Spotify adds group playlists for Facebook Messenger
Spotify is boosting its integration with Facebook Messenger, two months after launching a ‘chat extension’ for the messaging app. This morning, Spotify has launched a new feature called ‘Group Playlists for Messenger’...
June 21, 2017
Facebook reportedly working on in-app news subscriptions
Facebook has been attracting criticism from within the news publishing industry in recent times on various counts: fuelling the spread of ‘fake news’ for example, or for the underwhelming performance of its ‘instant...
June 13, 2017
Facebook will reportedly own its long-form TV shows
There is more gossip on Facebook’s plans to launch its own original-video shows, commissioned from external producers. Reuters claims that the social network has signed deals with Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine...
May 25, 2017
Amanda Palmer talks about Twitter’s culture change
As part of an interview talking about her work with crowdfunding community Patreon, musician Amanda Palmer had some interesting things to say about social networks. “I’ve watched the culture of Twitter change dramatically...
May 24, 2017
The US will have 40m augmented-reality users this year
Well, that’s what research firm eMarketer is predicting anyway: that 40 million Americans will engage with some form of augmented reality at least monthly in 2017. That’s up 30.2% year-on-year. The growth is no surprise...
May 23, 2017
Depeche Mode hand their Facebook page over to fans for a year
Have you ever seen the official @sweden Twitter account, which promotes the country by letting a different citizen tweet from it every day? Depeche Mode are taking a leaf out of that book, except with their official Facebook...
May 22, 2017
BASCA chair Crispin Hunt: ‘Rules won’t break the internet, they’ll mend it’
YouTube and Facebook were squarely in the sights of Crispin Hunt, chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), as he delivered the opening address at yesterday’s Ivor Novello Awards in...
May 19, 2017
Facebook revenues surge as it nears 2bn active users
Facebook published its latest quarterly financial results last night, and they showed the company’s revenues growing by 51% year-on-year to $7.86bn. That helped the social network grow its net profits by 76% to $3.06bn....
May 4, 2017
Major labels ‘positive and hopeful’ about Facebook licensing
Representatives from the three major labels are hopeful that Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions will be a positive thing for the industry, rather than another ‘value gap’ battle in the making. Music Ally asked...
April 26, 2017
Major labels Universal, Sony and Warner talk 2016 growth… and beyond
Yesterday, the IFPI announced that global recorded-music revenues grew by 5.9% to $15.7bn in 2016. The body held a press conference with representatives from all three major labels sharing their views on the growth. After...
April 26, 2017
Report claims Facebook is paying for ‘produced’ video
We’ve been keeping tabs on rumours that Facebook’s video-funding strategy was about to shift from live streams to ‘produced’ (i.e. uploaded for on-demand viewing) video. Now tech site Recode claims the switch is...
April 24, 2017
Facebook f8: Spotify / Apple Music, bot ambitions and major AR push
“Being able to click on someone's music and play it is a great experience, but knowing that you helped a friend discover something new, and that you have the same taste in music, is awesome,” said Mark Zuckerberg. No,...
April 19, 2017