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YouTuber Ends Finger on the App Competition After Contestants Last 70 Hours Trying to Win £20,000

On Friday, YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson cut off a massive competition that saw more than 1 million players face off for a $25,000 (£20,000) prize for whoever could keep their finger attached to their phone screen the longest. After more than 70 hours and with the last four contestants showing no signs of giving up, Donaldson ditched the contest’s initial single-winner model and announced that all four would walk away with $20,000 (£16,000) each. Read More >>

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YouTube Will Let AI Suggest Replies to Video Comments

Google announced Wednesday that it had implemented its SmartReply system for YouTube creators, which will give those users access to suggested replies based on what someone has commented. Unlike the SmartReply system Google currently uses for Gmail, SmartReply on YouTube required some further tweaking because of the way people use language on that platform compared to email – it will even auto-suggest emojis. Read More >>

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YouTube Will Let AI Suggest Replies to Video Comments

Google announced Wednesday that it had implemented its SmartReply system for YouTube creators, which will give those users access to suggested replies based on what someone has commented. Unlike the SmartReply system Google currently uses for Gmail, SmartReply on YouTube required some further tweaking because of the way people us language on that platform compared to email – it will even auto-suggest emojis. Read More >>

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Cobra Kai’s Creators Discuss Season 3 Details and the Move to Netflix

The amazing sequel show to The Karate Kid is crane kicking its way to a whole new audience. Monday, Netflix announced Cobra Kai is leaving YouTube and moving to Netflix. The first two seasons of the show will debut first, followed by the highly anticipated third season sometime after. Read More >>

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Here’s An Idea: The Trump Campaign Should Simply Take Over MySpace

Following a series of grievances with the social media networks that millions of people actually use, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is floating the idea of setting up shop on a new platform, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Well, there’s a perfectly good network sitting right there. Read More >>

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She Built a Shady Guru’s YouTube Army. Now She’s His Fiercest Critic – But Who Will Believe Her?

It was May 2015, and the Hotel Surya in Varanasi, India, was hosting “Inner Awakening,” the flagship spiritual training program of Paramahamsa Nithyananda. To his followers, he is a god incarnate, “His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam,” the living avatar of Shiva, or, as one devotee put it, “the only reviver of authentic Hinduism to the fullest of integrity.” Scandal, including an alleged sex tape, rape allegations, and accusations of shady land deals have plagued the guru’s career, and outside the event, protesters like the pink-clad Gulabi Gang, who combat abuse of women in India, marched through the streets, vandalising Nithyananda posters. Inside though, Inner Awakening attendees, who had paid around $6,000 each for the three-week program, meditated, practised yoga, and gathered to commune and be blessed. Sarah Stephanie Landry describes the 2015 event as a major personal turning point in her life, when Nithyananda himself pulled her out of the crowd, and acknowledged the work she’d been doing to spread his message on YouTube. Read More >>

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Here’s Why YouTube’s Cracking Down on Creators Raising Ad Revenue for Racial Justice

If you’re part of the growing chorus of folks around the world looking for ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, there’s no shortage of ways to do it. You can donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund! You can donate to a bail fund network! You can donate to an organisation like the NAACP or the Southern Poverty Law Center! But what you can’t do – at least according to YouTube – is pull those funds from advertising on the platform. Read More >>

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Twitter and Facebook Take Down Trump Campaign’s Tribute Video to George Floyd for Copyright Infringement

Apparently, Twitter and Facebook take copyright infringement seriously, even if the entity infringing is US President Donald Trump’s campaign. The platforms recently took down a tribute video to George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. Read More >>

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TikTok Threatens to Topple YouTube When It Comes to Kids’ Watching Habits

TikTok is home to bite-sized videos and lip-syncing kids prancing around their bedrooms creating an entirely different type of content than what you grew up with on YouTube, and it's catching up pretty quickly in terms of popularity amongst the younger demographic. Read More >>

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Jake Paul Swears He Wasn’t Looting, Just Being His Usual Shitty Self

Prominent vlogger Jake Paul (not to be confused with his equally obnoxious brother, the idiot behind the infamous “suicide forest” video) has landed in hot water again this weekend. Several widely circulated videos on Instagram and Twitter show him and his friends at an Arizona mall while looting is taking place, though it’s unclear from the footage whether they are participating themselves. Read More >>

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The First Star Wars Game Show is Coming and the Trailer is Here

Next week, every Star Wars fan will wish they were a kid again. Read More >>

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These YouTubers Made an Iron Man Glove With a Real Plasma Cutter, and it Seems Very Dangerous

Honestly, if Iron Man really existed, he’d probably be more dangerous to himself than anyone else. Read More >>

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France to Platforms: Remove Terrorism and Paedophilia-Related Content in One Hour or Else

The nation of France has approved a new law that will force tech giants to delete terrorism and paedophilia-related content from sites in as little as an hour or be exposed to fines that could total up to four per cent of global revenue, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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YouTube Music Gets Library Transfer Feature as Google Preps for the Death of Google Play Music

YouTube Music was supposed to be the successor to Google Play Music, when it launched in 2018, but it lacked a number of core features, including the ability to transfer your music library over from Google’s previous music streaming app. Now, ahead of Google Play Music’s impending death sometime later this year, Google has finally created a transfer tool to help Google Play Music users import their songs into YouTube Music. Read More >>

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Creator Behind Famed ‘Double Rainbow’ Meme, Paul Vasquez, Dies at Age 57

Paul Vasquez, the colourful character behind the viral “double rainbow” video, has died. Read More >>