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Why The YouTube App Won’t Be Pre-Loaded On iOS 6, And Why Google Is Probably OK With That

youtube logoFor those who missed the biggest tech story of the day, you can read Chris Velazco’s account of the news here. The short version is that the app, which has long been a fixture of iOS home screens since 2007, will soon go away.

Anyway, while Apple might have decided not to re-license and pre-load the app, but YouTube actually stands to benefit from its removal. The truth is that it was never an ideal situation for the company, since it couldn’t monetize videos viewed on the app, and it had little control over the user experience.

YouTube App Removed From iOS 6 Because Apple’s Licensing Agreement Is Over

sadtubeSlowly but surely, it seems as though Apple’s mobile OS is being stripped of search giant Google’s influence. Apple’s redesigned Maps application — due to make its debut in iOS 6 — no longer makes use of Google’s map data, and that trend continues with another recently spotted change.

The latest beta version of iOS 6 (that’s beta number 4, if you’re keeping count) no longer includes the YouTube app, which has been a mainstay of iOS homescreens since the original iPhone. Don’t fret too much though, because Apple reports that Google is working on its own iOS-friendly YouTube app for inclusion in the iOS App Store.

Visual Anonymity: YouTube Now Lets You Blur Faces With One Click

youtube_tube_blurredYouTube today launched a new feature that allows its users to easily blur the faces of everybody in a video with just one click. This, says YouTube policy associate Amanda Conway in a blog post today, can have a number of uses. It can, for example, help users ensure they can share a video of activists during a protest without putting them at risk for later repercussions. As YouTube becomes an increasingly important part of how news spreads, having the ability to ensure the safety of those captured on these videos becomes imperative. At the same time, of course, this new feature can also help users share video of their children without broadcasting their faces to the world. This new visual anonymity, says Conway, will allow “people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not.”

Pew: YouTube Represents New Kind Of “Visual Journalism”

youtubeConsumers may think of YouTube as the go-to place for watching funny cats, wannabe stars in the making or music videos, and Google may be pushing YouTube as a destination for original contentTV and movies, but a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says that YouTube is also serving another purpose these days: it’s a news outlet. The report goes so far as to dub this content, largely user-produced, as a “new kind of visual journalism.”

YouTube And Google+ Grow Closer: All Users Can Now Switch Their Usernames To Their Google+ Profiles

youtube-full-nameYouTube’s comment section isn’t exactly known for being a hotbed of in-depth intellectual conversations. One of the reasons for this, some would argue, is the fact that YouTube still lets people post comments using handles like ‘cutepuppies99′ without having to reveal your real identity. Starting today, however, you will have the option to use your Google-wide Google+-based identity that will show your real name (or at least the name you are using on Google+) to all YouTube users.

Flipboard Officially Launches On Android, Adds Google+, YouTube And More Localized Versions

Flipboard_AndroidIt’s been a big week for Flipboard’s Google-related announcements. On Tuesday, the company revealed Google+ integration was coming to its social magazine, and today, the app is officially launching on all Android devices, including the Kindle Fire and the Nook. The Google+ integration, as well as newly added YouTube integration, is arriving today as well.

The app will be available in Google Play, the Amazon Appstore for Android, the Nook Store, and in Samsung Apps.

YouTube Launches Auto-Captions In Spanish

YouTube en españolGoogle’s YouTube is slowly but surely expanding its line-up of supported languages for its auto-caption feature. Starting today, videos in Spanish will feature these automatically generated closed captions based on Google’s voice recognition technology. Until now, this feature was only available for videos in English, Japanese and Korean. In total, says Google, about 157 million videos on YouTube new feature auto-captions.

comScore: 1 In 5 Videos Viewed Online Last Month Was An Ad

comscore_logoAccording to online analytics company comScore, Americans watched 37 billion online videos on sites like YouTube, Yahoo and Facebook in April. In total, 181 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 1,307 minutes of online videos last month. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from last month, but one area that has seen pretty spectacular growth over the last few month is online video advertising. According to comScore, U.S. Internet users watched almost 9.5 billion video ads last month. That’s about 60 ads per viewer. What makes this number even more astonishing is that it was only in March of this year that the number of video ads topped 8 billion for the first time.

YouTube Expands Its Merchandise Store To All Partners, Not Just Musicians

merch-storeLast year, YouTube announced the ability for its music partners to begin selling merchandise, digital downloads and event tickets through a new YouTube feature called the Merch Store. Today, the company is expanding that effort and is making the option available to all YouTube partners, not just musicians.

Also rolling out today, is a new merchandise provider, which will help beef up YouTube video producers’ Merch Store offerings: CafePress.

YouTube For Google TV Gets Recommendations, Smoother Playback And A +1 Button

Google TV - OverviewGoogle TV, the company’s first serious foray into the living room, hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. That doesn’t mean Google has given up, though. Far from it. While there hasn’t been much news about Google TV itself lately, the YouTube app for Google TV is getting an update today. Google says that its developers have “been working like it’s a 24/7 hackathon over here to bring all of YouTube to your Google TV.” With this update, the developers have added recommendations, a Google+ button and the ability to search for channels. The new version now also handles suddenly drops in bandwidth more gracefully.