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YouTube is rebuilding the Creator Studio and introducing a new way to browse comments

In a blog post yesterday, YouTube made a few announcements to cap off 2017's VidCon US. In the post, they discussed their plans to remake the YouTube Creator Studio — their current channel management system — and simplify the name down to just "YouTube Studio." They also revealed a new system for comments that allows viewers to sort them by selected topics, making it easier to find what you want, and ignore what you don't. 

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Facebook is rolling out a dedicated button for adding GIFs to comments

Sending a GIF through Facebook's Messenger app is pretty easy. It's long been possible to send GIFs quickly using the dedicated button, and the app recently added support for GBoard's GIF search feature, giving you even more choice. Sending a GIF in the main Facebook app has been a little trickier, however, first having to find a one elsewhere and then copy/paste it in. To celebrate 30 years of GIFs (I had no idea they were that old, either), the Facebook app now also includes a GIF button right in the text field, allowing you to search for and send one without leaving the app.

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[The Android Police Files #14] Artemisia u don't get out of my phone u r going to fail and I am not play with ya'll

It's been over half a year since the last installment of the AP Files was published, and the world has undergone some drastic changes. There's a squeezable phoneBezel-less phones now dominate the world. And the newest LG phones haven't had any major reports of bootlooping. I'm sorry, I had to.

Six months is indeed quite a long time, and it's definitely enough time for us to have received some more... let's call them interesting letters in our mailboxes.

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YouTube app is testing another revamp that makes comments both more and less prominent

Out of all the Google apps that receive server-side changes, YouTube is one of the most prominent examples. It seems like YouTube is always experimenting with some sort of revamp, whether the changes are large or small. In this case, the changes are rather large; the comments section, which has been made a pop-up instead of a permanent part of the UI, now has an icon alongside the 'like' and 'dislike' functions.

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Improved version of expanded replies in the YouTube app is being tested, no longer minimizes videos

Google is well known for testing all sorts of small server-side changes in its apps, and YouTube is one of the best examples for this. Whether it be the general UI, videos, descriptions, or comments, there always seems to be something that Google is experimenting with in the YouTube app. The popular video-sharing app's latest server-side update makes expanded replies in the comments section of videos a lot nicer.

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Google introduces Perspective, a machine learning initiative to help police comments

I've said before that comments on internet posts are a double-edged sword; on the one hand, you can have fantastic conversations with them or you get a toxic cesspit with people spitting whatever drivel comes to mind. Google is hoping to combat the latter with its newest machine learning initiative called Perspective.

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[Oops] Blackberry promotes infamous fake BBM review as praise for the new DTEK60

If you enjoy a juicy public relations screw-up, then grab your spirituous drink of choice and take a seat: this one's a doozy.

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[Update: Community moderation is rolling out] Google+ v8.6 is rolling out with support for images and link previews in comments [APK Download]

Google announced yesterday that the Google+ "Web Preview" has been officially promoted to the standard interface in browsers and the Classic UI would vanish in the next few weeks. Alongside this news, a few new features were also mentioned, including support for embedded images and link previews in comment threads and new community moderation features. Not to be left out, there's a new update for the Google+ app rolling out today with the new comment features. Community moderation doesn't appear to be enabled yet, but based on a recent teardown, it's probably coming soon.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides show comment notifications on Android and Web [APK Download]

When you're working on a shared Google Drive document, spreadsheet, or presentation, you often get lots of comments highlighting specific sections and pointing out things to change, fix, or work on. Previously, those comments would be condensed into an email and that was your only way of knowing someone has something new to say about one of your files.

Now, comment notifications will show up on the web as well as in all three Google apps. Docs, Sheets, and Slides already got a notifications setting in a previous update, but they'll now use that to also surface comments on your shared documents, just like in the screenshot above.

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[Meta] You can now block annoying jerks in Disqus comments

Android Police and many other sites use Disqus to manage comments, and today the platform is getting a very welcome new feature. Users can now block people they don't want to hear from without bugging moderators. Beware, comment trolls.

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