Google Blog: The world as you see it with VR180 . “We know that virtual reality videos can be really powerful, which is why we have invested in supporting 360 and VR formats for over two years. And today, VR video is the most popular way to experience VR. But, we’ve heard from creators and viewers who want to make and see even more immersive videos on YouTube. So, we’ve been working with Google’s Daydream team on a brand new video format, called VR180, that we believe will make VR content even easier to create.”
CNET: For YouTube stars, breaking up is hard — and epic — to do. “Online video stars on sites such as YouTube can build millions of followers, turning videos about their lives into full-fledged careers. But digital stars like these often start young, in their teens or early ’20s, and they tend to build their fanbase by being open and accessible. That ‘realness’ usually means vloggers rejoice in the joys of early romance with their fans, only to experience followers turning on them or their loved ones when a relationship ends.”
Engadget: YouTube says LGBTQ+ video censorship won’t happen again. “YouTube has updated its policies to explicitly state that any LGBTQ+-themed video with no graphic/mature language and content is allowed in Restricted Mode.”
Reuters: Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube. “Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing a warning and not monetizing or recommending them for user endorsements, even if they do not clearly violate its policies.”
Tubefilter: Katy Perry’s Four-Day YouTube Live Stream Amassed 49 Million Views Worldwide. “In something of an unprecedented move for a celebrity of her caliber, Katy Perry took YouTube by storm last weekend when she announced that she’d be streaming live from a Big Brother-style house for four nonstop days in celebration of her new album, Witness.”
Indy Star: Incoming Notre Dame safety taught himself how to play football on YouTube. “Jordan Genmark-Heath didn’t grow up playing Pee Wee or Pop Warner football. He didn’t have coaching gurus or skills academies. Stockholm, Sweden isn’t built to cultivate football talent.”
Techdirt: Another Day, Another Bogus YouTube Takedown Because Of A Major Label. “We’re constantly hearing about bogus takedowns thanks to bogus copyright claims, some more amusing than others. Last week we had Ariana Grande’s benefit concert in Manchester getting blocked by ContentID, despite being on her own channel. And now (via Sarah Jeong) we’ve got the band the Dandy Warhols rightfully complaining on Twitter that the video for the single ‘You Are Killing Me’ off of their 2016 album has been blocked on YouTube via a copyright claim from Universal Music Group.” Dandy Warhols aren’t on the Universal label. There should be financial consequences for this kind of stuff.