BPI boss praises YouTube and Facebook for anti-piracy progress
Yes, you read that right: 'BPI boss praises YouTube' is not a sentence that we get to write too often in our news coverage. However, the British industry body has been taking part in roundtable discussions, alongside other...
May 5, 2021
Facebook Q1 revenues grew 48% year-on-year to $26.2bn
Here’s more evidence that the biggest ad-supported tech companies are over their Covid-19 bumpiness from 2020. Facebook published its Q1 2021 financial results last night, revealing that its revenues grew by 48% year-on-year...
April 29, 2021
Apple’s new ‘App Tracking Transparency’ feature goes live
Apple’s latest software update for iPhones, iOS 14.5, is out, and it brings with it a feature that has been sparking debate across the digital advertising industry ever since it was announced. That feature is ‘App...
April 27, 2021
Facebook audio push includes ‘Project Boombox’ with Spotify
As predicted, Facebook announced its big push into ‘social audio’ yesterday. Its plans include “a sound studio in your pocket” to create audio posts (or ‘Soundbites’) for Facebook – including...
April 20, 2021
Clubhouse confirms funding ahead of Facebook’s rival
That funding round rumoured to value Clubhouse at $4bn has happened. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with DST Global, Tiger Global and Elad Gil chipping in. “This will allow us to heavily scale our team to...
April 19, 2021
Music startups TribeXR and FitXR use Oculus’s new subscriptions
Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus is introducing subscriptions to its Oculus Store, enabling developers to charge recurring fees for their apps and games. It follows the traditional app stores model: “For some, you’ll...
April 16, 2021
Facebook’s experimental NPE Team launches Hotline Q&A app
Another day, another ‘Clubhouse competitor’, and this one is the work of Facebook’s experimental apps team. Which means it’s getting plenty of headlines (yes, us too) and will probably get a few more...
April 8, 2021
Facebook expands money-making features to short-form videos
Facebook is expanding its program for making money from videos posted to the social network. That includes allowing creators to run ads within videos as short as one minute long – down from the previous minimum of three...
March 16, 2021
Facebook’s NPE Team launches a new music app called Bars
Facebook’s experimental studio NPE Team has launched its second music product: a video-sharing app called Bars, for rappers. It comes 10 months after the studio launched music-making app Collab. Available in the US...
March 1, 2021
Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship
We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
February 18, 2021
Facebook reported to be developing a Clubhouse clone
Apparently tech mogul Elon Musk has just agreed to do Clubhouse with Kanye West, which is either the latest proof of the audio-debating-club’s amazing disruptive potential, or the latest proof that it’s a hellhole...
February 11, 2021
Facebook and Apple revenues booming despite Covid-19 pandemic
Facebook and Apple both announced their latest quarterly financial results yesterday, with strong growth in revenues despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Facebook’s Q4 revenues were up by 33% year-on-year to $28.07bn, helping...
January 28, 2021