece together across such a giant video-sharing platform. But in the case of one user, Penguin Books author Celeste Ng, the process took a little over one full day—and required a big pile of public shaming in the process.”

Gizmodo: YouTube & National Geographic Team Up For VR Series

Gizmodo: YouTube & National Geographic Team Up For VR Series. “One of the benefits of using virtual reality (VR) is that due to the immersive nature of the technology, it helps the user feel like they are actually there, which is handy when it comes to games. We’ve all seen those videos of people freaking out while experiencing VR due to how real it feels. Now it seems like YouTube and National Geographic want to leverage the technology and its immersive nature as both companies have announced that they’ll be teaming up for a series of VR projects.”

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year. “Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan’s pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018 based on data from influencer marketing platform Captiv8, analytics firm SocialBlade, and trade publication Pollstar, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”

The Verge: Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie

The Verge: Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie. “The fight over who gets to have the most-subscribed channel on YouTube spilled into the real world months ago when Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg fans started campaigning to raise awareness of the Swedish star. The grassroots effort has, for the most part, been in good fun — but recently, people on social media have reported being hacked by someone who is urging them to subscribe to PewDiePie.”

TechCrunch: YouTube rolls out Stories to creators with over 10K subscribers

TechCrunch: YouTube rolls out Stories to creators with over 10K subscribers . “A year ago, YouTube launched its own take on Stories, with the addition of a new short-form video format called Reels. The feature, which was rebranded as ‘YouTube Stories’ at last year’s VidCon, was initially available only to select YouTube creators. But in June, YouTube said it would later in the year expand Stories to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers. Today, it has done just that.”

Neowin: Google set to finally extinguish YouTube annotations once and for all

Neowin: Google set to finally extinguish YouTube annotations once and for all . “Google has announced that existing annotations on YouTube videos will be removed on 15 January 2019. The news comes as the adoption of end screens and cards has grown while annotation use has dropped by over 70%. Google stopped giving creators access to the annotations editor way back in May of 2017 but older videos with annotations have still lingered on the platform.”