UK watchdog calls for action on Google and Facebook’s market power

UK competition watchdog the CMA has called on the British government to take on Google and Facebook’s market power in the online advertising market. According to the regulator, based on the results of a year-long market study, “existing laws are not suitable for effective regulation” and it is “recommending a new pro-competition regulatory regime to […]

YouTube unveils new toolset for influencers and brands

YouTube is seeking to enhance its offering for brands and influencers by launching BrandConnect, a new set of tools to connect creators and brands that will replace the previous offering in this area, FameBit. The offering includes, for creators, what YouTube describes as insights-based matchmaking tools that allow more access to branded content deals for […]

YouTube launches US$100m fund to ‘amplify black voices’

YouTube has revealed the first project to emerge from a new US$100 million content fund designed to “amplify black voices” on the Google-owned service. While details of the new fund remain scant, the first show to be supported is titled Bear Witness, Take Action. The 90-minute special is described as “a conversation aiming to unite and […]

Google eyes 5% Vodafone India stake

Google is reportedly eyeing a stake in Vodafone Idea, the indian operations of the British telco.  According to sources cited by the Financial Times, Google has been considering buying a stake of around 5% of the struggling telco which operates as a JV of Vodafone and India’s Aditya Birla Group. However, another source said that […]

YouTube signs exclusive streaming deal with PewDiePie

Celebrated and controversial internet personality Felix Kjellberg, better known by his online moniker PewDiePie, has signed an exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube. The move is a somewhat drastic change for the content creator who has 103 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. In April 2019, the creator shocked the internet when he announced that he […]

YouTube advertising revenue grows by a third despite coronavirus hit

YouTube saw its advertising revenues rise by a third year-on-year in the first quarter despite a slowdown caused by the coronavirus crisis that began to eat into growth in the second half of March. Reporting strong overall financials that beat analysts’ expectations, Google-owner Alphabet said that YouTube ad revenue for the quartr was US$4.038 billion, […]

Samsung flip phone gets exclusive split-screen feature for YouTube

YouTube will get a new look exclusively on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Z Flip phone, the Korean company has said. As the title would suggest, the phone’s defining feature is its folding screen clamshell form factor and this is being taken advantage of with this new update for YouTube. The new feature, called Flex Mode, splits […]

YouTube sees news content viewership increase by 75%

With the world battling the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube has revealed that viewership of news content on the site has skyrocketed by 75% in recent weeks. Speaking to Bloomberg Television, the Google-owned video site’s chief product officer Neal Mohan said that viewers are “trying to consume as much information around this crisis – tt’s top of […]

Google rolls out free Stadia, offers Pro for two months

Google has launched a free version of its Stadia game streaming service, Google Stadia. The tech giant is also offering a free two-month trial of its Stadia Pro premium service which includes access to nine premium games like Destiny 2: The Collection and Thumper and an improved 4K resolution. Existing Pro subscribers will get the […]

YouTube Kids launches in 11 new countries

Google’s YouTube has continued the expansion of its YouTube Kids service, launching it in 11 new countries.  YouTube Kids is a heavily-moderated version of the ubiquitous video platform, and was designed to give children a safe environment to enjoy entertaining and informative video content online. Now available in a total of 74 regions and countries, […]

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