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YouTube claims 1.5 billion monthly users

Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube.

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Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube.

Google’s YouTube unit says it now reaches 1.5 billion viewers every month — and its users watch more than an hour of mobile videos per day — as it adds more videos it can use to sell more ads.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki shared the news in a blog post the same day she appeared at VidCon, a conference for online video creators in Anaheim, California.

Wojcicki also wrote that YouTube Red, the company’s foray into original videos, has launched 37 series, which have generated “nearly a quarter billion views.”

The company today also said it had 12 new projects coming to YouTube Red.

YouTube also unveiled a new virtual reality technology it calls VR180, that will make it easier for video creators to make VR content.

The company is working with camera makers to create new products that can feature the new technology, which only shows a view of what’s in front of a VR camera, rather than a 360-degree view.

In April, rival Facebook unveiled a new VR camera that employs a 360-degree view.

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