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SoundCloud Proclaims It's 'Here To Stay'

Though there's been talk of financial difficulties at SoundCloud for months, CEO Alex Ljung has strongly refuted the idea that it's close to going out of business. In a blog post, the executive said "SoundCloud is here to stay" and no core aspect of the site will change.

YouTube Tests Video Thumbnail Previews

With a portion of its users, YouTube has begun trying out GIF-like video previews on thumbnails. Viewers can hover over a video's thumbnail to see part of its content. This test reportedly began on desktop a couple weeks ago and it has expanded recently to reach more users.

Google Play Movies Now Has HDR Support

HDR support is now available on Google Play Movies and will be offered for a portion of films. The movies offering HDR are available at the same price as regular 4K movies, which were added to the platform in December 2016. The inclusion of HDR helps to distinguish the platform.

China Planning To Ban VPNs Next Year

To increase its control over what people see online, China will move to ban all VPNs in 2018. Bloomberg reports the government has already instructed telecom companies that they'll have to implement a ban next year. That block is supposed to be in place by February 2018.

On-Demand Music Streaming Rises 62% In US

With the help of Apple Music's growth and Spotify's continued success, on-demand music streaming is doing well in the United States. Nielsen says the weekly streams figure has grown to 7.5 billion as of March. During the first half of 2017, there were 184.3 billion streams.

Google Earth Now Has Live Nature Streams

Nature livestreams are being added to Google Earth, with the first available stream set in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The platform's Voyager section will now feature streams in addition to its regular guided tours. Five cameras have been placed around Katmai.