Major payment companies back out of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
Back in June, Facebook announced that it was going to launch its own cryptocurrency – Libra. The news resulted in the classic mixed results. Some focused on the fact that it would change the financial shape of markets where...
October 14, 2019
Mark Zuckerberg on TikTok competition: ‘This is a real thing’
Leaked audio from an internal Facebook meeting where CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from staff has been making headlines – mainly around his promise of a “fight” if politicians try to break his company up....
October 2, 2019
Facebook reveals new plans for social VR (oh, and AR too)
With Amazon’s blizzard of new-product announcements, not to mention the political ructions going on in the US, Facebook’s Oculus division’s OC6 developer conference might have struggled for attention. It’s...
September 26, 2019
Report claims that Facebook could start hiding ‘like’ counts
Social networks are trying to row back on some of the unintended consequences of their key mechanics, with ‘likes’ (or at least the public display of how many times posts have been liked) particularly under the microscope....
September 3, 2019
Spotify can now share 15-second music clips to Facebook stories
The ability to share songs to ‘stories’ posts on Instagram has become a regular announcement by the various streaming services. Now Spotify is improving its integration with Facebook’s stories feature, by adding the...
September 2, 2019
Vroom! Rick Ross gets his own racing game on Facebook
Is Facebook gaming still a thing? After a decade of ignoring Music Ally’s FarmVille farm, we don’t dare log back in to find out what became of our crops and animals. But yes, Facebook gaming IS still a thing: the social...
August 30, 2019
Facebook reportedly working on new Instagram spin-off: Threads
It always sounds like big news when Facebook is ‘secretly’ working on a new standalone app, but experience has taught us that such apps often end up quietly shutting down – perhaps useful for experimental purposes,...
August 27, 2019
Billie Eilish to play a virtual-reality gig in Oculus Venues
Billie Eilish is the latest artist playing a concert that will be streamed in virtual reality. The gig will take place on 3 September in Madrid, and then later that evening will be broadcast in Facebook’s ‘Oculus Venues’...
August 27, 2019
eMarketer says teens are ditching Facebook in France and Germany
It feels like people have been predicting a ‘teen flight’ from Facebook for years now – probably because they have. eMarketer is the latest research firm trying to back up the theory with some actual data, this time...
August 15, 2019
Slipknot fans can wear the band’s masks (virtually on Facebook)
Given the sweat Slipknot must work up during a performance, you wouldn’t catch us putting our nose anywhere near one of the band’s famous masks. Virtually, however… The latter is what fans can do now, courtesy...
August 5, 2019
Facebook reveals latest financials… and an FTC antitrust probe
“We had a strong quarter and our business and community continue to grow,” was the lead statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last night, as his company revealed its latest impressive financial results. Revenues...
July 25, 2019
Report: Facebook to be fined $5bn in FTC privacy settlement
There is no shortage of snark around claims – originally published in the Wall Street Journal – that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a $5bn settlement with Facebook over the social network’s “privacy...
July 15, 2019