Posts By Michelle Turner

Sorry, Amazon is canceling your ‘free’ Echo Dot

If you thought that free Echo Dot was too good to be true… well, you were right. Amazon is cancelling zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker, informing buyers that a "technical error" was responsible for the surprise Audible discount. You won'…
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Instagram will make stickers out of the photos in your conversations

Instagram wants to add some flair to your private messages, and they’re doing that with more stickers. Instead of normal stickers, though, Instagram will stickerfy whatever image you’re replying to. If a friend sends you a reshared post in Direct, whenever you reply to the image you’ll have a sticker version of the original image […]

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Latest leaked images of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 surface

With only a few days remaining until Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Note 8, we have a new set of leaked images to ponder as we head into the weekend. According to sources, the device pictured is “dummy” Galaxy Note 8. The highlights of the images appear to be a demonstration of how thin the […]

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Fighting classic ‘Tekken’ debuts on mobile

Fighting game Tekken is coming to your smartphone screens, joining the likes of Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, South Park and some Sega Genesis titles in the ring. Maker Bandai Namco announced the Tekken Mobile game is open for pre-registration…
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[Video] Unboxing the Moto Z2 Force

Verizon customers have long been familiar with Motorola smartphones, whether they are Motorola branded or part of the carrier’s DROID line. Outside of that, there were also customers willing to purchase unlocked phones directly from Motorola that might find their way to other carriers. This year Motorola opted to pursue a wider distribution strategy by […]

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Five observations from my time at YouTube

Earlier this year, I was asked by Google (because they know I am pre “Sucker M.C.”) to work on a Doodle celebrating the 44th anniversary of the music that changed my life. The birth of hip-hop was a fusion of expression and technical innovation that forever changed our culture and Google wanted to celebrate the moment when it all came together.

I had one condition on participating: that the project be authentic and not some tech company’s interpretation of a cultural revolution. They couldn’t agree more and the collaboration led to an amazing interactive experience that used technology and Google’s reach to celebrate the birth of hip-hop. It showed me that Google and YouTube know how to listen to feedback (in this case, mine), and are willing to work hard to get things right.

I joined Google and YouTube because I saw a great opportunity to bring tech and music together and do right by artists, the industry and fans. Eight months in, I’m more optimistic than ever that YouTube can do that, but the truth is there’s still a disconnect between YouTube and the rest of the industry.

So, how did YouTube get here? What explains the current state of YouTube’s relationship with the industry? I think there are five factors that explain the current situation.

  1. Late to the party. I get why some in the music industry would be skeptical of their relationship with YouTube. They were late to the subscriptions party and YouTube’s focus for many years was largely just on ads. While they have been at subscriptions for a year, and the numbers are very encouraging, YouTube must prove its credibility when it comes to its ability to shepherd their funnel of users into paid subscriptions.

    But since I’ve been here, I’ve been incredibly encouraged by what I’ve seen. The team is serious about subscriptions. And now with YouTube Music and Google Play Music merging, I’m confident they will build an even better subscription service. And with more deals like the one YouTube recently signed with Warner, they’re going to be able to take it global.

  2. Twin-engine growth. The success of streaming subscriptions is one reason why I’m so optimistic about the future. Subscription revenue is still in its infancy, yet it’s already reaping billions for the music industry. It’s not just some business model on a whiteboard; it’s a real and rapidly growing source of cash for labels and artists today.

    Some think ads are the death of the music industry. Ads are not death. Death is death. Irrelevance is death. Fans not being exposed to new music is death. My time at YouTube has me convinced that advertising is another powerful source of growth for the industry. YouTube’s ads hustle has already brought over a billion dollars in 12 months to the industry and it’s growing rapidly. Combined with YouTube’s growing subscription service, they’ve now got two engines taking the industry to a more lucrative place than it’s ever been before.

    But that all depends on whether or not the industry chokes off these new sources of growth. I’m old enough to remember what the industry was saying about iTunes and Spotify before they started contributing billions to its bottom line. The growth that the industry is seeing today proves that ads and subscription thrive side by side.

  3. Let’s talk dead presidents. It is important that labels, publishers and YouTube come together to make transparency a reality, as I strongly believe it will help everyone in the industry move the business forward.

    Artists and songwriters need to truly understand what they’re making on different platforms. It’s not enough for YouTube to say that it’s paid over $ 1 billion to the industry from ads. We (the labels, publishers and YouTube) must shine a light on artist royalties, show them how much they make from ads compared to subscriptions by geography and see how high their revenue is in the U.S. and compared to other services.

    For instance, critics complain YouTube isn’t paying enough money for ad-supported streams compared to Spotify or Pandora. I was one of them! Then I got here and looked at the numbers myself. At over $ 3 per thousand streams in the U.S., YouTube is paying out more than other ad supported services.

    Why doesn’t anyone know that? Because YouTube is global and the numbers get diluted by lower contributions in developing markets. But they’re working the ads hustle like crazy so payouts can ramp up quickly all around the world. If they can do that, this industry could double in the next few years.

  4. Fortune AND fame. Every day for the last 30 years, I’ve woken up with the same thought: maybe today’s the day I’m going to meet an artist that’s going to change pop culture. I love watching when an artist goes from obscurity to celebrity. That’s my drug.

    Every artist I’ve ever worked with wanted some fame and fortune. YouTube will deliver fortune … but I think they need to be just as focused on bringing the fame. YouTube is already a great force for breaking new artists; in fact, the majority of music watchtime on YouTube is coming from its recommendations, rather than people searching for what they want to listen to. But YouTube needs to find new ways to promote and break artists and their albums so they have a chance to shine on the platform and connect with their fans. This is one of my biggest priorities and you’ll see more coming soon.

  5. Without safe harbor, we’d all be lost at sea. I’ve spent my professional life fighting for artists to get what they deserve. I’ve worked with the RIAA and the IFPI to fight piracy since back when the main concern was bootlegged tapes. Safe harbor has become an obsession — with many complaining it’s the cause of all of industry’s woes. I’m not parroting the company line when I say the focus on copyright safe harbors is a distraction. Safe harbor helps open platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram give a voice to millions of artists around the world, making the industry more competitive and vibrant.

    Every artist should be concerned if their music shows up online without credit or payment. But YouTube’s team has built a system in Content ID that helps rightsholders earn money no matter who uploads their music. As of 2016, 99.5 percent of music claims on YouTube are matched automatically by Content ID and are either removed or monetized.

    Before Content ID, when a fan shared a song with a friend through a mix tape, it was called piracy. Now it’s generated over $ 2 billion for content owners and goes far beyond what the safe harbor provision requires.

One of the first jobs I ever had in the music business was working as a road manager for Run DMC. Doing that taught me a lesson that has formed the core of what I’ve tried to do my entire career: set things up well so that the artists and fans can come together and make magic happen. I’ve spent my entire life helping artists achieve fame and fortune. I wouldn’t have joined YouTube if I didn’t believe the company was committed to delivering more revenue to artists, labels, publishers and composers — they just have to set them up well and get out of their way.

With love and respect,

Lyor Cohen

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ASUS ZenFone 4 line of devices unveiled

ASUS may not be one of the usual names you think of when shopping for your next smartphone, but that has not kept the company from continuing to churn out the models and maintaining a decent presence throughout all levels of the market. Today at a launch event the company revealed several new devices comprising […]

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Electric Jukebox has a new music streaming karaoke machine

You might recall the Electric Jukebox, a wand-style microphone and streaming stick that let you sing along to a Spotify-style music catalog at home. The company is still around — in fact, according to Music Ally, its first device sold out five…
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Evan Blass shares the front, back, and sides of the LG V30

There it is. An image showing the LG V30 from nearly every angle has leaked. Evan Blass, the mobile industry insider at VentureBeat, just gave us the best look yet at LG’s upcoming phone by showing the front, back, and sides. Although it’ll still belong to the V series, the V30 marks a clear pivot away […]

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Neo-nazi website Daily Stormer briefly resurfaces with Russian domain

After being rejected by both GoDaddy and Google, neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer resurfaced today with a Russian domain extension. As Vox reports, Stormer's efforts to secure a Chinese hosting service ( were cut short, so it…
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Intel’s self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold

Intel's self-driving supergroup has added another member to the team: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The partnership, which already includes BMW, Intel and Mobileye, has ambitious plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021, and FCA's incl…
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How to set up Google Allo on the web

It’s here! Finally, after months of waiting, Google is letting you use Allo on your computer. It means you can easily switch between phones, tablets, and computers without losing a single message from any conversation. First let’s note that Allo for web is currently exclusive for Android users. If you use Allo on an iOS […]

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Amazon miniseries has its stars

Good Omens, Amazon's upcoming six-part mini-series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name, will star Michael Sheen and David Tennant, Variety reports. It's the second collaboration between the author and streaming service a…
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Blizzard isn’t ditching the name after all

Some fans got sad when they heard that Blizzard plans to ditch the name after two decades online. Others shrugged it off: it's new name doesn't matter anyway. It's always going to be called After hearing its fans' thoughts, the vide…
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DOJ demands info on 1.3M visitors to protest-organizing website

A month ago, the Department of Justice served a warrant (PDF) to Dreamhost regarding one of its clients. This is routine for law enforcement to make such requests, the website hosting service said in a blog post — except the page in question, disrup…
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Sprint steps up the bloatware game in a bad way with BlackBerry KeyOne

Getting a new smartphone from a carrier usually means putting up with the bloatware that carriers install. This can be in the form of the carrier’s own specific apps that it believes you just cannot live without or it can be third-party apps from vendors the carrier has struck business deals with. The bloatware landscape […]

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LG V30 will launch with UX 6.0+ and new software features

LG rolled out several new interface features with UX 6.0 on the G6 earlier this year, and the V30 aims to make some key refinements with UX 6.0+. The newer software will also take advantage of the unique hardware of the V30, including that fancy new screen. The software still looks like typical LG, but […]

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Android Wear updates leave glitches with Assistant and reminders

It's… not the best time to have an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch on your wrist. Owners are reporting bugs with the wearable software that have either persisted through or appear to be caused by recent updates. Most notably, Google Assistant is outr…
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Fitbit smartwatch leaks show colors and new heart rate sensors

Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch has leaked a few times before, but this is probably the best look we’ve gotten of the wearable yet. It’s still definitely a Fitbit smartwatch, and there are only so many form factors you can use for a watch, but the device still has a few tricks up its sleeve. The watch […]

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Google Pixel camera trick comes to other phones through a mod

Much of the Google Pixel's photographic prowess comes from its software — it's particularly good at high dynamic range photos thanks to its HDR+ mode, which fills in gobs of detail while reducing the blur you sometimes see in HDR shots. But do you h…
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Android O set for release around August 21st

Android O was originally announced at Google I/O this year, and it was immediately followed by several developer previews so Google could speed things up for developers and hammer out last minute issues. It’s been a few months, and now it’s time for the latest Android OS to release to the general public. According to […]

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Vizio TVs add the Google Play video app

Vizio has been adding streaming apps to its smart TVs these past few weeks, including Netflix and Amazon Video. The latest addition to its streaming apps collection? Google Play Movies & TV. The company is making the app available on its high-end…
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Researchers create flexible battery that can run on salt water

When it comes to making batteries for wearables or implantable medical devices, there are a few features that have to be incorporated. The batteries need to be flexible and remain functional while being bent or twisted, and ideally, they'll be absent…
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‘Hamilton’ app helps you get tickets, take embarrassing selfies

Hamilton: An American Musical is the most popular Broadway production in recent memory, and now it's coming to your phone — beyond the soundtrack (and mixtape) you've had on repeat the last two years. Hamilton: The Official App has just about everyt…
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New Facebook Watch platform for videos coming up next

Facebook has announced their next platform to be released, a video streaming service called Watch. Many are pointing to the new Watch as being Facebook’s answer to YouTube TV, although Facebook says they are capitalizing on their own success with making video available on their platform. Watch will serve as a hub to help users find […]

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Lenovo PHAB2 Pro to be stuck on Marshmallow

Yesterday Google released new Android distribution numbers and we noted the trends point to manufacturers relying on users to upgrade to new devices instead of installing operating system updates. This strategy means the manufacturers do not need to devote resources to preparing updates as a way of controlling costs. A good example of that is […]

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Google and Blizzard invite you to train AI with ‘StarCraft II’

Google, apparently tired of trouncing human players at Go with its DeepMind AI, set its computer intelligence up with Blizzard's video game Starcraft II last fall. It seems that was more than a stunt: Today, Google announced it has built a whole rese…
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Android distribution for August 2017 numbers released

Google’s Android team released distribution numbers for the operating system for August 2017 and while the direction is positive, the pace continues to be frustratingly slow. The breakdown can be found after the break. The good news for Android 7.0 Nougat is that adoption continued to be relatively strong for August, moving from 11.5% in July […]

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Atari taps Jeff Minter to resurrect classic coin-op ‘Tempest’

As seen in this 1981 commercial, Tempest was one of Atari's flagship coin-operated arcade games. But unlike Space Command or Centipede, Tempest sent players down geometrically fractal tunnels in an advanced — and vibrantly psychedelic — semi-3D adv…
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Uber is reportedly closing down its car-leasing program in the US

Uber's terrible, awful, no-good 2017 isn't over yet. Two years after it started leasing cars to drivers, the ride-hailing company has realized that it should've looked at the economics of such a little better. "The average loss per vehicle was about…
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T-Mobile’s One Unlimited 55+ plan proves the carrier loves more than just millennials

Look at T-Mobile’s brand. The vibe you get from its advertisements and social media behavior is exciting. Millennials love that, and they’ve been the largest of the groups flocking to T-Mobile quarter after quarter. It’s not exactly an image built to attract an older crowd, though. So now T-Mobile has a plan made specifically for those […]

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Google employee behind ‘echo chamber’ diversity memo fired

Over the weekend, a Google employee's internally-shared 10-page document attacking a supposed "echo chamber" around diversity and inclusion went viral. Now, Bloomberg reports — based on an email from the employee himself — that the author of the me…
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Introducing a new way to share YouTube videos

Remember the first time you heard the opening beats of “Despacito”? Your ears perked up, your foot unconsciously tapping beneath the table. Like every “Despacito” loving person before you, you can’t help but dance, and when you’d finally caught your breath, you had to share it with all your friends. It would be wrong to keep something this good to yourself. And that means you had to copy and paste a link into an email, social or messaging app to share that moment.

But like chats around the water cooler, shouldn’t sharing a video be as easy as saying, “Have you heard this new song?” We’ve been experimenting with a better way to share videos on YouTube since last year. Thanks to all your feedback, we made some improvements and are now ready to roll out this new sharing feature to all users globally.

Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. We think it’ll make sharing easier, faster and more fun on your phone. And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too.

These shared videos all live in a brand new tab on your YouTube mobile app, making it easier than ever to catch up on videos your friends have shared or to show them a few of your own favorites.


Start a group, share your favorite “Despacito” version and make a friend dance!

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[Deal] Take $20 off a Google Home

Interested in a Google Home but didn’t want to pay full price? Google might just have a deal to tempt you into their smart speaker ecosystem. It’s not a massive discount, but right now you can save $ 20 off the price of a Google Home speaker. That brings the total price to $ 109, down from […]

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New computer models could direct scientists to epic cosmic events

Now that they're spotting gravitational waves more often, scientists are expanding their search for cosmic events. Specifically, they're using new computer models to depict the cataclysmic collision that occurs when a black hole joins a neutron star…
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[Deal] Google takes up to $200 off the Pixel, throws in a Daydream View for free

The price of the Google Pixel is at an all-time low over on the Google Store. Google finally created a high-end, no-compromise phone in 2016. The Pixel isn’t like anything we’ve seen before from Nexus devices. Rather than cutting corners in select areas, Google went all-in to compete against Samsung, Apple, and others. That, however, […]

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After Math: Showing and Growing

It was a big week for expanding one's business. Netflix revealed its new slate of anime series, LastPass doubled its premium price, and the Chevy Bolt proved it could outrun a Tesla 3 over distance. Numbers, because how else are we going to measure t…
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Google Pixel 2 (Walleye) leak: Big bezels, front-facing stereo speakers, and a missing headphone jack

Google doesn’t care about industry trends. One of its upcoming phones, the smaller Pixel 2, won’t have key features that are common in 2017 flagships. Instead it’ll have some things you see in the modern flagship and some things from the past. There isn’t a real focus on design here, that’s for sure. The hype […]

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Huawei set to launch a flagship device with AT&T next year

Huawei is one of the world’s biggest handset manufacturers, behind only Apple and Samsung. If you live in the US, though, you’d probably have no idea, as the company has consistently struggled to develop a meaningful relationship with any of the big four carriers. Part of the reason for Huawei’s struggles in the US has […]

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Virgin Galactic conducts a ‘dry run’ for rocket-powered flights

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (official name VSS Unity) has just completed its sixth test glide. The reusable spaceplane still has between two to nine more staged glides to go before the aerospace company moves on to rocket-propelled tests. But this…
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Recommended Reading: Pro soccer players train with video games

How Soccer Players Are Getting Smarter On the Field With Brain-Training Video Games Tom Taylor, Sports Illustrated Athletes are employing all kinds of tech during training to gain a competitive edge while tracking progress. Sports Illustrated tell…
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As Best Buy listing goes up, the Essential Phone should ship very soon

Essential is nearing the release of its first device. It’s live on Best Buy’s site, but you still can’t actually purchase the Essential Phone for yourself. For now you can just sign up to be notified when the retailer starts taking orders. While vague, it’s a sign that Essential is moving forward and doesn’t plan […]

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Facebook tries slipping more local politics into your News Feed

Facebook isn't shy about wanting to increase your involvement in politics, and that might soon include seeing posts from the politicians you don't follow. A spokesperson has confirmed to Recode that the social network is testing a feature that slips…
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Google adds app quality component to Google Play

Google has announced some revisions to the way apps show up in the Google Play Store in an effort to push developers to give more attention to quality and to help users enjoy their apps more. In the announcement from Andrew Ahn, Product Manager with Google Play, he notes the team’s efforts should result in helping […]

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