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A real solution to the deprecated YouTube API

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YouTube, owned by Google, deprecated their v2 APIs on April 20th, 2015, which means that RSS news readers can no longer watch for new videos. What a bummer!

Except it’s not at all a big deal because here at NewsBlur we’re making sure that your videos keep coming in. Previously enterprising users setup hacks and workarounds for the API, which was a somewhat tedious solution as you had to update each feed and prone to breaking in the future.

But there’s good news today because NewsBlur now has a custom-built solution for YouTube videos. All of your existing YouTube RSS feeds are automatically ported over to the new YouTube video fetcher.

And that’s not all. The improved YouTube video fetcher now displays a big embedded video so you can watch the video right in NewsBlur.

To subscribe to new YouTube channels, just enter in the URL of the channel in the Add Site popover.

When Google takes away your tools, NewsBlur builds them better than before.

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stavrosg
1114 days ago
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...And this is why I'm subscribed since basically the beginning :D
Rodos, Greece
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sarcozona
1112 days ago
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<3
jimwise
1114 days ago
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Heh.
jlvanderzwan
1115 days ago
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chattymac
1115 days ago
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Ya same here. Very cool
redheadedfemme
1115 days ago
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How cool! Thank you Samuel.
aaronwe
1115 days ago
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I don't even subscribe to YouTube videos in NewsBlur, but I'm going to now, just because Samuel's so awesome.
Denver
nevergirl
1115 days ago
Ditto! I had no idea this was even a thing.. subscribing immediately!
gazuga
1115 days ago
I subscribe to several, and thought I'd have to delete them all. Now they're not only usable again, they're an improved experience. Down with Google, up with NewsBlur!
levenzhang
1107 days ago
I subscrib
levenzhang
1105 days ago
test reply
Jashugan
1115 days ago
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You win Newsblur
eldritchconundrum
1115 days ago
Excellent!
Cthulhux
1116 days ago
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InoReader had it before. :p

No, seriously, one more reason to love NewsBlur. Good job!
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lelandpaul
1116 days ago
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Newsblur: The killer app for YouTube, apparently.
San Francisco, CA
digdoug
1116 days ago
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"When Google takes away your tools, NewsBlur builds them better than before."

Thanks for considering US the customers and not random ad-buying robots.
Louisville, KY
Brstrk
1116 days ago
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Now that's how you solve all the things.
AineLindae
1116 days ago
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That's awesome.
denubis
1116 days ago
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woot.
Sydney, Australia

Offline reading and a dark theme on the Android app

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This is a huge release for the NewsBlur Android app. So much has happened in the last six months. We’ve had a big backend rewrite that makes the app feel like new. It’s faster, which is necessary to make the new offline reading feature really shine. Now you can read on your Android phone or tablet while on the train, underground, or just in airplane mode to save battery.

Better yet, not only can you read while offline, but you can better read at night with the new dark theme. Take a look.

Here’s what’s new in version 4.0:

  • Offline reading and story syncing. Stories read while offline will sync as soon as you’re back online.
  • Option to also store images from stories for offline reading. They do take space, though.
  • A dark theme for reading at night.
  • The Text mode can be set to automatically fetch, so you can get to the full text quicker.
  • An option to mark stories newer than a story as read.
  • Major backend improvements for faster story loading and transitions. This app should feel like new.

The NewsBlur Android app is a free download. And as always, there’s more big ticket features coming soon for Android.

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stavrosg
1279 days ago
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Thank you! Allthough I believe that the previous version force-closing on Lollipop could have forced your hand on this release, but anyway, new is allways good x-D
Rodos, Greece
samuel
1278 days ago
We were actually set to release this about a month back, but then reports came in of Android L crashing, and that took a bit of work to fix up. So we delayed the big offline/dark theme release to also support Lollipop.
kevjava
1278 days ago
Samuel: Thanks for the fix, and the dark theme. The L crash was impacting my morning coffee time. :)
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stsquad
1277 days ago
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Finally. It fixes the issues with Lollipop as well.
Cambridge, UK
mcdanlj
1278 days ago
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https://getsatisfaction.com/newsblur/topics/background-updating-sometimes-means-stories-are-lost# though...
Spunkle
1278 days ago
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<3<3<3
New York, New York
keybits
1278 days ago
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This is very much appreciated :-) Thank you!
West Cork, Ireland
jprodgers
1278 days ago
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Yeeeessssssss. Dark theme ftw.
Somerville, MA
llucax
1278 days ago
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Wooooooohoooooooooooooooooooo!
Berlin
satadru
1279 days ago
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Feature parity with the Google Reader app!
New York, NY

Nobody cares what you think, stomach

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Nobody cares what you think, stomach

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stavrosg
1362 days ago
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Yep.
Rodos, Greece
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Query

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SELECT * FROM GHOSTS
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stavrosg
1371 days ago
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Rodos, Greece
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neilcar
1370 days ago
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SQL humor never gets old, does it?
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tante
1371 days ago
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xkcd explaining queries (cc @mspro)
Oldenburg/Germany
denubis
1371 days ago
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I would like to do this today, please.
Sydney, Australia
rtreborb
1371 days ago
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Underscores for column names?! :)
zippy72
1370 days ago
More readable to a non-technical audience. Underscores _feel_ like "real computing" to everyone whose only databases were generated by an Access wizard dialog :)
jtgrimes
1371 days ago
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Alt text: SELECT * FROM GHOSTS
Oakland, CA

Rocket Packs

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Every year: 'It's <year>--I want my jetpack [and also my free medical care covering all my jetpack-related injuries]!'
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1434 days ago
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Alt-text: Every year: 'It's --I want my jetpack [and also my free medical care covering all my jetpack-related injuries]!'
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chrisamico
1434 days ago
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See also: Flying cars (which I still want).
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Michdevilish
1434 days ago
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Toast insurance
Canada

May 05, 2014

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Today's comic is a response to this individual.
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jlvanderzwan
1474 days ago
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God-fucking-dammit.
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