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YouTube will stop making most original shows

Going forward, the company will only fund programs that are part of Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds

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The DIY issue

The crafts and movements people are making for themselves in 2021

Creators

YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud, and other online platforms are changing the way people create and consume media. The Verge's Creators section covers the people using these platforms, what they're making, and how those platforms are changing (for better and worse) in response to the vloggers, influencers, podcasters, photographers, musicians, educators, designers, and more who are using them. The Verge’s Creators section also looks at the way creators are able to turn their projects into careers — from Patreons and merch sales, to ads and Kickstarters — and the ways they’re forced to adapt to changing circumstances as platforms crack down on bad actors and respond to pressure from users and advertisers. New platforms are constantly emerging, and existing ones are ever-changing — what creators have to do to succeed is always going to look different from one year to the next.

Librarians are coming for podcasts

Twitter will now let all iOS and Android users record Spaces

Baby Shark is the first YouTube video to surpass 10 billion views

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Gap is launching NFT hoodie art that unlocks physical clothing

Gap says it’s a “gamified experience”

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Making It Work 2021

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive

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Text Adventures: how Twine remade gaming

It started as a blogging platform. Then it became the counterculture to the mainstream behemoth of gaming.

Buy Nothing exploded on Facebook — now it wants a platform of its own

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How scientists scrambled to stop Donald Trump’s EPA from wiping out climate data

Their work isn’t done yet

Logitech’s new stream light is an affordable, convenient alternative to Elgato

What qualifies as a hit podcast?

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A guide to platform fees

Roku rolls out all-new Live TV Zone 

Spotify shuts down its namesake podcast studio

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Rescuing discarded fabric for designer bow ties

Giving wasted material a new life

Roku exec Scott Rosenberg, who helped launch the Roku Channel, is stepping down

NPR’s losing top talent — everyone has a theory why

In the hot seat

Man, it’s a hot one

HBO Max is doing great, according to HBO Max

Inside Facebook’s struggle to keep young people

The world’s largest social network is internally grappling with an existential crisis: an aging user base

TikTok’s latest deal could mean its videos are coming to waiting room TVs near you

New Instagram test brings back the chronological feed

This backpack has it all: Kevlar, batteries, and a federal investigation

The man behind an alleged crowdfunding scam wants you to know he isn’t a scammer

Turning Point is quietly building the next generation of conservative influencers

Influencer first, conservative second

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The Twitch streamer behind Tfue’s custom $3,500 mechanical keyboard

Inside the burgeoning world of custom keyboard making

TikTok is testing a Twitter-like Repost button for sharing videos

This week in audio: podcast ads gone wrong and the news you missed

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The Creators Issue

The people who make our favorite things and the platforms that enable (and exploit) them

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Podcasters are letting software pick their ads — it’s already going awry

Canada’s Cineplex closes more theaters as omicron spreads

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Grassroots online efforts are forming a new queer network of care

A decades-old caretaking tradition puts down digital roots

Winnie-the-Pooh and around 400,000 early sound recordings enter public domain

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Maangchi, the internet’s Korean mom

YouTube’s most beloved home cook on online gaming, immigrant timewarp, and her new book

2021: A year in art on The Verge

A look back at some of The Verge’s most impactful photography and illustrations from 2021

Two NFT copycats are fighting over which is the real fake Bored Ape Yacht Club

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The farmers market is moving online

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Our predictions for the next year in audio

A look at 2022 in the podcasting industry

Sex ed info on TikTok shows gaps in traditional education

8 great TikTok accounts from 2021 to follow