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YouTube may well be one of the best business decisions Google has ever made. The video sharing site actually was created by a trio of PayPal workers in 2005. In late 2006, Google picked it up for a mere $1.65 billion. That's maybe not quite as much money by today's standards, but at the time it was a huge deal. But it paid off.

Consider: According to Google, more than 1 billion unique visitors use YouTube every month. Some 100 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute of the day. It pumps out hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for its partners. And YouTube means anyone can become a publisher. Anyone can share their world in video, almost instantaneously. You can upload directly from a phone, if you'd like. And with the advent of Google+ and Google Hangouts, you can now use the power of YouTube to communicate your message live, in real-time. It's a free, portable broadcasting studio. It's used by dignitaries. Mothers. Fathers. Families. Students. And more than 6 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month.

Not bad for a decade's worth of work, eh?

And, yes. YouTube is home to many a cat video. Because what's the Internet without cats?

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YouTube Red expands beyond the U.S. to include Australia and New Zealand

Google has quietly expanded the reach of its YouTube Red subscription service beyond the U.S. for the first time. It is now available in Australia and New Zealand. The two new countries were added in Google's YouTube help pages (via 9to5Google). There's no word yet on the pricing for YouTube...
The NFL will bring classic games to YouTube later this year

The NFL will bring classic games to YouTube later this year

The National Football League will offer an expanded selection of content as part of its recently-renewed, multi-year deal with YouTube. While the NFL's channel already offers game highlights, recaps, and clips, the new content selection will include full classic games, plays from in-progress games...
YouTube's new messaging feature will make sharing videos a breeze

YouTube's new messaging feature will make sharing videos a breeze

The process of sharing your favorite YouTube with friends will soon take place entirely inside of the YouTube app. That's thanks to a new messaging feature the video giant is currently testing, through which users can share videos and chat about them without ever leaving the YouTube app. From...
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YouTube said to be cooking up a streaming TV service of its own

A new report claims that Google's YouTube division is working on an internet-based cable TV service called "Unplugged". The service could be a rival for Dish Network's Sling TV and the upcoming effort from Hulu, among others. According to Bloomberg: The project, for which YouTube has...
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Google brings its YouTube Space initiative for content creators to Canada

Google has announced the opening of a new YouTube Space in Toronto, Canada. The space will serve as a creative incubator, offering aspiring content creators with the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field, utilize filming equipment and network with resident YouTubers. The...
YouTube app redesign taps into machine learning for better recommendations

YouTube app redesign taps into machine learning for better recommendations

Starting today, the YouTube Android app is getting a slightly updated look with more personal recommendations. Rolling out today, the most apparent change is a move to bigger thumbnails on YouTube's home screen. Video thumbnails are now larger and now form a continuous feed, rather than being...
Metallica, Muse manager decries YouTube as 'the devil'

Metallica, Muse manager decries YouTube as 'the devil'

Once again, a member of the music industry has come out against YouTube, accusing the video site of harming the music industry. Peter Mensch, who manages musical acts such as Metallica, Muse, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, said that the site's current, ad-based business model, is not sustainable,...
YouTube gets even more immersive with 360-degree live streams, spatial audio

YouTube gets even more immersive with 360-degree live streams, spatial audio

While YouTube can already bring you the experience of attending a live event from afar, it's looking to make that experience much more immersive with the launch of 360-degree live streaming. This means live streams can be even more engaging, allowing streamers and viewers to interact in new ways...
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Watch three live YouTube streams from Coachella 2016 starting April 15

The 2016 Coachella music festival will kick off on Friday, April 15. If you can't make it to Indio, California to see the bands yourself, you can watch from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else, via the official Coachella YouTube channel. Google Canada's blog has the details of what...
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Fullscreen video service will take on YouTube and Netflix on April 26

After launching first on YouTube, the content company Fullscreen will be introducing its own video streaming subscription service, similar to Netflix, on April 26. It will offer a mix of older TV shows and movies with original content for $4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial Fullscreen's...
Google reportedly building live streaming app dubbed YouTube Connect

Google reportedly building live streaming app dubbed YouTube Connect

Google is reportedly working on its own entry into the live streaming app space with a new app for Android and iPhone dubbed YouTube Connect. Meant as Google's answer to the popular Periscope and Facebook Live, VentureBeat reports that YouTube Connect would allow users to instantly begin live...
YouTube adds new blur tool for moving objects

YouTube adds ability to blur moving objects after the video is uploaded

YouTube has made it easier for creators to blur moving objects without having to delete, re-edit and then upload their videos again. Now, thanks to a new tool, you can blur out moving sections of the video before you hit publish, right from the YouTube site. The feature is described by YouTube...
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YouTube has a discoverability problem with Red Originals

YouTube Originals are great, but explaining where to find them is exactly easy right now In many ways, YouTube Red Originals are trying to pick up where the idea of subscription channels on YouTube mostly fell apart. YouTube itself is massive, and offering what basically amounted to two or three...
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Lazer Team and PewDiePie lead YouTube's original programming premieres on Feb. 10

YouTube's first original programming is set to premiere on February 10. The $9.99-a-month YouTube Red subscription service is offering a reality series staring video game sensation PewDiePie and three movies to start, in addition to the ad-free viewing already offered. Google launched YouTube...
What we need from YouTube Music, two months on

What we need from YouTube Music, two months on

I had high hopes for YouTube Music. They have not been met. I'm a big music fan. I was happy when I could finally listen to that music with the screen of my phone off in the YouTube app. I was even happier once we got a dedicated YouTube Music app launched for users like me who could honestly...
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T-Mobile's BingeOn is throttling, not just 'optimizing,' EFF says

It turns out there's a lot more to BingeOn than 'optimizing.' There's been a lot of talk for the last year or so over how closely T-Mobile walks the line between violating Net Neutrality with their features, and when BingeOn was announced that conversation got louder than ever. A service that...
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T-Mobile isn't throttling your YouTube videos, it's just 'optimizing' them

In November, T-Mobile launched Binge On, letting customers stream videos at a reduced quality from services such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO without incurring any data charges. However, YouTube — which isn't participating in the program — has claimed that the carrier was throttling its traffic as...
YouTube claims T-Mobile is throttling its video traffic

YouTube claims T-Mobile is throttling its video traffic

It appears T-Mobile's new Binge On is ruffling some more feathers, as YouTube has claimed T-Mobile is "throttling" its traffic. Binge On, which launched in November, lets users stream video from partners at reduced quality without hitting their data allotment. The problem is YouTube isn't yet a...
You can now watch Google's engrossing 360-degree Spotlight Stories on YouTube

You can now watch Google's engrossing 360-degree Spotlight Stories on YouTube

Spotlight Stories, which made their debut on Motorola phones, can now be found on YouTube in 360 degrees. Made to offer a unique mobile experience for viewers, these stories are from well-known filmmakers. There are currently three different 360 degree videos to check out. Immerse yourself...
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You'll soon be able to schedule YouTube video downloads in India

After announcing YouTube offline in the country last year, Google is now adding functionality in the form of scheduled downloads and improved buffering when a video is paused. Indian customers will be able to set a time for a video to download, allowing them to download videos when on a stable...

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