YouTube will be phasing out 30-second preroll ads that you can’t skip. Sounds like good news! They say they want to focus on other, more engaging ad formats, but there will still be 15 and 20-second ads that aren’t skippable. That and more in today’s news.
- The bad news is that the 30-second YouTube ads will still be around until the end of 2017. Can’t wait to browse YouTube ten months from now-sans half-minute ads. [Campaign]
- In addition to Twitter’s recent temporary bans placed on abusive users, they are also stopping notifications from conversations that include your username if you’ve blocked or muted the person that started the thread. You’ll only see replies from people that you follow. [Twitter]
- Microsoft has delayed their usual “Patch Tuesday” in which they release security fixes, citing a “last minute issue.” Instead, they’re just wait until next month to release new patches. [Microsoft via The Verge]
- Blissey, one of the recent additions to Pokémon Go, is apparently a beast who is taking over gyms let and right. That little round buddy simply has a lot of health can endure damage like a tank. [Kotaku]
Facebook is now displaying the source of their stories in the Trending widget. They are, at least, on my Facebook; it’s certainly possible that it’s just a test and they may be testing different widgets with different users. See the screenshot to the left.