YouTube tightens monetisation rules for video creators

YouTube tightens monetisation rules for video creators

Google has announced stricter entry requirements for its YouTube Partner Program, which allows publishers to make money from their videos. Earlier, publishers required 10,000 total views to join the programme. But from Tuesday, channels that want to get into the programme will also need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the […]

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google inks patent deal with Tencent

Google has yet more news from China after the U.S. search firm announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The terms were not disclosed, but Google said the tie-in with Tencent, which is valued at over $500 billion, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” and is “long-term.” The two firms […]

Google to consider page speed for mobile search rankings

Google to consider page speed for mobile search rankings

Google announced it will begin considering page speed when ranking webpages in mobile searches starting in July 2018. The search giant attributed the change to its users caring about the speed of a webpage. Google said the “Speed Update” applies the same standard to all webpages regardless of the technology they’re built on. It will only […]

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen adds measurement for YouTube mobile app in UK, France and Germany

Nielsen ​announced ​it ​has ​introduced ​advertising measurement ​on ​YouTube’s ​mobile ​app ​through its ​Digital ​Ad ​Ratings ​service in ​the ​UK, ​France, ​and Germany. The ​service, ​which ​expands ​Nielsen’s ​current ​measurement  coverage ​of ​YouTube ​ads ​on desktop ​and ​mobile ​web  browsers, ​will ​now ​provide ​marketers ​independent ​and  comprehensive cross-device ​measurement ​of ​advertising  audiences ​on ​YouTube ​across […]

Google Plans to Vet YouTube Premium Video Content

Google Plans to Vet YouTube Premium Video Content

Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the effort said, moving to address resurgent concerns that inappropriate content is being shown alongside brand messages. The new approach will be applied to videos that are part of Google Preferred, a set of popular […]

Google buys UK startup Redux, which turns screens into speakers

Google buys UK startup Redux, which turns screens into speakers

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly acquired a UK startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers. Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge, UK-based startup said on its now defunct website. It is unclear […]

Panasonic adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to future in-car infotainment

Panasonic adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to future in-car infotainment

Japanese electronics company Panasonic has been working with both Amazon and Google to bring their respective virtual assistants to in-car infotainment systems. The company’s vehicle division announced – at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – that it had upgraded its Skip Generation (SkipGen) IVI platform to Android 8.1 Oreo, giving the system access to Google […]

Google’s mobile-first search index begins rollout to selected sites

Google’s mobile-first search index begins rollout to selected sites

It’s been over a year since Google announced that it would be changing the way it ranks its search index, prioritising mobile across all platforms, with the desktop index maintained, but updated less frequently. Now, that change is finally beginning to roll out. The shift means that Google’s algorithms will primarily use the mobile version of […]

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