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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.

Streaming service Locast permanently barred from operation

Meet the YouTubers determined to find lost media

Finally, some good news for Quibi

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OpenSea product chief accused of flipping NFTs using insider information

“This is incredibly disappointing.”

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Making it Work

How creators and businesses are trying to thrive in 2020

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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.

Apple’s tvOS 15 update arrives September 20th sans SharePlay

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

Their work isn’t done yet

YouTube TV is expanding its Spanish-language programming

Apple’s big event today stressed its major focus on streaming

Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun!

YouTube is also forcing the popular Rythm Discord music bot offline

Houses are influencers now, and this one burned to the ground

The Instagram restoration community rallies around a tragedy

You can now buy a $475 NFT ticket to see Beeple’s $69 million NFT at an IRL party

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Rescuing discarded fabric for designer bow ties

Giving wasted material a new life

Twitch sues two alleged ‘hate raiders’

Defaced on finding his way and building an icon through NFTs

The birth of an icon

In the hot seat

Behind Hot Ones’ ambitions to be the future of late-night TV

YouTube halves the number of subscribers you need to unlock Community posting

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

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Facebook debuts Ray-Ban Stories, smart glasses that record video

A bunch of ape NFTs just sold for $24.4 million

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

Inside the burgeoning world of custom keyboard making

Addison Rae signs Netflix film deal after going from TikTok to He’s All That

How a GameStonk YouTuber is shaking up the California recall

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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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TikTok reportedly overtakes YouTube in US average watch time

Home Depot says its smart home app is for people who find the smart home space ‘intimidating’

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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

Karl Poyzer on his creative journey, finding joy in 3D, and creating a Vimeo staff pick

Small details make up giant worlds

Twitter’s Super Follows could run into an App Store problem

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Making fanfiction beautiful enough for a bookshelf

Twitch viewership noticeably dropped when streamers took a day off in protest

YouTube reports having 50 million Premium and Music subscribers

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The mask barons of Etsy

How a couple of mom-and-pop shops made millions selling masks

Asus is going all-in on OLED laptops

Nvidia Broadcast now works with more cameras and uses less VRAM

Broadcasters secure a win in their fight against scrappy TV streamer Locast