Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency could launch in January
In mid-2019, Facebook announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency: Libra. It’s had a bumpy ride towards launch since, including some of the payment companies who were partners backing out before the end of that...
November 30, 2020
Q3 financials overload: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter…
It wasn't just Alphabet, Spotify and Apple publishing their latest financial results yesterday: Facebook, Amazon and Twitter were at it too. Here's a precis of the key figures. Facebook's revenues grew by 22% year-on-year...
October 30, 2020
It’s 2020 so of course there are now fake artist livestreams
There was good news for fans of musician Zoe Keating in late August: one of her cancelled gigs was being replaced by a ticketed livestream. The only downside: Keating knew nothing about it. It had been created as an event...
October 28, 2020
Tools: Feed. Automate Instagram and Facebook advertising
Nick Edwards and Joshua Jankowski built Feed as a tool that automates the advertising of organic content on Facebook and Instagram to build an artist’s audience, having artists with smaller budgets and no dedicated digital...
October 28, 2020
Facebook gets into cloud gaming (with a jab at Apple)
2021 is gearing up to be a big battle royale of cloud (streaming) gaming services, with the console big guns Sony and Microsoft going up against new entrants like Amazon and now Facebook. These services see games running...
October 27, 2020
Antitrust debate heats up in US with House Democrats report
The US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust has spent the last 16 months investigating Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and yesterday its Democrat majority staff published a report into their findings. You can read...
October 7, 2020
Charli XCX to kick off Oculus and Tidal’s VR concerts series
We knew that Tidal and Facebook's Oculus were working together on plans for some virtual reality concerts. Now we know who's playing the first one: Charli XCX, who'll be performing within the Oculus Venues app this Friday...
October 5, 2020
Facebook warns that it could pull out of Europe altogether
American TikTokers have been grappling with the existential (in app terms) question of what they'd do if the app was banned. Now imagine the rumpus if Facebook and Instagram were suddenly unavailable across the whole of Europe. It...
September 22, 2020
Facebook unveils Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and Tidal deal
Facebook's Oculus Quest has been the most successful virtual reality headset yet, finally delivering on some of the early hype around what VR was capable of. Now it's getting a sequel. The Oculus Quest 2 costs $299 –...
September 17, 2020
Facebook extends its music licences to livestreaming gamers
Twitch has been fielding a barrage of copyright takedowns in recent months from music rightsholders keen to prod it into platform-wide licensing deals. Now Facebook is stirring the pot with the announcement that it's "partnering...
September 15, 2020
Facebook and Xiaomi join Amazon’s Voice Interoperability Initiative
A year ago we reported on a new 'Voice Interoperability Initiative' from Amazon, which was created to ensure that different voice assistants could work on the same devices. Spotify, Sonos, Microsoft, Baidu and Tencent...
September 14, 2020
TikTok battles to remove a graphic video showing a death
The latest TikTok controversy doesn't involve music, or even Donald Trump. Instead, it's about a video of a man shooting himself, which has been shared by a number of popular meme accounts on the app (that's a link to...
September 8, 2020