Friday Five: Lobster Joins YouTube and Amazon Takes on Competitors

October is officially underway and Halloween will be here before you know it. Before you dive into your weekend plans, here's the weekly roundup featuring our five favorite news blurbs for the week. 

  1. Lobster, the service that aims to make finding and licensing videos easier (you know, the legal way), just announced they made a deal with none other than the grand video behemoth that is YouTube. 
  2. Speaking of YouTube, they also announced some recent changes to their YouTube Kids app that should help keep the content in the family-friendly space. 
  3. Facebook is looking to get you excited about your profile again. From animated gifs to temporary profile pics, there's something for everyone to fall in love with.
  4. And despite early complaints about their ad practices, Facebook is getting some advertising love (according to them, anyway). The social giant announced a growing number of active advertisers, as well as some new ways to use the platform for improving and measuring ad sales. 
  5. Amazon made a bold strategic move by blocking sales of streaming devices that aren't compatible with Amazon's own Prime Video streaming service.

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